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  • Love diagnosed w/ dislocated left shoulder
    Kevin Love has officially been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder, and his status for the Cavs' next game will be determined after he undergoes further evaluation in Cleveland.

    Advice: Love will travel back to Cleveland today to receive additional examination, imaging, and testing, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Love said there was no doubt in his mind that Kelly Olynyk intentionally pulled on his arm, and there's a chance Olynyk receives a suspension from the league that would be served during next season for his actions today. If Love is forced to miss any games, Tristan Thompson and James Jones will pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    30 minutes ago
     
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    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jae Crowder (knee) will get MRI on Sunday
    Jae Crowder is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the knee injury that he suffered during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Crowder had played very well during his time with the Celtics, so this is very unfortunate timing as he is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. The injury didn't look good at all, and Crowder wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the locker room. We're hoping for the best for Crowder, and we'll provide an update on what the Celtics are currently calling a sprain as soon as more information becomes available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    43 minutes ago
     
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  • LeBron James flirts with triple-double in win
    LeBron James fell just two assists shy of a triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, one block and six turnovers through 46 minutes of action.

    Advice: James shot 10-of-24 from the field and 6-of-10 from the stripe, and this game was more of a wrestling match than a basketball game. The Cavs closed out their series today with a sweep of the Celtics, which is the sixth time a LeBron-led team has swept a best-of-seven-series. The likely second-round matchup of Chicago vs. Cleveland is going to be a very exciting matchup. Rotoworld.com
    50 minutes ago
  • Jae Crowder leaves Game 4 with knee sprain
    Jae Crowder left Game 4 against the Cavs' with a left knee sprain, and he will not return.

    Advice: Crowder got caught with a nasty elbow from J.R. Smith that caused him to fall to the ground awkwardly, and in the process he injured his knee. He needed to be helped to the locker room, and there's really no way that Smith doesn't receive a suspension from the league for his actions today, the only question is how many games he’ll be forced to miss. Crowder ended Sunday's game with seven points, three rebounds and one assist through 17 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:50 am
     
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  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) probable for Game 5
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that everyone came out of Game 4 fine health wise, and Nikola Mirotic (knee) "should be good" for Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't play very well in his return to action on Saturday, scoring just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer through 20 minutes of action. The minutes, however, were encouraging and we'd expect him to pick up his play on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:38 am
  • Hedo Turkoglu dealing with sprained ankle
    Doc Rivers said that Hedo Turkoglu sprained his ankle during Game 3, but he should be fine.

    Advice: "I didn't know a guy who moved that slow could sprain his ankle," said Rivers of Turkoglu. "It shouldn't slow him down." Through the first three games of the series, Turkoglu has scored a total of two points to go with two rebounds and one steal. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:26 am
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not return Sunday
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder injury in Game 4 against the Celtics and he will not be able to return according to ESPN's Heather Cox.

    Advice: Not good. He was tangled with Kelly Olynyk while they were fighting for a rebound and it appeared that his shoulder popped out of place. Love looked like he was in a lot of discomfort and immediately ran back to the locker room when it happened. The Cavs said that they will wait for Love to return to Cleveland to further evaluate the injury, and we'll be monitoring this situation very closely. Tristan Thompson and James Jones will have to play more if Love is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:18 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Pelicans to offer max deal to Anthony Davis
    The Pelicans will offer Anthony Davis a five-year max deal this summer that could approach $140 million according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This is probably the easiest decision the Pelicans will ever make, as Davis has quickly become one of the best players in the NBA. The details of the contract could change depending on the new cap rules, but the Pelicans plan on offering him as much money as possible. The Warriors swept New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs, but Davis was simply sensational with averages of 31.5 points, 11.0 boards, two assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He will be on the top of many draft boards in fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:53 am
  • Jared Sullinger (tailbone) will play Sunday
    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be available to play in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Sullinger was unable to practice on Saturday and was supposedly a game-time decision, but it's a good sign that the Celtics cleared him to play with over an hour before tip-off. Sullinger is averaging 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field in the series, so he is going to have to continue to provide solid minutes off the bench if the Celtics want to avoid getting swept by the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:51 am
  • Jared Sullinger will be a game-time decision
    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice at all on Saturday and was originally listed as probable, so it looks like he is in danger of missing this contest. For what it's worth, head coach Brad Stevens wouldn't give any indication on whether or not Sullinger will give it a go, but we will pass along an update when we know more. Brandon Bass and Jonas Jerebko could play more if Sullinger is held out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:23 am
  • Brandon Bass will remain with the first unit
    Brandon Bass will keep his spot in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: jonas Jerebko practiced with the first unit on Saturday and actually started the second half of Game 3, but it looks like head coach Brad Stevens will continue to roll with Bass. However, Bass has been playing poor and is averaging just 5.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 boards and 1.0 block per game through the first three games of the series, so owners in daily leagues should probably ignore him. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:21 am
  • Jae Crowder will start over Marcus Smart
    Jae Crowder will be replacing Marcus Smart in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Crowder pretty much made it clear in practice on Saturday that he would be in the starting lineup, so this news was expected. There could be additional changes to the lineup as well, so be sure to stay tuned for updates. Smart hasn't played that well in this series so far, and it makes sense to get a physical presence in the lineup such as Crowder to help contain LeBron James. Expect Evan Turner and Avery Bradley to have some extra ball-handling responsibilities as well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:55 am
     
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  • LaMarcus Aldridge's future is up in the air
    ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Saturday that when he asked LaMarcus Aldridge if Portland will be his No.1 choice in free agency, Aldridge said "we'll see".

    Advice: To make this story even more interesting, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey gave his team the option of flying home separately after their Game 2 defeat in Memphis, and Aldridge was the only player to take a separate flight from the team. This certainly doesn't bode well for Aldridge's future in Portland, and it's already being reported that teams such as the Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks will pursue him hard this summer. The Blazers have lost the first three games of the series to the Grizzlies, so an early-round exit likely won't help Portland's chances of retaining their star power forward. We will continue to pass along updates as necessary. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:50 am
  • James Michael McAdoo sent to the D-League
    James Michael McAdoo has been sent down for another D-League stint.

