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  • Austin Rivers says he can run sets Paul can't
    Austin Rivers said there are sets he can run that Chris Paul can't and vice versa.

    Advice: "I can’t run the same sets he does and there are sets that I run that he can’t run," Rivers said. While Rivers scored 17 points to go along with one rebound, three assists, four steals, and four three-pointers in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, he's also saying he can do things that a top-5 MVP candidate can't. We'll just let the quote speak for itself. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:19 am
  • Goran Dragic says Miami is his first choice
    Goran Dragic said the Miami Heat are his first choice in free agency.

    Advice: Dragic will opt out of his contract before the end of the month, but he said he's hoping to stay with the Heat as long as the two sides are on the same page finanically. "As long as I’m in a happy environment and a healthy organization, that’s the most important thing," Dragic said. "The next three, four, five years — I want to spend it on this kind of team, like the Miami Heat. They have great players, great coaching staff and great training staff." While he didn't return value as a third-round pick in 2014-15 , Dragic should benefit from a full season in a Heat uniform if he returns and is worthy of an early-mid round selection in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:14 am
  • Bradley Beal set to play Game 2 vs Hawks
    Bradley Beal (ankle) will suit up for Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Confirming a previous item in which Beal said he expected to play, the 21-year-old will officially be in the Wizards' starting lineup on Tuesday. Beal has dealt with quite a few ankle injuries in his short NBA tenure, but he practiced without much issue on Monday and should be in good enough shape to continue his strong playoff run in Game 2 against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:00 am
     
    Injured
  • Bradley Beal expects to play in Game 2
    Bradley Beal (ankle) said he expects to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Before comparing playing the Hawks to fighting Floyd Mayweather, Beal didn't sound too concerned about his availability for Tuesday night. "I should be good [Tuesday]," Beal said. "I've sprained this ankle 30 times. The swelling has never gone away. [But] it wasn't that bad. Actually, I got to thank my trainers because I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday." The 21-year-old is averaging 22.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in the playoffs and should be all-systems-go for Tuesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:19 am
     
    Injured
  • Nic Batum not worried about trade possibility
    Nicolas Batum said he isn't concerned about rumors that have the Trail Blazers looking to trade him.

    Advice: Blazers general manager Neil Olshey promised the team would be "very active" in the offseason, but Batum isn't worried that his name has popped up in trade rumors. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." While Batum has top-25 fantasy potential, he'll need to build on his 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers or else his fantasy owners will be left disappointed for the second consecutive season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Austin powers the Clippers, at least a little
    Austin Rivers started for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound, three assists and four steals in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Let's be clear, he had more bad plays than we could count and was a sieve defensively, but he buried open threes and the Rockets were their own brand of terrible. If Paul can't go in Game 2 (or Doc Rivers thinks he can win one without him), then this would be Rivers' high-water mark. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Crawford goes big with 21-5-4 in Game 1 win
    Jamal Crawford stepped up with Chris Paul (hamstring) out for Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, scoring 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crawford showed a tiny bit more explosion than he had in the Spurs series and he's the team's primary ballhandler with Paul out so the numbers will be there if that's the case in Game 2. He had six turnovers but that's a tradeoff owners will take here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Ariza hits 7-of-13 shots for 17 points
    Trevor Ariza hit 7-of-13 shots (including two threes) for 17 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Ariza couldn't hit the broadside of the barn last series and it would be fairly shocking if he had two bad series in a row. Consider riding him as he heats back up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 30 points in Game 1 loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 30 points on 10-of-23 shooting (1-of-5 3PTs, 9-of-9 FTs) with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Irving's offense was fine but defensively both he and his teammates struggled as they let the Bulls hit 50 percent of their field goals and 55.6 percent from deep. The Cavs will need to improve in that area to win any games in which the Bulls haven't pulled one of their patented disappearing acts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Shumpert scores 22 points with four treys
    Iman Shumpert hit 8-of-17 shots (4-of-10 3PTs) with one rebound, one assist and one steal over 41 minutes in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Shumpert has stepped right into J.R. Smith's (suspension) role and he'll get another crack at it in Game 2. Once Smith returns look for his minutes to fall down into low 30s or high 20s, and he might get some added consideration if the Bulls backcourt stays hot throughout the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Austin Rivers starting for LAC in Game 1
    Austin Rivers will start for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) in Monday's Game 1 opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Rivers won't face an impact defender and he'll have quite a bit of playing time to put points on the board, but look for the offense to be run through Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Report: Shumpert and Miller will start
    Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller will start against the Bulls on Monday, according to Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

