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  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) has a limp following game
    Nikola Mirotic (left quad strain) had a limp following Monday's game against the Bucks

    Advice: He also had swelling in his knee and may have suffered a concussion. Mirotic had treatment and was able to limp around under his own power. He said he's a little concerned about his leg, but the good news is that the Bulls are off until Thursday. If he's out, Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler will play a little more. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:15 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Joakim Noah grabs 19 boards in a win
    Joakim Noah grabbed 19 boards against the Bucks on Monday with six points, five assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Noah is just owning the paint right now and he was just one off his career playoff high of 20 boards. The Bucks scored just 36 points in the paint and only one Buck had more than six boards (Giannis Antetokounmpo). Noah's knee/hamstring injury is behind him and he'll be looking at minutes in the 30s as long as he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 22 in loss to Bulls
    Khris Middleton scored 22 points on 8-of-20 from the field against the Bulls on Monday with six boards, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played 38 minutes tonight, which was up from just 34 in Game 1. Middleton continues to play well after his terrific post-break averages of 16.8 points, 4.4 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 treys in 35.3 minutes. He's earned some serious money. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:43 pm
  • John Henson scores eight with six boards
    John Henson played 25 minutes against the Bulls on Monday with eight points, six boards, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He was only looking at around 23 minutes tonight, but Zaza Pachulia was ejected with a few minutes left in the game. Henson did play more than Pachulia in Game 1 and he's actually played well in this series with great defense on Pau Gasol. He'll likely see minutes in the mid 20s going forward in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:37 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic suffers a leg injury on Monday
    Nikola Mirotic suffered a leg injury on Monday against the Bucks and did not return.

    Advice: He walked to the locker room under his own power after bumping into O.J. Mayo. Mirotic was checked out on the bench before going to the locker room. There was only one minute left in the game, so maybe he's not dealing with anything major. He finished with eight points, four boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:28 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Zaza Pachulia ejected for two technical fouls
    Zaza Pachulia was ejected on Monday for two technical fouls.

    Advice: The first one a little excessive by the refs and second came because he got into it with Nikola Mirotic. Pachulia isn't going to be suspended for this infraction and should still start for Game 3. There will be more minutes going to John Henson the rest of the way tonight. Zaza finished with seven points, six boards, one steal and two blocks in 23 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:22 pm
  • Jared Dudley will play on Monday night
    Jared Dudley will play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable, but coach Jason Kidd said he can play. Kidd also said rebounding was very important today, so maybe the Bucks won't go with a lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo. Dudley has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:12 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic looking good in practice
    Mirza Teletovic (lungs) went through practice on Monday.

    Advice: He is still very unlikely to play on Wednesday, but this is fantastic news. Teletovic has been practicing since Friday and he's cleared to play in games. If he does play, he'll likely take some minutes away from Mason Plumlee or maybe Markel Brown with the Nets tweaking their rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:36 am
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Millsap could ditch protective shoulder pad
    Paul Millsap said he could ditch his protective shoulder pad in Game 2.

    Advice: The move would be designed in order to improve his range of motion. Millsap struggled offensively in Game 1 as he shot just 2-of-11 from the floor, and he also admitted that he's being extra cautious with the shoulder right now. The Hawks are now dealing with injuries to both of their starting bigs with Al Horford suffering a dislocated finger. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:31 am
  • Devin Harris questionable to play in Game 2
    Devin Harris (toe) is questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Harris aggravated his toe injury in Game 1, and then later admitted the tape job was an issue for his second toe, so it's unlikely to be a pretty picture inside of his shoe right now. Regardless, Harris' availability is obviously up in the air, and if he sits, J.J. Barea would see more action off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:27 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Lou Williams wins Sixth Man of the Year
    Lou Williams was named the NBA's 2014-15 Sixth Man of the Year on Monday.

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

    Advice: Hinrich was also ruled out of Game 1, and although he was thought to be improving, he hasn't made enough progress to get back into action. With Derrick Rose hooping and Aaron Brooks backing him up, Hinrich's availability doesn't seem to matter much anyway. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:07 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Cho: Kidd-Gilchrist 'probably' most improved
    Hornets GM Rich Cho said Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was "probably" the Hornets most-improved player this season.

    Advice: That would be a dramatic understatement. Kidd-Gilchrist finished the season averaging 10.9 points and 7.6 boards, but that alone is not an accurate representation of his value. Tasked with defending the opposition's best perimeter player, MKG is growing into his role as a lockdown defender in this league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:23 am
  • Al Jefferson intends to remain with Hornets
    Al Jefferson said that he intends to remain with the Hornets next season.

    Advice: Big Al has no desire to opt out, citing "unfinished business" with the Hornets. Jefferson added that he has a desire to lose 20-25 lbs this offseason in order to take some of the pressure off his knees, a move that would benefit both he and his team. Said Jefferson, "I've got to redeem myself." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:20 am
     
    Injured
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Gerald Green hoping to return to the Suns
    Gerald Green is hoping to re-sign with the Suns this offseason.

    Advice: "I do want to come back," he said. "I think they do want me back, too ... I just talked to Lon (Babby, president of basketball operations). It was a good conversation so I'm a little positive about that." Green had some ugly public back-and-forths with the Suns toward the end of the year about playing time, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he heads for greener pastures. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:14 am
  • Danny Granger undecided about player option
    Danny Granger is undecided about picking up his player option for next season.

    Advice: Granger will spend the summer working with the Suns training staff in an attempt to get himself healthy, and it's hard to envision Granger earning the $2.1 million he's slated to make if he does indeed opt out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:12 am
  • Report: Arron Afflalo could return for Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) could return for Game 2 vs. Memphis, according to CSNNW.

    Advice: "Yeah, I'm good," Afflalo said when asked if he'd be ready for the next contest. All the Blazers have said was that he participated in some portions of practice on Sunday, and with players notoriously optimistic about their recoveries, especially in the playoffs, we're going to need to see harder news before declaring AA ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:07 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:57 am
  • Luol Deng wants to do more than shoot threes
    Luol Deng was dissatisfied with his role on the Heat at times this season.