    Advice: McAdoo will be playing in the D-League championship for the Santa Cruz Warriors on Sunday, so this isn't really surprising. McAdoo will likely return to the first team soon, but he won't be in the rotation as long as Draymond Green, Marreese Speights and David Lee are active. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:06 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) holds up well Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) said that he wasn't 100 percent in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, but he is happy with the way his body held up.

    Advice: Mirotic was held out of Game 3 and it looked like he was going to spend some quality time on the shelf, so it was definitely surprising to see him return so soon. He didn't play very well on Saturday as he scored just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that it looks like he will be fine moving forward. Expect a better performance in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:28 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge shoots 6-of-18 from field
    LaMarcus Aldridge struggled from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, shooting just 6-of-18 from the field to finish with 21 points, seven boards, five assists and two blocks.

    Advice: His shot was way off for most of the night and he was never able to establish a rhythm. Rumors were swirling around Aldridge for the entire game about potential destinations when he hits free agency, and an early first-round exit likely won't sit too well with him. Aldridge will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Monday as the Blazers try to avoid getting swept by the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) returns to action
    Chris Kaman (ankle) returned from a one-game absence and saw 17 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: Kaman finished with two points, six boards and one assist, but he was clearly hobbling and he probably shouldn't have played tonight. The veteran probably won't be close to 100 percent for the rest of the series, but we will continue to keep a close eye on his status in advance of Game 4 on Monday. For what it's worth, Kaman's ankle was noticeably swollen after the game, so it's admirable that he tried to play through the pain for his teammates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • David Lee gets a DNP-CD
    David Lee did not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Who needs Lee when the Warriors have Draymond Green? Lee will likely be looking at a few more DNP-CDs in the near future. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) will play in Game 3
    Chris Kaman (ankle) will play in Game 3 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He was held out of Game 2 and didn't practice on Friday, but he made it clear that he would be available tonight. Kaman isn't 100 percent, but he should see minutes in the teens which means that Joel Freeland may not be in the rotation. Meyers Leonard may also see less minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Inconvenient Truth: Draymond Green goes off
    Draymond Green scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half during Saturday's win over the Pelicans, adding 10 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: What a series. In the four wins, Green averaged 15.8 points, 12.8 boards, 6.3 dimes, 1.3 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 treys. He's one of a handful of players who brings the ball up and now he's played at least 40 minutes in every game this postseason. Dray broke out in the postseason last year and he's breaking out on top of his breakout season again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 36, Pelicans get swept
    Anthony Davis had another explosion on the stat sheet during a Game 4 109-98 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 36 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans' season is over and they had no chance against the powerhouse Warriors. Davis played his last five games against the Warriors (four times) and Spurs (once) and came away with averages of 31.4 points, 11.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.0 blocks on 52.2 percent from the field. There's no doubt he has the highest upside in fantasy next season and the only concern will be his health. He's absolutely a candidate to be the top pick in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • John Henson gets 26 minutes on Saturday
    John Henson played 26 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with six points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He didn't play nearly as much as his 39-minute outing in Game 3, but Zaza Pachulia was very good on defense. Pachulia finished with eight points, five rebounds, one assist and six steals in 22 minutes. The two will likely split the center minutes for the rest of this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:52 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) plays 20 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic returned from a one-game absence and played 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at small forward, which continues to be a problem area for him. Mirotic has made just 33.3 percent from the field in the playoffs and is scoring just 6.0 points per game. The good news is that he didn't look hurt today. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Taj Gibson still gets 25 minutes
    Taj Gibson played 25 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic didn't take much of his minutes with Taj only losing four from his 29 in Game 3. He'll continue to get minutes in the upper 20s in this series and may even be more important in the next round against the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:38 pm
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 18 & 11
    Thaddeus Young looked reinvigorated during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He apologized for his poor play in Game 2 and his actions spoke much louder than those words. Young was very aggressive with the ball, which is the opposite of what happened Wednesday when he only had one shot attempt in the restricted area. Young set up much closer to the basket than usual, so expect that to continue. He's played at least 40 minutes in two of the three games in this series and should be around that amount going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Paul Millsap fills the stat sheet in a loss
    Paul Millsap picked up a playoff career-high five steals during a 91-83 loss to the Nets on Saturday with 18 points, 17 boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Millsap terrorized the Nets on defense and none of his teammates had even half of Millsap's rebounding total -- Al Horford had eight. The Nets continue to leave him open for 3-pointers and he's now made six in his last two games. He is coming off a 19-point, seven-board game from Wednesday and should have another big line in Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 22 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll made 9-of-12 from the field for 22 points against the Nets on Saturday with six rebounds, one steal, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: None of his teammates had an effective field goal percentage above 50.0 and Carroll was really the only reason the Hawks were able to get over 80 points today. Carroll only had two points on Wednesday, so expect him to be somewhere in between for Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Al Horford makes just 3-of-12 from the field
    Al Horford made just 3-of-12 from the field for seven points against the Nets on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't play down the stretch with Pero Antic getting his minutes. There is no word of an injury and the Hawks probably just wanted a 3-point threat out there in a comeback attempt. Horford is making just 35.9 percent from the field in this series and is being outplayed by Brook Lopez. He'll look to turn it around on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through a warmup session and was moving around pretty well. This comes as a surprise because Mirotic didn't even run at practice on Friday. Since Derrick Rose has been back and Joakim Noah was active, most of Mirotic's minutes have been at small forward during the regular season, but he's shifted to the four more in the postseason. He'll take away some playing time from Tony Snell and Taj Gibson. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Chandler Parsons doing light work at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was seen going through a light workout at practice on Saturday, though he remains out for the playoffs.

    Advice: While there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, he will have to undergo surgery and a timetable for his return will not be set until after the procedure. We will continue to track his progress closely, but it's encouraging to see him move around at practice. Richard Jefferson (calf) will likely continue to start if he is able to play, but Al-Farouq Aminu will likely be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Cory Jefferson will be inactive on Saturday
    Cory Jefferson will be replaced on the active list by Earl Clark.

    Advice: Jefferson hasn't played in the opening two games of the playoffs, so his absence won't have an impact on the rotation. Clark may only see the floor if the game gets out of hand. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:12 am
  • Earl Clark will be active for Game 3
    Earl Clark will be active for Game 3 against the Hawks on Saturday, while Cory Jefferson will move to the inactive list.

