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  • Alec Burks tried to return too soon
    Alec Burks admitted that he tried to return too soon from his leg injury this season.

    Advice: "I don’t think the leg was ready," Burks said. "It was bittersweet because I couldn’t play like I usually play and I couldn’t do the things I’m accustomed to doing. I thought I was ready to play, but game speed and practice speed is totally different and I found out I couldn’t contribute like I thought I could." Burks has had some tough luck with injuries in his five seasons in the NBA and he regressed in nearly every category this year. Hopefully the 24-year-old SG can find a way to stay healthy next season. Today, 9:40 am
  • Brett Brown praises T.J. McConnell
    76ers coach Brett Brown heaped praise on T.J. McConnell for his effort this season.

    Advice: "The thing that I respect most about him is that he epitomizes that quality that I think might be the No. 1 thing that we need: day-to-day guys, people that you know what you’re getting," Brown said. "He’s steady, he’s stable, he's personality, he’s tough, he brings that edge to a game, to a practice, to a locker room. I just respect him. That’s just how he’s wired." The 76ers can bring him back for less than $1 million next season, so this quote makes it sound like he will be back in Philly. To be clear, he will be a backup PG at best. Today, 7:56 am
  • Pablo Prigioni will probably retire
    Pablo Prigioni will "probably" retire this summer according to ESPN.

    Advice: He will be 39 years old in just a few weeks, so this isn't really a surprise. Prigioni averaged just 13.9 minutes in 59 regular season appearances and was never a reliable fantasy option. Today, 6:40 am
  • Allen Crabbe scores 13 points vs. Clippers
    Allen Crabbe scored 13 points with two rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He was big time in the final three games of this series with double-digit scoring in each. Crabbe has made some nice money this season with some terrific perimeter defense while making 39.4 percent from deep. The 24-year-old guard could see his role grow next year. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers gets 11 stitches, scores 21
    Austin Rivers needed 11 stitches after an Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face during a season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had four stitches above his eye and seven below it. Rivers made the offense go and the Clippers may have been blown out without him. He'll likely be getting more attention in free agency this summer with the Clippers as the favorites to sign him. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Austin Rivers (face) probable to return
    Austin Rivers (face) is probable to return on Friday.

    Advice: He needed stitches to two different cuts, but he'll be back out there. The Clippers will need Rivers, too. Yesterday, 8:11 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. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Austin Rivers (face) goes to the locker room
    Austin Rivers caught an accidental Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face and went to the locker room.

    Advice: It was pretty bad with Rivers' face gushing with blood. He'll likely be getting a concussion test along with some stitches. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick are going to have to play a ton while the Clippers have to go bigger, as well. Yesterday, 7:55 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. Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) is 'nearly fully recuperated'
    Eric Bledsoe's knee is "nearly fully recuperated" according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

    Advice: He had knee surgery in December to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, but this confirms that his rehab is going well and he should be ready to go for training camp. Bledsoe said that coach Earl Watson "was probably one of the main reasons" he was playing so well at the beginning of the season, so he could have a solid 2016-17 campaign if he can stay healthy. The durability concerns means he should be available at a discount as well. Yesterday, 9:52 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. Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • Tyreke Evans struggled to learn the offense
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) struggled to learn the offense because he missed training camp.

    Advice: ''We had a small sample size,'' Gentry said. ''He never had an opportunity to go through training camp. So we just rushed in, and said, 'Ok', now this is way we play. I think he had some great moments and I think he struggled some." Evans played in just 25 games this season with averages of 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds, but he's had three knee surgeries since May and has some serious durability concerns. He's going to be a risky pick in fantasy drafts next season. Yesterday, 7:43 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. Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Livingston will be more aggressive sans Curry
    Shaun Livingston said that he'll be more aggressive on the offensive end for however long Stephen Curry (knee) is sidelined.