    Advice: It's not a surprise whatsoever to see Miller get the start over Tristan Thompson. LeBron James played a lot of power forward in Game 4 against the Celtics, so expect that to continue going forward. Shumpert will get minutes, but his usage rate will be very tiny in the next two games. Miller is not a great fantasy option either. With Love out, the biggest beneficiary might be Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Wittman: Brad Beal should be fine for Game 2
    Coach Randy Wittman said Bradley Beal (ankle) should be fine for Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Beal is getting treatment on his right ankle, but the good news is that he didn't need an MRI to check for damage. He may be listed as questionable for Tuesday, but it sounds like he'll be able to go. Beal was terrific with 28 points on Sunday. If he's out, expect Otto Porter, Garrett Temple and Martell Webster to get more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:23 am
     
    Injured
  • Report: J.J. Barea hoping for $3M annually
    J.J. Barea is hoping to sign with the Mavs on a multi-year deal that pays $3 million annually, a source told ESPN Dallas.

    Advice: Barea said it would be easier for the Mavs to keep him this time, and that translates to the fact that Dallas won't have to overpay him to keep him now that his free-agent stock is significantly lower. It would be a surprise if Barea got more than a two-year offer from any team, including Dallas, so he may have to be a little more realistic about his contract desires. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
     
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Bradley Beal walking without a limp Monday
    Updating a previous item, Bradley Beal was walking "without a noticeable limp" on Monday.

    Advice: This is good news considering Beal's availability for Game 2 remains up in the air, but all signs point to him playing right now. Just like John Wall's wrist injury, Beal's ankle injury looked a lot worse than initially anticipated. Although the Wiz Kids are dinged up, it sure seems like the backcourt will be good to go for Game 2 vs. Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
     
    Injured
  • Stephen Curry officially crowned NBA MVP
    Stephen Curry has officially been named the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

    Advice: Chef Curry is indeed cooking with the pot. After unofficial word slipped out on Sunday, the league wasted no time in making the announcement official on Monday. James Harden finished second, LeBron James finished third and Russell Westbrook finished fourth with Anthony Davis (fifth) and Chris Paul (sixth) rounding out the order. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:05 am
  • Crabbe facing uncertain future w/ Blazers
    Alan Crabbe's contract for next season with the Blazers is non-guaranteed.

    Advice: Although Crabbe is expected to play in summer league for the Blazers, it's not clear if he'll be on the roster next season. He's been a mostly disappointing player at the pro level, but he hasn't really received an extended opportunity to showcase his skills, either. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Anderson offers lukewarm Nets endorsement
    When asked about his impending free agency, Alan Anderson offered a lukewarm endorsement of his future with the Nets.

    Advice: "I'm free, so..." he said. "I would love to stay in Brooklyn, but I am a free agent. So I will be free." Anderson should have no problem clearing offers north of $3M annually, more than twice what he made in 2014-15. We don't expect him back with the Nets. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • James Young expected to play in summer league
    James Young is expected to play in summer league for the Celtics.

    Advice: The C's other first-round pick this season was barely a blip on the radar screen in his inaugural campaign. Young is still incredibly raw and needs to spend extended time in the weight room before he's capable of making a real impact. Marcus Smart is expected to join him in the action in order to get increased reps at point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Wesley Matthews' future undecided w/ Blazers
    Blazers GM Neil Olshey wouldn't commit to re-signing Wesley Matthews this offseason.