    Advice: Jefferson was active for Game 2 and Clark was not, so the team is simply shaking things up. Neither player will likely be in the rotation for the playoffs, so this news shouldn't impact your plans in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:09 am
     
    Player Note
    Earl Clark Bkn - SF,PF
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jae Crowder says he will be starting Game 4
    Jae Crowder said he will be in the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: There will also be additional changes to the lineup according to Avery Bradley, but those details haven't been released yet. Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half of Game 3 in place of Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass, so it appears that Smart will be the first victim of the lineup change. Jerebko was also running with the first unit at practice on Saturday, so changes appear to be imminent. We should know more details after shootaround, and we will continue to follow this story very closely. The Celtics have lost the first three games of the series, so nothing will likely be off the table as they look to avoid a sweep vs. the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
     
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  • Jared Sullinger is probable for Game 4 Sunday
    Jared Sullinger missed practice on Saturday due to a bruised tailbone, but he is probable to play in Game 4 on Sunday according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Sullinger was having trouble getting up and down the court, so the team wisely held him out of practice as a precaution. It doesn't sound like he is in danger of missing any action, but we should have another update after shootaround. Sullinger is still getting back into shape after recovering from a foot injury, and he has only played an average of 17.3 minutes through three playoff games. However, he has been playing quite well with averages of 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4
    David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4 against the Pelicans after looking good in a 3-on-3 scrimmage on Friday.

    Advice: This doesn't necessarily mean that he will play, but it's a good sign that his back is making progress. Lee won't have a big role in the postseason as long as Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut are healthy, so owners in daily leagues should continue to ignore him. Lee is a former All-Star, but he has almost no shot at stealing minutes away from Green as the playoffs progress. That isn't a knock on Lee in the slightest, but it speaks to how good Green has been on both sides of the floor. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Anthony Davis is hoping to expand his range
    Anthony Davis is hoping to work on adding a 3-point shot to his arsenal this summer.

    Advice: Here we go. Davis is quickly becoming one of the best players in the NBA despite being just 22 years old, and adding a 3-point shot seems like it would be unfair to the rest of the league. The Pelicans will look to avoid a sweep against the Warriors on Saturday, but they have to be feeling pretty good about the future with Davis averaging 30.0 points, 11.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game in his first postseason appearance. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Thaddeus Young apologizes for his performance
    Thaddeus Young apologized to his teammates for his performance in Game 2 v. the Hawks in which he scored just two points in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said on Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." It's admirable that Young is placing most of the blame on himself, but the Nets have been simply overpowered so far and they will look to clinch their first win in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Trevor Booker hoping to remain with the Jazz
    The Jazz have a $4.8 million team option on Trevor Booker next season, and Booker is hopeful that he will return to Utah.

    Advice: "Of course I want to be back," Booker said. "I got the sense that they want me back, so I feel it's mutual. But, you know, at the end of the day, it's still always a business, so we'll see." Booker emerged as the primary big off the bench once Enes Kanter bolted town, and he proved to be a quality backup behind Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors down the stretch. Booker finished the season with averages of 7.2 points, 5.0 boards and 1.1 assists in just under 20 minutes per game, so he won't be a viable option in standard fantasy leagues next season with the way the Jazz are currently constructed. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:24 am
  • Gooden gets loose for 12 and seven
    Drew Gooden scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with seven rebounds and three blocks in 18 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Gooden is a high-risk, somewhat high-reward guy to look at as filler for your DFS lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Howard grabs career-high 26 rebounds in win
    Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Howard has looked great so far in the playoffs and owners can deal with his long-term knee issues over the summer at this rate. Terrence Jones went for 12 and six, Corey Brewer scored 15 points, and Josh Smith added 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and two triples in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Chris Kaman, Arron Afflalo planning to play
    Chris Kaman (ankle) and Arron Afflalo (shoulder) are planning to play on Saturday in Game 3.

    Advice: Kaman is listed as questionable and he said he didn't do anything in practice on Friday. "I know once I tape it and get the right drugs in me, everything will be good," Kaman said. "I’m ready to play tomorrow." He's likely looking at minutes in the teens and will bump Joel Freeland out of the rotation while taking away some time from Meyers Leonard. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:44 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo out for Saturday
    James Michael McAdoo (illness) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He is not in the rotation and also missed Game 3 due to an illness. The Warriors will likely get David Lee back to help out Marreese Speights in the second unit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:04 pm
  • David Lee (back) not on the injury report
    David Lee (back) is not listed on the injury report for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was expected to play 3-on-3 today and it apparently went well. Lee may not be in the rotation and he would only be Draymond Green's backup at best. Green has at least 40 minutes in all three playoff games this season while Andrew Bogut is also getting 29.7 minutes of playing time. Don't expect much out of Lee in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:02 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) questionable for Saturday
    Chris Kaman (ankle) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: His ankle was heavily taped at practice on Friday and he probably won't be 100 percent. Meyers Leonard will likely be the first big off the bench while Joel Freeland was in the rotation for just four minutes in Game 2. Fantasy owners can ignore this situation in almost all cases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) still not running yet
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) was not able to run at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Game 4 on Saturday. With Mirotic out, his minutes at small forward went to Tony Snell while his minutes at the four went to Taj Gibson. The Bulls have plenty of depth at both forward spots and they'll have four chances to finish off the Bucks, so don't expect the rookie to play in the next couple games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:42 pm
  • Taj Gibson laboring through injuries
    Taj Gibson is dealing with injuries to his left ankle and left shoulder, but that won't keep him off the court during the Bulls' first-round series with the Bucks.