    Advice: "When I played [for] Scott Skiles [in Chicago], he didn’t want me shooting any threes," Deng said. "He wanted me close to the rim. My whole focus was the mid-range…. This year, [Erik Spoelstra] wanted me to take the corner threes more than I’ve done in the past…. Not having someone like Josh definitely hurts my game." Deng's role changed (frequently) due to all of the Heat injuries, and it's still unknown if he'll exercise his player option to return next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:51 am
  • Mike Conley plays through pain in Game 1 win
    Mike Conley (foot) admitted that it felt like a golf ball was at the bottom of his shoe in the Game 1 victory over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley scored 16 points in 24 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting, but he's nowhere near 100 percent healthy. Despite a successful Game 1 effort, we simply can't be expecting the usual Mike Conley as he deal with this injury. Beno Udrih will be a very important player for Memphis in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:21 am
  • Beal stays late for extra shooting work
    Bradley Beal stayed late after Washington's Game 1 win to get in extra shooting work.

    Advice: Beal managed to make just 6-of-23 shots, and that prompted the extra session. "Have to," Beal said of the additional work. "Can’t shoot 6 for 23. Just want to get a rhythm. I’ve got to just make sure everything’s feeling good still." Kudos to the Florida product for putting in the work after his team won, a move several players wouldn't have necessarily made. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:04 am
  • Rumor: Aldridge could bolt in free agency
    The Blazers are fearful LaMarcus Aldridge could bolt in free agency this offseason, according to The Oregonian.

    Advice: One Blazers player estimated Aldridge is 50-50 to return after the season. This is more rumor than report, and we haven't seen much to suggest Aldridge is seriously considering a change of scenery. That being said, he'll be in high demand, and a first-round playoff exit could leave a sour taste in his mouth. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:13 am
  • Clippers bench lousy, besides Jamal Crawford
    Glen Davis scored three points in 12 minutes and Austin Rivers added two points in 13 minutes during a lackluster bench effort vs. the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: Jamal Crawford was terrific, saving L.A.'s second unit with 17 points, but at some point Davis, Rivers, Spencer Hawes and Hedo Turkoglu will need to step up. The Clippers had one of the NBA's least-efficient bench units this season, along with the Magic, Cavaliers and Heat, and that was glaringly obvious to start the second quarter when L.A.'s reserves let a 12-point lead dwindle to a two-point lead in the course of two minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) plays only 10 minutes
    Tiago Splitter (calf) started Sunday's game in L.A. but he played only 10 minutes to finish with four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Splitter, who played five-minute stints to begin the first and third quarters, spent time in the Spurs' locker room and wore a large wrap around his calf while on the bench. He shot a combined 6-of-17 outside the paint this season and faces a brutal matchup vs. the athletic frontcourt of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, and even at full strength he'd be pressed to the limit. We'll keep an eye on his status over the next few days since the evidence suggests he's not a lock to start Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) plays only four minutes
    Matt Bonner (calf) committed one foul and grabbed one rebound in four minutes off the Spurs' bench on Sunday.

    Advice: Tiago Splitter's calf injury is a lingering issue and the Spurs will need all of their frontcourt depth vs. the Clippers. Bonner's return health is encouraging and his 3-point shooting could help spread the court and draw L.A.'s big men out of the paint, but he isn't likely to be a big factor. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Clips beat Spurs, Chris Paul scores 32 points
    Chris Paul was unguardable down the stretch of Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Spurs, finishing with a game-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting with three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists and two steals.

    Advice: CP3 started the postseason with a bang. He led the NBA with 10.2 assists per game this season, played 82 games for the first time in his 10-year career, and looks ready to step up offensively vs. the Spurs' elite defense. Paul knocked down a career-high 139 three-pointers this season and was 3-of-5 beyond the arc on Sunday, abusing every defender the Spurs threw his way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Tiago Splitter returns after quiet first half
    Tiago Splitter played five minutes before heading into the Spurs' locker room on Sunday, but he has since returned to start the second half.

    Advice: Splitter ran without obvious discomfort in the third quarter and appears to have avoided any setbacks, to the relief of the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge gets 32 pts in blowout loss
    The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis.

    Advice: The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis. Aldridge snared 14 rebounds with four blocks, two 3-pointers and only two turnovers in 42 minutes, but it wasn't nearly enough with his teammates scoring a combined 54 points on 31.1 percent shooting. Teams that lose Game 1 of a seven-game series go on to lose 76.9 percent of the time, a trend Portland will try to reverse beginning on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Mike Conley thrives Sun despite sprained foot
    Mike Conley (sprained right foot) scored 16 points in only 24 minutes of action vs. the Blazers, making 6-of-11 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He's been having trouble walking and was told he'd need 4-6 weeks to fully recover, but he didn't seem limited while using change-of-speed dribbles to befuddle the Blazers' defense. Conley was even wearing a shoe one size bigger on his right foot to allow for extra padding but all signs point to him starting without a minute-limit on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) starts Game 1 vs. Clips
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will start Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Aron Baynes will serve as Splitter's primary backup and Matt Bonner (calf) should also get in the mix if he's healthy enough to play. The Spurs may be conservative with Splitter's minutes to avoid any setbacks with his calf injury, but they'll need him to have a big series in a tough matchup with Defensive Player of the Year candidate DeAndre Jordan. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) available for Game 1
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Gregg Popovich wouldn't reveal whether Splitter will start but he's the most logical option to match up vs. DeAndre Jordan. The center position has been a platoon all season -- Aron Baynes will also log significant minutes in the middle and Matt Bonner (calf) may get some time when San Antonio wants to spread the court. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • Paul Millsap (shoulder) shoots 2-of-11 Sunday
    Paul Millsap (sore shoulder) struggled offensively on Sunday, scoring six points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: ''Anybody coming off an injury, they kind of favor their injury," Millsap said before the game. "They don't want it to get hit. I'm going to try not to think about it, but it's tough.'' The Hawks' offense shot a relatively poor 43.0 percent from the field, but they knocked down 21-of-22 free throws to escape with a 99-92 win. Millsap should be ready to play heavy minutes in Game 2 whether or not his shoulder is 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday against Portland, as expected.

