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  • 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
  • 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
  • Russell Westbrook scores 29; OKC wins Game 2
    Russell Westbrook scored a team-high 29 points during a 98-97 Game 2 victory over the Spurs on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This game had a wild finish with Dion Waiters elbowing Manu Ginobili on an inbound pass. Before that, Westbrook picked up a lot easier buckets with the Thunder scoring 21 points in fast break -- they only had 12 in the 124-92 Game 1 loss. Westbrook didn't have to deal with Kawhi Leonard as much as Game 1, so that was huge for him. Coach Gregg Popovich will probably try to put Kawhi on Westy more in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:51 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
  • Kyrie Irving scores 21 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored 21 points during a win over the Hawks on Monday, adding one rebound, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He led the Cavs in scoring in the first round and was aggressive again, making 8-of-18 from the field. Irving's defense has been an interesting storyline in these playoffs with some improved play on that end. The Hawks have been tough on defense against point guards this season, but Irving did score 27.5 points per game against them this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores eight, gets benched
    Jeff Teague scored eight points in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Monday, adding two rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: He lost some run to Dennis Schroder because the German point guard shot the ball well in the first three quarters. Teague should get minutes in the upper 20s his next time out, assuming Schroder doesn't get hot again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:08 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
  • Dennis Schroder scores playoff career-high 27
    Dennis Schroder scored a playoff career-high 27 points against the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, six assists, five 3-pointers and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer went with Schroder in the fourth quarter due to his strong shooting in the first three quarters, but it kind of backfired. Schroder is one of the most Jekyll and Hyde players in the NBA due to how careless he can be at times. He likely won't play this much in Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:02 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
  • Keith Appling arrested with AK-47
    Keith Appling was arrested over the weekend at a strip club in Dearborn, Michigan with a loaded AK-47, according to Justin Rose of WXYZ in Detroit.

    Advice: According to the report, the police are still investigating and his intentions were unclear. Appling was with the Magic last year, but this will hurt his chances of staying in the league. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry won't play in Game 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) won't play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The team will list him as doubtful "just to give people something to chew on," according to Kerr. The Warriors certainly didn't need him on Sunday in an easy win. They would probably like to hold him out for the entire series, but there is a chance he can suit up in Game 3 or 4. Shaun Livingston will get another start for Curry. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Walton praises Jordan Clarkson's athleticism
    Luke Walton praised Jordan Clarkson's athleticism, saying that the young guard is "constantly in attack mode."

    Advice: Assuming he returns to the Lakers—which is a virtual certainty with Clarkson entering restricted free agency—it will be interesting to watch how Walton utilizes the dynamic athlete in his inaugural season as head coach. The 36-year-old also praised Clarkson's work ethic, which is arguably his most valuable asset at this stage of his young career. There are a lot of long-term uncertainties in Los Angeles, but Clarkson shouldn't be considered one of them. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Walton thinks Russell has All-Star potential
    New Lakers coach Luke Walton believes D'Angelo Russell has the potential to be a "perennial All-Star."

    Advice: "He has very high potential. To me, he can be a perennial All-Star," he said. "He has the vision that you want your point guard to have. He sees the floor. Once they put him in the starting lineup, he naturally got a little more aggressive." The new lead man likes how Russell can score from both three-point range and the post, and you can be sure Walton will emphasize both of those qualities in his first year on the job. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 am
  • Seth Curry does not want to sign w/ Warriors
    Seth Curry, who is expected to decline his $1 million player option in favor of restricted free agency, said that he does not want to play with his brother Stephen on the Warriors.

    Advice: Seth cited a desire to compete against Steph rather than team up with him, which makes a lot of sense since he'll always be "Steph's brother" if he were to play on the same club. Seth added that he's not sure if he'll re-sign in Sacramento or move on elsewhere, but there's no doubt he'll target an opportunity for playing time after proving he deserves a real shot toward the end of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 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
  • Stevens sees big potential in Terry Rozier
    Brad Stevens sees a lot of potential in Terry Rozier.