    Advice: "It's tough," Gibson said of his injuries. "But you still have to go out there and do your best... It's the playoffs. You can't worry about injuries right now. I'm just trying to be there for my teammates any way I can." After struggling through 11 minutes of action during Game 2, Gibson returned as a key piece to the Bulls' rotation during Game 3, playing 29 minutes and hauling in 10 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic's status is still up in the air for Game 4 on Saturday, so Gibson could again be forced to log significant minutes for the Bulls. He's a low-end option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
  • James calls Kevin Love a 'big-time player'
    LeBron James praised Kevin Love following his big 23-point performance during Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: "I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player [Love] is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player." Love received his fair share of criticism (much like Chris Bosh) during his inaugural season as part of the Cavs’ Big-3, but he's looked fantastic so far throughout the Boston-Cleveland series. It’ll be very interesting to see what Love elects to do this offseason with his player option worth $16.7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Draymond Green fouls out with 12 and 17
    Draymond Green fouled out in overtime against the Pelicans on Thursday, finishing with 12 points, 17 boards, five assists, three steals, one block and one turnover in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He was called for his sixth foul on a questionable call and ran straight to the tunnel because he was so incredulous. As what happened before the exit, it was another game, another big stat line. Green was actually in foul trouble early on, but played all but six minutes in the final three quarters and overtime until he fouled out. He's going to be a fantasy stud for a long time and there's almost no way the Warriors won't bring him back. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:13 pm
  • Anthony Davis has huge line in NO collapse
    Anthony Davis scored 29 points during a heartbreaking 123-119 overtime loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding 15 boards, three assists, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: The Pelicans went into the fourth quarter with a 20-point lead, but they couldn't hold it due losing the fourth 39-19. Davis also missed some rebounds and one could argue Draymond Green just out-hustled him in that department. As for the offensive side, Davis has at least 22 shots from the field and eight attempts from the line in each of his playoff games. Maybe he'll be even more of an offensive weapon next season, which is scary from a fantasy perspective. The Pelicans will look to avoid a sweep on Saturday at home. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Taj Gibson gets 29 minutes vs. Bucks
    Taj Gibson played 29 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: His energy was big time and the Bulls did not miss Nikola Mirotic (knee), especially with Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy hitting eight treys combined. With Mirotic likely out for Game 4, expect Gibson to see a similar allotment of playing time as the Bulls look to close out this series. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:36 pm
  • John Henson gets 39 minutes vs. Bulls
    John Henson played 39 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 15 points, 14 boards, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: This was his first game with more than 30 minutes since Feb. 4, and is what his fantasy owners were hoping for all season. Henson provided a huge spark off the bench and coach Jason Kidd went with him for the final 27 minutes of this contest. He probably won't start in Game 4, but Henson may be looking at more than 30 minutes again. He'll be a risk-reward guy in daily fantasy leagues, but the reward is very attractive. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs go up 3-0
    LeBron James scored 31 points during a Game 3 103-95 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He took over in the fourth quarter and the Cavs basically just handed him the keys to their offense. He played the entire fourth quarter with a usage rate of 34.6 while starting the ball movement on most of the possessions. In fact, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have scored or assisted on every Cleveland field goal in the last two fourth quarters. The Cavs will look for the sweep on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:36 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 23 points, hits six treys
    Kevin Love made 6-of-10 from beyond the arc during a Game 3 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring a total of 23 points with nine rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the game to help put this one on ice. Love killed the Celtics on catch-and-shoot 3s and all but one of those six triples came off an assist from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Yes, that's why they brought him the Cleveland. It's probably safe to say he won't be benched for James Jones again. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:30 pm
     
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  • Jae Crowder scores 16 points off bench
    Jae Crowder started the second half against the Cavs during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens continues to play Crowder at shooting guard more often, which makes sense because they need all the size they can get to help keep LeBron James out of the paint. Crowder didn't have a bad game on defense and he was efficient (100.0 effective field goal percentage) on the offensive end outside of four turnovers. He's likely earned 30-plus minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 pm
     
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  • Crowder & Jerebko start 3Q for Smart & Bass
    Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass will come off the bench. Coach Brad Stevens has gone with a different center to start the second half throughout the year, but this move is new. The Celtics are really mixing it up with their rotation today and credit to them for keeping the Cavs on their toes. We'll let you know how it works out for them. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:38 pm
     
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  • David Lee (back) will go through 3-on-3
    David Lee (back) is progressing and is expected to play 3-on-3 at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to play tonight and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is playing some of the best defense of anyone right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:03 pm
  • David Lee (back) spotted running on the court
    David Lee (back) was spotted running on the court on Thursday.

    Advice: He's still going to be out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans, but it sounds like he's moving in the right direction. Draymond Green has been logging major minutes for the Dubs, and that likely won't change when Lee returns to the rotation. Marreese Speights will pick up most of Lee's reserve minutes for however long he's sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:19 pm
  • Parsons says no structural damage to knee
    Chandler Parsons said that there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, but it's not getting any better, and he will require surgery.

    Advice: Parsons added that if the Mavs' first-round matchup hadn't been against the Rockets, he probably wouldn't have played at all. He's going to meet with a doctor in Chicago to determine exactly what surgery he will need to have, after which a surgery date and timetable for recovery will be set. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will see extended minutes in Dallas' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:48 am
     
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  • Draymond Green takes DPOY 2nd place in stride
    Draymond Green said he isn't upset over not winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    Advice: The outspoken Green took his second-place finish to Kawhi Leonard in stride and even made a reference back to the 2000 election to explain his thinking. "Al Gore won the popular vote and didn't get elected president so I'm not gonna beat myself up over not winning DPOY," Green said. While Green is saying the right things to reporters, good luck to upcoming opponents who have the misfortune of having to face the Warriors' stopper. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:36 am
  • James Michael McAdoo out for Game 3
    James Michael McAdoo (flu-like symptoms) will miss Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: McAdoo is likely to stay in the Bay Area throughout the weekend, which would also put him on track to miss Game 4 on Saturday. While the 22-year-old has shown flashes in limited action, he's yet to see any playing time in the series and is likely to have a very limited role in the postseason once he gets over his illness. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:23 am
  • David Lee ruled out for Thursday's Game 3
    David Lee (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Lee had already been listed as doubtful. Draymond Green has averaged 42 minutes per game over the first two games of the series and he and Marreese Speights will continue to see a boost in playing time while Lee is out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:21 am
  • LeBron James has pre-shootaround workout
    LeBron James went through an hour-long workout prior to Thursday's shootaround.

    Advice: Why? "That's just the mode I'm in right now," James told media in advance of Thursday's Game 3 against the Celtics. James and his Cavaliers teammates have the opportunity to go up 3-0 on Thursday and the extra workout wasn't lost on his teammates. "He's a very focused guy," Tristan Thompson said. "He understands what it takes to win at this level and he leads by example for us." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:57 am
  • Chandler Parsons visiting doctor in Chicago
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will visit with a doctor in Chicago before determining specifics about his upcoming surgery.

