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  • Griffin breaks the pinball machine in G1 win
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (8-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in the Clippers' 99-92 Game 1 win over the Rockets in Houston.

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

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

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

    Advice: "I like being here," he said. "I absolutely enjoyed my time with the Nets. It's been good for me." Earlier this season, the thought of Lopez opting out and leaving nearly $17 million on the table was unfathomable. Now? It's expected Lopez will opt out and command a sizable multi-year deal. For what it's worth, Lopez spoke of the Nets in the past tense. If he does hit free agency, Lopez will be a fascinating case to watch unfold. The Nets would have an incredibly tough time replacing Lopez if he walks out of Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Zach Randolph scores 20 points in Game 1 loss
    Zach Randolph posted 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Sunday's loss in Oracle Arena, adding nine rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Z-Bo and Marc Gasol (21 points, nine rebounds) will need to have a huge series for the Grizzlies to hang with the Warriors, especially if Mike Conley (facial surgery) misses more games. Randolph has a size and strength advantage in the post vs. Draymond Green and the Warriors' small lineups, but his difficulty defending the perimeter will be a key to the series -- Green shot 4-of-8 beyond the arc on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:27 pm
  • Andrew Bogut fouls out in 24 minutes
    Andrew Bogut didn't do much statistically through his 24 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring just four points on 2-of-3 shooting, to go with six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: There was a point early in the game where Bogut gingerly walked to the bench after a substitution holding his lower-back area, but he continued to play through the pain, although it did seem to affect his lateral speed. The Warriors absolutely need Bogut's size to compete with Memphis' imposing frontcourt, so we'd expect him to play in Game 2 on Tuesday, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Expect another update on Bogut following Tuesday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:59 pm
  • David Lee makes playoff debut, logs four mins
    David Lee made his postseason debut during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies, logging four minutes of action and finishing with two assists with no other statistics to his credit.

    Advice: Lee missed all three of his shot attempts, and it appears he's going to be brought along slowly after sitting out their first-round series with a lower back strain. Draymond Green is running the show at the power forward position for Golden State, leaving Lee and Marreese Speights to fight for reserve minutes in the Warriors rotation. At best, Lee may be able to see around 13 minutes of action, so he's not going to be a fantasy factor throughout the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:39 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Paul Millsap flirts with triple-double on Sun
    Paul Millsap flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's Game 1 loss, scoring 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go with 12 rebounds, eight assists, one three-pointer, two steals, two blocks and four turnovers over 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Washington is one of the best teams in the league at defending the power forward position, so Millsap could be in for a rough second-round series. He's still going to play heavy minutes, as a crucial part of what Atlanta does, but when 64.7 percent of your shot attempts come with a defender within 0-4 feet of you, it's going to be difficult to shoot a high percentage. The Hawks will need a better all-around effort if they hope to even the series up during Tuesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:45 pm
  • Al Horford's massive double-double not enough
    Al Horford had a strong showing during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards, scoring 17 points to go with a game-high 17 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Horford's make from beyond the arc was just his second-career make from 3-point range, and while Horford did have quite the stat line on Sunday, he also shot just 7-of-19 from the field. He does have a tough matchup against Marcin Gortat, so Horford's field goal percentage may dip during Atlanta's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:45 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Nene fails to score in 17 minutes of action
    Nene missed all four of his shots during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks, coming away with just three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nene is banged up, playing through foot, shoulder, and ankle injuries, and that was perhaps the reason he struggled so mightily today. He has a tough matchup against Paul Millsap, and it looks like the Wizards will be going with a community approach to the power forward position for their second-round series. Drew Gooden played 14 minutes off the bench, putting up 12 points, five rebounds, and two 3-pointers, while Kevin Seraphin logged nine minutes of action, missing all three of his shots, and grabbing three rebounds. This three-way timeshare is something that should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
  • Marcin Gortat double-doubles in Game 1 win
    Marcin Gortat joined Washington's double-double party during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Hawks, scoring 12 points to go with 12 rebounds and two assists through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Three of the Wizards' players logged double-doubles on during Game 1, and this was Washington's fourth straight win in a playoff opener. Gortat should continue to get heavy run throughout Washington's first-round playoff series, and as long as the minutes are there, Gortat will be a double-double threat on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:05 pm
  • DeJuan Blair will be inactive for Game 1
    DeJuan Blair will be inactive for Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Blair hasn't played in the postseason yet, so this isn't surprising. Drew Gooden will continue to be the primary big off the bench for the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:54 am
  • Robin Lopez would like to return to Portland
    Robin Lopez, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he would love to return to Portland next season.