    Advice: "I just think that he’s got a burst that is pretty unique," Stevens said. "He’s still learning how to do things, but he’s making good progress, and his attitude’s really good. I mean, he’s a non-stop worker. He wants to be really good, and that’s a great trait for a young guy whose minutes are inconsistent." Rozier's fantasy outlook will depend on Boston's roster (re)construction, but he'll have a tough time getting consistent minutes so long as Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart remain ahead of him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Jeremy Lin wants to be back with the Hornets
    Jeremy Lin expressed his desire to return to the Hornets next season.

    Advice: "I definitely want to play with these guys and for this coach. No question in my mind that I'm interested in coming back," he said. Lin holds a player option for a shade over $2 million for next year, but hinted he may choose to opt out in search of a larger average annual salary and multi-year security. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 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
  • George runs out of gas as Pacers season ends
    Paul George admitted that he "ran out of gas a little bit" in Indiana's Game 7 loss vs. Toronto.

    Advice: I definitely was winded late in the game,," he said. It's not hard to understand why after George played 81 of 82 regular season games and finished with 40-plus minutes in four of his last five playoff contests, but the good news is that PG-13 illustrated showed us he can still routinely transform into the R-rated version. George also said "the game just really slowed down" for him, something that undoubtedly eased his transition back into familiar territory. It will cost you a top 15 selection to nab George in fantasy drafts for next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Tyler Johnson ready to step up when needed
    Tyler Johnson said he's now "comfortable" heading into the second round.

    Advice: Johnson got back on the floor on Sunday for the first time after shoulder surgery, and now that he's been in the fire he's ready to step up when his number is called. Despite the confidence, Johnson is unlikely to have a significant role and there should be better second round DFS options. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:07 am
  • Paul George's 26 & 12 not enough in Gm 7 loss
    Paul George finished the Pacers' tense 89-84 defeat in Game 7 on Sunday with 26 points (8-of-18 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, four 3-pointers, three steals and one assist.

    Advice: George got off to a torrid start, including a 360 dunk in the first quarter, but Toronto zeroed in on him defensively (forcing seven turnovers) and his singular brilliance wasn't enough tonight. It was nevertheless a tremendous year for PG-13, who bounced back from a lost season to average 23.1 points, 2.6 threes, 7.0 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals while playing in 81 games during the 2015-16 regular season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:05 pm
  • George Hill shoots well in season-ending loss
    George Hill made 8-of-11 shots on Sunday to finish with 19 points and three 3-pointers, but he added just one rebound and two assists during the Pacers' Game 7 defeat in Toronto.

    Advice: "For this basketball team to succeed, we need to run," Frank Vogel said before the game. "Forcing turnovers is a part of that." Indiana wound up with only eight points in transition, while committing five more turnovers than Toronto. They used a 15-2 surge to come within three points late in the fourth quarter, but ultimately it wasn't enough for Hill and co. to advance past the first round. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:03 pm
  • Cory Joseph shines in harrowing Game 7 win
    Cory Joseph had another terrific game on Sunday, posting eight points, three rebounds, four assists and one block in the Raptors' series-clinching 89-84 home victory.

    Advice: Joseph is shining in the national spotlight, and his two-way play off the bench is a big reason Toronto won their first playoff series since 2001. His penetration helped Toronto win the fastbreak battle for the first time all series, 12-8, and he was even more critical with Kyle Lowry (11 points on 5-of-14 FGs) struggling for most of the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:48 pm
  • Damian Lillard says he has a chest cold
    Damian Lillard said that he's been battling a chest cold for the past few days.

    Advice: He didn't have a voice after the game, but he's obviously not going to miss any time. Lillard scored 30 points on 8-of-26 shooting in Sunday's loss with five assists, four 3-pointers and four steals with just one turnover, so maybe the illness explains his struggles from the field. Hopefully he will feel better prior to Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:38 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 30 points on 26 shots
    Damian Lillard needed 26 shots to score his 30 points during Game 1, finishing 8-of-26 from the field and 10-of-10 from the line with five assists and zero rebounds in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors had the league's fourth-most-efficient defense during the regular season and that hasn't changed in the playoffs, as they're allowing a mere 89.2 points per 100 possessions. Lillard's free throw shooting was impressive, and he added four 3-pointers and four steals with just one turnover, but Portland's hopes in the series may hinge on Lillard's ability to get going -- he came in shooting 37.4 percent in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • Stephen Curry thinks he might play in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (knee) said that there is a "pretty good" chance that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: His chances of playing in Game 2 on Tuesday are reportedly pretty "slim," but it sounds like he's making good progress and coach Steve Kerr said that he might start scrimmaging later this week. There are going to be a ton of updates on the MVP all week, so expect another one on Monday. Shaun Livingston will hold down the fort at point guard until Curry can return. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • 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
  • Gerald Green scores 16 points off the bench
    Gerald Green scored 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting vs. the Hornets on Sunday, adding three boards and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat won by 33 points, so garbage time was obviously a factor. Green averaged 1.3 points in 5.0 minutes in the first six games of the series, so don't expect him to play a lot of minutes in round two of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:37 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returns to action
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returned to action on Sunday vs. the Hornets after nearly three months on the sidelines, finishing with five points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in six minutes.