    Advice: Parsons will miss the rest of the playoffs and will undergo surgery on his right knee once he finishes consulting with doctors. We'll update Parson's timetable once we know more, but the procedure isn't expected to be major so he'll likely be ready in time for training camp. Richard Jefferson will continue to start at small forward with Parsons out, while Al-Farouq Aminu will also pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:49 am
     
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  • Nikola Mirotic questionable for Game 4
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) said he's unsure if he'll be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Mirotic has already been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 and will head into Saturday's Game 4 with a big question mark over his head. If the Bulls head into Saturday with a 3-0 over the Bucks, that would likely cause them to take a cautious approach with the rookie, but we'll keep an eye on his status. Taj Gibson will pick up most of Mirotic's minutes in the meantime, with Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, and Tony Snell also seeing an extra minutes boost. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:53 am
  • Danny Ainge heaps praise on Jae Crowder
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said the Celtics feel that Jae Crowder is a big part of their team going forward.

    Advice: While Crowder will become a restricted free agent after the season, that didn't stop Ainge from including the forward in his plans. "We really did like Jae Crowder," Ainge said. "And we feel like he’s a big part of our team going forward." Ainge's comments likely mean the Celtics will make every effort to keep Crowder in Boston, but the 24-year-old won't be much of a fantasy asset next season unless he's able to take a big jump from his averages of 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.0 steals with the Celtics this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 am
     
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  • Texas teams interested in LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs and Mavericks will pursue LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency this summer, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: While the Lakers and Knicks are thought to covet Aldridge, Stein reports that both the Spurs and Mavericks think they have a shot at signing the Texas native. Aldridge will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will have no shortage of suitors, so we'll have to revisit this topic over the summer. No matter where he ends up, Aldridge is coming off a top-25 fantasy season and should be a late-second round pick in fall drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:40 am
  • Aldridge's 24-14-4 not enough for Blazers
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 7-of-20 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-10 free throws to finish with 24 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and four blocks in Wednesday's 97-82 Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Blazers now trail 2-0 in the series, and the future doesn't look very bright in Portland. Damian Lillard added 18 points, but just one assist, and also hit just 5-of-16 shots in the process. With Arron Afflalo and Wesley Matthews both out, the Blazers started Allen Crabbe, who hit just 1-of-2 shots for three points. Games 3 & 4 are in Portland, so the Blazers have a chance to get back into the series, but they'll need everyone to play well in order for that to happen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 19 points, Hawks lead 2-0
    Paul Millsap scored a team-high 19 points during a 96-91 win over the Nets on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Nets left him open from deep and Millsap made them pay. He did have a shoulder injury heading into the postseason, but he ditched the protective padding for this game. Based on the line tonight, he won't be using a protective padding on his shoulder again. The Hawks will take their 2-0 lead to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Al Horford flirts with a triple-double in win
    Al Horford flirted with a triple-double against the Nets during a win on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a finger injury heading into this game and only made 6-of-15 from the field. Besides the poor shooting, Horford was absolutely fantastic in the win. He has two double-doubles in this series and he's done a very good job on defense, too. He'll get a couple days off before Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll has a bad game
    DeMarre Carroll made 1-of-8 from the field against the Nets on Wednesday with two points, eight boards, five assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: While his offensive game wasn't great, Carroll was effective everywhere else. He's likely looking at a big contract in the offseason with the Knicks reportedly interested in picking him up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets into foul trouble
    Thaddeus Young struggled against the Hawks during a 96-91 loss on Wednesday, scoring two points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, three turnovers and four fouls in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It comes as a surprise that he played just 24 minutes after playing 40 in Game 1, but it was a bad game from Thad and Paul Millsap dominated on both ends. He made just 1-of-7 from the field and missed both free throws. At least one positive is that he had six assists, which is the most he's had in a playoff game. Young will look to improve on Saturday in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) limited in practice
    Draymond Green (ankle) did not participate in a six-minute scrimmage on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's still fully expected to play on Thursday. Green is logging huge minutes in the postseason, averaging 14.5 points, 12.0 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, 3.0 steals and 1.5 treys. He'll likely just have his ankle heal when the Warriors have some time off after the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • David Lee (back) doubtful to play in Game 3
    David Lee (back) is doubtful to play in Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's not a surprise and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is on his way to his second outstanding run in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) will not play in Game 2
    Chris Kaman (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been on the injury report for a back issue, but he suffered this ankle injury in practice on Tuesday. Joel Freeland will likely be the backup center while we could see LaMarcus Aldridge and Meyers Leonard get some time at the five. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out for playoffs
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will miss the rest of the playoffs.

    Advice: He is exploring surgery options to his right knee. Parsons aggravated his knee injury in Game 1 and tried to play through it. Despite little swelling, the Mavs will just keep him out until October. As it stands right now, there's no ligament damage and he'd probably be looking at a knee scope procedure. With Parsons out, Richard Jefferson will start at small forward with Al-Farouq Aminu getting more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:33 pm
     
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  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play in Game 3
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play against the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: There's also a decent chance Mirotic won't play in Game 4. The good news for the Bulls is that they have plenty of depth. Expect Taj Gibson to absorb most of Mirotic's minutes. Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell will all pick up some scraps, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:46 am
  • Anthony Davis was fatigued down stretch
    Anthony Davis admitted he was fatigued down the stretch in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: Anyone who saw the game would have noticed, but AD still was solid in 45 minutes. Plus, his best five minutes of the playoff series came in the last five minutes of Game 1. He might be near 42-43 minutes in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:14 am
  • Nikola Mirotic 'most likely' out for Game 3
    According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) is "most likely" out for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He was able to ride the bike and get some set shots up at Wednesday's practice, but Thibodeau said that Mirotic still isn't able to do much despite the fact that he is feeling a little better. We will consider him highly doubtful to play on Thursday, meaning Taj Gibson could see a few extra minutes off the bench. We should have another update on Mirotic after shootaround on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:27 am
  • Paul Millsap will ditch his shoulder pad Weds
    Paul Millsap will play without his protective shoulder pad in Game 2 vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Millsap also participated in practice on Tuesday and this is a great sign that his shoulder injury is progressing well. He struggled in Game 1 with just six points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block, but it will be interesting to see how he fares tonight without the shoulder pad. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:52 am
  • Chandler Parsons to miss rest of first round?
    According to Yahoo Sports, it is "impossible" for Chandler Parsons to return from his knee injury in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Mavericks have already lost the first two games to Houston, so this news doesn't bode well for their chances of making a comeback. Parsons is expected to be reevaluated on Wednesday, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. If this report is true, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will have to step into larger roles for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:18 am
     
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  • Dwight Howard leads Rockets to Game 2 win
    Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Cavs win Game 2 as LeBron passes Jerry West
    LeBron James had a game-high 30 points with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks during a win vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, going 11-of-22 from the field and 7-of-8 at the FT line.

