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  • Kendall Marshall doing on-court work
    Kendall Marshall (knee) did some on-court work in Milwaukee on Friday.

    Advice: He said on his Instagram page his knees are still "weak" after four months of rehab. Marshall was traded to the Suns in the Brandon Knight deal and was waived. He's played better than he did in his rookie season, but he's going to have to earn his minutes next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Kerr: Klay Thompson expected to be ready
    Coach Steve Kerr said "all is going well" with Klay Thompson (concussion) and expects him to be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

    Advice: There's no word of if he went through the protocol yet. Once he's symptom free, he'll do some work on a stationary bike before doing more rigorous exercise. For now, it sounds like Klay should be ready to play with time to spare. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:35 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
    Today, 12:33 pm
  • 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
    Today, 9:56 am
  • Jones wants to be an all-around player
    Terrence Jones said that he wants to become an "all-around player" for the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "I want to get better all-around, in the post, shooting, just come back a better all-around player for my team." Jones is loaded with upside, but his 2014-15 campaign was devastated by injuries. He made just 33 appearances in the regular season, and he never really seemed to be 100 percent. He averaged 13.5 points, 7.6 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.8 blocks in 24 starts this season, but his fantasy value will hinge on whether or not Josh Smith returns to Houston. The presence of Donatas Motiejunas (back) could cause some problems as well, but Jones will likely be the favorite to start next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:37 am
  • Kostas Papanikolaou hopes to stay in NBA
    Kostas Papanikolaou is hopeful that he will be able to play in the NBA next season.

    Advice: Houston holds a $4.8 million player option on him for next season, but it doesn't seem likely that they would retain him for that price. Papanikolaou made just four appearances after the All-Star break due to a nagging ankle injury and wasn't able to get back into the rotation after Josh Smith arrived, so it looks like his time in Houston could be nearing an end. Papanikolaou will listen to all offers if Houston declines his option, but returning to Europe isn't on his mind just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:21 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
    Today, 8:06 am
  • Marcus Smart offers advice to James Young
    Marcus Smart offered fellow rookie James Young some advice saying that he needs to work harder than he ever has before.

    Advice: "My advice would be to tell [Young], ‘You’ve got to work harder than you’ve ever worked. This isn’t college anymore. Guys are better than you or just as good as you and they’re always gonna bring someone to replace you if you’re not gonna do what you’re supposed to do, so you’ve got to keep that in mind, that I could be gone at any given time because every year there’s another batch of players coming in.’" Young only made 31 appearances this season and averaged just 3.4 points in 10.7 minutes per game, and it's clear that he is still very raw. Young is still just 19 years old, so he has plenty of time to develop into a solid player. We will track his progress closely at summer league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:49 am
  • Marcus Smart believes he was snubbed
    Marcus Smart, who was named to the All-Rookie Second Team, believes that he was snubbed.

    Advice: "I think I got snubbed, especially being one of the only rookies that really got major playing time and made the playoffs," Smart said. "I don’t think people took that into consideration." Smart had a decent rookie season and posted averages of 8.6 points, 4.0 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 3-pointers when he moved into the starting lineup, but he shot just 35.9 percent from the field during that span. He is already a high-level defender, but he will need to improve on the offensive end this summer. Smart will likely be the starter to open the 2015-16 season, but the presence of Isaiah Thomas could limit his appeal. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Stephen Curry practices without sleeve
    Stephen Curry practiced without the protective sleeve on his right elbow on Friday.

    Advice: Curry ditched the sleeve during the third quarter of Game 5 vs. the Rockets, and it didn't look his elbow was an issue. He still has five days to recover before facing off against the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday, so the Warriors have to be thrilled that the MVP is ready to roll. For what it's worth, Curry has averaged 29.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.9 boards, 4.9 3-pointers and 1.9 steals in the playoffs so far. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:54 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
    Today, 6:46 am
  • John Wall was kicked off a Las Vegas flight
    According to police, John Wall was kicked off a Las Vegas flight on Tuesday after one of his friends got into a verbal fight with another passenger.