    Advice: He has technically been "available" for a few games now, but he was finally able to get some minutes due to garbage time. Josh Richardson is ahead of him on the depth chart, so Johnson likely won't have a significant role in round two of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:33 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 25, Heat wins Game 7
    Goran Dragic scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead the Heat to a 106-73 win over the Hornets in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Dragon had a quiet series prior to Sunday with modest averages of 12.3 points, 4.3 boards, 4.3 assists, and 0.8 steals, but he picked the perfect moment to erupt. Dragic was arguably the best player on the court today, adding six rebounds, four assists and one block in 32 minutes. The Heat will now move on to face the winner of Sunday's Game 7 between the Raptors and Pacers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:23 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
  • Stephen Curry has a 'slim' chance for Game 2
    Stephen Curry (knee) has a "slim" chance to play in Game 2 vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He obviously won't play in Game 1 on Sunday, but Curry was able to do some stationary shooting on Saturday and coach Steve Kerr is open to the idea of allowing the MVP to start scrimmaging early next week. With Curry out on Sunday, Shaun Livingston will draw the start and Draymond Green will spend a lot of time running the offense. Andre Iguodala will have more responsibility as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:54 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
  • 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
  • Kawhi Leonard locks up Russell Westbrook
    Russell Westbrook made 5-of-19 from the field for 14 points during a 124-92 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: Not a good start. The Spurs put Kawhi Leonard on Westbrook for most of this game and it totally took the Thunder offense out of rhythm. In fact, Westbrook was just 1-of-7 from the field against Kawhi in this game. He was also a disaster on defense during this game with OKC having a seemingly non-existent perimeter defense. Westbrook did have a good run against the Spurs during the season, but this is a terrible start with the Spurs approach to start the series. Leonard being on Westbrook is bad news for his DFS value as the most expensive player in most formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Kerr: Not much of a chance Curry in for Gm 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) doesn't have much of a chance to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is good news because Kerr did not rule him out. Curry is still not doing on-court work and he's obviously not going to play in Game 1. The MVP is doing some work in the training room and has said he's hoping to return before May 9. Shaun Livingston will be running the point while basically every other player steps up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:20 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
  • Damian Lillard scores 28; Blazers win series
    Damian Lillard scored 28 points in a series-clinching 106-103 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Blazers were not supposed to be in the second round after losing four starters this past summer. Well, now they get a taller task against the Warriors. Lillard wears 0 for his hometown of Oakland and he'll be headed back home for Game 1 on Sunday. He was absolutely awesome in his four games against them this year, averaging 36.5 points, 2.0 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 5.8 treys. After a somewhat down round against the Clippers, most DFS owners should have high hopes in the second round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:42 pm
  • 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
  • Jeremy Lin struggles in a loss
    Jeremy Lin scored eight points with one rebound, one assist and three turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: It was a bad game, but Nicolas Batum (foot) got hurt again. Expect to see more Lin with a better outing in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Paul George scores 21; Pacers force Game 7
    Paul George scored 21 points during a 101-83 Game 6 victory over the Raptors on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: This was basically the bizarro version of Game 5. The Pacers got red hot in the second half with an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. George checked out with 3:08 left due to garbage time, so he would've been at 43 minutes had the game been close. There was talk of him playing 48 minutes before this game, so he'll likely be in the 43-48 range in Game 7 on Sunday. You almost have to start him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Cory Joseph scores 15 points vs. Pacers
    Cory Joseph scored 15 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He's arguably been the best Raptor of the series. Joseph has hit value in DFS majority of the time in this series, so he's on the table as a punt on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:31 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
  • Vogel won't commit to 48 mins of George
    Coach Frank Vogel won't commit to playing Paul George 48 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Vogel did say the second unit will have a shorter leash. In Game 5, the Pacers had an unfathomable 7.8 offensive rating in the seven minutes without George. That was ultimately their undoing, so George is a good bet to play at least 44 minutes tonight. He's almost a must-play option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:58 pm
  • Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9
    Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

