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  • LaMarcus Aldridge has an awful game
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 6-of-22 from the field for 18 points with 12 boards, one assist and no turnovers in 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: It was a really bad game and he was defended very well by Zach Randolph. This could have been Aldridge's last game at the Moda Center and the fans gave him a nice reception. The team will look to extend its season on Wednesday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • The Legend Continues: Meyers Leonard nets 13
    Meyers Leonard picked up 35 minutes of playing time against the Grizzlies on Monday with 13 points, 13 boards, two assists one steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 108.3 and Leonard took playing time away from Robin Lopez, who played just 21 minutes with six points and three rebounds. The Blazers have gained more confidence in Leonard since the break and he could have a bigger role next season. A lot of that will have to do with LaMarcus Aldridge. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 19 on sub-par shooting
    Marc Gasol made 7-of-16 from the field for 21 points during a Game 4 99-92 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

    Advice: The Grizzlies fell apart late and lost the fourth quarter 31-17. Gasol hasn't been as efficient in this series, entering this game with just 18.3 points on 35.4 percent from the field in his previous three. He's still making 28-of-32 from the line (87.5 percent), so the poor shooting from the field is offset a little. The Grizzlies will look to end the series on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Pau Gasol scores 25 points in Monday loss
    Pau Gasol scored 25 points during a Game 5 94-88 loss to the Bucks in Chicago on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This is a really bad loss for the Bulls. Their offense vanished in the fourth and coach Tom Thibodeau still doesn't seem to have the right frontcourt combination. Joakim Noah was everywhere on Monday with 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks in 32 minutes. Taj Gibson played just 15 minutes with 12 points and three boards because Nikola Mirotic played more power forward today. Mirotic was also quiet with three points and one rebound. The Bulls have lost all of their momentum and will take their 3-2 lead to Milwaukee on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Brook Lopez dominated against the Hawks on Monday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and is using his size extremely well on offense in this series. Lopez continues to be a force in the postseason with 20 points in nine out of his 11 postseason games (3-of-4 this year). He's been outstanding since the break and the Nets will have at least one more game at home with the series tied. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Al Horford has pinkie issue, returns to game
    Al Horford played 31 minutes against the Nets on Monday with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He had a minor pinkie injury and had to leave the game, but he just needed to be re-taped. Horford didn't play too much down the stretch in favor of Pero Antic, which marks the second consecutive time that's been an issue. He did have some foul trouble and maybe the pinkie injury was a factor. He'll be in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk suspended one game
    Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game for his incident with Kevin Love.

    Advice: He was tangled up with Love and now won't play in the opening game of the 2015-16 season. Olynyk doesn't have a history of dirty play, but it was a little more physical than most loose-ball incidents. HIs fantasy value will be tied to whether or not the Celtics keep Brandon Bass or draft another big man. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) out for second round
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not be able to play in the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The team is calling it "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." In simpler terms, he suffered damage to several parts of his shoulder and has tearing, so he is likely out beyond the second round, as well. Love is undergoing treatment while other opinions are being considered. For now, there will be a combination of Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Iman Shumpert getting more run. The Cavs also used LeBron James at the four a lot on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:04 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Patrick Patterson wants to be a starter
    Patrick Patterson revealed that he'd prefer to start, but he's happy to play any role the Raptors ask of him.

    Advice: "Of course I'd love to start. What NBA player wouldn't want to start?" Patterson's reiteration that he's willing to play any role for the Raptors so long as it's consistent is going to save him here, and with Amir Johnson's impending free agency, it's very possible Patterson gets his wish as soon as next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Brandon Bass wants to return to Celtics
    Brandon Bass expressed a desire to return to the Celtics next season.

    Advice: Bass is entering unrestricted free agency, and he admitted he doesn't know what to expect next. Bass also admitted that he didn't play well in the playoffs, citing a mental issue, and noted that his "mental game" is something he plans to work on during the offseason. He's likely to be wearing a different uniform for 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • David Lee expected to return for second round
    David Lee is expected to return for the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: "It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said. Lee was actually available for Game 4 on an emergency basis, but now he's good to go in any capacity. The team's highest-paid player will continue to play a support role as the rest of the club has taken off without him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Report: Asik expected to return to Pelicans
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, "initial signals" suggest Omer Asik will return to the Pelicans next season.