    Advice: "Nothing is 100 percent certain," Lopez said. "So far, I've loved my time in Portland. I would love to come back. I'm very open to coming back." Lopez struggled mightily against the Grizzlies in the playoffs, and Portland eventually started to utilize Meyers Leonard down the stretch instead. Lopez' fantasy value will largely depend on where he lands in free agency, and it's definitely possible that his time in Portland could be up. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:08 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn disappointed with his season
    Kyle O'Quinn was not happy with the way he performed this season.

    Advice: "Me personally, I don't think I played the way I should have," O'Quinn said. "It was too up-and-down for me." O'Quinn appeared in just 51 games this season after falling out of the rotation under interim head coach James Borrego and battling ankle injuries, but he is still just 25 years old and has plenty of potential. O'Quinn is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to him wearing a Magic uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. As of right now, O'Quinn won't be a target in standard fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:45 am
  • Tim Duncan noncommittal regarding retirement
    Tim Duncan was noncommittal when asked about possibly retiring after the Spurs lost Game 7 to the Clippers on Saturday night.

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

    Advice: That's two triple-doubles in this series and Blake's averages are otherworldly. In the seven games, Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 13.1 boards, 7.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.7 turnovers. He's playing some of his best ball of his life and he'll have huge numbers against the Rockets as well. The series starts on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Glen Davis (ankle) plays well
    Glen Davis (ankle) played 11 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday with six points, three rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Chris Paul overshadows his injury just a bit. Davis scored on his first possession and had a nice game. He'll be ready to go on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores 27 in season-ending loss
    Tim Duncan played unbelievably well against the Clippers during a thrilling 111-109 loss on Saturday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

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

    Advice: This comes from coach Doc Rivers and is as official as we'll get. Rivers said Davis is "good" for this game, so expect him to play around 10-15 minutes tonight. Blake Griffin should be around 42 minutes and DeAndre Jordan's playing time will be based on how often he's fouled. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
  • Ognjen Kuzmic (ankle) out for one week
    Ognjen Kuzmic sprained his ankle and will be re-evaluated in one week.

    Advice: He wasn't in the rotation and the Warriors are really tightening it up in their frontcourt. Draymond Green played more minutes than any Warrior in the first round and he will be a huge piece for the second round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:18 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Report: Glen Davis feeling better for Game 7
    Glen Davis (ankle) is feeling better and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him play in Game 7 on Saturday.

    Advice: Considering he had to be in a wheelchair on Thursday, it's somewhat surprising to see Davis is feeling so much better today. While Big Baby is hardly a make-or-break player, it will be nice to have him available in order to keep Blake Griffin under 44 minutes tonight. We'll likely have an update around 90 minutes before the 8:00 EDT start time. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:23 am
  • Joakim Noah (illness) ready to go for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (illness) went through most of Saturday's practice and he's in no danger of missing Monday's Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: "We're ready to roll," said Tom Thibodeau. Noah made himself a target for Cavs' fans ire by telling reporters this week, "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland." Noah averaged only 6.5 points vs. the Bucks in the first round, but he also had 11.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:57 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • John Henson aims to gain weight this summer
    John Henson will focus on gaining weight with an improved diet this offseason.