    Advice: He's not wasting any time to get back out there and is getting treatment three times per day. Curry is starting to do some work in the training room, but the big step will be to do some practice with contact. He'll likely miss at least a couple games in the second round, which will start on Sunday or Tuesday depending if the Clippers-Blazers series goes to seven games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry not doing on-court work yet
    Stephen Curry (knee) has been doing well in the training room, according to coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: He is not doing on-court work yet and preview reports suggest he's shooting to start that next week. Curry is likely going to miss the first two games of the second round and will likely be rooting for the Clippers tonight to push back Game 1 to Tuesday. It'll be Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala stepping up the most with more Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:56 am
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will be in the rotation for Game 6 on Friday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson was an "emergency option" in Game 5, but he never left the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Johnson will see minutes Friday, but keep in mind that he will likely be pretty limited. His return could push Gerald Green completely out of the rotation and he might take a couple of Josh Richardson's minutes as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:50 am
  • 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
  • Kemba Walker praises Jeremy Lin
    Kemba Walker said that Jeremy Lin's aggression has forced the Heat to shift their defensive philosophy.

    Advice: "[When] me and Jeremy [Lin] are in attack mode, getting into the lane, we’re able to dish the ball out and get some [open] 3s," Walker said. "It’s definitely helped us, especially last game." Walker and Lin have combined for 59 free throws in this series as a result, and Lin has arguably been one of the biggest surprises of the postseason with averages of 14.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 0.6 3-pointers on 44.7 percent shooting. Despite the return of Nicolas Batum in Game 5, Lin still played 35 minutes so he should have a significant role the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 am
  • Paul George is open to playing 48 minutes
    Paul George says he's willing to play 48 minutes in Game 6 in Indiana on Friday.

    Advice: "If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." Coach Frank Vogel already hinted that he will play him all 48 minutes "if necessary," as PG-13 was a +15 in 41 minutes in Tuesday's loss. DFS owners can feel good about locking George into lineups tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:15 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
  • Jeff Teague tweaks troublesome left ankle
    Jeff Teague tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter on Thursday and did return, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, five assists and four turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He couldn't really shake his left ankle issue and had to go to the locker room a couple times. Teague will have a few days off before he gets Kyrie Irving on Monday, but he might not need it anyway because it looks minor. The former All-Star will be one of the most important players in the entire second round. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:57 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
  • Teague (ankle) to locker room to be re-taped
    Jeff Teague (left ankle) went to the locker room to be re-taped and has returned

    Advice: This is the same left ankle that caused him problems for most of the season. He played for a few minutes, went to the bench, came back out to play, and went to the locker room after all that. Teague has suffered a couple minor tweaks before and usually goes to the locker room right away, so this one is very minor. He'll be back on the court soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:34 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
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson was available to play for Game 5, but didn't actually step foot on the court. He'll likely again be available for Game 6, but he won't play enough minutes to matter in any setting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:32 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
  • Paul George could play 48 mins in Game 6?
    Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be on the court for all 48 minutes during Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors.

    Advice: "If necessary," Vogel said when asked if George could play 48 minutes in Game 6. "We'll see tomorrow night." PG-13 was phenomenal during Game 5, matching his playoff career-high with 39 points, but the Pacers really struggled any time he wasn't on the floor. Game 6 is a must-win game for Indiana, so it wouldn't be surprising to see George play a hefty amount of minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:48 am
  • 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
  • Stephen Curry to test knee on court next week
    Stephen Curry (knee) will begin testing his knee on the court next week, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

    Advice: Spears reports that Curry is feeling better, according to sources, and is targeting next week to test his knee as he attempts to get back on the court. The Warriors are still awaiting a winner from the Clippers-Trail Blazers series, so he'll have some extra time to recover from his Grade 1 sprain. Shaun Livingston will continue to start as long as Curry is out, but we'll undoubtedly have updates before Golden State's next series starts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 am
  • 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
  • Damian Lillard heats up in 2nd half of Game 5
    Damian Lillard got hot late vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 7-of-20 from the field with five 3-pointers for 22 points, five assists and three steals in a 108-98 road victory.

