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  • Cavs want to take Korver out of the game
    Tyronn Lue said that he'll make shutting down Kyle Korver a priority for the Cavs during their second-round series with the Hawks.

    Advice: "When we take [Korver] out of the game, they have a tough time scoring," Lue said. "We know in the last series [against the Celtics], they were a plus-78 when he was on the floor and a minus-24 when he was off the floor. He’s a big part of what they do and we have to lock into him and try to take him out of the series." The Cavs made Korver a non-factor during Game 1, holding him to just one shot attempt, so the Hawks will need to do a better job of trying to get him involved during Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:39 pm
  • Josh Richardson not worried about shoulder
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) said he's feeling fine in advance of Game 1 against the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: Richardson's shoulder doesn't look to be an issue in Round 2 after requiring an MRI after Game 6 of the Charlotte series. The rookie averaged 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers in the Heat's opening series and will continue to be a middling fantasy option against the Raptors. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:27 am
  • Head coach: Terrence Ross needs to hit threes
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Terrence Ross needs to start hitting three-pointers.

    Advice: While it's not much less than his season average of 38.6 percent, Ross is shooting just 33.3 percent from downtown in the postseason. While Ross has time to turn things around against the Heat, he has been playing just over 12 minutes per game in the playoffs and doesn't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 am
  • Nicolas Batum has unfinished business in CHA
    Nicolas Batum said he has unfinished business in Charlotte when asked about re-signing with the Hornets.

    Advice: While Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Batum will be the Hornets top offseason priority, the free agent-to-be said the Hornets will be the first call he takes when he becomes a free agent on July 1. "I think it’s a little bit of everything – the coaching staff, the organization, the city and the players, too," Batum said when asked what he liked about Charlotte. We'll keep an eye on Batum as free agency inches closer, but it sounds like a return to the Hornets is a very likely possibility. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:22 am
  • Anthony Tolliver wants to return to Pistons
    Anthony Tolliver would like to return to the Detroit Pistons in free agency.

    Advice: Tolliver didn't have a big role with the Pistons in 2015-16, but it sounds like there is mutual interest in his return. "I would love to stay here. I’ve been bouncing around a lot in my career," Tolliver said. "I feel comfortable here, and I feel like what I bring to the table fits what this team needs." The 30-year-old average 5.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers in 18.6 minutes in 2015-16 and isn't a fantasy option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:46 am
  • Jamal Crawford would like to return to Clips
    Jamal Crawford would like to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Advice: Crawford is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but would like to stay with the Clilppers. "I know my role, I respect my role, I respect my teammates," Crawford said. "I don’t like change, so I’m very, very comfortable here, and I’d love to stay here further. The 36-year-old is fresh off winning the Sixth Man of the Year award and will have similar fantasy value in 2016-17 if he's back with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:22 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 28 points vs. Spurs
    Kevin Durant scored 28 points in 42 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 1 win on Monday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was much better in this game even though Kawhi Leonard guarded him more in this game than on Saturday. Durant and Westbrook scored 57 of the 98 points and handed out 14 of the 16 assists in this game. This series is off until Friday, so the Thunder will have some confidence after they were blown out in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 14 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard made 7-of-18 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: It was not his best game on either end. Leonard played some power forward in this game with a lot of small-ball lineups for both teams. Prior to this dud, he was incredibly efficient in the previous five games, posting a 71.4 true shooting percentage. Leonard should bounce back in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • LeBron James scores 25 points in Game 1 win
    LeBron James scored 25 points during a 104-93 Game 1 win over the Hawks on Monday, adding seven rebounds, nine assists, five steals, one block, four turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Cavs lost an 18-point lead, but they finished strong to earn the home win. James picked up his 120th playoff victory in this win, which passed Michael Jordan's 119. He was hit in the face in the fourth quarter and remained down for about 15 seconds, but he didn't miss time after that. The Cavs will look to go 6-0 in the postseason on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just three points
    Kyle Korver missed his only shot from the field and made all three free throws against the Cavs on Monday, adding five rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first time he's had 0-1 attempts from the field in any game since November 2015 and just his fifth such of his playoff career. Korver busted out against the Celtics on the last round, so there's a chance he rebounds in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores 16 points vs. Cavs
    Kent Bazemore scored 16 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He's making himself some nice money in the past couple months. Bazemore was aggressive on both ends and isn't passing up many shots. Expect to continue to produce in this series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Paul Pierce thinks he still has another year
    Paul Pierce said he thinks he has another year left.

