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  • Patrick Patterson is getting the start again
    Patrick Patterson will start again on Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Patterson was playing well before Game 5, but he was arguably the worst player in the rotation on Tuesday. This likely means the Raptors will use their smaller second unit again, which was fantastic to help pull off the comeback. Expect to see a decent amount of Norman Powell tonight, but he's not a great DFS option. Rotoworld.com 56 minutes ago
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 2:58 pm
  • Earl Watson says he believes in Alan Williams
    Suns coach Earl Watson said he can't wait to see what Alan Williams can do in the summer league.

    Advice: "We have to work with him but I believe in him," Watson said. "I can’t wait to see him play in Summer League so I can see him on the sideline and go crazy for him." It sounds like there's a pretty good chance that the Suns will pick up his team option for the 2016-17 season, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues unless Phoenix decides to move Tyson Chandler. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:38 am
  • Pau Gasol says Spurs could be an option
    In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Pau Gasol said that the Spurs would be an "interesting option" in free agency this summer.

    Advice: "There’s talk about passing of the torch with San Antonio and a hypothetical passing of the torch with [Tim] Duncan," Gasol said. "For starters, nobody knows if Tim is retiring and he’s somebody whom I have maximum respect for. In closing, I have to admit the Spurs would be an interesting option for me." The Bulls took a massive risk by not dealing Gasol at the trade deadline, and there's a good chance that he leaves Chicago this summer in the pursuit of another ring. To be clear, a move to San Antonio wouldn't be great for his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:11 am
  • Anthony says he still believes in Phil
    Carmelo Anthony said that he still has to believe in what Phil Jackson is doing.

    Advice: "At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can't say that I don't believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him," Anthony said. "I'm here. I still want to be here. I still want to be successful here, so I don't have no other choice but to believe in [his plan]." Anthony still controls his future with the Knicks due to his no-trade clause, and he recently made it clear that he intends on retiring as a Knick. Regardless, what the Knicks accomplish this summer could obviously change Melo's stance. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:31 am
  • Stanley Johnson may not play summer league
    Stanley Johnson may not play in the summer league because Stan Van Gundy wants him to focus on skill development.

    Advice: "My concern for him is I know Stanley’s mentality," Van Gundy said. "I want him working on things he needs to work on. I don’t want to put him in situations where his concern is doing what he can do well right now to try to win that game." Van Gundy added that Johnson needs to work on his shooting, footwork and ballhandling this summer. Still just 19 years old, the future is very bright for Johnson. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:16 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 Today, 7:05 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 Today, 6:15 am
  • Al Horford scores 15 points; Hawks advance
    Al Horford scored 15 points to help the Hawks advance in a Game 6 104-92 win in Boston on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The blocks were the story with the Hawk putting up 12 of those to shut down the Celtics offense in the first three quarters. Horford was terrific on defense in this series, but he didn't bring it on the stat sheet. In the six games, he averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.7 blocks and 1.0 treys. His groin injury looks like it's behind him as he gets ready for a tougher matchup against the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 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 Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Jae Crowder fouls out, has tough series
    Jae Crowder made 5-of-15 from the field for 15 points with six rebounds, three 3-pointers and six fouls in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: It was not a great series for Crowder. On top of this dud, Crowder averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.4 turnovers and 1.4 treys on a woeful 26.3 percent from the field in his previous five games. Crowder has been called "untouchable" for his cheap contract after the Rajon Rondo deal, so expect him to be the starting small forward next year. Plus, he logged major minutes at power forward in this series. Crowder likely won't be able to match his third-round value on the year in season-long leagues, but he won't be a sleeper in drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko scores 13 points
    Jonas Jerebko scores 13 points with one rebound, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: The Celtics gave him some minutes at small forward with some foul trouble for Jae Crowder. Jerebko benefited from the matchup in the postseason and certainly because of Avery Bradley (hamstring) missing time -- the Celtics needed spacing. He'll be under contract next year and will likely slide down the depth chart again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Blake Griffin (quad) will not require surgery
    Blake Griffin will not require surgery to repair his left quad.

