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  • Scott Skiles praises Nikola Vucevic's offense
    Scott Skiles praised Nikola Vucevic's offense during a recent interview, saying he's one of the few centers in the league that can post-up, and also step out and hit jumpers with regularity.

    Advice: Vucevic had a career-year with the Magic during the 2014-15 season, averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.7 blocks per game on 52.3 percent shooting from the field. His defense is questionable, but Vooch is one of Orlando's best options on offense and his ability to crash the glass should keep him on the floor. He'll be a quality early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Speights (calf) will be available for Game 1
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that Marreese Speights (calf) is "ready to go" for Game 1 of the Finals.

    Advice: Speights has been sidelined since the Warriors' second-round series against the Grizzlies, but he'll be back in action for the Finals. However, he'll have a very limited role with the Dubs, maxing out at around 12 minutes per game, which isn't enough time to put up any meaningful fantasy value. He'll provide Golden State with some depth, but he's not a fantasy option in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Bosh (blood clots) resumes on-court work
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) has resumed on-court work, and he is now training without any restrictions.

    Advice: "I look at it as a blessing that I have the time to work on my body, work on the things I need to work on. I never have the time usually in the offseason," said Bosh. "But this year I have the opportunity to build slowly and correct some things I need to correct and come back next year in the best shape of my life." All signs point towards Bosh making a full recovery from a scary bought with blood clots in his lungs, and he'll be a solid mid-round target in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:27 am
     
    Injured
  • Andrew Bogut takes shot at Mark Jackson
    Andrew Bogut took a shot at former head coach Mark Jackson when asked about current head coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: Bogut and his former head coach have had a bit of a back-and-forth through the media and Bogut continued it with a swipe at Jackson. Whenever you get a head coach who’s not full of himself it makes a big difference," Bogut said when asked about his current head coach Steve Kerr. Jackson had previously called Bogut an overrated "rim protector", but the Warriors will need exactly that out of Bogut in the NBA Finals as the big man will look to continue his average of 9.2 boards and 1.8 blocks over his last five games, Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Marreese Speights (calf) 'not too far off'
    Marreese Speights (calf) is "not too far off" from being able to practice.

    Advice: Speights has been out since the Western Conference semis, and while his role is up in the air at this stage, Steve Kerr won't complain about having more options as his team prepares for the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:32 am
  • Kevin Love down 15 lbs during his rehab
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has lost 15 lbs. during his rehabilitation process.

    Advice: The weight loss led Love to joke that he could play some small forward, but obviously that won't be happening. Despite Love saying at literally every possible turn that he's going to remain with the Cavs, the reports questioning his future haven't stopped and won't stop until the plans are in place for Love's 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:16 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) OK after friendly fire
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he nearly suffered a setback when a teammate hit his arm this week, but he still plans to re-assess the injury in six weeks.

    Advice: The unnamed teammate unwittingly hit Love on his bad arm while celebrating the Cavs' Finals-clinching victory vs. Atlanta. "It was kind of shooting pain through my entire body, but I was a little woozy and kind of all over the place for a few minutes but I was able to calm myself down," Love said. "I look at it like now I know I can get hit like that. I don't want to get hit like that, but knowing that as time goes on, I can put more and more pressure on it and after the six weeks, I'll reassess where I'm at." Love recently said that he "expects" to remain with the Cavaliers next season, which may mean he's leaning toward opting in for a $16.7 million salary. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:10 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Motiejunas (back) expected out for Lithuania
    Donatas Motiejunas (back surgery) is not expected to play for the Lithuanian National team this summer.

    Advice: Motiejunas is slowly ramping up his rehab but may be out until early August according to a timetable provided earlier this month. He reiterated that he'll be ready for Houston's training camp, where he'll battle Terrence Jones (and possibly Josh Smith) for minutes at the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Love (shoulder) expects to be back by Oct-Nov
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said that he's confident he'll ready for the start of the 2015-16 season, and that he expects to be sporting a Cavs jersey.

    Advice: Love has hinted more than a few times that he will return to the Cavs next season, but you can never really believe what a player says in a contract year. There have also been a lot of "inside sources" that claim he will consider all his options this offseason, and it'll be very interesting to see if he picks up his player option worth $16.7 million when the offseason hits. If Love opts out, the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets are said to have interest in acquiring his services. As a side note, Love said he reached out to Kelly Olynyk via text and that they're "all good" now. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:43 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Whiteside wants to improve on everything
    Hassan Whiteside said he wants to improve on "everything" this offseason.

    Advice: "I just want to build on last season. I don’t want to get complacent, I want to keep improving," said Whiteside. "I want to improve everything - defense, offense, post moves, everything." Whiteside was one of the better stories of the 2014-15 season, and it'll be exciting to see what he can do in a full 82-game season. It's a positive sign that he's already hitting the gym hard, and after putting up averages of 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game on 61.2 percent shooting as a starter last season, he should be off the board by the third-round in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:24 am
  • Greg Monroe likely to leave the Pistons?
    According to Pistons beat writer David Mayo, Greg Monroe will likely leave Detroit this summer.