    Advice: "We know his value to us; we also know he's going to have market value around the league," he said. Matthews is coming off a torn Achilles, and after the Blazers absolutely fell apart without him, his free-agent case looks pretty good despite the injury. He should have no problem getting a variety of multi-year offers, and his future could very well be outside of Portland. If he leaves, the Blazers are going to have a very tough time replacing what he brings to the table. Both the player and the team have now been noncommittal about remaining together. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Danny Green wants to remain with the Spurs
    Danny Green said that he hopes to re-sign with the Spurs this offseason.

    Advice: Green will be an unrestricted free agent, but San Antonio also has to address Kawhi Leonard's free agency as well as a potential new deal for Tim Duncan and/or Manu Ginobili. Green should get some really solid offers in free agency after averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 2.4 triples (41.8 percent) on 43.6 percent shooting overall. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Bradley Beal's status for Game 2 is unknown
    Bradley Beal's (ankle) status for Game 2 vs. Atlanta is unknown.

    Advice: Although X-rays were negative, Beal wouldn't commit to being able to play in Game 2. "I'll just treat it over the next couple days and see how I feel," he said. It's worth noting that Beal has a history of leg injuries and missed time in the regular season due to a stress reaction in his right leg, so the ankle injury should be monitored closely. "That's probably the worst I've ever turned it, honestly," Beal added. Otto Porter could slide into the starting five if Beal has to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
     
    Injured
  • Iman Shumpert to start w/ JR Smith suspended
    With J.R. Smith serving a two-game suspension, Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: "I think I’ll get more opportunities just playing more minutes," Shumpert said. "But as far as going in with a different mindset, it’s not like I’m going to transform into J.R. for the team." The Cavs are very short-handed with Smith out two games and Kevin Love (shoulder) done for the playoffs, so in addition to Shump they'll need more production from Tristan Thompson, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova and possibly Shawn Marion or Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:15 pm
  • Report: Stephen Curry to earn MVP honors
    Stephen Curry will be named MVP for the 2014-15 season, according to CSN Bay Area.

    Advice: An official announcement is expected to be made this week, possibly as soon as Monday, and it makes sense for him to receive the award prior to Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Grizzlies. Curry averaged only 32.7 minutes per game this season, yet he beat out MVP candidates like James Harden and LeBron James by leading his team to a league-best 67-15 record. He averaged 23.8 points, 3.6 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals during the regular season, and has somehow been even better in the playoffs. Congrats, Steph. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:18 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 22 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry put up a game-high 22 points during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies, adding seven assists, four 3-pointers, four steals, two rebounds and four turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won their 21st straight game at Oracle Arena on Sunday, which is now the longest home-game winning streak in Warriors franchise history. Nick Calathes is nowhere near the defender that Mike Conley is, so Curry should have much trouble at all dismantling Memphis' defense. Through the first five games of the playoffs, Curry has compiled averages of 31.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 three-pointers, and 1.8 steals per game. Stud. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:16 pm
  • X-ray on Bradley Beal's right ankle negative
    X-rays taken on Bradley Beal's right ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Beal said that out of all the ankle sprains he's had, this one was the most painful, and he was spotted limping around Washington's locker room after the game. We're going to be considering him questionable for Game 2 on Tuesday, and owners can expect to get more than a few updates between now and then. If he's forced to sit, Otto Porter would be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:53 pm
     
    Injured
  • Wizards steal Game 1 behind Beal's 28 points
    Bradley Beal (ankle) put up a game-high 28 points (9-of-22 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) during Washington's impressive Game 1 victory over the Hawks.

    Advice: Beal rounded out Sunday's line with seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal and one turnover through 40 minutes of action. He briefly left the game after suffering a sprained right ankle, but he was able to return during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to finish the game. Beal will likely be questionable heading into Tuesday's Game 2, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. If he's forced to sit, Otto Porter would likely slide into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:37 pm
     
    Injured
  • Bradley Beal (ankle) returns to the game
    Bradley Beal (ankle) has returned to the floor to closeout the fourth quarter.

    Advice: This is obviously great news after it looked like his ankle injury may have been more severe, but he may carry a questionable tag into Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:19 pm
     
    Injured
  • Bradley Beal goes down w/ right ankle injury
    Bradley Beal went down with an apparent right ankle injury during Sunday's Game 1 against the Hawks, and he is questionable to return.

