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  • Chris Paul (hamstring) not practicing
    Chris Paul (hamstring) is not expected to practice on Wednesday because of his injured hamstring but it won't affect his status for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: If he does practice, coach Doc Rivers said CP3 would not take contact. He's been dealing with his hamstring for much of this series, but it hasn't shown on the court. Paul has created 22.5 points per game off his assists while also scoring 14.5 on his own in 35.5 minutes per game, and he'll continue running the offense. The Warriors will have their hands full on Thursday at home after the Clippers crushed them by 40 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:27 pm
  • George Hill to play more at shooting guard
    Head coach Frank Vogel said on Wednesday that he will continue to play George Hill and C.J. Watson together.

    Advice: With the way C.J. Watson has performed this postseason, Frank Vogel said to expect "a lot more" two point guard lineups. Watson is not scoring at huge rate, but his accuracy from beyond the arc, 4-of-6 this series, spaces the floor well and creates driving lanes for George Hill. Hill had his best game of the series in Tuesday's win, scoring 15 points in 33 minutes. With Vogel committed to a two point guard look, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson may see a decrease in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:16 pm
  • Nicolas Batum did a lot of running this year
    Nicolas Batum led the NBA in distance traveled this season at 216 miles.

    Advice: He had an avulsion fracture on his finger back in January and was still able to play in all 82 games. Batum and the rest of the Blazers starting five played a whopping 1,373 minutes together this season, which ranked second in the NBA behind the Pacers' starting unit. The Frenchman ranked third among small forwards in assists per game this season while also ranking 18th in effective field goal percentage. He's a fantasy stud and probably doesn't get enough credit for the Blazers' success this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:09 pm
  • Terrence Jones cleared of misdemeanor charges
    Terrence Jones was cleared of misdemeanor harassment charges on Tuesday, stemming from an incident that occurred in July.

    Advice: A police officer accused Jones of "stomping" on a homeless man who was sleeping in a doorway, but Jones said in a recent interview, "An officer's word is going to be worth more than mine ... What he saw didn't happen." As part of the case's dismissal Jones agreed to pay $10,000 to a charity that benefits the homeless. Rotoworld.com
  • Warriors C Festus Ezeli still rehabbing knee
    Warriors center Festus Ezeli admitted frustration over the slow recovery of his surgically-repaired right knee.

    Advice: Ezeli had surgery 10 months ago with an expected recovery time of 6-9 months, but he only recently was cleared to bend his knee. It's very unlikely that he'll be healthy enough to appear in the playoffs, which is unfortunate for the Warriors since they're already without Andrew Bogut (rib). Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:39 am
  • Goran Dragic named NBA's Most Improved Player
    Goran Dragic was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for 2013-14 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dragic averaged numerous career-highs with 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game, though his brilliant season wasn't enough for the Suns to make the playoffs. He posted a True Shooting percentage of 60.4 percent which trailed only Stephen Curry among players averaging at least 20 minutes per game, and he's poised for another huge season with the Suns before likely opting for free agency in 2015. Lance Stephenson finished second in MIP voting, while Anthony Davis finished third. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:27 am
  • Mario Chalmers (knee) game-time for Wednesday
    Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) participated in the walkthrough portion of Wednesday's shootaround and he remains a game-time decision for Game 2.

    Advice: "We're trying to keep him off his feet as much as possible," said coach Erik Spoelstra. He played through the injury during Game 1, finishing with seven points in 25 minutes, but if he can't suit up the Heat will deploy either Norris Cole or Toney Douglas as a fill-in starting PG. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:03 am
  • Pau Gasol doesn't rule out re-signing w/ L.A.
    Pau Gasol said that he's found "common ground" with coach Mike D'Antoni, and wouldn't rule out re-signing with the Lakers if D'Antoni remains the head coach.