    Advice: In the process, James passed Jerry West as the seventh-leading scorer in NBA playoffs history (4,458 career points). The six players ahead of him are Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Shaq, Kobe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the inimitable Michael Jordan (5,987). LeBron also committed six of the Cavs' 18 turnovers, which allowed the Celtics to stay in the game, something he'll look to correct in Boston on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Brandon Bass shoots 0-of-6 in Game 2 defeat
    Brandon Bass struggled on Tuesday with two points, two rebounds and three assists, going 0-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free throw line in 15 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Celtics were out-rebounded 34-46 in Game 1 and they lost the battle 39-47 tonight, though they did collect 13 on the offensive glass. Jared Sullinger's return has taken a chunk out of Bass' playing time and this is the third time he's logged under 15 minutes in the past five games, so this isn't a fluke occurrence. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out Tues, maybe more
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and coach Rick Carlisle admitted that he may miss more games.

    Advice: When asked whether Parsons could miss the remainder of the first round, Carlisle replied, "That does loom as a possibility ... I'm concerned." Richard Jefferson will start in place of Parsons at small forward, and Al-Farouq Aminu should also pick up extra minutes off the Mavs' bench. Parsons will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:12 pm
     
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  • David Lee (back) expected to miss Game 3
    David Lee (back) is not expected to play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is listed as "out" on the Warriors' injury report as he continues to rest his strained lower back. It's an easily-aggravated injury so his absence isn't surprising, especially with Draymond Green and Marreese Speights ably handling the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:00 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) likely doubtful Thurs
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that they will wait to see how Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) responds to treatment before giving an official timetable on his return.

    Advice: Thibodeau added that if the Bulls had a game tonight, Mirotic would not play, but he did not want to speculate on his availability for Thursday. Mirotic will be getting treatment on his left quad strain and swollen knee 2-3 times a day, and he was spotted moving around very gingerly during Tuesday's practice, with his left leg heavily wrapped. On a positive note, Thibodeau said that Mirotic does not have a concussion, but it's looking like he's not going to be available for Game 3. Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary if Mirotic is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Bulls bracing for serious Mirotic injury
    Early indications on Nikola Mirotic's left quad strain are that it is serious, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: While we're still awaiting updates, it's sounding like Mirotic could end up missing some time with his left quad strain. The good news for Miro and the Bulls is that he'll have two days to rest before Thursday's Game 3, but we'll be scouring news reports for updates on the situation. If Mirotic is forced to miss time, TaJ Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Mike Dunleavy would all see a boost in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Paul Millsap able to practice on Tuesday
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) was able to take part in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Millsap is dealing with a right shoulder sprain and contusion, but was able to practice without the compression shirt or the pad he has worn in the past two games since his return to the lineup. While he did have kinesiology tape on his shoulder, the lack of compression shirt should be a a good sign as Millsap attempts to get healthy for what the Hawks hope is a long playoff run. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 am
  • Al Horford says he's ready for Game 2
    Al Horford (finger) said he will play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Nets.

    Advice: After dislocating his finger in Game 1 on Sunday, Horford left no doubt regarding his status for Game 2. "I’m playing," Horford said Tuesday. "I’m playing. I feel fine. I practiced today." Horford said he must still have his pinky and ring fingers taped together and added that the taping affected his shooting in Game 1. We'll update his status prior to tipoff on Wednesday, but it sounds like owners in daily leagues can safely roster Horford on Wednesday.. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Chandler Parsons misses Tuesday shootaround
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was not present at shootaround on Tuesday.

    Advice: While we already knew Parsons would be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 2, this certainly isn't good news for his availability. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have an update on Parsons until the evening, so we'll have to wait to see if Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will get increased run in the event that Parsons is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 am
     
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  • Draymond Green everywhere in Game 2 win
    Draymond Green scored 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in Monday's Game 2 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Green looked hobbled at times and that's something for folks to keep an eye on, and the Warriors will want to waste no time dispatching the Pelicans so he can get some time to rest up. Otherwise, it was a podium-worthy game for the heart and soul of the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:33 pm
  • Brow's huge line not enough against GSW
    Anthony Davis scored 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting (8-of-8 FTs) with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks over 45 minutes in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Davis is carrying his team and there are certainly some warts but in terms of overall development, this playoff experience has been an overwhelming positive for him. He'll look to force the series back to Oakland with a win in Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:27 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays just 11 minutes
    Taj Gibson played just 11 minutes against the Bucks on Monday with one rebound, three blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: It wasn't his best game at all and coach Tom Thibodeau went with Nikola Mirotic at the four. If Mirotic's leg injury is going to cost him time, there should be more minutes going to Gibson. For now, it's tough to expect more than 20 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:01 pm
  • John Henson scores eight with six boards
    John Henson played 25 minutes against the Bulls on Monday with eight points, six boards, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He was only looking at around 23 minutes tonight, but Zaza Pachulia was ejected with a few minutes left in the game. Henson did play more than Pachulia in Game 1 and he's actually played well in this series with great defense on Pau Gasol. He'll likely see minutes in the mid-20s going forward in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:37 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) is extremely sore
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is extremely sore on Monday and could be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: The good news is that his knee didn't swell up like it did last time. Parsons had some swelling in his knee following his injury on Apr. 2, so at least this aggravation isn't as bad. If Parsons can't go, the Mavs are really going to have a tough time containing James Harden because of all the fouls he'll draw. Richard Jefferson would start and one would think Al-Farouq Aminu would get more minutes because of the matchup. We'll have an update on Parsons tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 12:31 pm
     
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  • Millsap could ditch protective shoulder pad
    Paul Millsap said he could ditch his protective shoulder pad in Game 2.