    Advice: After the Clippers were knocked out, Pierce said he is about 50-50 to play next year. After playing 15 seasons in a row with the Celtics, Pierce has played for three different teams in three years. His minutes dropped to 18.1 per game last year and he would likely see even fewer minutes next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Donovan considering lineup change for Game 2?
    Billy Donovan hinted that he may replace Andre Roberson in the Thunder's starting lineup for Game 2 vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: "Sometimes I think you look at those numbers—and I've seen the analytics, I know them—there's times where you go against specific teams and you look at different teams and it's maybe not that great," he said. It's not currently clear who could take Roberson's role if he's sent to the bench, but Randy Foye, Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow are the candidates. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 am
  • Nicolas Batum open to re-signing with Hornets
    Nicolas Batum, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he's open to re-signing with the Hornets.

    Advice: "When I came here they let me know they wanted me to be one of the [top] two options with Kemba [Walker]," he said. "I liked that. I like that they trusted me." He then added: "It was a pretty cool year. First time I got to play like I want to in eight years in the NBA." The second quote is an important one to focus on when projecting Batum's future. A versatile contributor entering his prime, Batum will be a sought after commodity in free agency and the Hornets will have to pay big money to keep him. Despite Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's expected from shoulder surgery, Charlotte should do everything possible to prioritize Batum's return. "Why not? I don’t know [what will happen in] a crazy summer for a lot of people. But why not? I want to talk to them first, for sure. July 1 will be a crazy day, but will Charlotte be my first call? Yes." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Marvin Williams wants to return as free agent
    Marvin Williams, who will become an unrestricted free agent, made it clear that he wants to remain with the Hornets.

    Advice: "There's no question," Williams said. "I want to return. I'll let it be known right now this is the most fun I've had in a season." The veteran enjoyed a year in which he finally found consistency under Steve Clifford, averaging 11.7 points while posting career-high marks in rebounds (6.4), blocks (1.0), 3-pointers made (1.9) and 3-point percentage (40.2). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • Evan Turner praises Brad Stevens in big way
    Evan Turner said that Brad Stevens "rekindled my fire for the game."

    Advice: "Brad's definitely helped me grow as a player in regards to seeing things in a bigger-picture format," Turner said. "I think he's definitely helped us all becoming better pros and doing the little things. Everybody in this locker room he's always trying to put in positions to succeed so I definitely appreciate that and most importantly off the court he's a great friend and a great guy." Despite holding a treasure chest filled with assets, there's little doubt Brad Stevens is Boston's most valuable chip in a growing stack. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Chandler Parsons expected to opt out of deal
    Chandler Parsons is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Parsons has a $16M option, but it looks like it's just a matter of time until he officially declines it. CP's tenure (to date) has not gone according to plan in Dallas, and it's nowhere near certain that he'll return to the Mavs. Despite knee issues hampering his two-year run with the Mavs, Parsons figures to be a desired commodity on the open market and could command more money than Mark Cuban's team feels comfortable paying. In what has become an annual tradition, Dallas could be looking at some serious roster shuffling around Dirk Nowitzki this summer. We think Dirk deserves better for everything he's done and every sacrifice he's made for this franchise, but that's another story entirely. For what it's worth, President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson has been non-committal about a potential Parsons return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) plays 29 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (foot) played 29 minutes on Sunday vs. the Heat, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that Batum was only going to play seven or eight minutes in each half, so he must've felt a little better than expected and he even started the second half. Batum hasn't been 100 percent for weeks, so the only good thing about the Hornets being eliminated is that he will finally have some time off to rehab his injury. "To have so many young guys, so many new guys, we had a great season," Batum said. "We need to move on right away and get better." He is a free agent this summer, but it sounds like the Hornets have an excellent chance to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Marvin Williams played through an elbow issue
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Marvin Williams played through an elbow injury during the series against the Heat.