    Advice: Lillard's usage rate has dropped since the regular season, and he came in shooting a mere 36.5 percent in the Blazers' first-round series. Much of that can be attributed to Chris Paul's individual defense, however, and Lillard shook off a very quiet first half to erupt for 19 points in the third and fourth quarters. He's poised for a huge line vs. Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni in Friday's home game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) picks up DNP-CD
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) was available to play in Game 5 on Wednesday but he didn't leave Miami's bench.

    Advice: Johnson was available in case of emergency but wound up getting a DNP-CD. We're taking him off the injury report but it's unlikely that he'll crack the rotation in a critical Game 6 at Charlotte on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 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
  • Tyler Johnson active as emergency option
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is available as an emergency option Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Basically, two guards would have to get hurt in this game for coach Erik Spoelstra to get Johnson in there. For now, it looks like Johnson won't be ready until the second round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:26 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
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) ruled out for Game 5
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson is inching his way closer to a return, has gone through a full contact practice, and he's reportedly targeting a return to the court for Game 6 on Friday. While Johnson will take some minutes away from Josh Richardson upon his return to the court, it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to matter in most formats, particularly with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:30 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
  • George Hill scores 15 in loss Tuesday
    George Hill scored 15 points with three assists, two boards, one block, one steal and four 3-pointers on Tuesday in Game 5 vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Other than Paul George, Hill might be the Pacers' most reliable player right now. He was 5-of-9 from the field tonight and didn't have any turnovers, and he continued to pick up the slack on offense with Monta Ellis struggling. Hill had 22 points with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Game 4, so he's on the radar in DFS while he's hot. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Paul George scores 39 in loss to Raptors
    Paul George matched his playoff career high with 39 points in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 12-of-12 from the line.

    Advice: He was a +15 in 41 minutes and added eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers, yet the Pacers still lost by three because George didn't have much help and they were torched every time he went to the bench for a quick rest. The Pacers were up by as many as 17 points, but they were outscored 25-9 in the fourth quarter and now trail the Raptors 3-2 in the series. PG-13 has been the best player in this series and he will look to tie things up in Indiana for Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • Dennis Schroder ready to go for Game 5 Tues
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be ready to go for Game 5 on Tuesday, according to head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: Schroder is dealing with a balky ankle, but isn't in danger of missing Tuesday night's Game 5 against the Celtics. He had a bit of a letdown in Game 4 with just seven points and is a risky DFS play as long as Jeff Teague is healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:54 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
  • Tyler Johnson could be an option for Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is getting closer to a return and could potentially play in Game 6.

    Advice: While Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson is close to forcing some discussions, the Heat guard said he's feeling much better. "The biggest thing is I made progress today without having pain," Johnson said. "This was the second day where I had a good workout or practice and didn’t feel anything. If this continues, I think we can start working towards maybe getting in there." Johnson's return while cut into Josh Richardson's minutes a bit, but he'll likely be eased back into action once he's able to suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • Damian Lillard scores just 12 points vs. LAC
    Damian Lillard scored 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Things are going to be a little easier on Lillard now that Chris Paul (hand) is out. CP3 has pretty much had his number in every game against him with the exception of Game 3. Lillard should bounce back on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:52 pm
  • 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
  • Superstar: Russell Westbrook drops 36-12-9
    Russell Westbrook was tremendous during a series-clinching 118-104 win over the Mavs on Monday, scoring 36 points with 12 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Before the game, owner Mark Cuban said Kevin Durant is the only superstar on the Thunder. After the game, Dirk Nowitzki said he'd take Westbrook and coach Rick Carlisle said the Thunder have two superstars. Westbrook was also asked about Charlie Villanueva. "Now he gets to go home and get ready in the offseason to sit and watch 82 more games like he did this year," Westbrook said. Westbrook will get a tough matchup against the Spurs in the next round, which figures to be the best series of the second round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 21 points in win vs. Heat
    Jeremy Lin scored 21 against the Heat on Monday, adding three assists, two steals, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets have not missed Nicolas Batum (ankle) at all and most of it has to do with Lin. He was marvelous in Game 3 and has carried the Hornets second unit while getting 26 minutes next to Kemba Walker tonight. There's a chance Batum can make it back for Game 5, so that would likely hurt Lin. Although, he's been too good and coach Steve Clifford might have to find a way to get him more minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Dennis Schroder is probable again
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) is probable for Tuesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He may not be 100 percent, but Schroder should be out there for Game 5. He cooled off in Game 4 with just seven points after a 20-point Game 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:14 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 Monday, 2:13 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could miss two weeks
    The MRI on Stephen Curry's knee was negative and showed no damage with a diagnosis of a Grade 1 sprain.

