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  • Jose Calderon comes through in second half
    Jose Calderon scored all 12 of his points in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 2 win over San Antonio.

    Advice: Calderon played 28 minutes Wednesday night after seeing only 16 during the Mavericks' Game 1 loss. "Listen, Calderon has been great for us all year," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We need him. ... He's played in a lot of big games. He knows what this is all about. My message to him has been, `Hey, you stay aggressive and keep doing what you do. That's what we need you to do.'" Devin Harris had another strong game with 18 points in 24 minutes, but Calderon may have held onto his starting spot for Game 3 with his performance Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com
    41 minutes ago
  • Rick Carlisle pleased w/ DeJuan Blair's play
    Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle was pleased with DeJuan Blair's play Wednesday night.

    Advice: Blair provided an energy boost with eight points and eight boards in fifteen minutes during Dallas' Game 2 victory Wednesday night and Rick Carlisle was a big fan of his play, ""He had a physical impact," Carlisle said. "He gave us a huge lift. He was on the boards, he got deflections. The only way we win a series against a team like this is to have guys play at full capacity, and he did that." Blair's playing time is certain to fluctuate going forward as the Mavs try to work in Brandan Wright and Samuel Dalembert, but he should serve as a good energy player against his former team for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:34 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge comfortable with Blazers
    LaMarcus Aldridge is happier than ever with his Trail Blazers team.

    Advice: Happy might be the understatement of the century following Aldridge's second 40-plus point performance in two games. "This is the first time I felt where 1 through 15 on the roster is happy for me. And this is the first time where 1 through 15 knows when I'm going, they want to ride that wave," Aldridge said. "This team believes in me to every extent. From the first guy to the last guy, they support me 100 percent. When I'm going good, there's not one guy who won't give me the ball.'' Aldridge's two huge games have the Blazers up 2-0 headed back to Portland and there is no reason to think that LA isn't correct when he says that his team will keep giving him the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:14 am
  • Pau Gasol wants significant change for Lakers
    Pau Gasol says his return to the Lakers hinges on significant changes.

    Advice: "Re-signing for the Lakers is a possibility, but I'm not sure whether to say it's a remote one," Gasol wrote on his site. "If there's anything or anyone who could make me stay it's Kobe Bryant. I'd stay for him, but there'd have to be significant changes." Continuing like a man intent on leaving Los Angeles, Gasol also addressed his feelings on Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni, "I've never concealed the fact that D'Antoni's style doesn't suit my game. Everybody knows this. I don't know if my decision will be swayed by whether Mike stays or leaves. Obviously, the coach is a very important factor for any team." The Lakers have money to spend, but it's starting to sound like it won't be spent on Gasol. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:48 am
     
    New Player Note
    Pau Gasol LAL - PF,C
    Injured
  • Knicks set to move forward if Carmelo leaves
    Knicks president is ready to move forward if Carmelo Anthony leaves as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: When asked if it would be a "disaster" if Melo leaves this summer, Jackson didn't sound like he was ready to hit the panic button, "I'm all about moving forward. Just deal with what is and move forward. If it's in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it's not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We're going forward anyway." The Knicks can offer Anthony approximately $33 million more than any other team in free agency, but Jackson has also said he expects Melo to stick to his word about taking a pay cut to stay in New York so it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:11 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-92 vs Tor
  • Shawn Marion lights it up for 20 points
    Shawn Marion shot 8-of-10 from the field for 20 points vs. the Spurs on Wednesday to go with five boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was outstanding after getting limiting run in Game 1. The Mavericks were able to play a faster tempo which has been Marion's bread and butter since his days with the Suns. He is 35 years, but still has a few good years left in the tank. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Josh McRoberts could be suspended for Game 3
    Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.