    Advice: That explains a lot. Williams scored just five points on 1-of-3 shooting in Sunday's Game 7 loss with five rebounds in 33 minutes, and he was averaging just 5.2 points on 27.1 percent shooting in the previous six games. Williams deserves a pass for playing through the injury, but it would've been nice to get a heads up from the Hornets a lot earlier. Regardless, Williams was one of the most improved players in the NBA this season and could get a significant raise when he hits free agency this summer. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:54 pm
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) plays 19 minutes
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) played 19 minutes vs. the Hornets on Sunday, scoring three points on 1-of-6 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well, but still added five boards, three assists and one 3-pointer and got some much needed rest due to the lopsided score. The good news is that his shoulder wasn't an issue, so he should see his normal workload in round two of the playoffs. Prior to this dud, Richardson averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in the first six games of the series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:27 pm
  • Batum starts 2nd half, Kaminsky to bench
    Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was only supposed to play seven or eight minutes in each half according to coach Steve Clifford before the game, but he's already up to 16 minutes at the half. He isn't close to 100 percent and he's not moving that well either, but the Hornets have no choice but to play him if they want to escape Miami with a win. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:22 am
  • Batum and Hawes are available to play Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (foot) and Spencer Hawes (knee) are available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while Batum is feeling better, he's still not 100 percent and will likely be limited to just seven or eight minutes per half in Game 7. To be clear, Batum is too risky to deploy in most fantasy formats. We'll let you know how he holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:35 am
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) will go through warmups
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) will try to warm up for Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Batum is feeling better and will be a game-time call, but indicated that he will only play seven or eight minutes per half if he's cleared. Clifford is expecting Batum to play, but he's not going to see enough minutes to make an impact in most fantasy formats. We'll have another update before tip-off. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play Sunday
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play in Game 7 vs. the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: He cleared all tests and an MRI on Saturday came back negative, so he should be close to 100 percent. Richardson is averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in 30.5 minutes per game in this series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:25 am
  • SVG would like to re-sign Tolliver
    Stan Van Gundy is open to re-signing Anthony Tolliver and Steve Blake in free agency.

    Advice: "In just a very general sense, I like the idea of having both of them back," Van Gundy said. "But, and I was honest with them, there are priorities ahead of re-signing them. I told Steve flat-out that we'll look to upgrade that position with a guy who's more of a long-term answer." Tolliver averaged 5.3 points, 3.2 boards and 1.4 3-pointers in 18.6 minutes per game this season, so it's hard to imagine his role growing if he does re-sign with the Pistons. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Brad Stevens wants Celtics to re-sign Turner
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Evan Turner that he wants him back in Boston next season.

    Advice: "Coach [Stevens] definitely said [he wants me back]," said Turner. "He said he’ll be pushing for me and everything like that. And that’s pretty much it. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on right now. I understand it. And I understand what’s going to occur, with the draft picks and the young guys trying to develop and trying to get a superstar, stuff like that. I definitely comprehend it." The Celtics may try to land a star this summer and have a stockpile of draft picks to use, so Turner won't be their top priority even though they want to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:22 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 25 points in 22 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard made 10-of-13 from the field for 25 points in 22 minutes against the Thunder during a Game 1 win on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's won Defensive Player of the Year in the last two seasons, but Kawhi's offense was the story tonight. He made his first six shots from the field to help get him to 20 points in the first half. Kevin Durant simply couldn't guard him with his array of hesitation moves and he was awesome in transition. The Klaw will be dominating this series on both ends as a high-end DFS option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:56 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 16 points in loss
    Kevin Durant scored 16 points during an ugly loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like he caught a break for this game with Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook, but this was just a bloodbath. Considering how successful Kawhi on Westbrook worked out for the Spurs, it's likely going to continue. That bodes well for Durant to have some productive games in this series, especially if the Spurs will continue to put guys like Kyle Anderson on him. While he was disappointing against Dallas in the first round and in this one, expect him to be better in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) is game-time call
    An MRI on Josh Richardson's left shoulder was negative and he will be a game-time decision for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He wasn't concerned on Friday and for good reason. Richardson has been able to stay in front of Kemba Walker better than Goran Dragic, so that's helped his playing time. The second-round rookie has played 30.5 minutes per game in the postseason, which is pretty incredible for a guy who didn't get invited to the combine. He's not a great DFS option, though. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:04 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 7
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is questionable to play against the Heat in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not play in the second half on Friday due to aggravating his injury from Game 2. The Hornets went 2-0 without Batum thanks to Jeremy Lin stepping up in a big way, so this might not be a huge loss. If Batum can't go, there will be more minutes for Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. The Hornets and Heat have the first game of the day, so we'll have word for DFS lineup lock. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Heat awaiting Richardson's MRI results
    The Miami Heat are still waiting for the results of the MRI on Josh Richardson's shoulder.