    Advice: Griffin underwent a bone marrow procedure on Wednesday, which is similar to a PRP injection and effectively eliminates the need for surgery. He's going to be sidelined for at least the next three months, so in addition to missing the remainder of the postseason, he won't be able to participate during the 2016 Olympic Games. He should be fine for the 2016-17 season, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Jason Maxiell signs in United Arab Emirates
    Jason Maxiell has signed a one-month deal to play in the United Arab Emirates.

    Advice: While the 33-year-old is trying to work his way back to the NBA, he hasn't played in the league since the end of the 2014-15 season and doesn't have any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 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 Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Carmelo Anthony would like to retire a Knick
    Carmelo Anthony said he would like to retire with the Knicks.

    Advice: While Anthony has had trade rumors circling around him for at least a years, the 31-year-old said he'd like to finish his career with the Knicks. Melo also said he'd like to have input on the Knicks next head coach, but added that he hasn't talked to president Phil Jackson about that. Though there will be plenty of trade talk surrounding Melo this summer, he doesn't sound like he's ready to waive his no-trade clause any time soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Blake Griffin played through hamstring risk
    Blake Griffin (left quad tendon) was reportedly told he could re-tear his left quad by playing through injury.

    Advice: We have to give Griffin credit on this one as many players would have elected for surgery and missed the rest of the season. Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on his injured quad Wednesday morning, but shouldn't have any issue returning in time for training camp. The 27-year-old will continue to be a high-risk, high-reward pick in 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:07 am
  • James Harden has 35/6/6 in season-ending loss
    James Harden scored 35 points (12-of-13 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with six boards, six assists and seven turnovers on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Rockets from elimination.

    Advice: Trevor Ariza's offense dried up vs. Golden State, the Rockets couldn't get Dwight Howard consistent touches around the basket, and the offensive burden proved to be too much for Harden to shoulder alone. He opened tonight's game 6-of-8 from the field, with his teammates a combined 0-of-15, resulting in a huge early deficit that Houston simply couldn't overcome. It will be an offseason of soul-searching for the Rockets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points in futile effort
    Jeff Green scored 17 points off the bench during Game 5, making 6-of-10 shots with six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin's quad injury has prematurely ended his season, leaving Green a big opportunity even if he isn't starting. He can't fill the void by himself, and more minutes are also available for Wes Johnson (five points, five rebounds) and Paul Pierce (two rebounds), but Green is easily the most palatable DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • Blake Griffin (quad) w/ bone marrow procedure
    Blake Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on his injured left quad Wednesday morning.

    Advice: Griffin isn't on the Clippers' bench during Game 5 on Wednesday, and now we know why. A recent MRI revealed no further damage to his quad but there could be more to Griffin's injury than the Clippers have disclosed. He's already been ruled out for the playoffs, and the only good news is that he has a full offseason to rest and recuperate. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) plays 25 mins off bench
    Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle) came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Batum didn't have his normal agility and he was tentative early, but he knocked in some huge jumpers down the stretch, helping the Hornets hang on for a tough 90-88 victory. He'll get just one day to rest before returning to action for Friday's Game 6 in Charlotte, so it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent in the Hornets' potential closeout game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) off bench in Game 5
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) will come off the Hornets' bench on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: The Hornets won their past two games without Batum and coach Steve Clifford likely doesn't want to mess with his starters' newfound chemistry. Batum reportedly volunteered to come off the bench and owners can expect his minutes to hover in the 24-28 range in his first game back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:33 pm
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play off bench
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) is expected to play off the bench on Wednesday against the Heat.

    Advice: It sounds like he will be limited after missing the last two games. Although, Batum did go to Clifford to suggest coming off the bench because of how well the Hornets played without him in Game 3 and 4. He will likely play minutes in the 20s and take run away from Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lin, Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • Budenholzer says Horford's groin a non-issue
    Mike Budenholzer said on Wednesday that Al Horford (groin) is not dealing with any health issues.