    Advice: A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking good for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Al Jefferson could be iffy for rest of series
    Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

    Advice: Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Harden, Parsons struggle with shot in loss
    James Harden hit just 6-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Chandler Parsons also struggled, hitting just 5-of-15 shots for 15 points and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard was great in the first half and Houston was in this one until the end, but the poor shooting in the second half by all three players was too much for the Rockets to overcome. Harden is the only player in these playoffs to attempt at least 19 shots in each game, and shoot less than 33 percent, which is a big reason the Rockets find themselves heading to Portland down two games to none. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Dwight Howard quiet after huge first half
    Dwight Howard got off to a blazing start, went off in the first quarter, and kept it going in the second quarter, but cooled off and got into foul trouble after the break, finishing with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Shaquille O'Neal was raving about Howard's 25-point first half, but the second-half shut down (7 points) is a big reason why the Rockets lost. They have to find a way to slow down LaMarcus Aldridge and starting Omer Asik might be a viable solution, although that's just speculation on our part. Howard looked as good as he ever has in the first half tonight and the Rockets will need him to continue to play at a high level going forward if they're going to climb out of the 0-2 hole. Howard did hit 6-of-7 free throws on the night, including a couple clutch ones late, but they weren't enough. He has also lost 10 straight playoff games, which won't do much to help his legacy, although he has plenty of time to turn things around for his career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Dorell Wright provides huge spark in 18 min.
    Dorell Wright played just 18 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's Game 2 win, but was highly effective with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That was what we were looking for a few weeks ago when Wright was filling in for Aldridge late in the regular season, but he was never nearly this good. If you took a flier on him in a daily money league, he might have been a lifesaver. Just don't expect him to do it again anytime soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Lillard, teammates win despite poor shooting
    Damian Lillard hit just 3-of-14 shots but still ended up with 18 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in Wednesday's thrilling Game 2 112-105 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum was 3-of-11 for six points and Wesley Matthews was 4-of-11 for nine points, but LaMarcus Aldridge (43 points, 8 rebounds) was able to carry the team. Despite the poor shooting, it can be argued that Lillard played well, and was dogged by Patrick Beverley for most of the night (14 points, 41 minutes). The Blazers are heading to Portland with a surprising 2-0 lead and will be looking for more of the same from Aldridge in Game 3, along with better shooting from Lillard, Batum and Matthews. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge goes for 43 in Game 2 win
    LaMarcus Aldridge backed up an amazing Game 1 by hitting 18-of-28 shots and 7-of-8 free throws for 43 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 road win by the Blazers, who now head home with a 2-0 lead over the Rockets.

    Advice: This looked like one of the better series on the docket and it's lived up to the hype, while Aldrich joins Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady as the only other players to score at least 40 points in Games 1 & 2 on the road in a playoff series. He also just missed joining MJ as the only guy with back-to-back 45-point playoff games, along with a few other historical accolades. He's racked up 89 points and 26 rebounds in two games and helped road teams in these playoffs get off to an amazing 9-7 record thus far. The series heads to Rip City for the next two games, and if Kevin McHale doesn't come up with a plan for stopping LMA, it might not make it back to Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores 22 points in L
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist turned in a surprisingly strong offensive effort against the Heat on Wednesday, scoring 22 points with 10 boards, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He got in foul trouble early and checked out with five minutes gone by in the first quarter, but really turned it around in his return back on the court. Kidd-Gilchris shot 8-of-13 from the field with all but two attempts coming from within four feet. His 22 points would have been a season high, but it's hard to imagine him playing this well again throughout the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Al Jefferson (left foot) returns to action
    Al Jefferson (foot) went to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first quarter of Wednesday's game to get re-taped and returned in the second quarter.