    Advice: Henson added some bulk last summer but said he burned most of it off while playing in 67 games this season, averaging 7.0 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in only 18.3 minutes per game. He has tantalizing per-minute fantasy potential but his role is complicated with starters Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova both set to return for Milwaukee next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:08 am
  • Kings not interested in DeMarcus Cousins deal
    The Kings are not interested in trading DeMarcus Cousins, according to CSN California.

    Advice: This comes in the context of a rumor that the Celtics hope to pry Cousins away from the Kings with a package of draft picks and young talent, and there isn't a team in the league that would balk at acquiring him for the right price. Sacramento endured a rocky season including a mid-season coaching change that didn't sit well with Cousins, but for now, "The Kings want to make a playoff run next season with Cousins as the centerpiece of the franchise." Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Blazers GM optimistic about retaining FAs
    With LaMarcus Aldridge poised to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, Blazers GM Neil Olshey said the league's collective bargaining agreement "is favorable for teams that want to retain their players."

    Advice: Olshey has "contingencies in place" no matter what happens in free agency, and he readily concedes the obvious -- "When you have a franchise player who is unrestricted, that will dictate a great deal of what [the Blazers] do this summer." Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez are also headed for free agency, as is Dorell Wright, and there's a chance that well see a very different Portland team in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:32 am
  • Report: Nets intend to retain Brook Lopez
    The Nets reportedly intend to retain Brook Lopez even if he declines his $16.7 million player option for the 2015-16 season.

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

    Advice: Horford's finger is going to be on the radar for perhaps the rest of the playoffs and the Hawks turn right around and play Game 1 against the Wizards on Sunday. Paul Millsap's shoulder will also be worth watching, though you couldn't tell by his 25 points, nine boards, six assists and two steals in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kelly Olynyk will not be at summer league
    Kelly Olynyk will not play in summer league in July.

    Advice: He will play for the Canadian team instead. Olynyk will be suspended for the first game of the season and it'll be interesting to see how the Celtics address their frontcourt this summer. For now, he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:42 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Donatas Motiejunas still out 2-3 months
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still expected to miss the next 2-3 months.

    Advice: He was already ruled out for the playoffs and now he could miss some time during his offseason program. Motiejunas needed a lumbar microdiscectomy on Apr. 10 and should be ready for training camp. It'll be interesting to see how much playing time he gets with Terrence Jones playing well. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:10 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Glen Davis (ankle) is questionable for Game 7
    Glen Davis (ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers didn't have a noteworthy update today and we should get a better idea at shootaround on Saturday. Davis fortunately seems to have avoided a serious injury after needing a wheelchair on Thursday night. If he's out, Spencer Hawes may get a couple more minutes, but expect DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin to get 40 minutes each. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:08 pm
  • Report: DAL/SA could land LaMarcus Aldridge?
    San Antonio and Dallas are rumored to be at the top of LaMarcus Aldridge's list as a free agent destination.

    Advice: Aldridge stated during his exit interview that he's enjoyed his time with the Trail Blazers, but there are rumors out there that he's felt underappreciated in Portland as the spotlight has shifted more towards his fiery counterpart, Damian Lillard. Then again, there are 29 other teams that would have no problem asking Marc Stein or any other writer to print that. He's also spent nine years playing for an organization that has only made it out of their first-round series once, and they've failed to go any further than a second-round exit, so that will likely weigh into his decision. That being said, it's still far too early to make any definitive proclamations, and nothing is final until Aldridge puts his name to a contract. We’ll be following this story very closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:42 am
  • Glen Davis (ankle) listed as day-to-day
    Glen Davis (ankle) is officially being listed as day-to-day, and his status for Saturday's Game 7 against the Spurs remains uncertain.

