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  • Chris Paul hits game-winner in heroic game
    Chris Paul (hamstring) had the most iconic game of his career during a Game 7 111-109 victory over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 27 points with two rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, five 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: CP3 also hit a game-winning shot with one second left to earn the series victory. He also suffered a hamstring injury and was able to return in the second quarter. Paul was grabbing his hamstring throughout the game and he was limping numerous times, as well. Coach Doc Rivers said CP3 could miss Game 1 on Monday in Houston and Rivers said he'd guess his star PG can't go, so that will be the biggest story to watch. Until then, let's just re-watch this instant classic a few more times. It's still not fair that the No. 2 and 3 teams for net rating had to play in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
     
    Injured
  • Blake Griffin posts triple-double in victory
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled against the Spurs on Saturday with 24 points, 13 boards, 10 assists and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's two triple-doubles in this series and Blake's averages are otherworldly. In the seven games, Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 13.1 boards, 7.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.7 turnovers. He's playing some of his best ball of his life and he'll have huge numbers against the Rockets as well. The series starts on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Glen Davis (ankle) plays well
    Glen Davis (ankle) played 11 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday with six points, three rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Chris Paul overshadows his injury just a bit. Davis scored on his first possession and had a nice game. He'll be ready to go on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Danny Green posts massive stat line vs. LAC
    Danny Green had a very impressive game during a tough 111-109 loss to the Clippers in Game 7 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: While he wasn't great off the ball on defense, his on-ball D was tremendous. Green was one of just six players in NBA history to average at least two blocks, one steal and one block (qualifiers for minutes) in a season. He was a fantasy monster and will be again next season. You won't be able to get him in the last few rounds this time, though. Tony Parker also had a good game tonight with 20 points, five boards, five assists and one steal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard drops 13 points in sub-par game
    Kawhi Leonard scored 13 points on 5-of-13 from the field with 10 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't his best game and he didn't do a great job defending in this series. Leonard attempted 16 shots per game in the postseason in 36 minutes per outing, which bodes well for his prospects next season. Coach Gregg Popovich kept his word last year that he'd use Kawhi more in offensive sets this season, so expect him to be a huge part of the offense next season. He's obviously a first-round target in fantasy drafts and there's really nothing wrong with grabbing him in the top five at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Chris Paul (left hamstring) returns to action
    Chris Paul (hamstring) returned to Saturday's game in the second quarter.

    Advice: Owner Steve Ballmer's face probably isn't quite as red. Although, Paul does seem to be limping a bit, so he's not at 100 percent. He's going to have to man up here. This should be an amazing game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:58 pm
     
    Injured
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) to the locker room
    Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury against the Spurs on Saturday and went to the locker room. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:40 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) doubtful to play Sunday
    Mike Conley (face) is doubtful to play against the Warriors on Sunday in Game 1.

    Advice: We still haven't heard if he practiced yet and Tony Allen said "I can't tell y'all" about Conley at practice today. There's hope he'll be able to play at some point in this series, but it doesn't look like it'll be Sunday. The Grizzlies will likely use Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes at the point. Although, it's worth mentioning they had a no-PG lineup briefly in Game 5 vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:38 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Glen Davis (ankle) will play in Game 7
    Glen Davis (ankle) will play against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: This comes from coach Doc Rivers and is as official as we'll get. Rivers said Davis is "good" for this game, so expect him to play around 10-15 minutes tonight. Blake Griffin should be around 42 minutes and DeAndre Jordan's playing time will be based on how often he's fouled. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:16 pm
  • John Wall playing through shoulder issue
    John Wall has been playing through a shoulder strain.

    Advice: "It's all right. It [will] be all right," Wall said of his right shoulder. "I have a little strain in it and it's something I have to deal with, but you make no excuses when you're in the playoffs." He is not in jeopardy of missing Game 1 on Sunday against the Hawks. Wall had a very good season against the Hawks on the stat sheet, but his turnovers were ridiculously high at 6.8 per game. If the Wizards are going to win, he'll need to cut down those TOs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Ognjen Kuzmic (ankle) out for one week
    Ognjen Kuzmic sprained his ankle and will be re-evaluated in one week.