    Advice: "I have to be more aggressive just because of the production that's out," Livingston said. "I don't expect to make all of that up — this guy leads the league in scoring. But it's really important we all remain aggressive and confident." Livingston knocked down 7-of-8 shots during Wednesday's series clinching Game 5 win over Houston, on his way to 16 points, three boards, three assists and just one turnover. Curry likely won't be ready for the start of the second-round, so Livingston could make for a nice low-budget DFS play when the Dubs second-round series begins. Thursday, 3:47 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. Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Shaun Livingston shoots 7-of-8 in Game 5 win
    Shaun Livingston made 7-of-8 shots for 16 points during the Warriors' Game 5 victory, adding three boards, three assists and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Livingston is a savvy defender whose offense is underrated -- he's not a 3-point threat, but he's a great passer who consistently uses his 6'7" frame to shoot over smaller guards from the paint out to 20 feet. Steph Curry (sprained knee) has an uncertain return date, so Livingston could earn at least a few more starts at PG in the second round of the playoffs. Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) quiet in finale
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) logged 26 minutes during Wednesday's season-ending loss, finishing with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, four rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Beverley seemingly caught a break this series with Stephen Curry suffering multiple injuries, but he was banged up himself and finished with poor averages of 5.8 points on 27.0 percent shooting, 4.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 0.4 steals. He's not much of a playmaker in Houston's offense but still racked up top-100 value this season thanks to solid 3-pointers (1.7 per game) and steals (1.3) with very low turnovers (1.3) for a point guard. Wednesday, 10:21 pm
  • Austin Rivers logs 37 mins as fill-in starter
    Austin Rivers started Wednesday's game in place of Chris Paul (broken metacarpal) and had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Rivers faces a daunting task with CP3 out of commission, assuming lead playmaking duties while defending Damian Lillard at the other end. Paul had the second-highest Player Impact Estimate in the playoffs prior to his injury, trailing only Paul George, and nobody is expecting Rivers to approach that production. DFS owners can still view him as a viable punt play, assuming his price doesn't spike prior to Game 6. Wednesday, 10:04 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. Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Austin Rivers, Pierce, Crawford all starting
    Austin Rivers will start Game 5 on Wednesday with Chris Paul (hand) done for the postseason.

    Advice: Paul Pierce and Jamal Crawford are also starting, with Luc Mbah a Moute coming off the bench. Rivers and Crawford should share primary ball-handling duties and his minutes will spike by default with CP3 out of commission, but Rivers remains a gamble in DFS lineups. In seven starts this season he averaged 13.7 points, 2.0 threes, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers. Wednesday, 7:00 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. Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Jason Terry guarantees a HOU win for Game 5
    Jason Terry said he guarantees that the Rockets will take the series back to Houston with a Game 5 victory over Golden State on Wednesday.

    Advice: "It's going to be a nice flight home once we get this win [Wednesday]," said Terry. "I'm guaranteeing it." Terry is never one to lack in confidence, and he even joked about prematurely adding a Larry O'Brien Trophy tattoo to his arm. Terry got a Larry O'Brien Trophy tattoo with a Mavs logo during the preseason of Dallas' title run, but then also did the same when he was traded to the Celtics in 2012, essentially ruining a once legendary move as the Celtics were eliminated by the Knicks' during their first-round series. Wednesday, 9:29 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. Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Austin Rivers expected to start Wednesday
    Austin Rivers is expected to start at point guard for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Blazers, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.

    Advice: Chris Paul (hand) will be sidelined for at least the next 4-6 weeks, meaning that Rivers should be the Clippers starting point guard the rest of the way. Consistency tends to be a major issue with Rivers, but with both CP3 and Blake Griffin (quad) on the sidelines, he's going to have a ton of opportunity coming his way. He'll be on the radar as a potential DFS target on Wednesday night. Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Patrick Beverley says he'll play on Wednesday
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) went through a full practice on Tuesday and said that he'll "definitely" play in Game 5 against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beverley sat out Monday's practice, so his participation in Tuesday's practice is an encouraging sign regarding his availability for Wednesday's Game 5 in Oakland. He'll likely be a game-time call on Wednesday night, but it's worth noting that he was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice. It would be surprising to see him miss Game 5, but if he does, Corey Brewer and Jason Terry will benefit most. Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Raymond Felton hopeful to return to Dallas
    Raymond Felton said that he's hopeful to return with the Mavs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "I'm pretty sure I put myself in a good situation," Felton said when asked if he felt he increased his earning potential after putting in averages of 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists through the first-round of the playoffs. "Hopefully, that situation is back here again next year and we can make that happen. I love Dallas." Felton's fantasy value will hinge upon what Dallas does with their point guard situation next season, but it's tough to see him establishing himself as a standard league asset. Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • J.J. Barea set to undergo surgery on knee
    J.J. Barea is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee later this week in order to clean up his meniscus.