    Advice: The airline didn't go into many details, but it doesn't sound like Wall will be in any kind of trouble. There were no charges or arrests, and neither the Wizards nor Wall plan on commenting. We will let you know if any new details emerge. Wall is still expected to see a hand specialist soon, so we should have a medical update on the All-Star point guard shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Thabo says incident damaged his reputation
    Thabo Sefolosha said the incident with police in April damaged his reputation.

    Advice: It also cost the Hawks some of their depth in the playoffs. "I was injured in the hands of the police, and it took away a lot from my everyday life," Sefolosha said. "From being able to help put the kids in bed, going up and down the stairs." For more on this story, click the link below. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:15 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Damien Inglis confirmed for summer league
    Damien Inglis will play in summer league in July.

    Advice: He had a very rough start to his career and didn't get any playing time in his rookie season. Inglis had a very bad aggravation to his foot surgery, so expect the Bucks to handle him with kid gloves. Like his teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, Inglis has some nice length and could play both forward spots. Of course, we're not saying he has the ceiling of the Greek Freak. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:38 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Dante Exum says last year was a good step
    Dante Exum said last year was "a good step" for him.

    Advice: "I think I had a big learning curve, but I did learn a lot and now I think I know what I have to do to improve," Exum said. We all knew the teenage Aussie wouldn't hit the ground running, but his rookie season was a mild letdown. We did see some flashes and his off-ball game was a little ahead of expected. He's said his favorite play is pick-and-roll, but he'll need some more time to figure out how to run it against bigger guys. We'd love to see him get some extended summer-league run. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Mario Chalmers has arthroscopic knee surgery
    Mario Chalmers had arthroscopic surgery on Friday to repair an inflamed plica in his right knee.

    Advice: It was just a 20-minute procedure and Chalmers is going to begin rehabbing immediately. Obviously, he'll be ready to go for training camp in the fall. Chalmers had an up-and-down year, averaging 10.2 points, 2.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 treys. He'll be a late-round flier in fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
     
    Injured
  • Klay Thompson diagnosed with a concussion
    Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a concussion on Friday.

    Advice: His agent said he didn't have a concussion yesterday, but his agent isn't a neurologist. The Warriors said Klay had "extensive examinations" over the past two days, including neurological tests Friday morning. Under the NBA's concussion protocol, Klay will not be allowed to have court activity until he is not showing any symptoms. With six days off before Game 1, Thompson should be ready. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
  • LBJ says slowing down Curry nearly impossible
    When LeBron James was asked how the Cavs will slow down Stephen Curry in the Finals he responded: "The same way you slow me down... you can't."

    Advice: There's equal respect going between current-MVP and former-MVP heading into the Finals, and watching these two go toe-to-toe should be nothing short of spectacular. Just like the Warriors will use a committee approach in attempting to slow down The Chosen One, the Cavs are going to throw a variety of defenders at Curry, starting with Kyrie Irving. Curry and James should continue to post ridiculous stat lines as the season comes to a close, but the efficiency of those lines will likely be a telling factor in the end results. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 11:09 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving says his health has been steady
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said that his health has been steady since beating the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.

    Advice: Irving went on to say that he expects to start on Stephen Curry defensively in the Finals, but added that it will be a team effort in containing the 2014-15 league MVP. Cleveland was the best team in the league at defending the 3-point line during the postseason, holding their opposition to just 28.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc, but the Warriors were the second-best team from distance during the playoffs shooting 38.0 percent from deep. After a rather lackluster Conference Finals, NBA fans should be in for a show during the Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • James Harden wants help at the guard spots
    James Harden said he will have a conversation with GM Daryl Morey about bolstering the Rockets depth at the guard position.

    Advice: Houston is pretty thin behind James Harden and Patrick Beverley, and that was really put on display when Beverley went down, as the Rockets were forced to give big minutes to veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni. Corey Brewer is a quality wing player, but he's not a guy that can give a second-unit much of a lift on offense, and with him set to become an unrestricted free agent there are no guarantees he's retained. It'll be interesting to see what Morey can put together this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:40 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Patrick Beverley says that he's loyal to HOU
    Patrick Beverley, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason, said that his ideal situation would be re-signing with the Rockets.