    Advice: This is good news. Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks and the Warriors will undoubtedly be very careful with their MVP. He could still be out beyond this two-week prognosis as well. The Warriors will also be rooting for the Blazers to make it a long series to give them more time off. With Curry out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston handling the ball more. Plus, we'll see more shots and play-making chances for Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry tweets about his injury
    Stephen Curry (knee) tweeted he's going to be "alright" Monday afternoon.

    Advice: This doesn't really say much except that Curry likely received his diagnosis. Curry said "all things considered" in his tweet, so it does sound like he might have at least something wrong. We'll have a clearer update soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:09 pm
  • Vogel adjusts to get Hill the ball more often
    Frank Vogel made a subtle adjustment in Game 4, allowing George Hill to have the ball in his hands at the top of the key.

    Advice: The result? Hill felt that the tweak allowed him to be more active in the offense, resulting in 22 points without a single turnover. "Anytime you can feel the ball a bit more and you feel like you’re a little bit more involved, it’s all about confidence," he said. "If you’re sitting for more of the majority of the game and you really don’t get a lot of touches, maybe every once in a while your confidence and your rhythm is probably out of sync." In addition to serving as the primary defender against Kyle Lowry vs. Toronto, the Pacers need Hill's offense to keep showing up if Indiana wants to upset Toronto and move on to the second round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:30 am
  • Johnson (shoulder) progressing toward return
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is progressing toward a return, but he will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson said it's "the best he's felt" in his rehab, and even the normally cryptic Erik Spoelstra said that the guard is "pushing us into some discussions." It's hard to envision Johnson getting back out there before he goes through a full contact practice—which he has yet to do—but it's clear the guard is on the comeback trail after being pain/soreness-free for the first time this weekend. While Johnson has been ruled out of Game 4 and does not expect to play in Game 5 vs. Charlotte, he could be available after that. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 8:22 am
  • Tyronn Lue praises Kyrie Irving's recent play
    Tyronn Lue praised Kyrie Irving's play in the first round, saying "that's what we needed from him."