    Advice: He wasn't in the rotation and the Warriors are really tightening it up in their frontcourt. Draymond Green played more minutes than any Warrior in the first round and he will be a huge piece for the second round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo suspended one game
    Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended for the first game of next season for "running over" Mike Dunleavy.

    Advice: It was an expected move and at least Giannis didn't get more than one game. Antetokounmpo joins Kelly Olynyk to get a suspension to start next season. He's expected to play in summer league where he'll likely be working on his perimeter game. Antetokounmpo is going to be pricey in drafts next season, but it might be worth it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:36 am
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Report: Glen Davis feeling better for Game 7
    Glen Davis (ankle) is feeling better and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him play in Game 7 on Saturday.

    Advice: Considering he had to be in a wheelchair on Thursday, it's somewhat surprising to see Davis is feeling so much better today. While Big Baby is hardly a make-or-break player, it will be nice to have him available in order to keep Blake Griffin under 44 minutes tonight. We'll likely have an update around 90 minutes before the 8:00 EDT start time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Joakim Noah (illness) ready to go for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (illness) went through most of Saturday's practice and he's in no danger of missing Monday's Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: "We're ready to roll," said Tom Thibodeau. Noah made himself a target for Cavs' fans ire by telling reporters this week, "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland." Noah averaged only 6.5 points vs. the Bucks in the first round, but he also had 11.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • McHale: Pat Beverley (wrist) 'won't be back'
    When coach Kevin McHale was asked if Patrick Beverley (wrist) might return during the playoffs, he replied, "Pat won't be back."

    Advice: Beverley was seen taking a few shots while wearing a cast this week and he said in mid-April that there's a "very strong possibility" he could play in the postseason. That appears to be overly-optimistic, however, and the Rockets have already declared him out for the playoffs. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will continue to hold down the PG position, with James Harden doing all the heavy lifting for Houston's backcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Billy Donovan addresses Durant's free agency
    Thunder coach Billy Donovan's priority is to "develop a better relationship" with Kevin Durant.

    Advice: Donovan was hired on Thursday and Durant won't hit free agency until July 2016, but questions about Durant's future already loom large. "With his rehab I think we will have a chance to sit down and really spend a lot of time together," Donovan said. "I feel very, very confident in the organization and I think the organization and Kevin ... are a great match." Durant has been nothing but supportive of Donovan's hiring, and he's expected to be fully recovered from his foot surgery in 3-5 months. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:29 am
     
    Injured
  • John Henson aims to gain weight this summer
    John Henson will focus on gaining weight with an improved diet this offseason.

    Advice: Henson added some bulk last summer but said he burned most of it off while playing in 67 games this season, averaging 7.0 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in only 18.3 minutes per game. He has tantalizing per-minute fantasy potential but his role is complicated with starters Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova both set to return for Milwaukee next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Kings not interested in DeMarcus Cousins deal
    The Kings are not interested in trading DeMarcus Cousins, according to CSN California.

    Advice: This comes in the context of a rumor that the Celtics hope to pry Cousins away from the Kings with a package of draft picks and young talent, and there isn't a team in the league that would balk at acquiring him for the right price. Sacramento endured a rocky season including a mid-season coaching change that didn't sit well with Cousins, but for now, "The Kings want to make a playoff run next season with Cousins as the centerpiece of the franchise." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Thaddeus Young may opt for free agency
    Thaddeus Young could enter the free-agent market by exercising his early-termination option for 2015-16.

    Advice: Young would make $10.2 million if he doesn't terminate his deal, and may prefer to hold out one more season to cash in on the expected salary-surge tied to the league's new TV revenues in 2016-17. No matter what he decides, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports that Brooklyn aims to retain Young as their starting power forward. He ended his tumultuous season on a poor note, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game during losses in Games 5 and 6. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:25 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo to go to summer league?
    Giannis Antetokounmpo said he's willing to play in summer league.