    Advice: "I’m a loyal guy," said Beverley regarding free agency. "[Houston's] the only team that took a chance on me." Beverley is due for a major payday when he signs his next deal, and it'll be interesting to see just how high the Rockets are willing to go in matching the offers he receives on the open market. It's worth noting that when Beverley was asked if he's talked about next season with any other players around the league, he responded: "Yeah, Chandler [Parsons] calls me every day." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 am
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Jason Terry says Houston is best fit for him
    Jason Terry, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, said that Houston is the best fit for him.

    Advice: "I want another opportunity to fight for a championship and Houston right now is the best fit for me," Terry said. "I love the progression we made. I love the coaching staff. I hope I am a part of the future, but I appreciate everything. I appreciate the opportunity." Terry is a knowledgeable veteran with championship experience, but his days of being relevant in standard fantasy leagues are long behind him. He may or may not return with the Rockets next year, but he's not going to be anything more than a backup wherever he lands, meaning he's not a guy to target in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Corey Brewer would like to return to Houston
    Corey Brewer stated his desire to return to the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "I love playing [in Houston]," Brewer said. "I hope we are back together. We made the Western Conference finals and hopefully everything works out and we are all back together next year." Brewer waived his player option as a condition the trade that sent him from Minnesota to Houston, so he's going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He earned himself a nice role with the Rockets this year, but with averages of 11.9 points, 1.1 steals and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the field, he's not much more than a low-end asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith would like to return to Houston
    Josh Smith said that he would like to return with the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "You never know in free agency what may occur," said Smith who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. "The city of Houston and this team has definitely embraced me for my individuality and the way I play the game. It would be great to do something special for the city and for this team." Smith actually played very well for the Rockets after being waived by the Pistons earlier in the season, and he was a major component to Houston's improbable Game 6 comeback win over the Clippers in the second-round. It'll be interesting to see where he lands as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • MIA's issue w/ Wade is financial flexibility
    The Heat are reportedly hesitant to offer Dwyane Wade a big money contract because it would give the team limited financial flexibility.

    Advice: With Hassan Whiteside headed for a big payday in 2016, the Heat will be committing big money to Wade, Whiteside, Chris Bosh, and Goran Dragic, and the question is whether or not that team would be able to legitimately compete for a championship surrounded by low-money role players. However, if Miami is unable to come to terms with Wade and he ends up leaving the Heat, it will significantly hurt Miami's chances of retaining Dragic who is going to be pursued by the Lakers and Knicks this offseason to name a few. While Wade is no longer in his prime, he remains an important piece to Miami’s puzzle, and it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Marcus Smart says ankle finally 100 percent
    Marcus Smart said that he has now fully recovered from the ankle sprain that sidelined him for nearly a month during the regular-season.

    Advice: Smart went down with the ankle injury on November 7, and didn't return until December 3, but he was in pain for most of the season. Smart played some quality defense during his rookie season, but his averages of 8.6 points, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 three-pointers on 35.9 percent shooting from the field (62.5 percent from the stripe) left a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective. He'll need to improve his assist numbers and shooting percentages in order to become a standard league asset, and we'll be monitoring his development closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Klay Thompson likely to be cleared for Finals
    Mychal Thompson, Klay Thompson's (concussion-like symptoms) father, speculates that his son should be cleared to play sometime before the NBA Finals.

    Advice: When Mychal was asked to describe the difference in Klay a day after his injury, Mychal responded, "Antarctica to the jungles of Brazil." When pressed further to speculate on his son's availability for the Finals, Thompson stated: "I'm not a doctor, but if I'm going to guess in layman's terms, yeah I think [he'll be cleared for the Finals.] He seems to be feeling better by the hour." Thompson is scheduled to meet with the Warriors medical staff on Friday, after which we'll likely have another update on Golden State's sniper. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:51 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 6:38 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwyane Wade looking for three-year deal?
    Dwyane Wade is looking to be in the neighborhood of a three-year, $50 million deal this summer, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace.

