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  • Taj Gibson drops 22 & 10 in another loss
    Taj Gibson hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Gibson has had a great season and will get plenty of votes for Sixth Man of the Year. And the changing of the guard is nearly complete, as Carlos Boozer had just five points and eight rebounds tonight. Gibson will have to keep playing well as the Bulls try to dig themselves out of a very deep hole. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 6 in 53 minutes of loss
    Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes in Tuesday's overtime loss, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: Butler tied for ninth in the league in minutes this season with 44.0 per game and it's been more of the same in the playoffs. And it's showing in his play, as he should simply be doing more with his minutes. He has to be wearing down and the Bulls are now down 2-0 to the Wizards, and head to Washington for Games 3 & 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays well, but Bulls lose again
    Joakim Noah hit 8-of-14 shots for 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Tuesday, but the Bulls fell 101-99 in overtime to fall into an 0-2 hole against the young Wizards.

    Advice: Noah celebrated his Defensive Player of the Year Award with a nice game, but the Bulls simply didn't get enough out of Jimmy Butler, who played 53 minutes tonight and scored just six points. The Bulls have their backs against a wall now, as Games 3 & 4 are in Washington, where the Wizards will be looking for the once unthinkable sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Nene goes for 17 & 7 before fouling out
    Nene had 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block before fouling out in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bulls in Chicago, giving the Wiz a 2-0 lead.

    Advice: The Wizards have never won the first two games of a playoff series on the road and are squarely positioned to take out the Bulls in Round 1. The winner of this one gets the Pacers or Hawks, and it's starting to look the Wizards have a real chance to find themselves playing for a championship this season. Nene is surely sore after playing well in both games, but we'd be shocked if he needs to rest as long as the Wizards keep winning. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Green not happy with physical play of Clips
    Draymond Green said on the radio Tuesday that he's upset about all the contact Stephen Curry took against the Clippers in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: "It pissed me off, and we'll remember that," Green said on KNBR radio. Curry and the Warriors were dominated in Game 2 and the series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Thursday at Golden State. These two teams didn't like each other before the series started, and tempers could flare before it's over. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko plays 20 minutes in Game 2
    Andrei Kirilenko played 20 minutes and had four points, three rebounds, one assist and four steals on 2-of-3 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: He didn't even get off the bench in Game 1, so tonight's performance was clearly an improvement. Mason Plumlee also came off the bench for four points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the loss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 19 in blowout loss
    Paul Millsap hit 6-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 31 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Millsap didn't play poorly, but the Hawks, who held a four-point lead entering the third quarter, couldn't buy a bucket and watched as the Pacers went on a 17-0 run to put the game away. Look for Millsap and the Hawks to bounce back when the series moves to Atlanta on Thursday for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 20 off Pacers bench
    Luis Scola came off the bench to hit 9-of-14 shots in just 19 minutes and finish with 20 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: This was Scola's best game of the season off the bench for the Pacers and he picked the right time to make it happen. If David West (8 points, 2 rebounds) continues to struggle against Paul Millsap, we could continue to see more Scola for the rest of this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Paul George's big game leads Indy to 1-1 tie
    Paul George hit 9-of-16 shots and five 3-pointers for 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals, a block and just one turnover in Tuesday's easy 101-85 Game 2 win over the Hawks to tie their series at 1-1.

    Advice: George was great tonight and the Pacers dominated the third quarter after being down four at halftime. They went on a 17-0 run and won the game easily, despite not getting much from Roy Hibbert (1-of-7 shooting) and Lance Stephenson (seven points). The series heads to Atlanta for Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Paul George may defend Jeff Teague in Game 2
    Pacers coach Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be asked to defend Jeff Teague at times during Tuesday's Game 2.

    Advice: Teague's penetration was disastrous for Indiana in Game 1 and Vogel may make a few other strategic changes, including the use of zone defense to keep Roy Hibbert closer to the paint. The Hawks' offense may be ideally suited to exploit the Pacers, but on a broader scale Indiana has gone from a 93.6 defensive rating before the All-Star break to a 102.3 defensive rating after the break. They'll need to sort things out quickly to avoid losing to the No. 8 seed in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Derrick Williams set to play in Summer League
    Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro said that Derrick Williams will play for Sacramento's Summer League team in Las Vegas.