    Advice: "The last few years I always kept on my mind that this could be my last day [with the Lakers], so let me try to enjoy it," said Gasol. "I'm going to listen closely to what the Lakers will have to offer and say about the team's situation and position [after the NBA draft]." He also said that he'll "listen" to offers from the Knicks, but he'd have to take a huge pay cut to join Phil Jackson in New York. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:05 am
     
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  • Steve Nash admits Lakers can't rely on him
    Steve Nash is confident that he'll remain with the Lakers next season, but due to his health concerns he admitted that the team "can't rely on [him]."

    Advice: The Lakers could waive Nash via the stretch provision, thus reducing the cap impact of his $9.7 million final year, but the 40 year old sounds certain that he'll still be in L.A. He said that he's 3-4 weeks away from being healthy and wants to contribute in any way possible next season, even if he doesn't play and only serves as a mentor to young Lakers' players. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:53 am
     
    Injured
  • D.J. Augustin scores 25 in Game 2 loss
    D.J. Augustin hit 10-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, seven assists and a steal in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Augustin shot it much better tonight, as he hit just 3-of-15 in Game 1, and is a big part of what the Bulls do since Derrick Rose isn't around. DJA will have to keep it going with the series heading to Washington, as the Wizards are suddenly thinking 'sweep.' Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • 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
  • John Wall plays well in another win over CHI
    John Wall hit 6-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in Tuesday's impressive Game 2, overtime 101-99 win over the Bulls to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: Wall committed five turnovers, but played very well and is in full control of the Wizards' offense. Bradley Beal came through tonight and will have to continue to shoot it well if the Wizards are going to close this one out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 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
  • George Hill plays well in second half of win
    George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Hill's offense was key to the Pacers' 17-0 run in the third quarter that ended the game, but he didn't score a point in the first half. Hill will have to keep it going in Atlanta for Games 3 & 4 on Thursday and Saturday. C.J. Watson had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) was limited during Tuesday's practice and he's questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Bobcats on Wednesday.

    Advice: He injured himself in the first quarter of Sunday's Game 1 matchup but continued to play through the injury, and coach Erik Spoelstra said that Chalmers "did make progress from [Monday]." If he's forced to sit out the Heat could start Norris Cole at PG, but Spoelstra has shown a preference to keep his second unit intact this season, so Toney Douglas could also get the start. We should have a more definitive update following Wednesday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Mario Chalmers misses Tuesday practice
    Mario Chalmers (shin) missed Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Chalmers took a shot to his right shin during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Bobcats and was the only Heat player to miss Tuesday's practice. The 27-year-old scored seven points in 25 minutes on Sunday and should be be available to suit up for Game 2 on Wednesday, but Norris Cole would get a bump in minutes if Chalmers is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Bulls look for D.J. Augustin to improve D
    Coach Tom Thibodeau is looking for D.J. Augustin and the rest of the Bulls to improve their defense.

    Advice: ``Not only D.J., our defense,'' Thibodeau said when asked about Augustin's defense. ``I could go from start to finish. There's an endless list of things that we didn't do correctly. We're capable of doing much better. And we're going to have to." Augustin's defensive shortcomings were a frequent target of the Wizards during the fourth quarter of the Bulls' Game 1 loss on Sunday and even 38-year-old Andre Miller was able to score eight points in the final quarter. Thibodeau doesn't sound like he's ready to take Augustin off the court in crunch time, so it's a good thing that the Bulls have the new Defensive Player of the Year on their side in Joakim Noah. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:32 am
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) plays 27 minutes
    Chris Paul (hamstring) played 27 minutes during Monday's easy 138-98 win over the Warriors, scoring 12 points with six boards, 10 assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He has been receiving some treatment on his hamstring, but you wouldn't know it based on how fast and efficient the Clippers were on offense. The efficiency is nothing new for Clippers with their top-ranked offensive efficiency rating this season while also running at the seventh-fasted pace. Danny Granger also got hot in garbage time for 15 total points while Hedo Turkoglu chipped in 13. The Clippers will look to take back home-court advantage on Thursday's at ORACLE Arena. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:32 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
  • Chris Paul receiving treatment on hamstring
    Chris Paul (hamstring) has been receiving treatment on his strained right hamstring but will play Monday against the Warriors.