    Advice: This isn't from Wade and is just a rumor, but it makes sense. Wade is getting dangerously close to the tail end of his career and even the biggest Wade fan will say he's past his prime. The Heat are still the favorites for Wade, but expect a number of teams to try and pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:32 pm
  • Stephen Curry excited to face LeBron
    Sonya Curry said her son is "loving this whole thing about playing against LeBron" in the NBA Finals.

    Advice: To make Knicks fans feel worse, Stephen's mom also said on 2009 draft night that she thought her son was going to New York. Instead, the Knicks took Jordan Hill at eight with Curry going just in front of them at seven. We've had some sub-par basketball in the past couple weeks, but the NBA Finals should be a doozy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:18 pm
  • Agent: Klay Thompson wasn't concussed
    Klay Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, said his client cleared tests and did not have a concussion.

    Advice: This is getting weird. First, Klay passed a concussion test just after being kneed in the head, then the Warriors released a statement after the game that he had concussion-like symptoms. Now, his agent is saying something different. Thompson was dizzy, had to throw up and didn't feel well last night, so this new report is a little harder to believe than usual. We'll see what the Warriors say next. If this is true, he should be ready to go in the next couple days. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:49 pm
  • Report: Wade at impasse w/ MIA on contract
    Dwyane Wade and the Heat are reportedly at an early impasse on his contract negotiations.

    Advice: Wade reportedly wants to opt out of his contract this summer, with the hope of landing a lucrative three-year deal with Miami. However, the Heat would prefer he opts in to his $16 million deal and then signs a good, but not huge amount of money in 2016. There's reportedly a "sizable gap" on what Wade hopes to earn and what the Heat are prepared to offer, and Wade is reportedly now open to considering other teams this summer if Miami doesn't present him with a number to his liking. This will be a very interesting story to watch develop over the course of the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:36 pm
  • Klay Thompson will be reevaluated on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (concussion-like symptoms) will be reevaluated by the Warriors' medical staff at his home on Thursday, and GM Bob Myers expects to have an update on his status sometime tomorrow.

    Advice: So far, the Warriors have not officially labeled Thompson's condition as a concussion, but the reports so far have implied that's what he's dealing with. He'll have a full week to recover for the NBA Finals, and we'll be monitoring his status closely, with another update likely coming on Friday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
  • Klay Thompson feeling better on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (concussion) is feeling OK after experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Wednesday night, according to his father Mychal Thompaon.

    Advice: Thompson will have a week to recover and make it through the concussion protocol, but it's good news to hear that he's feeling better. "He threw up a lot late last night but he felt much better afterwards," said Mychal Thompson. "He was a little woozy after the game but very cognizant of what was going on around him. He's OK. He's doing much better after a good night's sleep." We'll keep a close eye on Thompson's status leading up to the June 4 start of the NBA Finals, but it sounds like the Warriors will have their sharpshooter available for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:57 am
  • 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
  • James Harden says turnovers are unacceptable
    James Harden said his NBA Playoffs record 13 turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors were unacceptable.

    Advice: Harden picked a bad time to have one of his worst games of the season in Wednesday's series-ending loss and he didn't shy away from blame after the game. "So, just valuing the ball a lot more, especially if I'm going to be doing a lot of ball handling," Harden said when asked what he learned from the series. "I mean, not give away easy baskets. Tonight was another case for myself. Thirteen turnovers is unacceptable." While this game may take some time for Harden to forget, he's a no-brainer top-three pick in 2015-16 fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:16 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
  • Update: Klay Thompson has concussion symptoms
    Updating a previous item, the Warriors said Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after the game.