    Advice: He went back to the locker room due to tearing his plantar fascia "a little bit more," according to coach Steve Clifford. His strained plantar fascia is clearly bothering him tonight. He's been slow getting up and down in transition while he has very little agility. Jefferson is not getting additional pain-killing treatment and we'll let you know if he gets any better. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:35 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Al Jefferson (foot) listed as the starter
    Al Jefferson (foot) is listed as a starter against the Heat in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: He went through warmups for about 10 minutes with coach Patrick Ewing and reportedly looked to be doing so without a limp, according to Charlotte beat writer Rick Bonnell. Jefferson may have had a pain-killing shot and he might get another one after showing up to the arena in a walking boot. The Heat will likely test Jefferson and we'll know quickly how he looks tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:26 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Al Jefferson (foot) shows up to arena in boot
    Al Jefferson (foot) arrived to American Airlines Arena in a walking boot for Wednesday's Game 2 vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He said he is going to play earlier today and there has been nothing to suggest otherwise. Jefferson is obviously going to have to play through some pain and may require some pain-killing shots like he did in Game 1's loss. If he's not close to 100 percent, the Bobcats are in big trouble. Stay tuned for an official word on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Phil wants Carmelo to take less than max
    Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will need to take less than a maximum contract to allow the team to have spending flexibility in the future.

    Advice: Anthony has said he'd be willing to take less than a five-year, $129 million deal at max in the past, which would obviously put a huge dent in the Knicks' salary cap and limit their options to build a contender. The Knicks don't have much else to go on besides that while Melo's name will continue to pop up all offseason. Meanwhlie, he'll be reevaluated for his torn labrum in May and should be ready to go to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:00 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-92 vs Tor
  • James Harden vows to improve offense in Gm 2
    James Harden admitted that he "didn't play well offensively" in Game 1, when he scored 27 points but shot only 8-of-28 from the field.

    Advice: That included a 3-of-14 mark from downtown and while much credit is due to Wes Matthews' defense, Harden knows he needs to have better shot selection. "I just have to be more precise on my shots and be aggressive," Harden said. "The first half, I didn't really attack and get to the rim like I wanted to." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Rockets to tweak D vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
    Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team will "do some things differently" in Game 2, but LaMarcus Aldridge doesn't expect to be constantly double-teamed.

    Advice: "I don't think they doubled me all year," Aldridge said. "I had some good games versus them. I think they're a traditional team that wants to go one-on-one ... if they double me, I'll make the reads." Aldridge torched the Rockets for 46 points in Game 1, and at the very least the Rockets are likely to give Terrence Jones some help defending Aldridge on the post. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) expects to play Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (plantar fascia) said that he "should be good" to play in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: "I can't say there won't be some kind of pain," Jefferson said. "But I feel like every hour it's getting better and better." We'll confirm his status before tip-off but it sounds like he'll be in uniform. The bigger question is how effective he'll be, especially since the Heat will test his mobility with Chris Bosh at center and what's sure to be an endless stream of pick-and-rolls. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:42 am
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Pau Gasol doesn't rule out re-signing w/ L.A.
    Pau Gasol said that he's found "common ground" with coach Mike D'Antoni, and wouldn't rule out re-signing with the Lakers if D'Antoni remains the head coach.

    Advice: "The last few years I always kept on my mind that this could be my last day [with the Lakers], so let me try to enjoy it," said Gasol. "I'm going to listen closely to what the Lakers will have to offer and say about the team's situation and position [after the NBA draft]." He also said that he'll "listen" to offers from the Knicks, but he'd have to take a huge pay cut to join Phil Jackson in New York. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 am
     
    New Player Note
    Pau Gasol LAL - PF,C
    Injured
  • D.J. Augustin scores 25 in Game 2 loss
    D.J. Augustin hit 10-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, seven assists and a steal in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Augustin shot it much better tonight, as he hit just 3-of-15 in Game 1, and is a big part of what the Bulls do since Derrick Rose isn't around. DJA will have to keep it going with the series heading to Washington, as the Wizards are suddenly thinking 'sweep.' Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:53 pm
  • Taj Gibson drops 22 & 10 in another loss
    Taj Gibson hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Gibson has had a great season and will get plenty of votes for Sixth Man of the Year. And the changing of the guard is nearly complete, as Carlos Boozer had just five points and eight rebounds tonight. Gibson will have to keep playing well as the Bulls try to dig themselves out of a very deep hole. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:51 pm
     
    Player Note
    Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • Al Jefferson (foot) may miss Wed. shootaround
    Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is unsure if Al Jefferson (foot) will be able to participate in Wednesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson will play in Game 2 and it sounds like he may be a game-time decision for Wednesday's rematch vs. the Heat. The Bobcats desperately need Jefferson if they have any hope of stealing this series, but a strained plantar fascia is a painful injury and Big Al has been getting around in a walking boot since hurting himself on Sunday. If Jefferson is unable to play, Bismack Biyombo would be in line for a minutes bump. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Bulls look for D.J. Augustin to improve D
    Coach Tom Thibodeau is looking for D.J. Augustin and the rest of the Bulls to improve their defense.