    Advice: Paul almost notched a triple-double in the Clippers' loss to the Warriors on Saturday. He scored 28 points, dished out eight assists, and grabbed seven rebounds, mostly with Blake Griffin on the bench. Despite his sore hamstring, he will need another huge performance in Game 2 if the Clippers want to even the series. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • 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
  • Pacers struggle on both ends in Game 1 loss
    Frank Vogel said that during Saturday's Game 1 defeat the Pacers "didn't trust the passes well enough, didn't move the ball well enough."

    Advice: A lack of ball movement has characterized the Pacers' late-season collapse, but the problems weren't contained to the offensive end. Vogel also highlighted breakdowns in one-on-one defense and the Hawks' relentless ability to get into the paint, which is largely due to Jeff Teague's penetration and the Hawks' frontcourt spreading the court out to the 3-point line. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:00 am
  • Terrence Jones can't check LaMarcus Aldridge
    Terrence Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Rockets' heart-breaking OT loss in Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: Jones made 6-of-10 FGs while chipping in two assists and two blocks but he struggled defensively in a tough matchup vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, who blew up for 46 points in the road win. Rockets coach Kevin McHale used an eight-man rotation and gave DNP-CDs to both Donatas Motiejunas and Omri Casspi. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:18 pm
  • D.J. Augustin hits 10-of-10 FTs, 3-of-15 FGs
    D.J. Augustin made 10-of-10 free throws to finish Sunday's game with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: His quickness and penetration gave Washington fits, even though he made just 3-of-15 shots from the field. Kirk Hinrich added 16 points but the Bulls only shot 42.0 percent from the field, including 5-of-20 from downtown, and they were out-rebounded 45-39. Rotoworld.com
  • 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
  • Mario Chalmers has right shin contusion
    Mario Chalmers suffered a right shin contusion in Sunday's win over the Bobcats.

    Advice: He was a bit gimpy late in the game because his shin banged Chris Bosh's knee brace, but it didn't seem to affect him much. Chalmers scored seven points in 25 minutes on Sunday and it would be a shock to see him miss Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:02 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
  • George Hill abused by Jeff Teague in Game 1
    George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hill was abused by Jeff Teague tonight (28 points, five assists) and isn't a good matchup for Atlanta's point guard. He could end up giving way to C.J. Watson for the rest of the series, as Hill and Roy Hibbert haven't looked right since the All-Star break. The Pacers no longer have homecourt advantage in this series, nor have they figured out how to match up with Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:57 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
  • Chris Paul scores team-high 28 points vs. GSW
    Chris Paul finished Saturday's home loss with a team-high 28 points, five 3-pointers, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

    Advice: CP3 appeared to tweak his hamstring late in the first half but he looked fine in the second half, and the Clippers wouldn't risk playing him if there was considerable risk of making the injury worse. He drilled a pair of clutch 3-pointers and the only negatives in his game were a late turnover (on which he was fouled) and a pair of crucial missed free throws. We're considering him good to go for Game 2 on Monday, and will update his status if anything changes in the next 48 hours. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Chris Paul may have tweaked hamstring vs. GSW
    Chris Paul appeared to tweak his hamstring late in the first half on Saturday.

    Advice: He didn't seem overly concerned about the injury and looked fine while giving a quick interview after the second quarter, but we'll keep a close eye on him in the second half. The Clippers obviously cannot afford to have their star PG aggravate a hamstring injury on the first day of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:53 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
  • 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
  • Kupchak: Pau Gasol is a priority this summer
    General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that Pau Gasol is a "priority" this offseason.

    Advice: "If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board," Kupchak said. While this isn't a surprising quote, the Lakers should certainly look to bring Pau back despite their ending result on the standings. He finished with averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 boards and 1.5 blocks, so he'll be a high pick in fantasy leagues next year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:45 am
     
    Injured
  • 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