    Advice: Last summer, Antetokounmpo playing point guard in Las Vegas was one of the biggest NBA stories of the month. That didn't really come to fruition during the regular season, though. Expect the Bucks to really focus on Giannis' range. Additionally, there's a chance he's suspended to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:46 pm
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Glen Davis (ankle) is questionable for Game 7
    Glen Davis (ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers didn't have a noteworthy update today and we should get a better idea at shootaround on Saturday. Davis fortunately seems to have avoided a serious injury after needing a wheelchair on Thursday night. If he's out, Spencer Hawes may get a couple more minutes, but expect DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin to get 40 minutes each. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:08 pm
  • MEM not planning to have Conley for Game 1
    The Grizzlies are not expecting Mike Conley (face) to play in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: "The game plan is without him, but at some point in the series you're hoping that he plays," coach Dave Joerger said. Conley will likely wearing a mask upon his return and it's good news that the Grizzlies aren't ruling him out just yet. He'll travel with the team and there should be another update on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:02 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley (face) will travel to Oakland
    Mike Conley (face) will travel with the team to Oakland for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: There is no word if he'll be able to suit up just yet. Conley hopes to be ready for action at some point during the upcoming series against the league's best team. If he can't give it a go, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes will have to figure out how to slow down Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:39 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Rumor: GSW will go after Durant as an UFA
    According to Klay Thompson's father, Mychal Thompson, the Warriors are expected to "go hard after Kevin Durant" when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: This report should be viewed with some substantial skepticism given what the Warriors would need to do to make this a reality. Yes, David Lee's massive contract will come off the books, and the salary cap will skyrocket when Durant becomes a free agent, but that still would only give the Warriors roughly $11 million in cap room to spend on a $25 million player. They would need to trade away some contracts to make the necessary room, and while it's not impossible, at this juncture it would seem highly improbable that Durant lands in Golden State as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:12 am
     
    Injured
  • Glen Davis (ankle) listed as day-to-day
    Glen Davis (ankle) is officially being listed as day-to-day, and his status for Saturday's Game 7 against the Spurs remains uncertain.

    Advice: Davis is set to be re-evaluated later today, but given that he needed wheelchair to get to the locker room after sustaining the injury during Thursday's Game 6, we're going to be considering him doubtful for Saturday's Game 7 in Los Angeles. If Davis is unable to go, Blake Griffin will log as close to 48 minutes as possible in a do-or-die Game 7 for the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:51 am
  • Joakim Noah looking forward to matchup w/ CLE
    Joakim Noah is looking forward to the Bulls' second-round matchup with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland," said Noah after Thursday's dominant Game 6 win over the Bucks. Noah and LeBron James have some history, and friendly-rivalry is not a term we'd use to describe this upcoming series. Noah is going to draw a favorable matchup against the Cavs, so he makes sense as a guy to target in daily leagues, as he should be able to put up some quality numbers throughout the Bull's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:00 am
  • Antetokounmpo will apologize to Dunleavy
    Giannis Antetokounmpo called his flagrant 2 foul against Mike Dunleavy during Game 6 "a bad play," and said he intends to apologize to Dunleavy.

    Advice: "It was a bad play by me. It is not going to happen again," said Giannis. The Greek Freak acknowledged that he expects to receive a suspension from the league for his actions during Game 6, and that suspension would be served during the start of the 2015-16 season. Antetokounmpo took a big step during his sophomore season, putting in averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the field. If he could develop a 3-point shot this offseason, he could emerge as a very valuable asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:53 am
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Glen Davis (ankle) uncertain for Game 7
    Glen Davis suffered low ankle sprain during Thursday's Game 6 win over the Spurs, and his status for Saturday's Game 7 has yet to be determined.