    Advice: Asik, an unrestricted free agent, should have no shortage of interest on the open market considering what he brings to the table. With a looming max extension also in the picture for Anthony Davis along with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans all on the roster, the Pelicans are going to have to make some interesting decisions this offseason as the team looks to improve its ceiling. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Kelly Olynyk fires back at Kevin Love
    Kelly Olynyk said it's "ridiculous" that Kevin Love (shoulder) thinks Olynyk injured him on purpose.

    Advice: "I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league," Olynyk said. "I wish him a very speedy recovery, and I hope he can come back to help his team in the playoffs." Love called it a "bush-league play," but it was in the moment and the big man was probably extra salty after sustaining the injury in the first round of his first playoff series ever. GM Danny Ainge also defended Olynyk, saying that the two simply got their arums tangled up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:56 am
     
    Suspended
  • Nerlens Noel wants to add weight in offseason
    Nerlens Noel wants to use the offseason to add weight to his frame.

    Advice: Along with "continuing to work on my skillset," Noel identified adding weight as his primary goal. He didn't specify a certain weight or how many pounds he'd like to gain, but he said he eats at least four times per day, a lot of heavy calories and "a lot of shakes." Noel is never going to be confused for Big Baby Davis, but building out his frame will continue to be a priority for the Sixers' prized prospect. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:43 am
  • Report: Love, Celtics share mutual interest
    The Celtics have become a possible destination for Kevin Love in free agency, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: There is a ton of speculative language, so we'll take this from what it's worth while noting that it's from the esteemed Adrian Wojnarowski, who almost never misses when it comes to scooping NBA news. Woj writes that Love has never been "completely comfortable in Cleveland," something anyone with a pulse could feel, and the scribe adds that Boston has "closed the gap" with the Lakers should Love decide to leave Cleveland in the offseason. After Love called out Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics on Sunday, maybe he's not feeling the love in Bean Town so much anymore. Despite Love saying he's intent on remaining in Cleveland, nothing is certain until it's done. The Cavs cannot afford to lose him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Yesterday, 6:08 am
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:30 pm
  • Report: Kevin Love (shoulder) may miss 2+ wks
    Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury, but ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that he will likely miss "a minimum of two weeks."

    Advice: It seems inevitable that Love will miss games in the second round of the playoffs. We'll await test results before jumping to any far-reaching conclusions, but Tristan Thompson is likely to see the biggest boost if Love is forced to miss any time. James Jones, Mike Miller and possibly Shawn Marion could also see their roles increased, especially if J.R. Smith is suspended for blatantly hitting Jae Crowder in the face on Sunday. Check back on Monday for updates on Love's status. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:50 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk could be facing a suspension?
    Kelly Olynyk may be facing a suspension for his actions against Kevin Love during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Olynyk got tangled up with Love on a play during the first quarter, pulling at Loves arm, and it resulted in a dislocated shoulder for Love. Evan Turner did come to Olynyk's defense after the game saying, "He doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He just can't box out to save his life." Boston's season is over, so the suspension wouldn't go in effect until next season, but we'll be watching or an official ruling from the league. Olynyk finished Sunday's game with just one point and one rebound through 11 minutes of play. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:33 pm
     
    Suspended
  • 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. Love did say that he was feeling better, and that he hopes to play in Game 1 of the next series, but we'll wait for the Cavs' medical staff to set a timeline as players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their return from injuries. If Love is forced to miss any games, Tristan Thompson and James Jones will pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Sunday, 10:18 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Sunday, 8:21 am
  • 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
    Sunday, 7:50 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
    Saturday, 11:18 pm
  • Marc Gasol drops 25 in win, Grizzlies lead 3-0
    Marc Gasol scored 25 points with seven boards, four assists and three blocks in a decisive win over the Blazers on Saturday to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 series lead.