    Advice: "Klay Thompson was evaluated by the Warriors medical staff immediately after suffering an injury during tonight's game and was put through a concussion evaluation," the team statement said. "At the time he did not show any concussion-like symptoms." This is not good at all. Thompson said he was dizzy right after the game and his dad, Mychal Thompson, said Klay "threw up and says he feels a lot better." Klay will have a week to make it through the concussion protocol and the Warriors will have to answer some questions about this. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 pm
  • Stephen Curry sheds elbow sleeve, scores 26
    Stephen Curry scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, five steals, three turnovers and three 3-pointers on 7-of-21 from the field against the Rockets in a series-clinching win on Wednesday.

    Advice: He ditched his elbow sleeve in the third quarter after messing with it throughout the game. Curry had plenty of clean looks and the Warriors gave him a slew of off-ball screens to get him loose. He is going to have a week to recover before Game 1 in Oakland on June 4. In two games against the Cavs this season, Curry averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys. It'll be a treat watching him face off against Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Klay Thompson says he's a little dizzy
    After scoring 20 points with one rebound, four assists and four 3-pointers on Wednesday, Klay Thompson (ear laceration) said he was "a little dizzy" in a post-game interview on ESPN.

    Advice: He needed three stitches to his ear to stop the bleeding, but it's certainly troubling to hear he was dizzy following the game. Thompson didn't need a concussion test despite taking a very tough blow to his head. He also was in foul trouble tonight with four of the five being of the inexcusable variety. Klay won't be able to get away with that vs. the Cavs, assuming he's healthy. Thompson scored 18.5 points per game against the Cavs this season in his two games, so it's fair to expect him to average over 20 with extra playing time. We'll also be tracking Klay in the next couple days to make sure he's fine. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • 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
  • Josh Smith has a bad finish to season
    Josh Smith made 3-of-14 from the field for 11 points during a season-ending 104-90 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He was cold and didn't come in for the final 16 minutes of this game. Smith was a pleasant surprise for the Rockets and it'll be interesting to see if the Rockets are bringing him back. They do already have two serviceable power forwards in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Plus, Clint Capela playing well also gives them some frontcourt depth. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:13 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
  • James Harden has 13 turnovers in loss to GSW
    James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.

    Advice: To make matters worse, he was just 2-of-11 from the field in what may have been his worst game of his season. Although, Houston's worst stretch tonight was with Harden on the bench. They just went up against a better team and Harden's Rockets should be able to make another playoff run next year. He'll be a top-three pick in fantasy leagues next season, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:04 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Klay Thompson (ear laceration) will return
    Klay Thompson suffered an ear laceration on Wednesday and will return.

    Advice: The Warriors dodged another concussion bullet and Klay didn't even need concussion testing, according to ESPN's Doris Burke. It looks like he'll be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Klay Thompson (head) goes to the locker room
    Klay Thompson went to the locker room in the fourth quarter due to an apparent head injury.

    Advice: After a pump fake, Trevor Ariza went flying and caught Thompson with a knee to the side of the head. Thompson walked back to the locker room under his own power and will likely have some concussion testing. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Dwyane Wade drops 12 pounds in a month
    Dwyane Wade dropped 12 pounds in one month.

    Advice: He was up to 228 pounds and dropped it to 216, which is below his listed playing weight of 220. Wade has never had any fitness issues, but it's rarely a bad thing for a 33-year-old guard to show he can still drop weight. He'll be risky in drafts again next season and he's not someone we'll be aggressively targeting. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • 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
  • Stephen Curry doesn't want to wear the brace
    Stephen Curry said he doesn't want to wear his elbow sleeve on his right arm and that it is a precaution, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: In other words, the Warriors medical staff has the final say here. He reportedly looked just fine in warmups and he's already said he expects to play normally. Curry won't have a minutes restriction and he'll have the home crowd behind him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry will see his normal minutes
    Stephen Curry is going through shootaround on Wednesday wearing a right elbow sleeve, but he will play and see his normal amount of minutes in Game 5 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry had a scary fall in Game 4 and appeared to hit his head, shoulder and elbow, but he said that he feels fine and that he is dealing with some bruising and general soreness on the right side of his body. For what it's worth, Curry passed the league's concussion protocol twice before he re-entered Monday's game, and he seemed to be fine after that. His elbow could be a little sore, so it will be interesting to see if it has any impact on his shooting stroke. We will pass along any additional details when we know more, but it's safe to activate him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:34 am
  • Kyrie Irving knew he would play in Game 4
    Kyrie Irving admitted after Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Hawks that he knew he would be able to play the day before.