    Advice: The injury has not forced Horford to miss any time, and he's certainly not looking to use it as an excuse for his lack of scoring as of late. While Horford has been struggling on the offensive end over the past two, he's still managed to produce meaningful stat lines with solid contributions to the rebounding (8.5), assists (4.5), steals (1.5) and shot blocking (1.0) categories. Perhaps he can get going on the offensive end during Thursday's Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) on track to play in G5
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, and head coach Steve Clifford said that he'll more than likely play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was initially ruled out for the entire first-round series, so it's surprising that he's made enough progress to get back on the court after spending a mere five days in recovery. Batum said that he will come off the bench if he does play, and Clifford acknowledged it's unlikely he sees his usual workload, so he'll make for a bit of a risky DFS target tonight. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off, but both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin figure to take a bit of a hit with Batum back in the fold. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:02 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
  • Jonas Jerebko slows down, scores six points
    Jonas Jerebko cooled off in Tuesday's loss to the Hawks, scoring six points on 2-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: The Celtics lost by 27 points, so Jerebko only played 24 minutes and added eight rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals. His DFS owners were expecting a lot more from him tonight after posting two straight double-doubles, but no one on the Celtics played well in Game 5 except for Evan Turner. If anything, hopefully this will keep his price low in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Al Horford is quiet in win vs. Boston
    Al Horford was quiet in Tuesday's 110-83 win over the Celtics, scoring six points on 2-of-11 shooting with eight boards, four assists, one block and two steals in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to say that his groin isn't an issue, but he hasn't scored in double digits since Game 2. The good news is that he's still getting it done in other areas of the box score, so hopefully he finds his rhythm on the offensive end in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:09 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
  • Patrick Patterson held to seven points
    Patrick Patterson started in Game 5 on Tuesday, but scored just seven points (3-of-10 FGs) with two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 5.8 field goal attempts in the first four games of the series, so at least he was more involved on the offensive end tonight. While Patterson's stat line was disappointing, Luis Scola picked up a DNP-CD tonight and it looks like he will be the starting PF moving forward, although coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to it when asked after the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:16 pm
  • Jeff Green expected to start Wednesday
    Jeff Green is expected to move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against Portland.

    Advice: Blake Griffin (quad) is going to miss the remainder of the postseason for Los Angeles, so the starting four-spot is Green's to lose. He'll be taking on a much larger role on offense with Chris Paul (hand) also done for the year, so he'll be a reasonable guy to consider in DFS with his minutes set to spike to the mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:32 pm
  • Patrick Patterson starting, Scola benched
    Patrick Patterson will move into the starting five for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers, sending Luis Scola to the bench.

    Advice: The Raptors haven't been getting much of anything from Scola through the first four games of the series, so it looks like Dwane Casey would like to infuse some offense into the first unit with Patterson. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas will join Patterson in the starting five for tonight's game, and Patterson could be someone to consider as a punt in DFS given the increased opportunity. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:45 pm
  • Blake Griffin, CP3 ruled out for playoffs
    Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) will miss the remainder of the postseason for the Clippers.

    Advice: This is a crushing blow to the Clippers' postseason run, and it would be shocking to see them advance out of the first-round at this point. With both Paul and Griffin done for the postseason, just about everyone on the Clippers roster will need to step up with guys like Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Jeff Green seeing the largest value boost. For what it's worth, the MRI did not reveal any further damage to Griffin's left quad, so it sounds like the Clippers are just being cautious after he aggravated the injury in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 5
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

    Advice: Steve Clifford did say that Batum was feeling better on Tuesday, although they won't make an official decision until closer to Wednesday's tip. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he's out, Jeremy Lin will be the primary beneficiary while Frank Kaminsky will have another opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Blake Griffin (quad) will undergo an MRI Tues
    Blake Griffin (quad) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