    Advice: Gasol shot just 6-of-17 from the field, but he was a bully in the paint and held Robin Lopez to just four points and four boards on the night. The Grizzlies will look to sweep the series on Monday in Portland, but it might be a lot tougher than they think if Mike Conley (eye) is unable to suit up for that one. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 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
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 22 points with 13 boards
    Brook Lopez controlled the paint during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 22 points with 13 boards and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He was a little more traditional with his scoring and played in the post more than in the first two games. After only posting a usage rate of just 11.8 in Game 1, he's basically doubled it to 23.3 in the last two games. If the Nets are going to make this a six- or seven-game series, there will need to be more 20-10 games from Bro-Lo. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:19 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
    Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • 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
    Saturday, 10:04 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kelly Olynyk plays just three minutes
    Kelly Olynyk played just three minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't take a shot today and coach Brad Stevens basically cut him out of the rotation. Olynyk only added one assist and one turnover tonight. His minutes went to Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome, who both played well. Olynyk's sub-par rim protecting likely cost him some playing time and that might continue the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:41 pm
     
    Suspended
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Marc Gasol shoots poorly, fills stat sheet
    Marc Gasol hit just 4-of-15 shots against the Blazers on Wednesday, but still finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and three blocks in the 97-82 win.

    Advice: He's one of the best centers in the league and despite the poor shooting tonight, still rewarded his fantasy owners. He looks like a good bet to keep playing well, and should also continue on to Round 2 as the Grizzlies hold a 2-0 lead over the Blazers in Round 1. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brook Lopez gets more shots in a loss
    Brook Lopez made 8-of-15 from the field against the Hawks on Wednesday during a Game 2 loss, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: At least he had more shots than his seven from Game 1. The Nets really forced the ball into the post quite a bit and some credit should go to the Hawks for making it tougher on him. He'll need a massive game on Saturday in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:01 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Asik a controversial player to start series
    Omer Asik scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting with 13 rebounds, two steals and three turnovers over 24 minutes in Game 2 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Asik was bad in the first half and improved greatly in the second half, with most of Basketball Twitter calling for him to see less minutes all night. He has clogged the lane and isn't a great fit for this series, but 24 minutes depending on how he looks at any given time is probably where he should be. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:16 pm
  • 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
    Monday, 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
    Monday, 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
    Monday, 6:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Monday, 6:13 am
  • Blake Griffin sells posters in Game 1 victory
    Blake Griffin finished Sunday's win vs. the Spurs with 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks, one turnover and a pair of highlight-reel dunks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers won by 15 points but this was as intense a Game 1 as we've seen this year, starting a stand-out series on an impressive note. NBA fans on the East Coast should consider a late-night cappuccino before L.A. and San Antonio lock horns in Game 2 on Wednesday. Click on the link below to re-live one of Blake's phenomenal dunks over (and through) Aron Baynes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:17 pm
  • 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
  • Marc Gasol paces Grizzlies in blowout vs. POR
    Marc Gasol contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks with only one turnover vs. the short-handed Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Gasol led the NBA with 114 points created when passing to cutters out of the post this season, just one facet of the former Defensive Player of the Year's impressive skill-set. He combined with Zach Randolph (14 points, nine boards) to dominate the Blazers' frontcourt tonight, as Memphis used efficient offense and stifling defense to run away with an easy win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:51 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
  • Nets lose Gm 1 despite Brook Lopez's 17 & 14
    Brook Lopez led the Nets with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 36 minutes on Sunday, hitting 6-of-7 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws.

    Advice: BroLo averaged 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds after the All-Star break and he'll need to have a huge series for Brooklyn to hang with the top-seeded Hawks. His offense was even more critical tonight with backup center Mason Plumlee going scoreless without any field goal attempts in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:28 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
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 12 pts, starts 2nd half
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half of Sunday's game in Cleveland, finishing with 12 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: Olynyk wasn't bothered despite playing with five stitches in his head after being elbowed in the Celts' regular-season finale. He was hot offensively in the first half and bumped Tyler Zeller to the bench, but it's unclear whether this was a temporary switch or something Brad Stevens will stick with on Tuesday. We'll pass along an update once Stevens discusses the decision. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:20 pm
     
    Suspended
  • 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
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Omer Asik doesn't play well on Saturday
    Omer Asik played 22 minutes in the starting lineup with two points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He only attempted one shot from the field and only had two offensive boards. Considering he just sits in the paint and takes up space near the basket, you could argue he's setting back Anthony Davis. Asik didn't play in the final five minutes and Davis scored 18 points in those five minutes. We'll see what coach Monty Williams does in Game 2 because the Warriors are just too strong on the outside to have Asik out there. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:31 pm
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