    Advice: Davis is set to be re-evaluated later today, but given that he needed wheelchair to get to the locker room after sustaining the injury during Thursday's Game 6, we're going to be considering him doubtful for Saturday's Game 7 in Los Angeles. If Davis is unable to go, Blake Griffin will log as close to 48 minutes as possible in a do-or-die Game 7 for the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:51 am
  • Joakim Noah looking forward to matchup w/ CLE
    Joakim Noah is looking forward to the Bulls' second-round matchup with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland," said Noah after Thursday's dominant Game 6 win over the Bucks. Noah and LeBron James have some history, and friendly-rivalry is not a term we'd use to describe this upcoming series. Noah is going to draw a favorable matchup against the Cavs, so he makes sense as a guy to target in daily leagues, as he should be able to put up some quality numbers throughout the Bull's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:00 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Glen Davis (ankle) uncertain for Game 7
    Glen Davis suffered low ankle sprain during Thursday's Game 6 win over the Spurs, and his status for Saturday's Game 7 has yet to be determined.

    Advice: Davis was in a considerable amount of pain after the injury, and he needed to be taken off the court in a wheelchair, so we're going to consider him doubtful for Game 7. Without Davis, Blake Griffin will get all the run he can handle, while Spencer Hawes and Ekpe Udoh will have the opportunity to log some extended minutes off the bench. The Clippers could also elect to go small and give Matt Barnes and Hedo Turkoglu some minutes at the four-spot. Griffin is the only guy with any meaningful fantasy value out of the group. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:29 am
  • Report: BOS will go after DeMarcus Cousins
    The Celtics are reportedly expected to try and land DeMarcus Cousins via trade this offseason.

    Advice: The Celtics currently have a treasure trove of draft picks to dangle in trade talks, in addition to guys like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Gerald Wallace's expiring contract. There was a report that came out at the trade deadline this season that Kings' head coach George Karl didn't view anyone on the roster as "untouchable," and it'll be interesting to see if Sacramento is willing to listen to offers for Cousins this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:25 am
  • Sullinger, Olynyk will garner trade interest
    Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk will reportedly garner trade interest this offseason.

    Advice: While Sullinger and Olynyk are talented players, they aren't exactly franchise building blocks, and Boston has no reason to not at least listen to the offers that come in this offseason. Weight has been an issue for Sullinger, but his ability to score, rebound, and stretch the floor is nothing to shrug at. Olynyk isn't a great defender, but he's a 7-footer with range, and that's a valuable asset to have in today's NBA. It'll be interesting to see what the Celtics do this offseason, but a trade of Sullinger or Olynyk will open up minutes for the guy that remains in Boston. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:03 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 in Game 6 win on road
    Blake Griffin logged 41 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 6 victory on Thursday, scoring 26 points with 12 boards, six assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He is putting up some enormous stat lines right now. In his previous five, Griffin averaged 24.2 points, 13.2 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals in 41.2 minutes. If Glen Davis (ankle) is out for Game 7, Griffin will likely be near 44 minutes. Although, he looked really tired at times tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:50 pm
  • Boris Diaw scores 17 points, Spurs lose
    Boris Diaw scored 17 points off the bench in Game 6 during a 102-96 loss on Thursday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Clippers.

    Advice: Tim Duncan was not great with 12 points, 13 boards and three assists while Manu Ginobili had just three points in 14 minutes. The Spurs had one of their worst games from an offensive standpoint and just missed a ton of open shots. Game 7 will be at 8:00 EDT on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:46 pm
  • Glen Davis hurts ankle on Thursday
    Glen Davis suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter on Thursday night.