    Advice: Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum will be joining Williams in the Summer League as well. It makes sense for McLemore and McCallum, as both players will be entering their second seasons and need to refine their game against NBA competition as much as possible. Williams is entering his fourth season and players with his tenure usually do not participate in Summer League games. This perhaps raises more questions than answers as to what his role with the Kings will be next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari resumes running and dunking
    Danilo Gallinari has resumed running and dunking after having reconstructive ACL surgery in January, and his knee "is responding very well."

    Advice: This is welcome news for the Nuggets, who owe Gallinari a guaranteed $22.4 million over the next two seasons, and it sounds like he's on pace to be ready for training camp next fall. He hopes to play 10 more seasons in the NBA before returning to play in his native Italy at age 35. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Nene (knee) says he is "sore" after Game 1
    Nene (knee) said he is feeling "sore" on Tuesday after playing 35 minutes in Game 1 against the Bulls.

    Advice: Nene was an absolute beast in the post against the Bulls, including defensive player of the year Joakim Noah. But playing 35 minutes may have taken a toll on the injured knee that cost him almost six weeks of the regular season. Still, Nene knows his team will need another stellar performance in Game 2 on Tuesday if they hope to take a 2-0 series lead. "Basketball is physical. A lot of physicality in the post, especially in my position," he said. "But when the ball goes up, you forget about that and you focus on what you can do to help your team and forget about the sore, about the pain." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) may miss Wed. shootaround
    Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is unsure if Al Jefferson (foot) will be able to participate in Wednesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson will play in Game 2 and it sounds like he may be a game-time decision for Wednesday's rematch vs. the Heat. The Bobcats desperately need Jefferson if they have any hope of stealing this series, but a strained plantar fascia is a painful injury and Big Al has been getting around in a walking boot since hurting himself on Sunday. If Jefferson is unable to play, Bismack Biyombo would be in line for a minutes bump. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Paul Pierce says you can't buy clutch
    Paul Pierce thinks certain players are inherently more clutch than others.

    Advice: In one of the better quotes of the young postseason, Pierce spoke briefly about being clutch, "Everybody don't have it. Everybody is not born with it. You can't buy it at Costco or Walgreens." Pierce had a solid performance in Brooklyn's Game 1 win over Toronto and his 36 minutes played should come as good sign for a Nets team that will likely need The Truth's clutch genes sooner or later. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:32 am
     
    New Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Dwight Howard intends to demand ball more
    Dwight Howard intends to be more committed to demanding the ball.

    Advice: After losing Game 1 in overtime to the Blazers, D12 is bringing a more aggressive approach to Game 2. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard said on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." Howard is hoping an increased post presence will help tire down LaMarcus Aldridge, who torched the Rockets for 46 points on Sunday. "We have to go right back at him," Howard said of Aldridge. "You have to make him play defense and make him use his energy on defense. Make him have to run around and guard." Whether or not Howard's strategy will work remains to be seen, but hindering Aldridge while increasing his own offensive output could place Howard in the proverbial two birds with one stone situation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 35, Clippers roll 138-98
    Blake Griffin was unstoppable against the Warriors on Monday during Game 2's 138-98 win over the Warriors, making 13-of-17 from the field for 35 points, six boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He shot 9-of-10 from the line in his highest scoring output of his career. It's also worth mentioning Griffin didn't commit a single foul, which was an issue in Game 1 due to fouling out in 19 minutes. The Clippers were outstanding as a team at the line, making 32-of-35 while also burying 12-of-25 from deep. They'll be carrying some momentum to Golden State in this 1-1 series. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Al Jefferson will play in Game 2 on Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (foot) said on Monday he will play in Game 2 against Miami despite dealing with a strained plantar fascia.

    Advice: "I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down," said Jefferson. He was 4-of-4 from the field before suffering the injury on Sunday, but finished the game going 5-of-17. If the Bobcats hope to win a game this series, they will need Jefferson play at an elite level. Bismack Biyombo would get more minutes if Jefferson is limited at all. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Joakim Noah wins Defensive Player of the Year
    Joakim Noah was named the NBA's 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.

    Advice: He won easily with 100 of the 125 first-place votes. There are not many players more associated with hustling than Noah and it's led to his team becoming a terrific defense. The Bulls led the NBA in points allowed per game at 91.8 and ranked second in defensive efficiency. Noah's contributions on defense came off the ball quite a bit and was great on his man, allowing an opponent field goal percentage at the rim of just 46.8 percent. He's solidified himself as one of the best big men in fantasy for his across-the-board capabilities. Roy Hibbert finished second and DeAndre Jordan finished third in the DPOY voting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:16 pm
  • NBA: Refs made mistake on Howard foul call
    The NBA issued a statement on Monday that a foul called on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime during Sunday's game vs. the Blazers should have been called on Joel Freeland.