    Advice: ``Not only D.J., our defense,'' Thibodeau said when asked about Augustin's defense. ``I could go from start to finish. There's an endless list of things that we didn't do correctly. We're capable of doing much better. And we're going to have to." Augustin's defensive shortcomings were a frequent target of the Wizards during the fourth quarter of the Bulls' Game 1 loss on Sunday and even 38-year-old Andre Miller was able to score eight points in the final quarter. Thibodeau doesn't sound like he's ready to take Augustin off the court in crunch time, so it's a good thing that the Bulls have the new Defensive Player of the Year on their side in Joakim Noah. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:32 am
  • Dwight Howard intends to demand ball more
    Dwight Howard intends to be more committed to demanding the ball.

    Advice: After losing Game 1 in overtime to the Blazers, D12 is bringing a more aggressive approach to Game 2. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard said on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." Howard is hoping an increased post presence will help tire down LaMarcus Aldridge, who torched the Rockets for 46 points on Sunday. "We have to go right back at him," Howard said of Aldridge. "You have to make him play defense and make him use his energy on defense. Make him have to run around and guard." Whether or not Howard's strategy will work remains to be seen, but hindering Aldridge while increasing his own offensive output could place Howard in the proverbial two birds with one stone situation. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:26 am
  • Damian Lillard (thigh) ready to play Game 2
    Damian Lillard bruised his thigh during Sunday's game and he felt a "little sore" on Monday, but it won't affect his status for Game 2.

    Advice: "I just got kneed in my thigh," he said. "I wear pads on my thigh and on my knee and the spot that my pad wasn't covered was where I got kneed." Lillard practiced fully and he'll be ready to go on Thursday, when he'll try to recreate his brilliant playoff debut of 31 points and nine rebounds. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:19 pm
  • Al Jefferson will play in Game 2 on Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (foot) said on Monday he will play in Game 2 against Miami despite dealing with a strained plantar fascia.

    Advice: "I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down," said Jefferson. He was 4-of-4 from the field before suffering the injury on Sunday, but finished the game going 5-of-17. If the Bobcats hope to win a game this series, they will need Jefferson play at an elite level. Bismack Biyombo would get more minutes if Jefferson is limited at all. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:47 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Harden talks about lack of ball movement
    James Harden admitted there was a lack of ball movement in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: "That goes to myself. I have to not be so ball hawking. I have to do a better job," Harden said. In all of the games over the weekend, only six players in the NBA touched the ball more than Harden's 92 times and he was obviously the focal point of Houston's offense. His shot selection wasn't great and he made just 8-of-28 from the field, which was uncharacteristic based on his stellar post-break run. He should get it turned around on Wednesday as Houston looks to even the series at home. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:43 pm
  • NBA: Refs made mistake on Howard foul call
    The NBA issued a statement on Monday that a foul called on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime during Sunday's game vs. the Blazers should have been called on Joel Freeland.

    Advice: It was a huge call for a few reasons: Howard fouled out because of this mistake, he would have had two shots, and it led to two free throws from Freeland, of which he made one of them. The Blazers won the game 122-120 after the made free throw and James Harden's shot just before the buzzer didn't fall. It's not a foregone conclusion this call altered the game because Dwight is far from a lock to make free throws, but it certainly casts some doubt. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:26 pm
  • Jose Calderon will start in Game 2 for Dallas
    Jose Calderon will be the Mavericks starting point guard for Game 2 against the Spurs.