    Advice: "The responsible thing for him and for us is to get it checked out, see what it is, and take the next course of action," coach Erik Spoelstra said. Richardson made it sound like the injury wasn't serious on Friday, so hopefully the Heat are just being cautious. There should be an update this evening, but expect Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson to pick up some minutes if the rookie can't play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:48 am
  • Paul Pierce is contemplating retirement
    Paul Pierce said he is "50-50" on whether or not he will retire.

    Advice: The Truth has two more years left on his deal with the Clippers, but he will be 39 years old in October and just had the worst season of his career by far. He averaged just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards and 1.0 assists in 18.1 minutes per game during the regular season, so he won't be a fantasy option next season if he decides to keep playing. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:37 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores 32 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored a playoff career-high 32 points during a loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one assist, three steals and three turnovers on 10-of-25 from the field.

    Advice: He was up to his usual tricks with too many off-the-dribble jumpers. The Clippers didn't really have many options for scoring, so a wild Crawford shot was one of their best plays in the arsenal. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will head into free agency with plenty of miles left on his tires. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:24 pm
  • Josh Richardson hurts his shoulder
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) said nothing will keep him out in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He hurt his left shoulder in the last minute of the game and had ice on it after the win. Richardson's defense was very good at times and he has leapfrogged Tyler Johnson (shoulder). Richardson finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Marvin Williams puts up another goose egg
    Marvin Williams missed all seven shots from the field against the Heat on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: After turning in his best year of his career, Williams is falling on his face in the playoffs. He's made just 27.1 percent from the field in this series as one of the most disappointing players in the postseason. He's turned in worse fantasy output on the road, so it won't be easy to trust him in DFS in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Nicolas Batum likely to play more
    Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

    Advice: It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Evan Turner hints about his future with BOS
    Evan Turner indicated that his positive experience in Boston will play heavily into his decision as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: "It’s definitely going to play a lot," Turner said. "Players definitely play their best when they’re happy. Most importantly, I found a situation and coach that tended to myself, and my teammates, to what they do well." Regardless of what Turner decides, he's going to get a serious raise this summer after a promising postseason with averages 13.2 points, 5.7 boards, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:05 am
  • Kent Bazemore puts a nice bow on his series
    Kent Bazemore scored 15 points with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He's making some money this month. In his six playoff games, Bazemore averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 treys. He'll have a huge role in the next round and will likely be starting off on LeBron James. Expect him to play minutes in the mid 30s. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 16 points with nine boards
    Kyle Korver made all four shots from the field and all four from the line for 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Not bad. He drove his fantasy owners crazy during the regular season, but Korver is kind of rolling now when it counts for the Hawks. In his six games during this series, Korver averaged 12.2 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys on a pristine 67.3 true shooting percentage. He'll be very important in the second round and will likely have a mini 3-point contest in a head-to-head matchup with J.R. Smith at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Evan Turner scores eight in off finale
    Evan Turner's solid series ended on a down note during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday, making 4-of-17 from the field for eight points with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was a big part of the rotation due to Avery Bradley (hamstring) going down. Turner surpassed most expectations to help his value heading into free agency, especially late in the season and in the postseason. In his 12 starts this regular season, Turner averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 treys. Several teams will be after The Villain. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:50 pm
  • LAC not lacking in confidence heading into G6
    Jamal Crawford said that the Clippers feel "really good" about their chances of securing a Game 6 win in Portland.