    Advice: Arthroscopic surgery is usually only a 4-6 week recovery period, and Barea said he's still hopeful to play for Puerto Rico at the Olympics this summer. He has plenty of time to rest up for the 2016-17 season, but it's unlikely he plays enough at the start of the year to warrant a draft selection in standard formats. Tuesday, 11:13 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. Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • Austin Rivers headed for more run
    Austin Rivers scored four points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He's probably going to start Game 5 in Los Angeles with Chris Paul (hand) likely out for the postseason. Rivers did turn in some decent starts this year, averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 treys in seven games. He'll be on the radar in DFS. Monday, 10:32 pm
  • J.J. Barea scores eight off bench
    J.J. Barea scored eight points against the Thunder on Monday with two rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He just wasn't healthy in this series with the slight tear in his groin hindering him. The Mavs signed Barea to a four-year deal last summer, so he'll be a part of their plans going forward. He is still not expected to play much to open the year, assuming the Mavs don't make any major changes at guard. Monday, 8:03 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. Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Barea, Felton, Wes, Dirk & Zaza starting
    J.J. Barea (groin), Raymond Felton, Wes Matthews, Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia are starting on Monday night.

    Advice: Barea could be limited out there as he deals with a slight tear in his groin. Justin Anderson should be a factor off the bench along with Devin Harris. Monday, 5:02 pm
  • Patrick Beverley not practicing
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not practice on Monday and only took part of the film session.

    Advice: He was walking around OK, but walking and playing basketball against the Warriors are two different things. It would appear Beverley is going to miss the rest of the series. Jason Terry and Corey Brewer figure to play more. Monday, 11:46 am
  • Allen Crabbe looking to bounce back vs. LAC
    Allen Crabbe admitted that he hasn't had the first round he'd like to vs. the Clippers to date.

    Advice: "Pretty self explanatory: I haven’t really had the series that I’ve wanted to," Crabbe said. "But we still have more games to play, so there’s no reason for me to dwell on what’s been done. Just go into tonight with a better attitude and change the things I haven’t been able to do." Terry Stotts isn't going to go away from his struggling player, saying "we need (Crabbe’s) minutes." Crabbe, who will be looking for other ways to contribute, has made just 2-of-12 shots for a total of six points through Portland's first three playoff games. Both of his made shots and all six points came in Game 1, so there's nowhere to go but up for a guy who has been scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting over his last two contests. Monday, 11:10 am
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) traveling for G5
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is traveling to Oakland for Game 5 vs. Golden State.

    Advice: Beverley will get treatment and a determination on his playing status could come down to a game-time decision prior to Wednesday's do-or-die matchup. If he's forced to sit out, James Harden would be the de facto point guard with Jason Terry likely sliding into the first five while playing more minutes than he really should. Monday, 10:49 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. Monday, 8:22 am
  • Shaun Livingston scores nine points in win
    Shaun Livingston scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with nine assists, five rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes in Sunday's 121-94 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He started the game on the bench with Stephen Curry back in the lineup, but the MVP left the game at halftime due to a knee injury and Livingston was back in the first unit for the second half. It sounds like Curry could miss some time due to his sprained knee and he will have an MRI on Monday, so Livingston could have some more starts coming his way. When Livingston started Game 2 and Game 3, he averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 boards and 2.5 steals, so he will be a solid option in DFS. Sunday, 3:55 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (leg) will not return Sunday
    Patrick Beverley (leg) will not return to Sunday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: The Rockets ruled him out pretty quickly, so that's not a good sign. They are calling the injury a right leg strain, but there should be more details after the game. James Harden should run the offense in the second half as usual, while Jason Terry will have to pick up a lot of Beverley's minutes. He finished with two points, two boards, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes. Sunday, 2:13 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (leg) questionable to return
    Patrick Beverley is questionable to return to Sunday's game due to a right leg strain.

    Advice: He left the game right before halftime, so there should be another update soon. James Harden will run the point if Beverley can't return and Jason Terry will have to pick up some extra minutes as well. Stay tuned. Sunday, 1:55 pm
  • J.J. Barea (groin) is probable for Monday
    J.J. Barea (groin) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: With Deron Williams (hernia) ruled out for the rest of the playoffs, the Mavs really need Barea to play Monday even though he's nowhere close to being 100 percent. In fact, Barea admitted that he had trouble accelerating in Game 4 on Saturday. Barea is a little too risky to use in most cases due to the injury, but Raymond Felton looks like a solid play in all formats. Sunday, 1:20 pm
  • J.J. Barea (groin) says he can't accelerate
    J.J. Barea said that his sore groin is preventing him from being able to accelerate properly.