    Advice: Conley was listed as a game-time call, but there was never really any doubt that he'd suit up for Game 1 of the playoffs. Head coach Dave Joerger said he'd play Conley as close to 45 minutes as possible, so he's looking like a quality guy to target in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) out for Game 1
    Updating a previous report, Arron Afflalo (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts said that Afflalo is getting better every day, and that he's getting his range of motion back, so it sounds like he's getting close to being available. However, he’ll be forced to spend Game 1 on the sidelines, and it'll be Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum being asked to fill the void in his absence, with McCollum offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:34 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Afflalo (shoulder) going through warmups
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) was spotted going through a pregame workout at full speed, and it's looking like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Afflalo is still being listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going through a workout at full speed is certainly a positive sign. He's currently in the second week of his initial 1-2 week timetable, so there is a chance he takes the floor tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he is able to play, C.J. McCollum's value would take a sizable hit, and Allen Crabbe may fall entirely out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:28 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich (knee) is improving, but he's unsure about his status for Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Tony Snell will pick up most of Hinrich's reserve minutes if he's again unable to go on Monday, but he's not going to see enough floor time to matter in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:32 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) is a game-time decision
    Tiago Splitter (calf) is a game-time call against the Clippers on Sunday according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: Splitter missed the last six games of the regular season because of the calf issue, but he did go through a light practice on Friday and was seen getting up some free throws at shootaround. The Spurs could really use his presence in the paint against DeAndre Jordan, but it looks like he will be a true game-time decision. If Splitter can't play, Aron Baynes is expected to start at center. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Mike Conley and Tony Allen will give it a go
    Mike Conley (foot) and Tony Allen (hamstring) will play vs. the Blazers on Sunday according to head coach Dave Joerger, though they are officially listed as game-time decisions.

    Advice: Conley missed the last four games of the regular season, and even though he is still experiencing some discomfort, he is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight. Joerger admitted that there will likely be some rust, but it's possible that Conley could see close to his normal allotment of minutes. We will confirm his status right before tip-off, but it's safe to say that Beno Udrih will be heading back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • Devin Harris had issue with tape on his toe
    Devin Harris (toe) said the tape job on his left big toe was a problem with his second toe.

    Advice: He had surgery on that toe back in the summer of 2013, so the Mavs will have to figure out a new way to wrap Harris' toe in Game 2. This doesn't sound quite as bad as a normal aggravation, but Harris will likely be limited in some capacity for the rest of the series. J.J. Barea will play a bit more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:16 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Devin Harris aggravates toe injury vs. HOU
    Devin Harris aggravated his toe injury on Saturday and is doubtful to return.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable to go into this game and he suffered the aggravation in the second half. Harris seemed to be bothered by the injury throughout the game and he could miss some time. If that's the case, J.J. Barea would be looking at more playing time. Harris left the game with two points, two boards and one assist in 10 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Joakim Noah logs 35 minutes vs. Bucks
    Joakim Noah played 35 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with six points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau stuck with his nine-man rotation tonight and Noah was still able to get big minutes. Taj Gibson did have an injury, but Noah was still on track to see a major increase in playing time from his 29.1 minutes per game in his previous 10. He should be in the 35-38 minute neighborhood as long as he's healthy. Pau Gasol didn't play very well in this game, making 5-of-17 from the field for 10 points with 13 boards, four assists and three blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:03 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores five in 13 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic played 13 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at small forward tonight, which continues to be a problem area for him. Taj Gibson did have a minor knee strain issue, but there's been no concern since the game ended. Mirotic will be seeing playing time in the teens while the Bulls are healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:57 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • John Henson gets 26 minutes vs. Bulls
    John Henson played 26 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He played more than Zaza Pachulia's 22 minutes and the extra length seemed to help the Bucks on defense. Henson hasn't played 26 minutes in any game since Mar. 9, so this came as a surprise. We'll see if this continues in this series, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see coach Jason Kidd change his mind. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:44 pm
  • Khris Middleton missing late, scores 18
    Khris Middleton scored 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: For some reason, coach Jason Kidd was a little late bringing Middleton into the game during the fourth quarter. Middleton does have sub-par numbers against the Bulls and his 41.2 percent from the field against them is his lowest among any opponent with at least three games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:40 pm
  • Devin Harris looks like he's playing on Sat
    Devin Harris (toe) looks like a go against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable, but the team expected him to play all along. If any other news comes around regarding Harris, we'll pass it along. Expect him to play minutes in the lower 20s tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:06 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:49 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) questionable for Sunday
    Matt Bonner (calf) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: He was well enough to direct a Spurs music video, but he hasn't played since suffering the injury on Apr. 10. The Spurs will give more minutes to Tim Duncan, so Bonner won't be needed as much. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:11 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 16 points in 48 minutes
    Bradley Beal made 6-of-23 from the field for 16 points against the Raptors during an overtime 93-86 win on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 48 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman went to a Beal pick-and-roll quite a bit in this game, but it wasn't really a productive play for them. He really struggled down the stretch today and that's been a problem for him in his career. On the lighter side, Kyle Lowry fouled Beal for Lowry's sixth foul and Beal waved goodbye to Lowry. Beal might play off the ball a little more should he have another off game like this one. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:22 pm
  • Lou Williams' late surge isn't enough
    Lou Williams made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

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

    Advice: The good news is that he's getting closer and is even getting his shots up on Friday, but Afflalo might need two weeks to heal from his shoulder strain suffered on Apr. 9. C.J. McCollum will benefit most even if the Blazers opt to go with Allen Crabbe as the starter, which could definitely happen. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:24 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Mike Conley (foot) thinks he will play Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) continues to make progress, and he believes he will hear his name announced in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley returned to practice on Friday, and it's clear that the time on the shelf sped up his recovery. He added that his foot is still sore every morning, but he does feel better when he moves around. It sounds like he will be a game-time decision, but we should have an official update after the team's shootaround on Sunday. Beno Udrih will move back to the bench if Conley plays. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:10 am
  • Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday
    Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: The Bucks rested him for the final two games of the season, so he should be fresh for the playoffs. Dudley is a seasoned veteran, and his experience will be a huge boost for the young Bucks. Expect Dudley to see minutes in the mid 20s tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:46 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play vs. the Bucks on Saturday as expected.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season because of his nagging hamstring issue, but he practiced in full on Friday and is ready to rejoin the starting lineup. Noah doesn't have any restrictions on his minutes moving forward, but there is no need for the Bulls to push him considering Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic are backing him up. Still, Noah could play more than 32 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:24 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks, and it is unclear if he will be able to play in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: He has reportedly "plateaued" in his rehab, so it looks like he could miss more time. With Hinrich out of commission, Tony Snell will see some minutes in the rotation Saturday. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) goes through a workout
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went through a workout on Friday and attempted some shots.