    Advice: "From my standpoint, I knew last night (Monday) that I was going to play," Irving said. "I knew I wasn't going to sit on the bench and watch our guys go through a close out game. I just wanted to be out there so bad and I was doing everything the night before and this morning to get myself ready and took it serious. These last four days have been kind of hell for me just icing, icing, icing and getting my knee ready. I wanted to be a part of this." Irving looked pretty good on Tuesday and contributed 16 points, five assists, four boards, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in just 22 minutes, so he should be ready to go for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:29 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) moves well in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving returned from a two-game absence to finish Tuesday's series-clinching victory with 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Irving was medically cleared to play and the Cavs opted to start him for a few reasons -- they wanted him to re-establish a rhythm and regain confidence in his knee, and Irving himself was eager to get back on the court. He moved well and avoided any setbacks despite taking a few falls throughout the game, and should benefit enormously with the Finals not beginning until June 4. We'll have copious updates on his health in the coming week, but he should be raring to go for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:13 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) will play w/ minute-limit
    Kyrie Irving (left knee) will play with a 25-minute limit in Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Irving's tendinitis has improved enough that the team's trainers cleared him to play and start, sending Matthew Dellavedova back to the Cavs' bench. It's unclear how long Irving will have his playing time restricted, but he could earn a week-long break if the Cavs sweep the series with a win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:02 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
  • Irving will be re-evaluated after warmups
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will go through a pregame warmup to determine whether or not he will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will be a game-time decision, and is currently listed as questionable for Game 4, but there is some reported optimism from the Cavs side that he'll be able to give it a go. If the Cavs can win their series tonight, they'll have eight days to rest up for the Finals. The decision as to whether Irving can play or not will be made by Cleveland's medical staff, but should he be cleared, Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:51 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Curry went through concussion protocol twice
    Stephen Curry went through the league mandated concussion protocol testing twice before he re-entered Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: "At the very, very end, when he passed the tests, then it became ‘there’s no reason he couldn’t play,’" Warriors' GM Bob Myers said. "So then it was, he passed the tests, passed them once, passed them twice… At that moment, he looked at me, said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to go.’" There haven't been any reports of Curry experiencing any delayed concussion-like symptoms, so at this point it would seem safe to assume he'll be in uniform for Wednesday's Game 5 in Oakland. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:51 pm
  • Cavs optimistic Kyrie Irving will play Tues
    There is reportedly growing optimism amongst the Cavs organization that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to give it a go for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving "looked good" during Tuesday morning's shootaround according to LeBron James, and he was also able to go through an "intense" 50-minute pregame workout prior to Sunday's Game 3, so it sounds like he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery. The Cavs medical staff said they wanted repeated good days from Irving before clearing him to play, and the reports thus far would suggest that's exactly what he's had. If Irving returns for Game 4, he would ease LeBron James' workload on offense, and Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:31 pm
     
    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
  • LBJ: Kyrie Irving looked good at shootaround
    LeBron James said Kyrie Irving (knee) looked good at Tuesday's shooatround.