    Advice: Calderon only managed seven points in his 16 minutes of action on Sunday, while backup point guard Devin Harris had a team-high 19 points. Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that despite his poor play, Calderon will not lose his starting spot. "I think we were a little slow and we were down eight or 10 pretty quick there in the first quarter, so we've got to be a little better there, but Jose is our starter. He's the guy that puts us in our plays and we're rolling with it." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:23 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) questionable for Game 2
    Al Jefferson's strained plantar fascia will not get worse if he continues to play, and his availability for Game 2 on Wednesday is a matter of pain tolerance.

    Advice: Big Al had an MRI and although the test results haven't been announced, the team seems confident that he can play if he feels well enough. He was wearing a walking boot on Monday and will not practice on Tuesday, but he'll warm up during Wednesday's shootaround before deciding his own status. He's played through plenty of injuries this season and we're optimistic that he'll be in uniform, but any dip in his production could be a mortal blow for the Bobcats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:01 am
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Marion, Dalembert, Calderon benched for Mavs
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle opted not to play Shawn Marion or Samuel Dalembert in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss because he felt his team "needed to score."

    Advice: The Mavs' offense sputtered out and their defense wasn't any better, particularly when it came to stopping Tim Duncan on the post, and Carlisle admitted that his late-game rotations "may be something ... to reevaluate for Game 2." Jose Calderon was also a spectator down the stretch, watching Devin Harris play PG for the final 17 minutes of regulation. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Blazers find success with 'Hack-a-Howard'
    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts joked that he will use the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy on the "first possession" of Game 2.

    Advice: Dwight Howard finished 9-of-17 from the FT line on Sunday, including 6-of-7 late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he bricked four straight once the Blazers intentionally fouled him with five minutes remaining. That forced the Rockets to pull Dwight until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, spoiling the Rockets' momentum and slowly eroding their 11-point lead. Stotts may have been kidding about using the strategy in the first quarter, but it would be surprising if he doesn't use it at some point during Wednesday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:14 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 46 points in OT win
    LaMarcus Aldridge set a Blazers franchise record with 46 points on Sunday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a thrilling OT road victory in Game 1.

    Advice: Aldridge averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds vs. the Rockets this season and he clearly has their number, as neither Terrence Jones nor Dwight Howard could contain him defensively. He made 17-of-30 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs and even sank both of his 3-point attempts, despite having made just three during the entire regular season. The Rockets' official Twitter account summed things up late in the game, saying, "We finally stopped LaMarcus Aldridge. He fouled out." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:22 pm
  • Damian Lillard dominates in NBA playoff debut
    Damian Lillard was kneed in the thigh by Dwight Howard on Sunday, but he kept playing and finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists in his first NBA playoff game.

    Advice: Lillard didn't seem bothered by the injury, catching fire down the stretch and sinking a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game with 29 seconds remaining, en route to a thrilling OT victory. He'll probably be stiff and sore in the morning but with Game 2 scheduled for Wednesday the Blazers' dynamic second-year PG should be ready to go. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:20 pm
  • D.J. Augustin hits 10-of-10 FTs, 3-of-15 FGs
    D.J. Augustin made 10-of-10 free throws to finish Sunday's game with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: His quickness and penetration gave Washington fits, even though he made just 3-of-15 shots from the field. Kirk Hinrich added 16 points but the Bulls only shot 42.0 percent from the field, including 5-of-20 from downtown, and they were out-rebounded 45-39. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:53 pm
  • Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot
    Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

    Advice: He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:56 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Al Jefferson (foot) struggles after injury
    Al Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia on Sunday and returned in the second quarter of Game 1's 99-88 loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 18 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Al Jefferson Cha - PF,C
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Jose Calderon plays just 16 minutes vs. Spurs
    Jose Calderon played just 16 minutes against the Spurs on Sunday in a loss, scoring seven points with two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He barely played in the first half and it would not have been a shock to see him come off the bench in the second half in favor of Devin Harris, but Calderon did in fact start both halves. He can't really defend penetration well, so that spells trouble against a guy like Tony Parker. Coach Rick Carlisle has some thinking to do despite how Calderon and Monta Ellis have played well together this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:15 pm