    Advice: He was drenched in sweat and taking some shots today bodes well for his chances to play. Still, Afflalo was outplayed by C.J. McCollum, so he might not play more than 32 minutes in the first round. Fantasy owners might want to use someone else in postseason formats or in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:36 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Devin Harris (toe) downgraded to questionable
    Devin Harris (toe) has been downgraded to questionable for Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle said on Thursday that Harris would play, so we're going to assume he's closer to probable than questionable. However, if he's forced to sit, it will open up minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Barea makes for the better daily league target sans Harris. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Mike Conley, Tony Allen practice on Friday
    Mike Conley (foot) and Tony Allen (hamstring) practiced on Friday.

    Advice: Conley expects to play and he'll likely be a game-time decision on Sunday. He has been able to do some pre-game stuff, so keeping him out the last week is probably somewhat precautionary. He'll be a very important piece for the Grizzlies at home considering the struggles of Damian Lillard on defense. Beno Udrih would move to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:20 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) doesn't practice Friday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was unable to practice Friday, and his status is uncertain for Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: If Hinrich can't go, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of his minutes. Hinrich is a solid defender, but he doesn't really bring a lot to the stat sheet, so he's not really a factor in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:14 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) practices Friday
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah missed the sat out the final two games of the regular-season, but he'll be back in action for the playoffs. However, with solid depth behind him in Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, head coach Tom Thibodeau may limit his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:02 am
  • Tiago Splitter goes through light practice
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter (calf) went through a light practice on Friday, but he would not commit to his availability for Game 1 against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: "If he plays, he plays," said Popovich of Splitter. Splitter is likely headed for a game-time decision on Sunday, but if he's forced to sit, there will be more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aron Baynes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:26 am
  • Teletovic cleared for basketball activities
    Mirza Teletovic (lungs) has been cleared for basketball activities, but he will remain sidelined for Games 1 and 2 of the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Teletovic was a full participant during Friday's practice, and while he will for sure spend the first two games of the Nets playoff series against the Hawks on the sidelines, there's a chance he enters the rotation after that. He's been out since January 22, so even if he is able to return, it'll likely be in a very limited capacity. He could potentially take away some minutes from Bojan Bogdanovic when he is able to return to the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:54 am
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Joakim Noah will be ready for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) said he'll be ready to go for Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah had knee surgery last year and coach Tom Thibodeau believes this hamstring injury is related. Noah's rest at the end of the season seems to be precautionary. Even if he does have limitations, the emergence of Nikola Mirotic really adds some depth. Plus, Taj Gibson is playing well. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • Howard's minutes to increase for playoffs
    Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play on Saturday
    Updating a previous report, Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris (turf toe) will play in Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: Harris' return to the rotation will lead to fewer minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:59 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dudley (back), Bayless (neck) practice Thurs
    Jared Dudley (back), and Jerryd Bayless (neck) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley missed the final two games of the regular-season with a sore back, while Bayless missed the regular-season finale with a sore neck. Neither of these injuries sounds serious, so these guys should be ready for Game 1 against the Bulls on Saturday. That being said, both players will likely have their minutes trimmed down a bit for the postseason, and they're unlikely to do much on the stat sheet with the guys ahead of them in the rotation fully healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) expected to play Game 1
    Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris (toe) looks "ready to go" for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Harris being available when the playoffs kickoff on Saturday, and his return to the rotation will mean fewer minutes for guys like Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:37 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Al Jefferson unlikely to opt out of contract
    Al Jefferson said it's unlikely that he'll exercise the opt out clause in his contract to become a free agent in July.

    Advice: We'll monitor this situation throughout the summer, but this would be great news for Hornets fan if Big Al sticks to his word and returns. Jefferson also added that he'd like to lose 25 pounds this summer, which would hopefully help him further exacerbate his existing knee injury. Assuming he's fully healthy next fall, the 30-year-old will provide solid early-round value for owners who are willing to accept the fact that he hasn't played more than 78 games since the 2010-11 season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:49 am
     
    Injured
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Jared Dudley likely to be ready for playoffs
    Jared Dudley sat out for a second straight game due to a sore back in Wednesday's finale against the Celtics.

    Advice: However, he's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks in the playoffs, which start Saturday against the Bulls. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Aldridge leads Blazers to 'No. 4 seed'
    LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday and had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blazers in a loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Blazers are technically the No. 4 seed in the West, but will face the No. 5 seeded Grizzlies, who will have home-court advantage due to having a better record than Memphis. Damian Lillard scored 17, but it was reserve Tim Frazier who was one of the surprises of the night, racking up 13 points, 10 assists and a 3-pointer off the bench in 30 minutes. Nicolas Batum sat this one out, and is iffy for Game 1 against the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 minutes in blowout
    Dwight Howard played just 21 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert did block him once, but this was a great game for Dwight tonight. He would have played a lot more, but the Rockets had this game in the bag during the third quarter. He'll get a tough matchup against the Mavs and Tyson Chandler. Dwight only had one game vs. Dallas this year, scoring eight points with seven boards in 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 5 points in 27 minutes
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) returned to action on Wednesday vs. the Bulls and scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting with six boards and four assists in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He managed to save his line by adding four steals and two blocks, but he looked really rusty tonight and the Hawks probably should have rested him. Millsap said that there was still some soreness in his shoulder, so it looks like the issue could linger into the playoffs. The good news is that Millsap should be able to play through the injury, but we will pass along additional details if we hear anything else. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Lou Williams gets a DNP-CD on Wednesday
    Lou Williams was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said he was going to limit Williams and he rested him the entire way. Williams had a terrific season and he's one of the three players most likely to win Sixth Man of the Year along with Isaiah Thomas and Andre Iguodala. He'll be a very important piece for the Raptors. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:19 pm
  • Luol Deng likely out on Wednesday
    Luol Deng (rest, knee) is not likely to play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: There was some talk of Deng missing the rest of the season earlier this month, but the Heat gave him a chance to play in order to make a desperate attempt at the postseason. The Heat were knocked out last night, so now they’re in for a one-day tank. Deng’s season ends with averages of 14.0 points, 5.2 boards, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals. It’ll be Tyler Johnson, Michael Beasley and James Ennis getting most of the minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) expects to play in Game 1
    Devin Harris is dealing with turf toe in his left big toe, but he expects to be ready for the first game of the playoffs.