    Advice: "We were in the same situation last year, we had to go to San Antonio and win on their court in a Game 6 to force a Game 7 in front of our home fans," said Crawford. "We’re a confident group. We feel really good about Game 6." It's true that the Clippers pulled off a comeback against the Spurs last season, but that was with a healthy Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand). Crawford is going to be heavily involved on the offensive end, but he'll need to be more efficient if the Clippers hope to secure an upset. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum will come off the bench Friday
    Nicolas Batum will again come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: The Hornets have now won three in a row, and Batum doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the first-unit. His ankle still isn't quite 100 percent, so expect his minutes to be in the 25 range. Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson will start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Evan Turner will have suitors in free agency
    There will be several teams interested in Evan Turner when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to league sources.

    Advice: Turner has resurrected his career as the Celtics sixth man and it hasn't gone unnoticed around the league. "He’s done everything they’ve asked him to do and from what I hear, hasn’t grumbled a day about it," one rival executive said. "Every team needs a guy like that in their locker room." Turner looks to be in line for a raise this summer and could see a minor boost in fantasy value if he finds a job as a starter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Paul Pierce starts, scoreless in 10 minutes
    Paul Pierce was an unexpected starter for the Clippers on Wednesday, but he failed to score in just 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's 3-point shooting may have been the difference in Doc Rivers' thinking, as well as the fact that Jeff Green could provide some much-needed scoring for a depleted second unit. The 18-year veteran shot 0-of-3 in limited minutes tonight, however, and there are no guarantees that he'll start over Green and Wes Johnson during Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 17 points on 23 shots
    Jamal Crawford moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday and proceeded to launch 23 shots, making six of them to finish with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Crawford started alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan, a unit that played a mere four minutes together during the 2015-16 season. Doc Rivers' gamble was born of desperation and resulted in a home loss, but Crawford is guaranteed a huge role again in Game 6 -- he played 44 minutes tonight and was the focal point of the Clippers' offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Josh Richardson earns 31 minutes vs. Hornets
    Josh Richardson logged 31 minutes off the bench during Game 5, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Heat had scored at least 100 points in 17 consecutive home games, with the league's most efficient offense since the All-Star break, but the Hornets tightened their grip defensively tonight. Richardson drew the ire of Dwyane Wade after a poor shot late in the fourth quarter, but he played well overall and should see a similar role in a must-win game at the Time Warner Cable arena on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Marvin Williams heats up w/ 17 points in Gm 5
    Marvin Williams found some traction in Game 5 with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, three steals, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets came into the playoffs as the league's fourth-leading team in 3-pointers per game, but in Games 1-4 vs. Miami they were a collective 16-of-67 from downtown. They finally found the range tonight and that was the difference in the game, as they hit 50.0 percent of their 3-pointers including a late barrage in the fourth quarter. Williams was having a nightmare series prior to this game, shooting 19.4 percent from the field, so hopefully this eruption will carry over to Friday's game in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Jamal Crawford starting Game 5 vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford will start Game 5 on Wednesday, alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: Doc Rivers wants more spacing on the court, and the decision to start Crawford takes care of another problem -- with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both out, the Clippers are very short on playmakers. Crawford should have a high usage rate in as many minutes as he can handle tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Paul Pierce starting Game 5 w/ Griffin out
    Paul Pierce will start Wednesday's game in place of Blake Griffin (quad).

    Advice: Jeff Green was the odds-on favorite to start in place of Griffin, and either way Green should earn more playing time than Pierce tonight. Wes Johnson is also in the mix for playing time and all three guys have significant risk as DFS targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Westbrook: I'll always have Durant's back
    Russell Westbrook said he'll always have Kevin Durant's back.

    Advice: "He's always going to have my back and I'm always going to have his," Westbrook said. Just another wrinkle to throw into the mix of the Durant free agency saga. Durant called owner Mark Cuban an idiot for saying Westbrook isn't a superstar and also called Charlie Villanueva an idiot for trying to get in Westbrook's head. The two will kick off arguably the best series of the second round on Saturday when they travel to San Antonio. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Duncan criticizes the officiating of Leonard
    Tim Duncan implied during a recent interview that Kawhi Leonard does not get enough foul calls while he's on the court.