    Advice: The move would be designed in order to improve his range of motion. Millsap struggled offensively in Game 1 as he shot just 2-of-11 from the floor, and he also admitted that he's being extra cautious with the shoulder right now. The Hawks are now dealing with injuries to both of their starting bigs with Al Horford suffering a dislocated finger. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 9:31 am
  • Parsons, Harris both questionable for Game 2
    Updating a previous item, Chandler Parsons (knee) and Devin Harris (toe) are both questionable for Game 2 vs. Houston.

    Advice: Parsons admitted to his knee giving out on him during Game 1, something that was pretty noticeable to anyone watching as he battled with a limp for the duration of the contest. Harris, on the other hand, aggravated his toe injury in Game 1 and was forced out of action. If both guys are on the sidelines, it would mean Richard Jefferson is likely to start with increased minutes for Al-Farouq Aminu. As for Harris' absence, that would open the door for more J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 9:26 am
     
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  • Al Horford says he's not certain for Game 2
    Al Horford (finger) said there is still "some question" as to whether or not he'll be available for Game 2 vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He's getting "treatment galore," but it would be a major surprise if Horford were forced out of the lineup. Although the big man said it was "very uncomfortable" to shoot with his fingers taped, Horford should be able to get out there so long as he doesn't have any setbacks. It's a situation to monitor closely, and we're putting him on the injury report now that he's said he's unsure of his availability. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 9:21 am
  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 7:57 am
  • LeBron: Very important to keep Love involved
    LeBron James said it's "very important" to keep Kevin Love involved.

    Advice: "It’s very important Kev stays involved," James said. "For our ultimate goal Kev has to be in a rhythm or at least touching the ball. I’m going to have the ball a lot, Kyrie is going to have the ball a lot. I’m just trying to find a way to get Kev touches." Love finished his first playoff game ever with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four dimes on 5-of-14 shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:49 am
     
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  • Rumor: Aldridge could bolt in free agency
    The Blazers are fearful LaMarcus Aldridge could bolt in free agency this offseason, according to The Oregonian.

    Advice: One Blazers player estimated Aldridge is 50-50 to return after the season. This is more rumor than report, and we haven't seen much to suggest Aldridge is seriously considering a change of scenery. That being said, he'll be in high demand, and a first-round playoff exit could leave a sour taste in his mouth. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:13 am
  • Chandler Parsons aggravates knee in Game 1
    Chandler Parsons aggravated his knee injury in the Mavericks Game 1 loss, and he's questionable to play in Game 2 vs. Houston on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I just landed and I felt some pain," he said. "My leg just kind of gave out on me. I couldn’t really shake it. It didn’t feel great." Parsons then added, "Something happened when I landed and it was real painful. We have a lot of work to do here and I hope it doesn’t swell up overnight." Parsons is obviously not right, and he's unlikely to be 100 percent at any point in the opening round. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:06 am
     
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  • LaMarcus Aldridge gets 32 pts in blowout loss
    The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis.

    Advice: The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis. Aldridge snared 14 rebounds with four blocks, two 3-pointers and only two turnovers in 42 minutes, but it wasn't nearly enough with his teammates scoring a combined 54 points on 31.1 percent shooting. Teams that lose Game 1 of a seven-game series go on to lose 76.9 percent of the time, a trend Portland will try to reverse beginning on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:58 pm
  • Chris Kaman (back) scores seven pts in defeat
    Chris Kaman (back) finished an ugly road loss on Sunday with seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 14 minutes off Portland's bench.

    Advice: The Blazers opened the game 7-of-29 from the field and never regained their footing, finishing 33.7 percent from the field including an 8-of-26 mark from downtown. Portland will need Kaman and Robin Lopez (two points, five rebounds) to step up if they hope to even their first-round series at 1-1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:54 pm
  • Paul Millsap (shoulder) shoots 2-of-11 Sunday
    Paul Millsap (sore shoulder) struggled offensively on Sunday, scoring six points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: ''Anybody coming off an injury, they kind of favor their injury," Millsap said before the game. "They don't want it to get hit. I'm going to try not to think about it, but it's tough.'' The Hawks' offense shot a relatively poor 43.0 percent from the field, but they knocked down 21-of-22 free throws to escape with a 99-92 win. Millsap should be ready to play heavy minutes in Game 2 whether or not his shoulder is 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:33 pm
  • Al Horford 'fine' after dislocating finger
    Al Horford returned to Sunday's game after dislocating his right pinky finger, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks went 29-0 at home when leading after three quarters this season and they were up by 12 points after three frames today, but a late surge from Brooklyn forced them to sweat out a narrow home victory. Horford said that it was "very uncomfortable" to shoot with his finger taped up, but X-rays were negative and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Wednesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:30 pm
  • Al Horford returns after dislocating finger
    Al Horford exited Sunday's game after appearing to dislocate his right pinky finger, though he has since returned.

    Advice: The Hawks were leading by double-digits in the fourth quarter at the time of Horford's injury, but X-rays were negative and his return confirms that he's fine. Crisis averted. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:33 pm
  • Jared Sullinger held to 14 minutes in Game 1
    Jared Sullinger came off the bench for four points, four rebounds and one block in 14 minutes on Sunday, as the Celtics fell 100-113 to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Sullinger posted a nice line in 28 minutes on Wednesday, suggesting that he could play heavy minutes if required. He was one of three Celtics' players without a negative +/- rating tonight, joining Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him closer to the 20-minute mark during Tuesday's critical Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:18 pm
  • Love drops a double-double in playoff debut
    Kevin Love looked great in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points (5-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), with a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover through 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love struggled from the field a bit, but he made shots when it really counted, and his aggressive play on the glass was a big boost for Cleveland. Boston isn't a great team at defending the power forward position, so Love should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the series. It'll be interesting to see if a deep playoff run tilts Love's hand towards re-signing with the Cavs this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:19 pm
     
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  • LeBron James drops 20-6-7 line in Game 1 win
    LeBron James filled up the stat sheet during his 42 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe), with six rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: LeBron also passed Michael Jordan for ninth-most assists in the NBA post-season history with this performance, so there's yet another accolade James can add to his Hall of Fame resume. He did bump knees with Tyler Zeller at one point and limped back to the bench, but he played through it, and his 42 minutes would suggest that this will be a non-issue moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:04 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) limited in practice
    Draymond Green rolled his ankle during Game 1 on Saturday and was limited during Sunday's practice, but head coach Steve Kerr said it's not a big deal.