    Advice: Davis was in a considerable amount of pain after the injury, and he needed to be taken off the court in a wheelchair, so we're going to consider him doubtful for Game 7. Without Davis, Blake Griffin will get all the run he can handle, while Spencer Hawes and Ekpe Udoh will have the opportunity to log some extended minutes off the bench. The Clippers could also elect to go small and give Matt Barnes and Hedo Turkoglu some minutes at the four-spot. Griffin is the only guy with any meaningful fantasy value out of the group. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:29 am
  • Report: BOS will go after DeMarcus Cousins
    The Celtics are reportedly expected to try and land DeMarcus Cousins via trade this offseason.

    Advice: The Celtics currently have a treasure trove of draft picks to dangle in trade talks, in addition to guys like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Gerald Wallace's expiring contract. There was a report that came out at the trade deadline this season that Kings' head coach George Karl didn't view anyone on the roster as "untouchable," and it'll be interesting to see if Sacramento is willing to listen to offers for Cousins this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:25 am
  • Clippers win 102-96 in SA, Game 7 on Saturday
    Chris Paul was fantastic in the second half to get a huge 102-96 victory in San Antonio on Thursday, scoring 19 points with four rebounds, 15 assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't make any field goals in the first half and he played the entire second half. Paul's scoring is way up with 22.6 points per game in his previous five. The road team has won each of the last three games, so Saturday's "home-court advantage" doesn't appear to be that large. Game 7 will be in Los Angeles at 8:00 EDT before everyone tunes in for the action in Las Vegas. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 in Game 6 win on road
    Blake Griffin logged 41 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 6 victory on Thursday, scoring 26 points with 12 boards, six assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He is putting up some enormous stat lines right now. In his previous five, Griffin averaged 24.2 points, 13.2 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals in 41.2 minutes. If Glen Davis (ankle) is out for Game 7, Griffin will likely be near 44 minutes. Although, he looked really tired at times tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:50 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has a really bad night in loss
    Kawhi Leonard had one of his worst games in a long time during a loss to the Clippers on Thursday, making 3-of-15 from the field for 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's coming off a sub-par game from Tuesday night and most of his shots were not even really close. Leonard was easily the best Spur for the first four games of the series with some very efficient scoring. Now, he'll really need to get it figured out for Game 7 in Los Angeles on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:41 pm
  • Glen Davis hurts ankle on Thursday
    Glen Davis suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter on Thursday night.

    Advice: He couldn't put much weight on his left leg and received some treatment on the bench. He was in a lot of pain and needed to be taken off in a wheelchair, so this sounds like a serious injury or even an Achilles problem. He checked out with two points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 10 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:48 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo ejected in first half
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected in the second quarter on Thursday for a flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: It was warranted and his season is over unless the Bucks somehow come to life. In just 15 minutes on Thursday, Antetokounmpo finished with five points, three rebounds, two assists and one block. He really thrived around the basket and in transition this season, so adding a perimeter game is the last piece of the puzzle for his offense. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:12 pm
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Kevin Durant 'excited' to learn from Donovan
    Kevin Durant said that he's "excited to learn" from Billy Donovan, that he will do whatever his head coach asks him to do.

    Advice: Durant seems to be pleased with OKC's hiring, and he said that he's reached out to Mike Miller and Chandler Parsons to pick their brains about what it's like to play for Donovan, and he's heard nothing but positives. Durant is one of those players that's so talented it really doesn't matter what "system" he's put in to perform at a top-3 level, but coming off an injury plagued season, he'll make for a bit of a risky selection in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:07 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley optimistic about return
    Mike Conley (eye) said he'll try to play at some point in the Grizzlies' upcoming series against the Warriors.

    Advice: Doctors have told Conley it will take four-to-six weeks for his facial fractures to heal, but Conley called himself day-to-day on Wednesday night. "We’re hopeful that it’ll be sooner than later," Conley said. "It has a lot to do with swelling. [The injuries] were pretty serious to my knowledge. I’m happy to get out of it successfully. My eye was swollen shut two days ago." We'll keep a close eye on Conley's status during the Grizzlies' upcoming series, but Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to see increased minutes while he's out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:29 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Durant happy with potential Donovan hiring
    Kevin Durant is reportedly happy with the Thunder's interest in Billy Donovan as the team's next head coach.