    Advice: It was a huge call for a few reasons: Howard fouled out because of this mistake, he would have had two shots, and it led to two free throws from Freeland, of which he made one of them. The Blazers won the game 122-120 after the made free throw and James Harden's shot just before the buzzer didn't fall. It's not a foregone conclusion this call altered the game because Dwight is far from a lock to make free throws, but it certainly casts some doubt. Rotoworld.com
  • Joakim Noah named Defensive Player of Year
    Joakim Noah will be named Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, joining Michael Jordan as the only Bulls players to ever earn the distinction.

    Advice: Noah anchored the Bulls' stellar defense all year long despite his increased role offensively, and opponents shot just 46.8 percent at the rim while he was defending them. He averaged 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks while cleaning up 7.7 defensive rebounds per game, earning the DPOY award with a mixture of size, athleticism, intelligence, and sheer intensity. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:48 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) questionable for Game 2
    Al Jefferson's strained plantar fascia will not get worse if he continues to play, and his availability for Game 2 on Wednesday is a matter of pain tolerance.

    Advice: Big Al had an MRI and although the test results haven't been announced, the team seems confident that he can play if he feels well enough. He was wearing a walking boot on Monday and will not practice on Tuesday, but he'll warm up during Wednesday's shootaround before deciding his own status. He's played through plenty of injuries this season and we're optimistic that he'll be in uniform, but any dip in his production could be a mortal blow for the Bobcats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:01 am
  • Blazers find success with 'Hack-a-Howard'
    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts joked that he will use the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy on the "first possession" of Game 2.

    Advice: Dwight Howard finished 9-of-17 from the FT line on Sunday, including 6-of-7 late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he bricked four straight once the Blazers intentionally fouled him with five minutes remaining. That forced the Rockets to pull Dwight until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, spoiling the Rockets' momentum and slowly eroding their 11-point lead. Stotts may have been kidding about using the strategy in the first quarter, but it would be surprising if he doesn't use it at some point during Wednesday's game. Rotoworld.com
  • Andrei Kirilenko OK with Game 1 DNP-CD
    Andrei Kirilenko said that he was "a little bit surprised" about his DNP-CD in Game 1 on Saturday, but he supported coach Jason Kidd's rotation.

    Advice: "When I watched the game everybody played so well," Kirilenko said. "I didn't even see a position for me to fill-in ... Coach, I think, made the right decision. I want to play, but it's all right." Alan Anderson poached Kirilenko's playing time but Kidd said his rotations could change on a game-by-game basis, so AK may return to action in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:04 am
  • Nene's 24 points help Wizards steal Game 1
    Nene started on Sunday for the first time since spraining his MCL in late February, finishing the Wizards' Game 1 victory with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Nene had insisted on playing no more than 20 minutes once he returned from his injury, but he logged 35 minutes on Sunday and his conditioning didn't seem to be a problem. He feasted on the Bulls with a sequence of wide open mid-range jumpers and he was the key to stealing home court advantage. That's no big surprise since the Wizards had a 30-23 record with Nene in the lineup this season, but just 14-15 without him. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:56 pm
  • Joakim Noah (personal) double-doubles in loss
    Joakim Noah (personal) finished the Bulls' Game 1 loss with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Noah played well but he had a tough time against the size, quickness and passing of Nene, who pitched in a game-high 24 points, and the Bulls may have to tweak their defensive strategy in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:50 pm
  • Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot
    Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

    Advice: He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:56 pm
  • Nene listed as starter on Sunday night
    Nene is listed as a starter against the Bulls for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been coming off the bench in the past four games since returning from injury and the Wizards seem to be comfortable putting him back in his usual role. Nene runs the offense quite a bit to take some pressure of John Wall and the team will need him to stay on the court in this series. Trevor Booker moves back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) struggles after injury
    Al Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia on Sunday and returned in the second quarter of Game 1's 99-88 loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 18 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play on Sunday night
    Joakim Noah (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday night in Game 1.

    Advice: He said he couldn't talk about the passing of his former coach, Tyrone Green, and it looks like he'll do his talking on the court. The Wizards have struggled quite a bit against centers all season, so obviously Noah is going to be a focus of their defensive game plan. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
  • Al Jefferson strains plantar fascia, returns
    Al Jefferson went to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Heat with a strained left plantar fascia and returned to action.