    Advice: He couldn't put much weight on his left leg and received some treatment on the bench. He was in a lot of pain and needed to be taken off in a wheelchair, so this sounds like a serious injury or even an Achilles problem. He checked out with two points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 10 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:48 pm
  • Robin Lopez says he'd like to return to POR
    Robin Lopez stated during his exit interview that he would like to return to Portland as a free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "I like it here [in Portland]. I think it’s a pretty good fit," said Lopez. "I’ve enjoyed my two years here so far." Lopez also acknowledged that he really doesn't know what will happen during free agency, but he has put up some of the best numbers of his career as a member of the Trail Blazers. He did have a bit of a down-year this season due to injury, posting averages of 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 77.2 percent from the charity stripe. Still, he doesn't hurt you in any one category, and his steady contributions in shot blocking make him worth owning as a low-end guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:45 pm
  • Aldridge says he won't drag out free agency
    LaMarcus Aldridge said during his exit interview that he doesn't intend to drag out the free agency process.

    Advice: "I’ve never been in it. I’ve never been in this situation," Aldridge said of his impending free agency. "I’m not one to prolong things or drag it out." He also said that he's unsure on whether or not he'll undergo thumb surgery, so that's a story we'll be monitoring over the offseason. Aldridge has established himself as an elite power forward in the league, and there will be no shortage of suitors vying for his services this offseason. For what it's worth, Aldridge did say that he's enjoyed his nine years in Portland, and that those nine years will weigh more than anything else during free agency. Regardless of where he winds up, he’ll be a solid second-round selection in next year’s fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • Ainge says Jared Sullinger hurting his career
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said Jared Sullinger is hurting the longevity of his career by being in his current shape.

    Advice: While Ainge also added that Sullinger is working to get himself into better shape, his comments don't exactly make it sound like the team is pleased with Sullinger's conditioning. The 23-year-old had previously talked about losing weight over the summer, so we'll keep an eye out for updates on his offseason progress. Sullinger's 2014-15 averages of 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 treys, 0.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game can be helpful in standard fantasy leagues, but he won't be more than a later-round option unless he takes his game to another level next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:55 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge not ready to talk future
    LaMarcus Aldridge declined to talk about his free agency plans after the Trail Blazers lost their opening-round playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: While rumors have circulated that Aldridge is ready to leave Portland as an unrestricted free agent this summer, the big man wasn't ready to talk about that after the game. "I will cross that bridge later on,'' Aldridge said. "Right now, I want to be with my teammates and reflect on the good season we had.'' LA's rumored suitors include the Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks, and Spurs, but no matter where he ends up, he's coming of a top-25 fantasy season and should be a second-round target on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:24 am
  • Aldridge scores 14, Blazers are eliminated
    LaMarcus Aldridge couldn't prevent the Blazers from losing their series with the Grizzlies on Wednesday, as he finished with just 14 points and nine boards before fouling out in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 5-of-18 from the field tonight, and it's possible that this was his last game in a Blazer uniform. Aldridge is set to become a free agent this summer, and teams such as the Mavericks, Spurs, Knicks and Lakers will reportedly go after him very aggressively. Aldridge is also still bothered by his left thumb, and it should be noted that he will have to get surgery on it in the offseason. As always, we will monitor this situation very closely in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Brook Lopez has a bad game
    Brook Lopez struggled against the Hawks on Wednesday with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe he just ran out of gas because he just looked like a different player late. His defense was really bad and he forced several shots today. Lopez did see his scoring increase in every game during this series up until now. He'll look for a better game in Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Aldridge doesn't have any regrets over thumb
    LaMarcus Aldridge made it clear that he doesn't have any regrets of delaying his thumb surgery, but he did add that he isn't 100 percent.

    Advice: "If feeling great is 10, I'm about a 5, 6," Aldridge said in regards to his thumb. The Blazers are losing 3-1 to the Grizzlies, but Aldridge is doing everything he can to keep the Blazers alive by averaging 23.8 points, 11.8 boards, 2.0 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. His future in Portland is very unclear at the moment, and a first-round exit surely wouldn't help things. Expect Aldridge to give everything he has in Game 5 tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:51 am
  • Kelly Olynyk wants to be more aggressive
    Kelly Olynyk said that he must be more aggressive on the offensive end to take his game to the next level.