    Advice: With news that Billy Donovan is nearing a multi-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant has done his own research on the coach and is optimistic about the hiring. While Donovan doesn't have any NBA experience, he is one of the premier coaches in college hoops and will inherit a very talented roster. As long as Durant returns healthy for the 2015-16 season, he should have no problem thriving in Donovan's system and will likely be a top-5 selection in most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:32 am
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley had two plates inserted in his face
    Mike Conley said that he needed two plates inserted into his face, and he is still dealing with a lot of swelling in his eye.

    Advice: His eye was pretty much swollen shut, and it obviously didn't look good at all. When asked about a potential return, Conley said it was still "up in the air", so we unfortunately still don't have a timetable. We will continue to monitor his progress closely, but Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to see increased roles for the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:00 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley (face) listed as out Wednesday
    Mike Conley (face) is listed as out for Game 5 vs. Portland on Wednesday, while Nick Calathes will get another start at point guard.

    Advice: We are still waiting to hear an official timetable for Conley's return, but all signs point to him missing some more time. Calathes and Beno Udrih both played 24 minutes in Game 4, so neither player is attractive in daily leagues. The Grizzlies currently lead the Blazers 3-1, so they will look to close out the series in front of their home crowd tonight. Conley was released from the hospital and is expected to meet up with the team on Wednesday, so hopefully we get some more details soon. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:18 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Blake Griffin posts 30 & 14 in Game 5 defeat
    Blake Griffin finished Tuesday's crushing Game 5 loss with a game-high 30 points (10-of-15 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Griffin is averaging 7.3 assists per game in the playoffs, tied for fourth behind only J.J. Barea, James Harden and John Wall -- yes, he's ahead of Chris Paul. He's one of three players with at least four playoff double-doubles (Pau Gasol leads the way with five) and the Spurs don't have a player to check him individually. On the other hand, Blake is shooting an abysmal 19.0 percent in the fourth quarter during the series. He'll look to even the score in a hostile environment during Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:36 pm
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) taking some shots
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was taking some shots while wearing his cast on Monday.

    Advice: He is still nowhere near close to a return and will be in a cast for another six weeks. Beverley has been on the bench with the team and will likely be out for the rest of the playoffs. He does hope to return later in the playoffs, but the Rockets would have to advance very far to make this even a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:35 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Mike Conley will have timetable after 2 days
    The Grizzlies will have a timetable on Mike Conley (face) after the swelling goes down in his face in 48 hours.

    Advice: Basically, this is a timetable for a timetable. Conley did have successful surgery on his face on Monday and he's not going to play on Monday night. Most indications around the team are that he'll need to miss more games. With Conley out, the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes handle the point guard duties. Udrih is a better weapon on offense and has better fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:27 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley out of surgery, no timetable
    Mike Conley (eye) is out of surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Conley had a "successful surgery" and is recovering well, but he remains out for at least Game 4 and possibly longer than that. Beno Udrih (ankle) is expected to play after sitting out Game 3, so that means he and Nick Calathes should split point guard duties in Conley's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Rivers: Blake is our second-best passer
    Doc Rivers called Blake Griffin the second-best passer on the Clippers behind Chris Paul.

    Advice: When asked why he had his power forward operating for others, Rivers responded simply, "Because after Chris, Blake is our best passer." Griffin averaged a career-high 5.3 assists this season after never eclipsing the 4.0 mark in any campaign prior, and he's averaging 7.3 assists in the first round series vs. San Antonio through its first four games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:08 am
  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:50 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:48 pm
  • Mike Conley needs surgery on facial fractures
    Mike Conley will have surgery on Monday to repair multiple facial fractures and his timetable for recovery is uncertain.