    Advice: Beal rolled his ankle upon coming down on Al Horford's foot after a jump shot, and after writhing around in pain on the floor for a bit, he slowly limped his way back to the Wizard's locker room with tears in his eyes. It would be a shame if Beal can't return as he was a major part of the Wizards' second-half run, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:03 pm
     
    Injured
  • J.J. Barea hopes to return to Dallas
    J.J. Barea is hoping that he will be a member of the Dallas Mavericks next season.

    Advice: "I want to," Barea said when asked if he wanted to return to Dallas. "I want to and hopefully this time we make it work. I had a lot of fun this year. I enjoyed being back. It feels like home for me here in Dallas so hopefully I can come back and finish my career here for the next couple years." Barea wasn't a big part of the rotation this season and averaged just 17.7 minutes per game, so he won't be a target in fantasy leagues regardless of where he lands in free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:05 am
     
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nicolas Batum already focusing for next year
    Nicolas Batum said that he plans on getting a lot more rest this summer in order to get his body right for next season.

    Advice: "I don't think I'll touch a basketball for the next two or three weeks," Batum said. "I'll fly back to France next week. It will [be] time to just relax and free my mind. Then I'll get back on the court and focus on my game and my body. I want to be ready for next year." Batum will play with the French team in EuroBasket this summer, but he won't join the team until August in order to fully recover. Batum was very disappointing this season with averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 3-pointers while shooting just 40.0 percent from the field, but he will be a bounce-back candidate leading into fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Wesley Matthews hoping to return to Portland
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said that his "perfect situation" would be for him to return to Portland next season.

    Advice: "So much stuff can happen between now and when free agency starts," Matthews said. "Ideally, perfect situation, yeah. Who doesn't want to go for the perfect situation?" Before suffering a season-ending torn Achilles, Matthews posted averages of 15.9 points, 3.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.9 3-pointers per game and was an integral part of Portland's team. It will be interesting to see how much his injury will impact his stock in free agency, but he shouldn't have any shortage of suitors on July 1. For what it's worth, Matthews wants to resume playing basketball in August, so his Achilles must be progressing rapidly. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:25 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Danny Green posts massive stat line vs. LAC
    Danny Green had a very impressive game during a tough 111-109 loss to the Clippers in Game 7 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: While he wasn't great off the ball on defense, his on-ball D was tremendous. Green was one of just six players in NBA history to average at least two blocks, one steal and one block (qualifiers for minutes) in a season. He was a fantasy monster and will be again next season. You won't be able to get him in the last few rounds this time, though. Tony Parker also had a good game tonight with 20 points, five boards, five assists and one steal. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Alan Anderson will opt out, become free agent
    Alan Anderson expects to opt out of his player option in favor of free agency this summer.

    Advice: The 32-year-old swingman shot 34.8 percent from downtown this season and became a reliable rotation player for Lionel Hollins, though he was little more than a 3-point specialist in fantasy leagues. It's not surprising to see him turn down a $1.3 million salary to pursue the security of a longer-team deal. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:40 am
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Alan Anderson coming off the bench
    Alan Anderson will come off the bench again on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets are going with the same starters despite Anderson playing remarkably well. If Anderson is hot, expect him to take minutes away from Bojan Bogdanovic and/or Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:18 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Allen Crabbe may play in Vegas
    Allen Crabbe said he is planning to play in Las Vegas Summer League in July.

    Advice: He was in Vegas last year and only scored 5.6 points per game because it was C.J. McCollum doing most of the damage. Crabbe still has a lot to learn as a scorer outside of just sitting on the 3-point line and that will likely be his focus. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • Wesley Matthews says he'll be back by August
    Wesley Matthews stated during his exit interviews that he expects to resume playing basketball in August.