    Advice: James also added that he didn't know how Irving felt and that he's still likely to be a game-time decision. We'll keep an eye on updates, but LeBron's assessment combined with the fact that Irving wore a starter's jersey during shootaround are good signs for his availability for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving present at Tuesday shootaround
    Kyrie Irving (knee) was present at Tuesday's shootaround in advance of Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will likely be a game-time decision for Game 4 on Tuesday, but it's worth noting that he was wearing a red starter's jersey for the session. We'll keep an eye on updates leading up to tip off, while Matthew Dellavedova would see a boost in minutes if Irving is again unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:50 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Stephen Curry feeling fine after Game 4 fall
    Stephen Curry (head) said he felt OK after Monday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry took a scary fall during the third quarter of Monday's loss, but was able to pass the concussion protocol and return to the game. "I feel pretty good," he said after the game. "It could have been a lot worse. I felt like I was in the air for a long time," Curry said. "It's a bad feeling. You try make a play on the ball. Immediately you're in the air and you have no control over yourself." We'll keep an eye out for updates on his status for Game 5 on Wednesday, but it sounds like he'll be ready to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:51 am
  • Jason Terry says he'll be back for 2015-16
    Jason Terry said he isn't planning on retiring yet and intends to play the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Set to become a free agent after the playoffs end, Terry was asked if he plans on returning for a 17th NBA season. "One hundred percent," he said before Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors. While Terry has served as a strong veteran presence on the Rockets, he won't see a big enough role on any team to warrant a spot on standard league fantasy rosters in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:29 am
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Stephen Curry says he's fine for Game 5
    Stephen Curry (head) said he's fine for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He said he felt like he was "in the air for a long time" after being up-ended. Curry said he passed all concussion protocol including balance and exertion stress testing before his return. He said he was "in shock from the feeling of falling" in the second half, but he did say nothing has been worse since the incident. For now, Curry seems to be 100 percent for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:30 pm
  • James Harden explodes for 45 points in win
    James Harden took over during a Game 4 128-115 win over the Warriors on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes on 13-of-22 from the field.

    Advice: He only attempted five two-pointers from outside of the restricted area, which has been the formula for success for Harden. Before the game, he said he had to attack more and he followed through with his own analysis. The Rockets have now won four consecutive games when facing elimination, but they'll need three more to advance to the NBA Finals. Also, his step-back 3-pointer to get to 45 points was cooler than a polar bear's toenails. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith great from field, awful from line
    Josh Smith made 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-12 from the line for 20 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding six rebounds, five assists, two blocks, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 106.3, but a true shooting percentage of 75.3 because of his awful foul shooting. Smith was on fire in the first quarter and scored 13 of his 20 in that frame. The Warriors did a Hack-A-Smoove late and it forced him out of the game. We saw the good and bad Smoove tonight, which is nothing new for any game. The Rockets will need another good game in Oakland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Stephen Curry returns, scores 23 points
    Stephen Curry returned from a head contusion in the third quarter on Monday, finishing with 23 points, one rebound, four assists and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He cleared a concussion test and air-balled his first shot from beyond the arc after a return. Curry made 4-of-11 after the injury and had all four of his assists, so the injury didn't seem to affect him too much. He'll be ready to roll for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Pat Beverley frustrated he can't help
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) said he's frustrated he can't help his team defend Stephen Curry.

    Advice: "I think I have a gift very few people have," Beverley said. "I know I’m the best on-ball defender in the NBA. I’m the best point guard defender in the NBA. I think the whole league knows that." His nickname is Mr. 94 Feet and the Rockets should think about guarding Curry for 94 feet as well. Beverley is a restricted free agent and the Rockets will likely match most offers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Med staff wants repeated good days from Kyrie
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will be a game-time decision to play against the Hawks in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The medical staff wants repeated good days out of Irving in practice before they're comfortable putting him on the floor for game action. Of course, the Cavs have to factor in risk vs. reward with Irving because they haven't needed him in this series to get to a 3-0 lead. If he's out again, he'll have about two weeks of time to rest. Matthew Dellavedova will likely get another chance to handle the point. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:05 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
  • Kyrie Irving likely to be a GTD for Game 4
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is likely to be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 4 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Irving worked out before Game 3 for about 40 minutes, but he was not cleared by team doctors and it was always doubtful that he'd be able to take the floor. Now armed with a 3-0 series lead, the Cavs could opt to play it safe and having Irving sit out another contest. If that happens, Matthew Dellavedova would draw another start. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:31 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Beverley (wrist) gets shots up at practice
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was spotted shooting around wearing a cast during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    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
    Sunday, 12:22 pm
  • 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
    Sunday, 8:37 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andrew Bogut dominates before fouling out
    Andrew Bogut was dominant during an easy win over the Rockets on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one block and no turnovers.