    Advice: TNT's Lewis Johnson broke the news. We already know that Conley will not play in Game 4, leaving Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes to run the PG spot, and his availability for a potential second-round matchup should be determined after the surgery. Russell Westbrook missed only one game after having facial surgery in early March but that's an exception, and the nature of Conley's multiple fractures will determine the length of his absence. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:26 pm
  • Chris Paul drops 34 points in Game 4 win
    Chris Paul bounced back in a big way during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, putting up 34 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, one steal and two turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: After going just 3-of-11 from the field during Friday's Game 3 loss, Paul sank 11-of-19 of his shots while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in a crucial Game 4 win for the Clippers. The Clippers will now head back to Los Angeles with the series tied up at two a piece, and they'll need Paul to keep the momentum going if they hope to take the 3-2 lead over the defending champs. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:49 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 4 on Monday
    Mike Conley (face) will return to Memphis to undergo further evaluation, and he has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against Portland.

    Advice: With Conley out for Game 4 expect Beno Udrih to draw the start with Nick Calathes playing extended minutes off the bench. The Grizzlies are saying that Conley's injury is serious, so there's a good chance his absence extends beyond Game 4. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will do the heavy lifting on offense for however long Conley is unavailable. For what it's worth, Conley's personal chef posted on Facebook that Conley will have surgery, but his person chef isn't exactly the most reliable source. We'll be waiting for an official diagnosis from the Grizzlies' organization. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 1:59 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
    Apr 25, 5:52 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
    Apr 25, 2:59 pm
  • 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
    Apr 25, 8:40 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 9:00 pm
  • Green gets back on track against Clippers
    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and three triples in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Green has been quiet but tonight's output was a good sign that he's ready to heat up. Check his DFS prices because he might be undervalued. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:56 pm
  • Clippers Big 4 hit just 12-of-44 FGs in loss
    Chris Paul and Co. laid an egg in the Clippers' Game 3 loss to the Spurs, with Paul hitting just 3-of-11 shots for seven points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers.

    Advice: Paul was hardly the worst offender with Jamal Crawford hitting just 1-of-11 shots in 23 minutes. J.J. Redick went 2-of-7 for seven points and not much else, and Blake Griffin was 6-of-15 from the field for 14 points, 10 boards, five assists and a block. This was your prototypical goose egg and they'll look to get back on track in Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 25 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo logged 51 minutes against the Bulls during a double-overtime 113-106 loss on Thursday, scoring 25 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was red hot in the beginning of the game and entered halftime with 17 points. Antetokounmpo scored just six points in Game 2 and he was extremely aggressive in this loss, but he was tightly defended for most of his shots in the second half and in OT. Looking ahead, the big question for the Greek Freak this summer will be if he can develop a jumper. Last year, we were all hoping he'd perform better at the rim to improve his efficiency and he didn't let us down, so he certainly is capable of extending his range. He's 20 years old. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 8:28 pm
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • 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
    Apr 23, 8:12 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 7:19 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 11:08 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 21 with seven dimes
    Chris Paul was terrific again during a tough 111-107 Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with eight boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He continues to be remarkably efficient in this series. In the two games combined, Paul made 20-of-30 from the field with six 3-pointers to give him a 76.7 effective field goal percentage. As for the non-scoring stuff, the second guessers are going to be out in force because of Blake Griffin having some bad turnovers late, especially considering how CP3's assist:turnover ratio is off the charts. The Clippers will have to win one in San Antonio now. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 10:58 pm
     
    Injured
  • Blake Griffin triple-doubles in an OT loss
    Blake Griffin put up a triple-double against the Spurs in a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with 12 boards, 11 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really bad turnover with 11 seconds left in regulation, which led to Patty Mills tying the game with eight seconds left. Griffin has been posting some massive numbers, but the costly turnover will be the story here. Basically all of his stats are up from the regular season and he's poised for another monster outing in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 10:43 pm
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