    Advice: "I think I had stretches where I was playing well and doing a lot of different things on the floor, whether passing or creating shots, shooting or getting to the rim," Olynyk said. "And then I had other games where I wasn’t as good, not the same aggressiveness." Olynyk was limited to just 64 games this season due to a nasty ankle sprain, but he was pretty disappointing with averages of 10.3 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 3-pointer in 22.3 minutes per game. The Celtics have four of the top 45 picks in the upcoming draft, and even though Brandon Bass may not return to town, Olynyk could find it difficult to see his role increase if the Celtics add more assets to their frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:37 am
     
    Suspended
  • Tim Duncan notches 21 & 11 in Game 5 victory
    Tim Duncan scored 21 points during Tuesday's thrilling Game 5 road win, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and only one turnover in 39 minutes.

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

    Advice: Griffin is averaging 7.3 assists per game in the playoffs, tied for fourth behind only J.J. Barea, James Harden and John Wall -- yes, he's ahead of Chris Paul. He's one of three players with at least four playoff double-doubles (Pau Gasol leads the way with five) and the Spurs don't have a player to check him individually. On the other hand, Blake is shooting an abysmal 19.0 percent in the fourth quarter during the series. He'll look to even the score in a hostile environment during Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:36 pm
  • Boris Diaw's clutch play boosts Spurs to 3-2
    Boris Diaw came up clutch during Game 5 in L.A. on Tuesday, notching 10 points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Diaw made a few timely buckets to help the Spurs escape with a four-point victory, including a critical 3-pointer and a savvy turnaround jumper to beat the shot clock (which you can view via the link below). He's averaging 4.3 assists in the playoffs while committing a mere 0.5 turnovers, giving him an astounding 8.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:21 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 18 & 19 as HOU advances
    Dwight Howard dominated the paint during Tuesday's series-clinching victory, finishing with 18 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

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

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

    Advice: Lopez can opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer by declining his $16.7 million option, but rival executives think the Nets will make every effort to retain him if that happens. "If he leaves, then they are starting all over again," an NBA executive said. "He has proven he is healthy. There’s no question he’s always been a good basketball player. The question was ‘Can he come back from the injury?’ He’s shown he can, especially the last two months." Lopez will have plenty of suitors if he opts out of the last year of his contract, but the Nets can offer him the largest contract, so there's a good chance we see Bro-Lo back in Brooklyn net season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:07 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has an awful game
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 6-of-22 from the field for 18 points with 12 boards, one assist and no turnovers in 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: It was a really bad game and he was defended very well by Zach Randolph. This could have been Aldridge's last game at the Moda Center and the fans gave him a nice reception. The team will look to extend its season on Wednesday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:34 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Brook Lopez dominated against the Hawks on Monday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in 43 minutes.

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

    Advice: He had a minor pinkie injury and had to leave the game, but he just needed to be re-taped. Horford didn't play too much down the stretch in favor of Pero Antic, which marks the second consecutive time that's been an issue. He did have some foul trouble and maybe the pinkie injury was a factor. He'll be in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:05 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kelly Olynyk suspended one game
    Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game for his incident with Kevin Love.

    Advice: He was tangled up with Love and now won't play in the opening game of the 2015-16 season. Olynyk doesn't have a history of dirty play, but it was a little more physical than most loose-ball incidents. HIs fantasy value will be tied to whether or not the Celtics keep Brandon Bass or draft another big man. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:08 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • David Lee expected to return for second round
    David Lee is expected to return for the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: "It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said. Lee was actually available for Game 4 on an emergency basis, but now he's good to go in any capacity. The team's highest-paid player will continue to play a support role as the rest of the club has taken off without him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:22 am
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Kelly Olynyk fires back at Kevin Love
    Kelly Olynyk said it's "ridiculous" that Kevin Love (shoulder) thinks Olynyk injured him on purpose.