    Advice: Monroe will become an unrestricted free agent in July, and as of right now it looks like he could be wearing a different uniform next season. When asked if the Pistons would consider offering Monroe a two-year deal with an opt-out clause for next season (when the salary cap expands), Stan Van Gundy said that he would consider all options. Monroe has said that returning to Detroit would be a possibility, but SVG may not want to fork over the necessary funds required to keep him. This story is far from over, and the rumors will only heat up as we approach July. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:45 am
  • Brandon Bass hoping to remain a Celtic
    Brandon Bass, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he is open to returning to the Celtics next season.

    Advice: "It’s been a great time for me," Bass said regarding his time with Boston. "And a great learning experience for me as well. I’ve been happy here. My family has been happy here, so we’ll see what happens. I think it’s hard not to think about [free agency], but not too much. I’ve been watching the playoffs and I know it’s not that time yet." Bass averaged 10.6 points, 4.9 boards and 1.3 assists during the regular season, but he struggled mightily in the playoffs and later said that he wasn't mentally prepared. The Celtics will reload during the draft and free agency this summer, so Bass will likely be wearing a different uniform in the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Anthony Davis could be in for a massive year
    New head coach Alvin Gentry said he believes Anthony Davis was underutilized on the offensive end last season.

    Advice: Yeah, pretty much all of his fantasy owners would have said the same thing. Of course, Gentry has the power, system, and expertise to change that with Davis this upcoming season. We might seem some massive stats from The Brow in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:51 pm
  • Festus Ezeli is sick on Saturday
    Festus Ezeli (illness) was not at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He's sick and he should be fine for Thursday. Ezeli will likely be a key part of the second unit in The Finals, especially since LeBron James will put pressure on the frontcourt and cause foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Memphis Grizzlies show interest in Greg Oden
    The Memphis Grizzlies may have interest in Greg Oden, and they could bring him to a free-agent camp in June.

    Advice: Since pleading guilty to felony battery charges in December, Oden has been training with Ohio State's coaching staff and he has reportedly lost a lot of weight (down to 280 pounds in March). Oden was teammates with Mike Conley at Ohio State and the two are still close friends, so there could be some mutual interest between the two sides. The former No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft is as injury prone as they come, and he likely wouldn't be able to handle more than a limited role regardless of where he lands. We will track this story closely, but Oden isn't on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:56 am
  • Whittington gets advice from Larry Bird
    Shayne Whittington said Larry Bird's message to him during their exit interview was that his playing time next season will depend on how hard he works this summer.

    Advice: "He was telling me it’s all on me," Whittington said. "It depends on how much I work this summer whether or not I play or whether or not I sit the bench again. He wants me to play but he wants me to work for it. So that’s what this summer is all about -- me working and getting better." Whittington has already started training and has improved his diet, but he will have his work cut out for him if he wants to be a consistent part of Indiana's rotation next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:06 am
  • Andrew Bogut takes a shot at Dwight Howard
    Andrew Bogut took a parting shot at Dwight Howard on Friday, saying that the Memphis series was more physical.

    Advice: "There was some physicality there (with Houston), like any playoff series, but the Memphis series was more physical," Bogut said. "This was more about ducking and weaving and getting out of the way of aired fists and elbows." Howard had some controversial moments against the Warriors, and he has already been suspended for the first game of the 2015-16 season. Bogut has been playing well in the postseason so far and he is probably relieved that Marc Gasol and Howard are in the rear-view mirror, but he will still have a tough matchup in the next round with Timofey Mozgov holding down the paint for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:46 am
  • Donatas Motiejunas still in recovery
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still in the beginning stages of his recovery.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for most of the summer. Motiejunas had back surgery on Apr. 10 and he said there's "no question" he'll be ready for camp. His improvement could make it a little tougher for the Rockets to bring back Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:09 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Anderson Varejao is out for NBA Finals
    Anderson Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point in the NBA Finals.

    Advice: There was an earlier report that AV could be back, but there's really no point with how well Tristan Thompson is playing. Plus, Varejao has become one of the more injury prone players in the NBA. Expect Thompson and Timofey Mozgov to hold down the paint. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:09 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Howard suspended 1 game for flagrant fouls
    Dwight Howard will be suspended one game without pay for collecting his fourth Flagrant Foul points during the 2015 postseason.

    Advice: Howard's suspension will be served during the first game of next season in which he's eligible and physically able to play. He collected his fourth Flagrant Foul point when he extended his forearm into Andre Iguodala's neck during the closing minutes of Game 5 in the Western Conference Finals. Originally ruled as a common foul, the league upgraded the play to a Flagrant Foul 1 upon official review, deeming the contact to have been unnecessary. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Report: Varejao to be activated for Finals?
    Brian Windhorst is reporting that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) could be activated during the Finals in the event of an emergency.