    Advice: The Warriors had a light practice today, and there's nothing suggesting this will cause Draymond to miss any time. He logged 42 minutes on Saturday and filled up the stat sheet, so he'll be a quality daily league target for Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:34 pm
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 2 on Monday
    David Lee (back) will remain sidelined for Game 2 against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will play extended minutes with Lee unavailable, with Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. However, Ezeli and Speights combined for a total of four minutes during Game 1, so there are no guarantees they play significant minutes during Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:18 pm
  • Taj Gibson (knee) says he is fine for Game 2
    Taj Gibson said his right knee is "fine," and he's expected to play in Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Gibson added that he could have returned to action on Saturday if needed, but the game was already in hand. All signs are pointing towards Gibson being available for Game 2 on Monday, so those in playoff fantasy leagues can go ahead and plan on having him active. Nikola Mirotic won't log quite as many minutes with Gibson in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:37 am
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:37 pm
  • John Henson gets 26 minutes vs. Bulls
    John Henson played 26 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He played more than Zaza Pachulia's 22 minutes and the extra length seemed to help the Bucks on defense. Henson hasn't played 26 minutes in any game since Mar. 9, so this came as a surprise. We'll see if this continues in this series, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see coach Jason Kidd change his mind. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 6:44 pm
  • Taj Gibson suffers strained knee on Saturday
    Taj Gibson suffered a strained left knee on Saturday night and did not return.

    Advice: He was riding a stationary bike towards the end of the game and said he's fine. At this point, Gibson should be ready to go against the Bucks on Monday. If for some reason he's not, Nikola Mirotic would likely shift over to the power forward spot more often. Gibson finished with eight points, 11 boards, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 6:30 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:49 pm
  • Draymond Green flirts with a 5x5 in win
    Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Up until the last five minutes of the game, Green did a great job on Anthony Davis. Green only played 30.3 minutes per game in March and April, so he's clearly set for a major bump in playing time. He had his coming out party in the postseason last year and he could take yet another big step forward this time around. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:11 pm
  • Playoff Brow Engaged: Anthony Davis scores 35
    Anthony Davis' terrific game wasn't enough against the Warriors during a 106-99 loss on Saturday, scoring 35 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He scored 20 points in 12 fourth-quarter minutes and his advanced stats were truly awesome. In that frame, he had a true shooting percentage of 79.1, a usage rate of 42.8 and a net rating of 44.0, which made this game fairly close after it looked to be over in the third. The Pelicans need to give him the ball more or else they'll be out of the playoffs in four games. That's even more true with Tyreke Evans (knee) suffering a knee injury. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:53 pm
  • Drew Gooden gets 23 minutes vs. Toronto
    Drew Gooden played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with six points, 10 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: The Raptors actually made Gooden look good today and his line could have been a lot better than this. Gooden had four offensive rebounds and looked as spry as ever. He'll likely be looking at minutes around 20 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 1:03 pm
  • Chris Kaman is probable to play on Sunday
    Chris Kaman (back) is probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't play on Wednesday due to a lingering back injury. The Blazers are somewhat healthy up front as far as active players go, so expect Kaman to log minutes in the mid-teens. He won't be able to do much on offense with his low usage rate and will have to do his damage on the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:32 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo could get some run
    James Michael McAdoo could spend some time defending Anthony Davis if the Warriors have trouble slowing him down according to head coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: Davis is one of the toughest covers in the league, and the Warriors will probably be trying out a variety of defenders on him throughout the series. Regardless, McAdoo will likely have a very limited role in the postseason, but it says a lot that Kerr has this much faith in him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 10:55 am
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday vs. the Bucks as expected.

    Advice: He was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks early because of soreness in his shoulder, but he practiced in full on Saturday and is ready to go. Gibson will move back into his role as the sixth man now that Joakim Noah is active, but he will still see minutes in the high 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 8:25 am
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 1 vs. NO
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 2:40 pm
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) practices in full Fri
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) went through a full practice on Friday, and he will play Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: Gibson was unable to finish Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks after injuring his shoulder, but he was never really expected to miss any time during the playoffs. He'll be in his usual Sixth Man role off the bench, and he should see his minutes in the high 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 11:10 am
  • Howard's minutes to increase for playoffs
    Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 4:00 pm
  • Trevor Booker would like to remain w/ Utah
    Trevor Booker said he would like to return with the Jazz next season.

    Advice: The Jazz have a team option on Booker for next season, so it'll be interesting to see if they pick that up. He does fit well in Utah's system, and he is a quality reserve to have, so there's a chance he remains in Utah. However, as long as Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are healthy, Booker will have zero fantasy value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 3:26 pm
  • Draymond Green scores eight points
    Draymond Green scored eight points with three rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His minutes were down to just 20 tonight, which was part of the plan. Green's defensive numbers are awesome this season and he's capable of guarding anyone. Additionally, he's allowed his man to shoot 9.0 percent less from shots within six feet compared to his averages. He'll be a popular Defensive Player of the Year pick. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 10:30 pm
  • Aldridge leads Blazers to 'No. 4 seed'
    LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday and had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blazers in a loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Blazers are technically the No. 4 seed in the West, but will face the No. 5 seeded Grizzlies, who will have home-court advantage due to having a better record than Memphis. Damian Lillard scored 17, but it was reserve Tim Frazier who was one of the surprises of the night, racking up 13 points, 10 assists and a 3-pointer off the bench in 30 minutes. Nicolas Batum sat this one out, and is iffy for Game 1 against the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:07 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 minutes in blowout
    Dwight Howard played just 21 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert did block him once, but this was a great game for Dwight tonight. He would have played a lot more, but the Rockets had this game in the bag during the third quarter. He'll get a tough matchup against the Mavs and Tyson Chandler. Dwight only had one game vs. Dallas this year, scoring eight points with seven boards in 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:05 pm
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