    Advice: "I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league," Olynyk said. "I wish him a very speedy recovery, and I hope he can come back to help his team in the playoffs." Love called it a "bush-league play," but it was in the moment and the big man was probably extra salty after sustaining the injury in the first round of his first playoff series ever. GM Danny Ainge also defended Olynyk, saying that the two simply got their arums tangled up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:56 am
     
    Suspended
  • Rivers: Blake is our second-best passer
    Doc Rivers called Blake Griffin the second-best passer on the Clippers behind Chris Paul.

    Advice: When asked why he had his power forward operating for others, Rivers responded simply, "Because after Chris, Blake is our best passer." Griffin averaged a career-high 5.3 assists this season after never eclipsing the 4.0 mark in any campaign prior, and he's averaging 7.3 assists in the first round series vs. San Antonio through its first four games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:08 am
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:30 pm
  • Marcin Gortat double-doubles with 21 & 11
    Marcin Gortat lit up the Raptors for 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block on Sunday, despite playing only 29 minutes.

    Advice: He thoroughly dominated Toronto's frontcourt and shot 8-of-9 from the field, bringing his series average to 16.0 points on 70.0 percent shooting. The Wizards had their ups and downs this season but they're firing on all cylinders after decimating the Raptors in Round 1. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:59 pm
  • Tim Duncan's 22 & 14 aren't enough in Game 4
    Tim Duncan had 22 points (8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in a losing effort on Sunday, as the Spurs fell at home 105-114.

    Advice: Duncan got off to a slow start but he was as terrific as ever today, and he racked up a few more records that highlight his longevity -- he's the only player to log 9,000+ minutes in the NBA playoffs, and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for third place in most postseason appearances (trailing only Robert Horry and Derek Fisher). Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:51 pm
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:26 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk could be facing a suspension?
    Kelly Olynyk may be facing a suspension for his actions against Kevin Love during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Olynyk got tangled up with Love on a play during the first quarter, pulling at Loves arm, and it resulted in a dislocated shoulder for Love. Evan Turner did come to Olynyk's defense after the game saying, "He doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He just can't box out to save his life." Boston's season is over, so the suspension wouldn't go in effect until next season, but we'll be watching or an official ruling from the league. Olynyk finished Sunday's game with just one point and one rebound through 11 minutes of play. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:33 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Jared Sullinger's 21 pts not enough for BOS
    Jared Sullinger did his best to keep the Celtics' season alive on Sunday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, to go with 11 rebounds, one 3-pointer and one block, but it ultimately was not enough as Boston was swept by Cleveland.

    Advice: Sullinger made some minor improvements during third year in the league, finishing his 2014-15 campaign with averages of 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. Injuries also limited him to just 58 regular-season games, marking his second injury-plagued season. His weight continues to be an issue, and his low field goal percentage partnered with limited contributions to the defensive categories really weighs down his value. He's not much more than a low-end asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:06 pm
  • Jared Sullinger (tailbone) will play Sunday
    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be available to play in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Sullinger was unable to practice on Saturday and was supposedly a game-time decision, but it's a good sign that the Celtics cleared him to play with over an hour before tip-off. Sullinger is averaging 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field in the series, so he is going to have to continue to provide solid minutes off the bench if the Celtics want to avoid getting swept by the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:51 am
  • Jared Sullinger will be a game-time decision
    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice at all on Saturday and was originally listed as probable, so it looks like he is in danger of missing this contest. For what it's worth, head coach Brad Stevens wouldn't give any indication on whether or not Sullinger will give it a go, but we will pass along an update when we know more. Brandon Bass and Jonas Jerebko could play more if Sullinger is held out. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:23 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge's future is up in the air
    ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Saturday that when he asked LaMarcus Aldridge if Portland will be his No.1 choice in free agency, Aldridge said "we'll see".