    Advice: "He was aggressive and in attack mode the whole series," Lue added. "I knew that during the regular season it was going to be peaks and valleys and I really just had to come to grips with it," Irving said. "I knew that the preparation was for the postseason." The Cavs will need this version of Kyrie to show up regularly if they want to make a deep playoff run. In the opening round, Irving averaged 27.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.0 3-pointers to go with just 1.5 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 6:59 am
  • Report: Steph Curry could have MCL sprain
    The Warriors "early fear" is that Steph Curry sustained a right MCL sprain, a source told Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: San Francisco sportscaster Mike Shumann of ABC 7 reported the same thing late on Sunday evening, so there is certainly some smoke behind this potential fire. We won't have an official diagnosis until the Warriors release Curry's MRI results, and his timetable to return will be dependent upon on the severity of the sprain if the early intel is proven accurate. We'd expect him to miss at least the remainder of the first round with the very real potential for more time off. Without Curry, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and every other member of the team will be forced to step up. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 6:24 am
  • Cavs sweep Pistons as Kyrie Irving scores 31
    Kyrie Irving had another terrific game vs. the Pistons, leading Cleveland to a Game 4 victory with 31 points (12-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Irving scored 10 points during an 80-second burst in the third quarter, drained a buzzer-beater from mid-court, hit a 3-pointer to give Cleveland some breathing-room late in the fourth, and harassed Reggie Jackson into a missed shot at the final buzzer. It was quite a game from Kyrie. He averaged 27.5 points, 4.0 threes and 4.8 assists in four games vs. Detroit, a scary sight for whichever team they face in the second round. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 8:30 pm
  • Dennis Schroder struggles amid boos in Boston
    Dennis Schroder shot just 3-of-13 from the field to finish Game 4 with seven points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He's become a villain for Celtics' fans and coach Mike Budenholzer cautioned before the game that Schroder is learning how to "be ultra-competitive but always be ultra-classy and ultra-professional." He conceded that he needs to give Schroder "a little leash," but there's no reason to think his role will blossom while Jeff Teague is healthy. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:20 pm
  • Jeff Teague shoots 4-of-18 in Game 2 defeat
    Jeff Teague shot just 4-of-18 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 defeat, finishing with 13 points, five assists, two rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Teague hit a pair of crucial 3-pointers late in the fourth but he also orchestrated an awful final possession -- Atlanta had the ball with a chance to win in regulation, but Teague didn't pass and wound up getting blocked on a 3-point attempt. Dennis Schroder shot just 3-of-13 tonight, providing a bleak counter-point to the strong play of Boston's lead guards. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:17 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
  • Damian Lillard scores 32 points in win vs. LA
    Damian Lillard matched his playoff career-high 32 points during a 96-88 win over the Clippers in Game 3 on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Finally. Lillard was not at his best in the first two games in these playoffs, averaging just 19.0 points, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys. Chris Paul had Lillard's number for most of the season, making just 32.4 percent from the field during the regular season against the Clippers. Still, Lillard should be ready to roll in Game 4 as the Blazers try to tie this thing up. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:42 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
  • Russell Westbrook scores 25 with 15 dimes
    Russell Westbrook did his thing during a 119-108 Game 4 win over the Mavs on Saturday, scoring 25 points with five rebounds, 15 assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He has double-doubles in all four games in this round, averaging 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 11.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 2.0 treys and 4.3 turnovers. Westbrook is also the first player to turn in consecutive playoff games of 20-plus points and 15-plus dimes since Kevin Johnson in 1992. There's a reason why DFS owners have to spend up so hard to get him in their lineups. OKC will look to close out the series on Monday. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:29 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 18 off bench; Hornets win
    Jeremy Lin propelled the Hornets to a Game 3 96-80 victory on Saturday with his 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench, adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 13 points in the first half to get the Hornets going early. Lin played close to mistake-free ball with no turnovers and his defense was better than usual, as well. This was huge for the Hornets because Kemba Walker didn't have it with only 17 points, three rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes. Lin did log 10 minutes as the backup point guard to go with his 16 minutes on the wing. The Hornets won their first playoff game since 2002 and will look to get another win on Monday to tie up the series. Lin should be in the mix yet again now that Nicolas Batum (ankle) is likely out for the series. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 6:02 pm
  • George Hill shows up, scores 22 points in win
    George Hill busted out during a Game 4 100-83 win over the Raptors on Saturday, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and no turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He scored just 27 points in the previous three games combined. Hill had been focusing on his defense and had been terrific in that regard. Today he was able to turn the tables on Kyle Lowry and got clean looks all game. He was 9-of-11 from the field, so it's hard to buy this game because the efficiency is not sustainable. This series is all tied up 2-2 with Game 5 starting on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 3:46 pm
  • Paul George scores 19 points in win
    Paul George scored 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He kept his word to trust his teammates more in this game. George wasn't terrible with efficiency, making 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line in this win. He should be a decent DFS play almost any night, but his price has really been on the rise. It won't be easy for him to match his expectations after Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 3:36 pm
  • Cory Joseph goes scoreless in loss
    Cory Joseph did not score in 14 minutes on Saturday with one rebound, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was one of the better bench players in the playoffs, but he just didn't have it today. Joseph didn't get as many minutes at off guard in this game and it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does going forward. It'll be tough to use him in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:46 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
  • Dennis Schroder is probable
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) is probable for Sunday.

    Advice: He'll be out there. If a player is less than 100 percent, the Hawks tend to throw him on the injury report as probable. Schroder scored a playoff career-high 20 points in Game 3, so he's good to go. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:08 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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