    Advice: "He’s gotten to the point now where people are being a lot more physical with him, but people are still being allowed to get away with a whole lot of stuff," Duncan said. While Duncan is pleading his case for the officials to start blowing the whistle more often, Leonard did not seem overly concerned with how the refs officiating saying, "I don’t even think about it, really. I’m not playing to get fouls." He was phenomenal in his first-round series, and should continue to put up gaudy stat lines through San Antonio's second-round series against OKC. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Evan Turner scores 15 points in loss
    Evan Turner scored 15 points in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Hawks, shooting 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He was the best player on the floor for the Celtics tonight, as Isaiah Thomas (ankle) couldn't get anything to go on the offensive end. Turner added five rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes, and he's still a must-start player in all formats until further notice. If Thomas is unable to play in Game 6 on Thursday, expect Turner to run the offense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 13, adds five steals
    Kyle Korver scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, adding two boards, one assist, five steals and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He averaged 0.8 steals during the regular season, so to see him record five tonight seems like a fluke. However, Korver has now scored in double digits in four straight games after being held to two points in Game 1, so he's heating up at the perfect time for the Hawks. He's also hit 16 3-pointers over his last four games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores 16, Hawks win 110-83
    Kent Bazemore scored 16 points to lead the Hawks to a 110-83 win over the Celtics in Game 5 on Tuesday, giving them a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: He's the definition of a streaky player, as he needed just 23 minutes to score 16 points tonight after scoring just five points in 40 minutes in Game 4. That inconsistency makes him hard to trust, but the upside is clearly there if you deploy him on the right night. Bazemore added five boards, one block and four 3-pointers on 6-of-14 shooting. He was listed as probable on the injury report due to a lingering knee issue, but he obviously looked fine tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Chandler Parsons hints he'll be back w/ DAL
    Chandler Parsons spoke like a man planning on returning to the Mavs next season when discussing his upcoming free agency.

    Advice: "Dallas is home to me. I loved it here," said Parsons. "I came here to be a great player and to win a lot of games, and I've yet to do that here. So I feel that I have a lot of unfinished business here that I'd love to continue and grow into the player that I saw myself being when I signed here." Parsons added that he plans to recruit Dwight Howard to Dallas once his own contract situation is worked out, and with these quotes, it would be surprising to see Parsons go somewhere else. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:55 am
  • Kent Bazemore feeling good ahead of Game 5
    Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said Kent Bazmore (knee) is feeling good ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bazemore is listed as probable with a knee injury, but it's nothing that will hold him out of such an important game on Tuesday. Bazemore is averaging 13.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers in the thus far in the playoffs and is a strong DFS play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores 12 points vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford scored 12 points during a 98-84 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He is going to have to be the top-scoring guard now with Chris Paul (hand) out. Crawford exploded for 30 points back on Apr. 8 when the Clippers rested most of their players against the Jazz, so expect plenty of scoring chances the rest of the way. He'll be a highly-owned player in DFS for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 33; OKC wins series 4-1
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Mavs on Monday.

    Advice: After a productive first round, it's going to get awfully tough against Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs in the next round. After this game, Durant was asked about owner Mark Cuban saying he is the only superstar on OKC. "He's an idiot," Durant said after he covered Russell Westbrook's microphone. Durant also called Charlie Villanueva an idiot for interrupting the Westbrook dance last week. KD is not nice after all. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Marvin Williams doesn't score in 37 minutes
    Marvin Williams missed all five shots from the field and didn't go to the line for a scoreless game against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He had a nice double-double in Game 3, but he's been terrible in the other three games. In fact, Williams has made just 1-of-22 from the field and missed both free throws to give him a microscopic 4.8 true shooting percentage. The minutes are there, so he's a decent tournament option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Josh Richardson struggles in 31 minutes
    Josh Richardson made 1-of-7 from the field for three points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He's finally in a slump. In his last five games, Richardson made just 26.4 percent from the field for 5.6 points per game. He is still getting minutes close to 30 as a second-string combo guard. It's still tough to trust Richardson in DFS due to low dimes and a low usage rate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:46 pm
  • Chandler Parson coming along in rehab
    Chandler Parsons (knee) can do some light shooting now and has increased the work in his rehab.