    Advice: "It's tough. If I've got to contain somebody 1-on-1, it's tough. I've got to foul them," Barea said after Saturday's loss. "I lost all the rhythm and it's tough to go by people. Really, I don't think I went by anyone tonight. It's frustrating, it's frustrating. I just wish … But it happens. I've got to fight through it and see what happens." Barea didn't look right on Saturday and missed all seven of his shots from the field, but he will likely have to continue fighting through the pain with Deron Williams (hernia) likely out for the playoffs. Sunday, 6:51 am
  • Raymond Felton scores 19 with 11 dimes
    Raymond Felton scored 19 points during a loss to the Thunder on Saturday, adding three rebounds, 11 assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: It's definitely Felton time. Deron Williams (hernia) is likely out for the playoffs while J.J. Barea is clearly limited. He's playing really well this round and has become a major part of the offense, averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 treys in 35.8 minutes in his last four games. It's not too far-fetched to expect even a slight uptick going forward. Saturday, 8:57 pm
  • J.J. Barea has a terrible outing vs. OKC
    J.J. Barea missed all seven shots from the field and did not go to the line on Saturday, adding one rebound, six assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He's not even close to 100 percent. The Mavs likely lost Deron Williams (hernia) for the series, so that means Barea should be more involved as the top point guard. Expect him to get close to 30 minutes as a decent DFS option, but there is obvious risk with the slight tear in his groin. Saturday, 8:26 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. Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • J.J. Barea coming off the bench
    J.J. Barea (groin) will come off the bench on Saturday against the Thunder.

    Advice: With Deron Williams (hernia) back out there, it'll be tough to rely on Barea, Williams and Raymond Felton in DFS. Saturday, 5:02 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. Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • J.J. Barea (groin) is probable for Game 4
    J.J. Barea (groin) is probable for Game 4 vs. the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: Barea did go to the locker room during the last few minutes of Game 3, but the game was already decided at that point and he probably just wanted to get some treatment. Deron Williams (hernia) is questionable, so Barea will be a decent option if D-Will is unable to play again. Barea had 15 points with seven assists, two boards and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes in Game 3. Saturday, 8:10 am
  • Tyler Johnson out for Game 3
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will not play against the Hornets in Game 3.

    Advice: He said it's too earlier to tell on Game 4. Johnson is working on his strength and it would be a surprise to see him play in the first round. Josh Richardson will continue to carry the offensive load off the bench as the Heat play their starters big minutes. Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Shaun Livingston hopeful to stay with GSW
    Shaun Livingston is hoping to stay with the Warriors beyond this season.

    Advice: "I want to stay here as long as I can," Livingston said. "It’s a unique and special situation. A lot of guys including myself, I want to be here for as long as I possibly can depending on the contract situation." The Warriors have a team option for the 2016-17 season, but Warriors GM Bob Meyers strongly hinted that the team will pick up the option. "It’s a good deal for us, and we see him in our future," Meyers said. The backup PG has thrived in two straight starts with 16 points in each outing, but he could be back on the bench for Game 4 on Sunday if Stephen Curry (ankle) is cleared. Friday, 8:02 am
  • Shaun Livingston scores 16 points in loss
    Shaun Livingston drew his second straight start on Thursday vs. the Rockets and looked great again, scoring 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with five boards, three assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Klay Thompson recently implied that Livingston is the best backup PG in the league, so he certainly made a strong argument tonight. Livingston also scored 16 points in Game 2 with two rebounds, six assists, and two steals, but it sounds like coach Steve Kerr is planning on having Stephen Curry (ankle) back for Game 4. If Curry plays, Livingston can't be trusted in fantasy lineups. Thursday, 10:15 pm
  • Raymond Felton scores 18 points in loss
    Raymond Felton scored 18 points in a start on Thursday vs. the Thunder, adding four assists, three boards, four steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Deron Williams (hernia) missed tonight's game and it sounds like he could miss more time, so Felton could have another start coming his way. He also played well in Game 2 with 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes, so owners in DFS should keep rolling with him while his price is still low. Thursday, 7:39 pm
  • J.J. Barea (groin) scores 15 points in return
    J.J. Barea (groin) returned from a one-game absence and played 32 minutes on Thursday vs. the Thunder, scoring 15 points with seven assists, two boards and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The minutes were definitely a surprise considering he was originally listed as doubtful for this contest. Barea was 6-of-14 from the field, but also committed five turnovers in the blowout loss. He did go back to the locker room during the closing moments of the game, but he likely just wanted some treatment with the game already decided. We'll keep an eye on the injury report to be safe. Thursday, 7:34 pm
  • J.J. Barea (groin) will start on Thursday
    J.J. Barea (groin) will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against the Thunder.

    Advice: He's nowhere near 100 percent, but with Deron Williams (hernia) unavailable, the Mavs really need anything they can get from him. Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia will join Barea in the starting five for tonight's game. He’s a somewhat risky DFS target. Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) still out
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is out for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is no new update on Johnson. Josh Richardson may have Wally Pipp'd Johnson as the top combo guard on the roster anyway, so there's no need to rush Johnson back. Wednesday, 2:19 pm
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