    Advice: He walked back under his own power and the injury didn't appear too serious. Jefferson was having his way with four makes on four attempts before exiting, so the Bobcats need him to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:54 pm
  • Nene could start in Game 1 vs. Chicago
    Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:02 am
  • Andrei Kirilenko healthy, out of rotation
    Andrei Kirilenko didn't play for the Nets in Saturday's Game 1 win, but isn't injured.

    Advice: He's just out of the rotation, according to coach Jason Kidd. If you grabbed AK-47 in a playoff league and have waiver moves available, dropping him for an Atlanta Hawk makes sense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Paul George injures quad in ugly Game 1 loss
    Paul George hit just 6-of-18 shots and left Saturday's Game 1 loss briefly with a left quad/knee injury, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Despite the poor shooting, that's a pretty stellar fantasy line from George, but the Pacers were down by about 20 for most of the second half, and lost 101-93. There's no word on the severity of his knee injury, but given that he quickly returned after a trip to the locker room, we're guessing it's no big deal. The No. 1 seeded Pacers turned over homecourt advantage to the Hawks tonight, and don't match up well with Atlanta. If the Hawks hang on to win the series, they'll become just the third No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 in a seven-game series, joining the 2007 Warriors (over the Mavericks), and the 2011 Grizzlies (over the Spurs). Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:51 pm
  • Paul George leaves, returns from knee injury
    Paul George went from having his left knee rubbed down on the bench to the locker room during the third quarter of Game 1, but returned a short time later.

    Advice: It's either his knee or his quad, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. We'll know more after the game, but if he does end up coming up lame, Evan Turner is going to become a big factor for the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:45 pm
  • Draymond Green looks fine after leg injury
    Draymond Green bruised his right leg during the first half on Saturday, but he quickly returned to post seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a road victory.

    Advice: Green had a tremendous chase-down block on Darren Collison in the third quarter, which should end any speculation about the severity of his injury. His ability to play multiple positions gives coach Mark Jackson an invaluable weapon off the bench, and his 22 minutes of playing time may increase throughout the series since small lineups are inevitable with Andrew Bogut (ribs) on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:53 pm
  • Blake Griffin fouls out in 19 minutes
    Blake Griffin fouled out in 19 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: He finished with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and one block but his absence down the stretch proved critical in the Clippers' four-point defeat. A few of his fouls were very questionable, and if nothing else he'll be rested and out for vengeance during Monday's Game 2 rematch. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:51 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko earns DNP-CD in Game 1
    Andrei Kirilenko never left the Nets' bench during Saturday's Game 1 victory.

    Advice: Jason Kidd used a true 10-man rotation with Marcus Thornton, Alan Anderson, Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche as his second unit. That makes Kirilenko's absence even more conspicuous, and he'd averaged 26 minutes over the final five games of the regular season with Brooklyn resting regular starters for the playoffs. The Nets won on the road on Saturday so there's a good chance AK will be rooted to the bench again on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:04 pm
  • Draymond Green (knee) back after brief exit
    Draymond Green headed into the Warriors locker room with an apparent right knee injury before halftime on Saturday, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Green was crossed over by Matt Barnes and fell awkwardly, and after a few moments he left to be evaluated by the training staff. His return is great news for Golden State, as the absence of Andrew Bogut (ribs) has already left them more reliant upon guys like Green, Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:38 pm
  • Paul Pierce's surge helps Nets steal Game 1
    Paul Pierce got hot in the fourth quarter on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in a 94-87 win in Toronto.

    Advice: Pierce's late surge helped keep the Raptors at bay and he already looks like a matchup nightmare, as Toronto's PFs aren't nimble enough to chase him off the 3-point line without giving up easy driving and passing lanes. Fellow 'dinosaur' Kevin Garnett had five points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 20 minutes, and his lone field goal was a dagger in the final minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:47 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) back at practice
    Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

    Advice: Noah will be ready for the Bulls' playoff opener vs. Washington on Sunday, which Chicago is heavily favored to win. Wizards center Marcin Gortat averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break, but he's unlikely to have so much success while facing Noah on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 am
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) skips practice
    Joakim Noah (personal) did not practice Friday.

    Advice: Noah was excused for bereavement reasons. He's in New York, but is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago Saturday. The Bulls open up their first-round series against the Wizards at 7pm ET on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:47 am