    Advice: Harris won't play on Wednesday and he recently had a shot to calm the inflammation in his bruised and swollen toe. He had toe surgery during the offseason but it was a different digit on the same foot, and the good news is that he doesn't sound concerned about any long-term damage. His absence leaves more playing time for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:09 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Bradley Beal not playing on Wednesday
    Bradley Beal will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's healthy and is just getting some rest on the second half of a back-to-back set. Rasual Butler and Otto Porter will get a ton of minutes in the starting lineup. Martell Webster should get some playing time, too. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:46 pm
  • Jared Dudley out for Wednesday
    Jared Dudley will rest against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: There could be more rested players on the way for the Bucks. Plus, the Bucks will likely limit some of their guys. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Lou Williams will have a minutes restriction
    Lou Williams will have a minutes restriction against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: If Lou plays less, there should be more minutes going to Terrence Ross, Greivis Vasquez and maybe even James Johnson. Considering there are so many playing tonight, we wouldn't suggest using Williams. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • Arron Afflalo hoping for a Sunday Game 1
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is hoping for a Game 1 to occur on Sunday.

    Advice: He's unsure about his status for the first day of the postseason and he's out tonight. The Blazers lost Nicolas Batum and C.J. McCollum to leg injuries, so they may need Afflalo more than ever. For now, Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee will get most of the minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:35 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Dwight Howard expected to play Wednesday
    Dwight Howard is expected to play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: This is just a reminder that Dwight will be back after missing Monday. He should get around 28-32 minutes against Rudy Gobert, which should be fun to watch. Howard has played well in his last four, averaging 17.3 points, 11.0 boards and 1.3 blocks. Start him even in a bad matchup unless free throw percentage is really important to you tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:05 am
  • Paul Millsap (shoulder) will start Wednesday
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) will be in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shoulder was still a little tender on Tuesday, so it's a surprise to see Millsap active when the Hawks have nothing to play for. Millsap has missed the last five games, so his minutes will likely be held in check tonight. If anything, the Hawks will just be glad to have him back with playoffs right around the corner. Mike Muscala will move back to the bench, but he could get some decent minutes with Mike Scott on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:40 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) will play Wednesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) will play on Wednesday vs. the Mavericks, and he is expecting to see his normal allotment of minutes.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum (knee) and C.J. McCollum (ankle) have already been ruled out, meaning Aldridge will be able to take as many shots as he pleases Wednesday. Aldridge has missed the last two games, but the Blazers likely want him to establish some rhythm leading into the playoffs. Aldridge obviously belongs in all lineups, while Meyers Leonard will shift to the bench and loses most of his value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:13 am
  • Mike Conley (ankle) officially ruled out Weds
    Mike Conley (ankle) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: This will be his fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, but this should help Conley recover in time for the playoffs. Beno Udrih will draw another start and is worth a look in most leagues, while Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams should be more involved as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich out Wednesday
    Joakin Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) and Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Thibodeau said that Noah will be ready for the playoffs, so the Bulls are obviously erring on the side of caution tonight. With Noah on the shelf, Taj Gibson will likely draw the start and should be plugged into all lineups, while Nikola Mirotic will also see an uptick in minutes and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:01 am
  • Mike Conley (foot) doubtful for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot) did not participate in shootaround and isn't expected to play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Conley has missed the last three games, and the Grizzlies obviously want him to be as close to 100 percent as possible for the playoffs. With Conley likely on the sidelines, Beno Udrih will draw another start and will be the primary beneficiary, while Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams could see some extra minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:41 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out on Weds
    Michael Kidd-Gilcrhist (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He was never expected to play tonight, so he should have already been dropped everywhere, MKG made great strides this season, and hopefully he continues to work on his shooting this summer. MKG will finish the season with averages of 10.9 points, 7.6 boards 1.4 assists in 28.9 minutes per game. Jeff Taylor will remain in the starting lineup, but he is only worth a look in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • Al Jefferson, Kidd-Gilchrist out Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (knee) and Michael Kidd-Gilcrhist (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Hornets have no reason to risk Big Al's health, so this is not a surprise. Jefferson's knee was a major concern down the stretch, so it will definitely be something to monitor closely in the offseason. Bismack Biyombo will draw the start tonight and is worth a look in all leagues for his ability to rebound and block shots at a high level. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:39 am
     
    Injured
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Chris Paul finishes 82 games played in style
    Chris Paul scored 22 points with six 3-pointers, six assists, two steals, one block and one turnover in just 29 minutes of action on Tuesday, playing in his 82nd game of the season.

    Advice: CP3 ramped up his scoring to a season-best 22.6 points per game in March, followed by 20.3 points in April, and he's showing no signs of fatigue despite playing 82 games for the first time in his NBA career. It's worth mentioning that Paul's six 3-pointers tonight were a career-high and they came against a Suns' defense which ranks No. 8 in fewest 3-pointers against. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:31 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) probable Wednesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts said on Monday that he was hopeful Aldridge would be able to play Wednesday, so it's looking like he has a good chance of suiting up tomorrow. He'll be very busy on offense with Nicolas Batum (knee) and C.J. McCollum (ankle) already having been ruled out, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues. Meyers Leonard would head back to the bench with Aldridge active, rendering him a negligible option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) questionable for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Conley has spent the last three games on the sidelines, and it's been Beno Udrih in the starting lineup splitting minutes with Nick Calathes. Udrih is capable of scoring in the teens while dishing out a few assists, but with a tough matchup against the Pacers, he'd make for a risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) out Wednesday vs. Portland
    Devin Harris (toe) will not play Wednesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: With Harris unavailable, look for J.J. Barea to pick up most of his minutes sliding into a Sixth Man role for the Mavericks. He's coming off an 18-point game, and he'll have a favorable matchup against a Blazers team that has been decimated by injuries, so he'll certainly be worth a look in daily leagues. Raymond Felton will also have the opportunity for extended minutes, but he's an extremely risky guy to deploy in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Paul Millsap (shoulder) questionable for Wed
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) is officially being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but it doesn't seem very logical for the Hawks to risk Millsap aggravating his shoulder injury in a meaningless game, so we're going to assume he's much more closer to doubtful than questionable. Mike Muscala will draw the start if Millsap can't go, but he has been struggling lately, and would make for a risky play in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:04 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of Hinrich's minutes, with Rose offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) doubtful Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Noah spent Monday's game on the sidelines as well, so we're not expected him to suit up on Wednesday. Taj Gibson will draw the start if Noah is indeed unavailable, with Nikola Mirotic logging extended minutes off the bench. Both players offer plenty of upside, and they'd make for fine plug-and-play options in daily leagues. This seems like a very minor issue for Noah, and while he's unlikely for Monday, all signs are pointing towards him being available for Game 1 of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) ruled out for Wednesday
    Matt Bonner (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: With both Bonner and Tiago Splitter (calf) on the shelf for Wednesday's game, expect Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes to log extended minutes. Baynes makes for an intriguing, albeit risky, daily league prospect. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Paul Millsap says shoulder is still 'tender'
    Paul Millsap said that his shoulder "is still a little tender in areas," and there is still no official decision on his status for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: We're going to assume Millsap spends Wednesday's game on the sidelines, as the Hawks would like him to be 100 percent for the playoffs, and they have nothing to gain in a meaningless game against the Bulls. Mike Scott (back) has already been ruled out for Wednesday, so if Millsap does indeed sit out tomorrow’s game, Mike Muscala will get all the run he can handle. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Paul Millsap able to practice on Tuesday
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) took part in practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Millsap has missed five games with his shoulder injury and will likely make it a sixth on Wednesday as the Hawks have nothing to play for against the Bulls. With Hawks' focused on getting Millsap healthy for the playoffs, Mike Scott and Mike Muscala will likely again see a minutes boost on Wednesday and would be a solid play in daily leagues if Millsap sits. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:38 am
  • Luol Deng not thinking Miami future yet
    Luol Deng isn't ready to decide on his future with the Miami Heat yet.