    Advice: To make this story even more interesting, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey gave his team the option of flying home separately after their Game 2 defeat in Memphis, and Aldridge was the only player to take a separate flight from the team. This certainly doesn't bode well for Aldridge's future in Portland, and it's already being reported that teams such as the Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks will pursue him hard this summer. The Blazers have lost the first three games of the series to the Grizzlies, so an early-round exit likely won't help Portland's chances of retaining their star power forward. We will continue to pass along updates as necessary. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:50 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge shoots 6-of-18 from field
    LaMarcus Aldridge struggled from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, shooting just 6-of-18 from the field to finish with 21 points, seven boards, five assists and two blocks.

    Advice: His shot was way off for most of the night and he was never able to establish a rhythm. Rumors were swirling around Aldridge for the entire game about potential destinations when he hits free agency, and an early first-round exit likely won't sit too well with him. Aldridge will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Monday as the Blazers try to avoid getting swept by the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 11:18 pm
  • David Lee gets a DNP-CD
    David Lee did not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Who needs Lee when the Warriors have Draymond Green? Lee will likely be looking at a few more DNP-CDs in the near future. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 7:49 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • John Henson gets 26 minutes on Saturday
    John Henson played 26 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with six points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He didn't play nearly as much as his 39-minute outing in Game 3, but Zaza Pachulia was very good on defense. Pachulia finished with eight points, five rebounds, one assist and six steals in 22 minutes. The two will likely split the center minutes for the rest of this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:52 pm
  • Taj Gibson still gets 25 minutes
    Taj Gibson played 25 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic didn't take much of his minutes with Taj only losing four from his 29 in Game 3. He'll continue to get minutes in the upper 20s in this series and may even be more important in the next round against the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:38 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 22 points with 13 boards
    Brook Lopez controlled the paint during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 22 points with 13 boards and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He was a little more traditional with his scoring and played in the post more than in the first two games. After only posting a usage rate of just 11.8 in Game 1, he's basically doubled it to 23.3 in the last two games. If the Nets are going to make this a six- or seven-game series, there will need to be more 20-10 games from Bro-Lo. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 3:19 pm
  • Paul Millsap fills the stat sheet in a loss
    Paul Millsap picked up a playoff career-high five steals during a 91-83 loss to the Nets on Saturday with 18 points, 17 boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Millsap terrorized the Nets on defense and none of his teammates had even half of Millsap's rebounding total -- Al Horford had eight. The Nets continue to leave him open for 3-pointers and he's now made six in his last two games. He is coming off a 19-point, seven-board game from Wednesday and should have another big line in Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:56 pm
  • Al Horford makes just 3-of-12 from the field
    Al Horford made just 3-of-12 from the field for seven points against the Nets on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't play down the stretch with Pero Antic getting his minutes. There is no word of an injury and the Hawks probably just wanted a 3-point threat out there in a comeback attempt. Horford is making just 35.9 percent from the field in this series and is being outplayed by Brook Lopez. He'll look to turn it around on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:44 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Jared Sullinger is probable for Game 4 Sunday
    Jared Sullinger missed practice on Saturday due to a bruised tailbone, but he is probable to play in Game 4 on Sunday according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Sullinger was having trouble getting up and down the court, so the team wisely held him out of practice as a precaution. It doesn't sound like he is in danger of missing any action, but we should have another update after shootaround. Sullinger is still getting back into shape after recovering from a foot injury, and he has only played an average of 17.3 minutes through three playoff games. However, he has been playing quite well with averages of 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:46 am
  • David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4
    David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4 against the Pelicans after looking good in a 3-on-3 scrimmage on Friday.

    Advice: This doesn't necessarily mean that he will play, but it's a good sign that his back is making progress. Lee won't have a big role in the postseason as long as Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut are healthy, so owners in daily leagues should continue to ignore him. Lee is a former All-Star, but he has almost no shot at stealing minutes away from Green as the playoffs progress. That isn't a knock on Lee in the slightest, but it speaks to how good Green has been on both sides of the floor. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:04 am
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
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