    Advice: August is a bit of an aggressive timetable for such a serious injury, but he did say that rehab has been going well and that he's feeling good. Still, players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their timetables for recovery, and we'd rather hear something from Portland's medical staff before truly projecting his tentative return date. Matthews will be a free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of salary he can command on the open market coming off a torn Achilles. He'll make for a risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nicolas Batum has no plans for wrist surgery
    Nicolas Batum stated during his exit interview that he has no plans to undergo wrist surgery this offseason.

    Advice: Batum also said that this was his "toughest season," and his numbers would agree with that statement as he averaged just 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game on a career-low 40.0 percent shooting from the field. While Batum struggled to find his shot this season, his across-the-board contributions still had him turning in mid-round value, and we'll be expecting a bounce-back year during the 2015-16 season. He could slide in fantasy drafts next year due to his statistical decline this year, which would make him a fantastic value pick. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Nicolas Batum takes blame for bad season
    Nicolas Batum called the 2014-15 season his "worst year" after the Trail Blazers lost their playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a season during which he averaged 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers, Batum said he understood the blame should fall on him. "I understand that,'' Batum said. "There were huge expectations. I felt we could do something special this season, collectively and personally. So I understand. Since I signed this contract, the first two years I was OK. This one, like I said, was my first bad one. But I understand why people get mad. I'm the first one to get mad at myself.'' While his numbers were a bit depressed this season, Batum is being a tad hard on himself and should be able to rebound to become a top-35 fantasy player again in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:31 am
  • Nicolas Batum goes 2-of-12 from the field
    Nicolas Batum had another poor shooting performance in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday, going just 2-of-12 from the field on his way to six points, 10 boards, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Batum finished the series with averages of 14.2 points, 5.2 assists, 8.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers, but he shot just 34.3 percent from the field over that span. Batum had a rather disappointing 2014-15 campaign, but his troublesome wrist could have definitely been a major reason why. He often lacks confidence and tends to hesitate a lot before shooting, but hopefully he will be able to bounce back stronger than ever for next season. The offseason should do wonders for his ailing wrist and back. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Alan Anderson catches fire in a loss
    Alan Anderson kept the Nets in the game with a 23-point gem in a loss to the Hawks on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds and four 3-pointers on 9-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: He started the second half over Bojan Bogdanovic thanks to scoring 16 points in the first half. Anderson was already extremely efficient in this series, turning in an 80.0 effective field goal percentage in his previous four games. He will likely come off the bench on Friday with minutes in the 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:42 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • J.J. Barea logs 37 minutes as starter Tuesday
    J.J. Barea started again on Tuesday and had six points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 37 minutes, shooting just 3-of-12 from the field as the Mavs were eliminated by the Rockets.

    Advice: Barea came into Game 5 with the third-best +/- rating in the playoffs -- at an impressive +12.5 per game, he was tied with Stephen Curry and trailed only Draymond Green (+19.3). He was a catalyst for the Mavs' postseason scoring with an offensive rating of 121.4, but he'll only be an asset in the deepest fantasy leagues no matter where he signs as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:16 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • J.J. Barea, Aminu starting again in Game 5
    J.J. Barea will earn another start at PG on Tuesday with Devin Harris and Raymond Felton coming off the bench.

    Advice: There was no doubt about Barea's status as a starter after Sunday's gem, during which he racked up 17 points and 13 assists in a do-or-die Game 4 victory. With only four teams active on Tuesday, Barea may be one of the best value plays in daily fantasy leagues. He'll join a starting lineup that includes Monta Ellis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:50 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Stephen Curry returns to practice on Tuesday
    Stephen Curry returned to the Warriors' practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Curry had an excused absence from Monday's practice, but he got back to business on Tuesday. He'll be ready to go for their second-round series against either the Grizzlies or the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Trevor Ariza says Rockets ready for Game 5
    Trevor Ariza promised the Rockets would have a bounce-back effort in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a lackluster effort in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, Ariza promised there would be no Game 5 repeat. "They played harder than we did," Ariza said. "Tuesday, that won't happen again." Ariza has seen his numbers dip in the postseason as he's only averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers on 29.7 percent shooting from the field, so we'll look for him to fulfill his promised breakout against the Mavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • Curry has excused absence from practice
    Stephen Curry had an excused absence from practice on Monday.