    Advice: Deng has a $10.2 million player option for next season, but has not decided upon his next steps yet. "We’re talking about it early; I’m not thinking about it yet," he said on Monday. " I really don’t want to go there yet. When the season’s over and I sit down and relax, I can start thinking about that stuff." Deng is averaging 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers in his first season with Miami and would again enter the 2015-16 season as a later-round fantasy player if he stays with the Heat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:14 am
  • Paul, Clippers head into Tuesday ready to win
    Chris Paul scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, nine assists and two steals in the Clippers' 110-103 win over the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: Paul is working on an 82-game season and the Clippers can finish with either the two, three or five-seeds. They'll bring out their A-game against the Suns on Tuesday and watch the scoreboard both that night and on Wednesday as the rest of the West playoff teams finish their final games. Blake Griffin added 22 points, nine boards, eight assists, two blocks and an 8-of-9 mark from the line, DeAndre Jordan went for 20 and 21 with one steal and four blocks, and J.J. Redick scored 20 points with three treys in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:30 am
  • Devin Harris returned to action on Monday April 13. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:57 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 26 points in 24 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic provided an offensive boost off the bench in just 24 minutes, scoring a game-high 26 points with two rebounds, three steals and six 3-pointers against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He's going to get some votes for Rookie of the Year and he's really played well on the nights he gets big minutes. Plus, Mirotic is much more comfortable at power forward, so it's going to be interesting to see how the Bulls handle their logjam over the summer. Joakim Noah (hamstring) could sit again on Wednesday, so you'll want to start Mirotic if/when that happens. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:08 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Mike Conley (foot) remains out for Monday
    Mike Conley (foot) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: So the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih at point guard to match up with Stephen Curry. Conley has been out for two games before tonight and he might not be at 100 percent heading into the playoffs. Give Beno a look if you need a plug-and-play. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 6:16 pm
  • Joakim Noah (knee) out, Taj Gibson to start
    Joakim Noah will not play against the Nets on Monday and Taj Gibson will start.

    Advice: The team is calling it "left knee tendinitis" but it doesn't sound serious. Taj Gibson will start and could be in for a huge line. Nikola Mirotic also greatly benefits here. Noah should be considered questionable for Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 3:52 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) hopeful for Wed
    Coach Terry Stotts said he's hoping LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) can play on Wednesday night against the Mavericks.

    Advice: He's out against the Thunder tonight and the Blazers will start Meyers Leonard again. It's great to hear Aldridge is getting close because the Blazers will obviously need him this weekend for the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 3:40 pm
  • Big Al, Lance, Cody, P.J. & MKG are all out
    Al Jefferson (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Monday night.

    Advice: The Hornets finally turned to Noah Vonleh on Sunday. He played 29 minutes and posted career highs in 16 points and 12 boards. Vonleh should get another look tonight, so give him a look if you are a dice roller. Bismack Biyombo will start and play around 30-34 minutes, assuming the Hornets aren't blown out again. Jefferson is likely out for the season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 2:20 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is out for Monday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: He's likely out for the season and Jeff Taylor will continue to start. In his previous 11 starts, Taylor averaged just 6.1 points, 2.9 boards and 0.9 assists. Obviously that's not going to get it done for almost any owner. Gerald Henderson should log significant minutes at small forward tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 2:19 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) ruled out for Monday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) will not play on Monday against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's a big break for the Thunder as the team fights the Pelicans for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Without Aldridge available, Meyers Leonard is likely to draw another start. Leonard is averaging 10.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 triples on 50.9 percent shooting. We know what you're thinking: We're surprised, too. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 10:21 am
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) ruled out for Wednesday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) has already been ruled out for Wednesday's regular season finale.

    Advice: Additionally, Splitter will be on a strict minutes limit if he suits up for Game 1 of the postseason. It's a redux of what we saw last season with Splitter, when his calf issues were at the forefront of the playoff conversation. Of course, the Spurs went on to win the title, so we think they'll figure it out with or without Splitter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 9:44 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play on Monday vs. Nets
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: Hinrich didn't go through shootaround and isn't expected to return until at least Game 1 of the playoffs. It will be the Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks show at point guard for Chicago, and that's the way it should remain regardless of whether or not Hinrich is available. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 13, 8:07 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Gerald Green (back) scores 23 pts in return
    Gerald Green led the Suns with 23 points in a futile effort on Sunday, knocking down 8-of-16 shots with two 3-pointers in 26 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Green obviously wasn't limited by the back spasms that forced him to leave Friday's game, as this marks just the fifth time since Jan. 1 that he's scored 20+ points. He even chipped in four rebounds and two assists tonight -- with Brandon Knight (ankle) out of commission, Green is an intriguing gamble for owners seeking points and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 7:00 pm
  • Dwight Howard posts 19 & 11 w/ three blocks
    Dwight Howard played 28 minutes during Sunday's win vs. the Pelicans, which he finished with 19 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-11 FTs), 11 rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: As a reminder, Howard will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday. He has three straight double-doubles despite being on a fairly strict minute-limit, and over his past four games he's averaging 17.3 points on 67.5 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. Considering he missed almost two months with a serious knee injury, this is all fantasy owners could have hoped for. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 6:37 pm
  • Gerald Green (back) will play on Sunday
    Gerald Green (back) will play on Sunday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Green was forced to leave Friday's game against the Pelicans due to back spasms, but he will be ready to roll tonight. The Suns will have just 10 players available, so Green could get plenty of minutes off the bench. He will always be a hit-or-miss option, but Green is worth a flier for any owner in need of scoring or 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 2:55 pm
  • Khris Middleton helps Bucks secure No. 6 seed
    The Bucks secured the No. 6 seed with Sunday's win vs. Brooklyn, aided by Khris Middleton's 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