    Advice: He fouled out in his 20 minutes of action, but Bogut set the tone in the first quarter with 10 points in the first six minutes. He was also involved in contesting several shots and continues to be a bit of the unsung hero for the Warriors and their tremendous in-the-paint defense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • James Harden shoots 3-of-16 from the field
    James Harden made 3-of-16 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes during an embarrassing 115-80 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: It was bad. He got away with some contested mid-range shots on Thursday, but they just weren't falling today. Harden actually didn't have any makes at the rim tonight, which has been his bread and butter since joining the Rockets. Plus, his defense has been horrendous. The Rockets will try to keep their season alive on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard scores 14 in loss
    Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Warriors during a Game 3 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 2-of-8 from the line tonight and the Rockets made just 19-of-31 as a team. Howard just has way too much pressure on him because the Rockets' perimeter defense has been non-existent. The easy buckets are not his fault and he's played well in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:37 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Corey Brewer invisible in Game 2 loss
    Corey Brewer played just 19 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for three points, zero rebounds and one assist in Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Josh Smith and Brewer were awful tonight, which is probably why the Rockets are down 2-0 in the series, instead of it being tied 1-1. After scoring in double figures in the final three games against the Clippers in the last series, Brewer has scored a total of 12 points in two games against the Warriors, hitting just 4-of-12 shots. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:30 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Terrence Jones scores 12 in Game 2 loss
    Terrence Jones came off the bench and hit 6-of-12 shots for 12 points, two rebounds, a steal and a three blocks in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Josh Smith was awful tonight and it would have made sense for Kevin McHale to pull the plug on him and roll with Jones in Game 2, but that didn't really happen. If Jones wants more minutes, he's going to have to do a better job of crashing the boards than he did tonight, but if Smith struggles early in Saturday's Game 3, don't be surprised if McHale turns to Jones earlier in that must-win game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:27 pm
  • Jason Terry hits three 3-pointers in 35 min.
    Jason Terry played 35 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points and four assists in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Terry is the starting point guard for the Rockets and that's not likely to change, but he's hit just 13-of-40 shots over his last five games. Avoid him in fantasy playoff lineups if you can, even though his cheap salary is always a bit tempting. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden scores 38, just misses trip-dub
    James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

    Advice: Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:09 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andrew Bogut plays a great Game 2 for GSW
    Andrew Bogut, still not 100 percent while dealing with the flu, played 31 minutes and hit 7-of-9 shots for 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five blocks in Thursday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He battled Stephen Curry for tonight's game MVP honors and probably deserves the nod given the fact he needed an IV after Game 1 on Tuesday. Bogut is going to be a factor the rest of the way and makes for a nice value play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • Josh Smith says Rockets aren't panicking
    Josh Smith said the Rockets aren't panicking over the possibility that Dwight Howard (knee) might miss time.

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:38 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andrew Bogut needed post-game IV on Tuesday
    Andrew Bogut (illness) needed a post-game IV after Game 1 against the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bogut said he played "horribly" in Game 1 as he dealt with the flu and required an IV after playing 16 minutes in the game. Bogut may see less playing time in the series if Dwight Howard's knee injury is serious, but he doesn't seem in danger of missing any games due to the flu and will be an important defensive piece for the Warriors if Howard is able to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:33 am
  • Andrew Bogut a non-factor in 16 minutes Tues
    Andrew Bogut was a non-factor in the Warriors' win on Tuesday, going scoreless with four rebounds and one steal in only 16 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut said that Dwight Howard's game is "very similar" to Zach Randolph "but with five or 10 times the athleticism." He struggled with the assignment early, got into early foul trouble, and found himself rooted to the bench in the second half as the Warriors succeeded with small-ball lineups. Bogut may still emerge as a key to the series, especially if Dwight's knee injury isn't serious, but Golden State has to feel confident after winning without getting much from their starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Rockets lose despite James Harden's 28-11-9
    James Harden poured in 28 points with one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort on the road Tuesday, as the Rockets fell into an 0-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
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