    Advice: He could possibly make it back for the second round, but there's almost no chance the Mavs will be able to get past OKC. Parsons looks like he will be able to have a somewhat normal offseason. Last summer, he had a procedure on his knee and didn't lose his minutes cap until January. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 4:17 pm
  • Kent Bazemore probable again for Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore (knee) is probable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: He'll be good to go and has been probable for the entire series. Bazemore has been active during the playoffs and should continue to flirt with his postseason averages of 13.3 points, 8.3 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.3 treys. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 2:13 pm
  • LeBron James earns another first-round sweep
    LeBron James posted 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals on Sunday to help the Cavs sweep the Pistons in the first round.

    Advice: James passed Scottie Pippen for career postseason rebounds tonight (1,593) and the victory gives him four consecutive first-round sweeps in the playoffs. The Cavs didn't shoot well tonight (41.9 percent), but they drained 13 threes and limited the self-inflicted damage with a mere five turnovers. They have plenty of time to rest before facing the winner of the Hawks vs. Celtics series. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 8:31 pm
  • Kevin Durant will not be suspended for Game 5
    Kevin Durant will not be suspended for Game 5 on Monday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He hit Justin Anderson in the face with his arm in Game 4, but it would've been very surprising if KD was suspended. Keep him locked into your lineups. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 2:30 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard drops 21, Spurs sweep Grizzlies
    Kawhi Leonard helped the Spurs sweep the Grizzlies with a 116-95 win on Sunday, scoring 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven boards, four assists, two blocks, one steal and two treys.

    Advice: He was coming off a dominant performance in Game 3 in which he scored 32 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals, five blocks and six 3-pointers, and coach Gregg Popovich gushed about him prior to Game 4. "He’s not afraid to put himself in situations where the shots are big and the shots are important," Popovich said. Matt Barnes also had some nice words, saying that Leonard "is one of the best players in the NBA." Barring a miracle from the Mavericks, the Spurs will play the Thunder in the next round meaning Leonard will see a lot of Kevin Durant in the next couple weeks. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 12:51 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 19 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored 19 points with three rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was terrible in the first half and turned it on late. Crawford made 1-of-6 from the field to start the game and picked it up down the stretch like he usually does. He was the first player ever to win three Sixth Man of the Year awards and has plenty of miles left on his tires at age 36. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:18 pm
  • Kevin Durant ejected for flagrant 2 foul
    Kevin Durant was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Saturday with 51 seconds left in the game.

    Advice: He hit Justin Anderson in the face with his arm, which usually results in a flagrant 1 and not a flagrant 2. The NBA might be looking at this for a suspension, but it was pretty clear it was not intentional and he should be fine. To be clear, a suspension would be a joke. Durant failed to score 20 points for the first time since his injury in November, finishing with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer and one turnover. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 7:51 pm
  • Marvin Williams finally shows up
    Marvin Williams snapped out of a putrid slump during a win on Saturday, making 5-of-9 from the field for 12 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was 1-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws in the first two games, which gives him an unfathomably bad 5.6 true shooting percentage. However, Williams pulled down a playoff career-high 14 boards and looked better as a small forward on offense. He might be back now. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:54 pm
  • Kent Bazemore listed as probable again
    Kent Bazemore (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He's fine and the Hawks have put him on the injury report in all three games. Bazemore has been very active, so expect him to have another solid effort on the stat sheet in Boston. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:09 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 32 in monster stat line
    Kawhi Leonard exploded during a Game 3 96-87 win over the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 32 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals, five blocks, six 3-pointers and no turnovers in in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Say what? Leonard was unbelievably good on both ends to carry the Spurs to a 3-0 lead. The Spurs actually played a close game after blowing out the Grizzlies in Game 1 and 2. Leonard became the first player ever to score at least 30 points in a playoff game with four-plus steals, four-plus blocks and four-plus 3-pointers. Oh and he had no turnovers. He's pretty good. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:27 pm
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