    Advice: Middleton didn't turn the ball over in 30 minutes and he's rolling over his past three games, giving fantasy owners a final push during his career-best season. He doesn't get much fanfare but Middleton has been a steady top-70 fantasy value (8-cat) with career-high averages of 13.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting, 1.5 triples, 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 2:52 pm
  • John Henson blocks three shots in 19 minutes
    John Henson came off the Bucks' bench for six points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in only 19 minutes vs. the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: A lack of playing time has been Henson's biggest obstacle to sustained value. Owners should remember his per-36-minute averages next season -- 13.9 points (56.8 percent FGs, 56.8 percent FTs), 9.1 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.8 blocks. His tendency to get into foul trouble doesn't help his cause, but the biggest roadblock is veteran C Zaza Pachulia, who is under contract for $5.2 million next year. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 2:51 pm
  • Jared Dudley expected to rest Mon. & Wed.
    Jared Dudley went scoreless in 28 minutes off Milwaukee's bench on Sunday, and Jason Kidd said after the game that Dudley will likely rest on Monday and Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been struggling with back and knee issues lately, which helps to explain his 0-of-4 shooting on Sunday, and it makes sense for the Bucks to rest him with the No. 6 seed locked up. His absence should open up more minutes for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and even O.J. Mayo. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 2:49 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out Sunday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Sunday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Look for Jeff Taylor and Gerald Henderson to log extended minutes with MKG sidelined. Taylor is a negligible factor in all fantasy leagues, while Henderson doesn't do much aside from score. Henderson has struggled in his past two outings, making him a risky play in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 12:03 pm
  • Al Jefferson (knee) will not play on Sunday
    Al Jefferson (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Bismack Biyombo gets another start today, so give him a look if you're in need of some rebounding and shot blocking. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 12:01 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Dwight Howard to play Sunday, rest on Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans, but he will sit out Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Howard isn't cleared to play in both games of a back-to-back set, so there are no surprises here. Howard belongs in all active lineups Sunday as long as you can deal with his awful free throw shooting, while Terrence Jones, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will all benefit in his absence vs. the Hornets on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 8:52 am
  • Chris Paul scores 15 with 14 dimes
    Chris Paul handled his business against the Grizzlies during a 94-86 win on Saturday, scoring 15 points with five boards, 14 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This game probably seals his crown for dimes per game and he's certainly going to win the total dime distinction. Thanks to staying healthy, CP3 has 52 more assists than second place (John Wall). If you drafted him, you probably stole him due to all the knee injuries he had leading up to this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 10:19 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic plays just 15 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic played 15 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday with five points, two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a really bad game with a handful of defensive lapses. Now that Taj Gibson is shining again, Mirotic has moved to the small forward spot, which hasn't been a very successful spot for him. Unless the Bulls rest guys, he's not worth starting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 8:15 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Lou Williams scores 29 points vs. Heat
    Lou Williams scored 29 points against the Heat on Saturday with one rebound, two assists and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 17 points in the second quarter, which was more than the Knicks and Magic scored in the second quarter today (15). Williams is really solidifying his chances for Sixth Man of the Year and is scoring in bunches right now. In his last five, he averaged 21.6 points, 2.2 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.6 treys. He's also led the team in scoring 17 times this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 7:44 pm
  • Luol Deng plays 37 minutes vs. Raptors
    Luol Deng played 37 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with 11 points, seven rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He is getting big minutes and gave all he could tonight. Deng just hasn't been himself in his last five, averaging 11.2 points, 7.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 treys on 36.1 percent from the field. There's a decent chance he gets shut down, so feel free to cut him for someone else who benefits from a shut down. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 7:25 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not return on Sat
    Kirk Hinrich suffered a hyperextended left knee on Saturday vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: He has had some tough luck with his knee in recent weeks, but the good news is that he plans on traveling for Monday's game vs. the Nets. However, with Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks both healthy, Hinrich won't be making an impact in fantasy leagues any time soon. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more, but he belongs on the wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 6:41 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • LaMarcus Aldridge only has a sore foot
    An MRI was negative on LaMarcus Aldridge's foot and he's only dealing with soreness.

    Advice: This is good news and the Blazers are just taking it easy on their star power forward. They're almost a lock to be the fourth seed, so the risk outweighs the reward. Meyers Leonard is worth a look tonight against the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 5:21 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) doubtful for Sunday
    Matt Bonner (calf) is doubtful to play against the Suns on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be Boris Diaw, Aron Baynes and Jeff Ayres getting most of the big man minutes next to Tim Duncan on Sunday. Diaw offers the most upside while Baynes is also worth a look in standard leagues for the last day of the week. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 3:07 pm
  • Tiago Splitter out, Matt Bonner doubtful
    Tiago Splitter (calf) is out for Sunday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He is not likely to be 100 percent until the playoffs. Splitter was playing well before his nagging calf injury popped up again, but the Spurs are doing just fine without him. Aron Baynes and Boris Diaw will handle most of the minutes next to Tim Duncan. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 3:05 pm
  • Luol Deng (knee) will play against Raptors
    Luol Deng (knee) will play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He played 36 minutes on Thursday, but didn't have a great game with just eight points on 3-of-13 from the field. Deng should see big minutes again tonight and is worth starting in standard leagues. He could be a shut down candidate if the Heat are eliminated from playoff contention. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 2:59 pm
  • Dwight Howard will sit Sunday or Monday
    Dwight Howard said he will rest Sunday or Monday, but doesn't know which one yet.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and Dwight has yet to play in both games of a back-to-back set since his return to the lineup. On the night he sits, there should be more minutes going to Terrence Jones, Joey Dorsey and Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 11:15 am
  • Luol Deng (knee) is probable for Saturday
    Luol Deng (knee) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Deng's knee has been struggling for a while, but it is a good sign that he was able to play 36 minutes vs. the Bulls on Thursday. With the Heat needing a win tonight, Deng should see as many minutes as he can handle and belongs in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 11:07 am
  • Noah won't have restrictions in the playoffs
    After talks with the coaching staff, trainers and the front office, Joakim Noah said that his minutes restriction will be lifted for the playoffs.