    Advice: Cavs' GM David Griffin said back in April that he didn't even believe it was a "remote possibility" that Varejao could return this postseason, so this report should be viewed with some skepticism. Windhorst does say that Varejao will only play on an emergency basis, so it sounds like as long as Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson are healthy, we're not going to see Varejao activated. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:38 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • HOU not worried about Dwight Howard's health
    The Rockets are not worried in Dwight Howard's long-term health, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

    Advice: Even though Howard missed half of the team's regular season games due to a problematic knee, the Rockets aren't concerned about the 29-year-old's long-term health. Howard finished the 2014-15 season strong with a solid playoff performance and will end up being a sneaky early-mid round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season if he proves the Rockets right and is able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:37 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kevin Love reportedly considering FA options
    Kevin Love is reportedly considering his options in potential free agency this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: While the first domino to fall would be Love opting out of his current contract with the Cavaliers, the 26-year-old is reportedly considering the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets as potential free agency destinations. "I think he’s going to look around," Wojnarowski said. "I think he’s going to look closely at Boston. I think he’ll look at LA. I’m sure the Texas teams are going to try and get involved." We'll keep Love's status updated as soon as more information becomes available as it looks like the NBA is in for another Summer of Love. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:09 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwight Howard says he's still a champion
    Dwight Howard said he's still a champion despite the Rockets loss in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: The eventual 2014-15 NBA Champion may disagree with Howard's sentiment, but D-12 did manage to finish the season strong after missing half of the regular season with a knee injury. We'll keep an eye on his status this summer as a minor knee procedure is still a possibility, but Howard could end up being a mid-round steal in 2015-16 fantasy drafts if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:29 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Feats of Strength: Festus Ezeli scores 12
    Festus Ezeli scored a playoff career-high 12 points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble and the Warriors were lucky to get a massive game out of their backup center. Ezeli was only playing 7.5 minutes per game in these playoffs before this win and he's likely earned some extra playing time in the NBA Finals. Considering how much LeBron James likes to get into the paint, the Warriors are likely going to have some fouling issues. Of course, don't expect Festus to play this much. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:16 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Dwight Howard scores 18 with 16 boards
    Dwight Howard was a beast under the glass during a Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He had a couple dirty plays tonight and he would have been suspended had the Rockets been able to pull out a win tonight because of his seventh technical foul of the playoffs. Bad stuff aside, Howard looked like his old self under the glass, but he did make just 5-of-13 from the field. Considering all the knee problems he had this season, there's a decent chance he has a minor procedure this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:09 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard picks up 7th tech of playoffs
    Dwight Howard picked up his seventh technical foul of the postseason on Wednesday.

    Advice: If this technical is not rescinded, he would be suspended for Game 6 in Houston. Of course, the Rockets would have to win tonight's game for this to be relevant. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights (calf) still out, progressing
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is doing some on-court work and is progressing. Speights has essentially been ruled out for the Western Conference Finals, but he could be ready to face the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:22 pm
  • Dwight Howard won't be suspended for Flagrant
    Dwight Howard will not be suspended for hitting Andrew Bogut above the shoulders during Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: The play earned Dwight Howard a Flagrant-1 foul and the Rockets are fortunate that he was neither ejected nor suspended for his swipe at Bogut. NBA executive Rod Thorn said in a statement, "Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive ... we don't see a reason to modify that call." Howard will try to help the Rockets extend their season during Wednesday's must-win road game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kevin Love cleared to travel with Cavaliers
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has been cleared to travel with the Cavaliers after having his shoulder evaluated.

    Advice: Love had his shoulder evaluated in New York and will now be able stop wearing a sling as he travels with the team for the remainder of the postseason. While this news doesn't change the fact that Love will miss the rest of the playoffs, it's good news for his fantasy owners in dynasty leagues as it means his recovery is going as planned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • McHale defends Dwight Howard's flagrant foul
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale defended Dwight Howard's flagrant foul during Houston's Game 4 win against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Howard may hear from the league about his elbow to Andrew Bogut's face and McHale may be trying to get out in front of any potential suspension talk here. "He just tried to get him off him," McHale said. "Bogut grabbed him and as always, the second foul gets called." We'll keep an eye on any discipline from the league on this one, but as of now, Howard will be in the Rockets starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights doing some running
    Marreese Speights (right calf) advanced to running the stairs on Monday.

    Advice: He's still out for Game 4, but could get back to court work in the next day or two. Speights could be ready for the NBA Finals, but obviously the Warriors may not need him. Festus Ezeli has really stepped up for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:13 pm
  • Dwight Howard addressed team after Game 3
    Dwight Howard addressed the Rockets after their Game 3 loss ahead of a must-win Game 4 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: "He's tough and he works hard," Terrence Jones said. "He inspires us. I really appreciate the big fella expressing himself and letting us all know how much he wants to win, and hopefully we can all go out there and give that kind of effort." It's a good attitude to have, but Howard and the Rockets will need more than the power of positive thought to avoid a four-game sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andrew Bogut praises Festuz Ezeli's effort
    Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 12:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 11:21 am
  • Dwight Howard says Rockets will keep fighting
    With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

    Advice: "There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 8:37 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
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