    Advice: He's not injured and may have just earned some time off. The Warriors will start playing again on Sunday at the earliest or it could be later if the Blazers can win three in a row. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 11:22 am
  • David Blatt offers praise for Iman Shumpert
    David Blatt praised Iman Shumpert's play after logging a double-double in Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Shumpert had 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. "Iman Shumpert gave us a huge game tonight, huge," Blatt said. "He was just all over the court...He was without question the X Factor. No question." Shumpert played a whopping 38 minutes, and with J.R. Smith facing suspension and Kevin Love (shoulder) sidelined, the Flat Top is about to become a lot more important. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 6:23 am
  • Mavs win Game 4 behind J.J. Barea's 17 & 13
    J.J. Barea thrived as a starter on Sunday with 17 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal, helping the Mavericks stave off a season-ending loss by beating the Rockets 121-109.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle pulled the right strings tonight, enabling his short-handed squad to avoid a first-round sweep. When asked about Barea's excellent postseason play during his Mavs career, Carlisle said, "He's relished playoff opportunities ... I think that's how he's wired." Dallas will need Barea at his disruptive best when they try to extend the series to six games in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:35 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Bradley Beal's 23 pts lead Wizards to sweep
    Bradley Beal logged a team-high 36 minutes in Sunday's series-clinching victory, scoring 23 points with three 3-pointers, five assists, four steals and only one turnover.

    Advice: Beal shot 5-of-15 from the field but he made up the difference with a 10-of-11 mark from the free throw line. He averaged 2.6 free throws per game during the regular season but that's increased to 4.7 per game in the playoffs. Postseason physicality and the Raptors' matchup problems are big reasons for the leap, but it's also a testament to Beal's aggressiveness offensively -- he's been in attack mode with 17.5 shot attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:57 pm
     
    Injured
  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:50 pm
  • Austin Rivers erupts for 16 points in 17 mins
    Austin Rivers was fantastic for the Clippers during their Game 4 win over the Spurs on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting through just 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: As per usual, Rivers didn't do much aside from score (one assist, one steal, and one turnover), but he did give the Clippers' bench a major lift, and he was a big part of LA's win today. Rivers has actually been coming on for the Clippers lately, scoring in double figures in his last two outings, but he's still not much of a fantasy option as scoring is his only asset. It'll be very interesting to see if he can have a repeat performance during Game 5 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:00 pm
  • Iman Shumpert plays well through 38 minutes
    Iman Shumpert played well during his 38 minutes of action as the Cavs' swept their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

    Advice: J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's game for elbowing Jae Crowder in the face, and there's really no way he doesn't get a suspension from the league. Shumpert was the first one off the bench when Smith was ejected, and his 38 minutes would suggest that he's going to be the primary beneficiary with Smith unavailable. He added one 3-pointer, two steals and three blocks to his stat line tonight, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and knocking down all eight of this free throw attempts. He could be make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues while Smith serves his suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 2:13 pm
  • Kyrie Irving double-doubles in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving put up a double-double as the Cavs swept the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 24 points (8-of-19 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), with 11 rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Kyrie was fantastic through his first-career playoff series, averaging 23.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game. He and LeBron James scored or assisted on 27 of the Cavs 29 fourth-quarter field goals through their first-round series against the Celtics, and he should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the playoffs. Chicago is likely going to be Cleveland's second-round opponent, so get ready for some electrifying basketball as Kyrie goes toe-to-toe against a surging Derrick Rose. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 1:49 pm
  • Nicolas Batum sinks six treys in Game 3 loss
    Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

    Advice: He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:53 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 39 points, GSW advances
    Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 series sweep during a 109-98 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 39 points with eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He sure is putting those extra minutes to good use. In the four games in the playoffs, Curry averaged 33.8 points, 5.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 5.0 treys in 39.8 minutes per game. His 20 treys in this series set an NBA record for a sweep. The Warriors look unbeatable right now and they'll get the winner of the Grizzlies-Blazers series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 7:53 pm
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