    Advice: Noah has been on a minutes limit of round 32 minutes per game for most of the season (he has gone over that number several times), but it's encouraging that the Bulls are showing confidence in his health leading into the playoffs. This news obviously doesn't help fantasy owners, but if anything at least the restrictions kept him healthy for most of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 9:33 am
  • Green leaves game due to back spasms
    Gerald Green left Friday's game due to back spasms after 12 minutes of action.

    Advice: Green scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting with one three and this kills any appeal he had after his 30-point eruption on Wednesday. If he gets the all-clear going forward, he's to be viewed as a 3-point shooting lottery ticket and that's it. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 11:18 pm
  • Howard double-doubles in loss to SA
    Dwight Howard scored 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting (6-of-9 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Howard's minutes are slowly getting ramped up for the playoffs and he's more or less where owners want him to be productivity-wise. He's much better than the deep league asset we called him earlier today, though there is going to be risk of DNPs as we finish the season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 11:02 pm
  • Middleton goes for 22 & 7 with six steals
    Khris Middleton scored 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting (including three treys) with seven rebounds, two assists and six steals in Friday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Middleton is one of the better waiver wire pickups this season and he has leveled out as a top-40 value in his new role as primary scorer for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 10:01 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) out for Saturday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (left foot sprain) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: The Blazers are having some really bad luck with injuries right now. Hopefully, this is more precautionary than anything because there were no indications he was hurt on Thursday. The Blazers would probably be wise to rest guys because they're losing all of their forwards to injury. As for Saturday, Meyers Leonard will be a very popular play in daily leagues following a big 17-point, 15-board outing the last time LMA missed a game. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 7:19 pm
  • Lou Williams hits a game-winning trey
    Lou Williams made a game-winning 3-pointer with nine seconds left on Friday against the Magic, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't run the offense nearly as much as usual, but his minutes didn't take a big hit. Williams also closed this game out with Terrence Ross (ankle) on the sidelines, so that should continue. Expect Williams to play 30-33 minutes sans Ross. He's worth owning in standard leagues regardless. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 6:57 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (right shoulder) out 1-2 weeks
    Arron Afflalo was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain and will miss the next 1-2 weeks.

    Advice: It could be worse and at least Afflalo does have a chance to make it back for the postseason. However, Afflalo's regular season is over, averaging 13.3 points, 3.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys on 42.4 percent from the field. With Afflalo out, C.J. McCollum is really going to get to show what he can do. He's a must-own player. Expect Allen Crabbe to get more run and possibly Alonzo Gee getting in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 2:10 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) out Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: With no clear return date in sight, MKG belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Jeff Taylor will continue to do almost nothing on the stat sheet as a starter, while Gerald Henderson will log extended minutes and see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 9:21 am
  • Al Jefferson (knee) out Friday vs. the Hawks
    Al Jefferson (knee) is listed as out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Bismack Biyombo will continue to start for Charlotte for as long as Big Al is sidelined, and he's worth a look for anyone seeking some rebounding and shot blocking. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 9:16 am
     
    Injured
    L, 92-87 @ Tor
  • Paul Millsap (shoulder) out Friday and Sunday
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) has been ruled out for both Friday's game vs. the Hornets, as well as Sunday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: It'll be Mike Muscala and Mike Scott stepping it up in Millsap's absence, with Scott offering a bit more upside. They'll draw a favorable matchup against the Hornets tonight, and after going off for 20 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday, Scott is someone to consider in daily leagues. Millsap is just dealing with a shoulder contusion, and head coach Mike Budenholzer said he's not concerned about Millsap's availability for the playoffs, so this doesn't sound like a major issue. We'll consider him questionable for Monday's game vs. the Knicks. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 9:00 am
  • Paul Millsap (shoulder) unlikely for Friday
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) is unlikely to suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Millsap was not made available to the media during shootaround, and he's listed as "out" in the Hawks' game notes, so it seems very unlikely he'll be able to play. With Millsap unavailable, Mike Muscala will continue to start, but with averages of 10.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 block per game as a starter, he's not much more than a low-end play in deep leagues. Mike Scott will also see some extended run, and coming off a 20-point game, he'd be someone to consider in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 7:44 am
  • Afflalo will undergo medical testing Friday
    Arron Afflalo is scheduled to undergo medical testing on his right arm in Portland on Friday to determine the extent of his injury.

    Advice: Afflalo said that he felt pain "behind his arm" near his shoulder and triceps area, and the injury was so tender following Thursday's game he was unable to lift his arm above his shoulder. This injury is to his shooting arm, so there's a good chance he misses time as the Blazers attempt to go into the playoffs as healthy as possible. C.J. McCollum is going to be the primary beneficiary with Afflalo unavailable, and he needs to be owned in all leagues after putting up 17 points with a full line on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 6:20 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 27 points vs. GSW
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 27 points against the Warriors during a 116-105 loss on Thursday, adding six rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had some trouble on close-range shots with Draymond Green defending him. Aldridge was rested on Monday night and the Blazers will likely take it easy on him going forward. Yes, coach Terry Stotts said he isn't planning on resting guys, but he might change his mind with all the injuries occurring to his team. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 9, 10:19 pm
  • Afflalo may have tore something in shoulder
    Arron Afflalo went to the locker room in the fourth quarter against the Warriors on Thursday and will not return.

    Advice: According to the TNT broadcast, Afflalo said he felt like he tore something in his right shoulder. Unfortunately, he's likely going to be re-evaluated on Friday, but there's a decent chance he'll be out indefinitely. Go pick up C.J. McCollum right now. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 9, 9:55 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
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