    Advice: Griffin is currently listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Blazers, and we should have a better idea on his status after the MRI. With Chris Paul (hand) already out for Game 5, we'll see a ton of Jeff Green, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford on Wednesday night if Griffin is also forced to the sidelines. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:23 am
  • Al Horford on track to play in Game 5 on Tues
    Al Horford (groin) is experiencing no issues ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday, according to Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: Horford is listed as probable, but his status for Tuesday night was never in doubt. He hasn't been involved in the Hawks offense much in the series, but is still a solid DFS play at home on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 am
  • Blake Griffin questionable for Game 5 on Weds
    Blake Griffin (quad) is questionable for Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Griffin's quad started acting up towards the end of Game 4 and he was having trouble planting on it. "We’re not sure with Blake yet," head coach Doc Rivers said. "I think he’ll get evaluated tomorrow when we get back. I would say 50-50 on the next game with him. I expect him to be back, but we don’t know that yet. So I don’t want to say much." If Griffin is unable to play on Wednesday, we'll see a lot more of Jeff Green, Wes Johnson, and Luc Mbah a Moute. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:06 am
  • Blake Griffin to be re-evaluated on Tuesday
    Blake Griffin (quad) said he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said Griffin's chances of playing in Game 5 are about 50-50. Griffin even had a limp in his post-game conference and wasn't confident about his chances to play. If he is out Jeff Green, Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute will play more. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:30 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points vs. Blazers
    Jeff Green scored 17 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely headed for a bigger role in Game 5. Chris Paul (hand) won't be playing while Blake Griffin (quad) could miss some action, as well. Green does a lot of scoring in isolation, so he shouldn't be affected negatively with the loss of CP3. He's on the radar as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Blake Griffin hurts his quad on Monday night
    Blake Griffin hurt his left quad on Monday and was in pain on the bench.

    Advice: He was grabbing just above his knee on the bench as the game was winding down. Griffin had a left quad injury during the season and it would appear this injury will affect him going forward. With Chris Paul (hand) likely out for the postseason, there will be even more pressure on Griffin. However, he might be in jeopardy of missing action, as well. Griffin finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes on Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:25 pm
  • Al Horford is probable for Tuesday
    Al Horford (groin) is probable to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's fine and the Hawks called him probable for Game 4. Horford hasn't been involved in the offense much, which should probably change. He'll be a solid contrarian play in DFS on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:11 pm
  • Marc Gasol thinks Pau should go to Spurs?
    Marc Gasol said his advice for Pau Gasol would be for him to go to San Antonio at this stage of his career.

    Advice: Interesting. The Bulls are looking less likely to re-sign Pau and could see some changes. If Gasol does go to the Spurs, they would be loaded up front, assuming Tim Duncan hangs around. Gasol would lose fantasy value with a change. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:29 am
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) will not play in Game 4
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Miami.

    Advice: It would have been an enormous surprise had Batum been able to get back out there after sitting for just a single game, so he'll again be forced to watch from the sidelines. As a result of Batum's absence, the Hornets will stick with the same starting lineup that worked in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:16 am
  • Al Horford (groin) quiet in Hawks Game 4 loss
    Al Horford (groin) scored only five points in 38 minutes during Sunday's thrilling Game 4, shooting 2-of-8 with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Atlanta consistently out-scored the Celtics in the paint this season but that wasn't the case tonight, as the Celtics piled up 52 points in the paint vs. 40 for the Hawks. A huge run to begin the third quarter helped Atlanta build their lead to 16 points, but it quickly dwindled and they wound up losing after a lousy performance in overtime. They'll have one day to regroup before Tuesday's Game 5 rematch. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:21 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko double-doubles in Game 4 win
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens heaped praise on Jonas Jerebko prior to Game 4, which he finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: "[Jerebko] plays really, really, hard," Stevens said. "He's got versatility with regard to defensively ... And then his scoring is just a plus. You know, if he scores, he scores; if not, he's still spacing for us." Jerebko more than justified his coach's faith tonight, shooting 6-of-9 with multiple clutch baskets. His move to the starting lineup has benefited Boston in reality, and he's worth considering as a DFS punt-play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:13 pm
  • Jae Crowder's shot still shaky in first round
    Jae Crowder found some traction during Sunday's home win, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder came in shooting an abysmal 7-of-36 from the field in Games 1-3 and his shot was still iffy tonight, as he finished 4-of-11 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line. The Celtics have evened the series at 2-2 despite Crowder's struggles, which can only give them confidence for Tuesday's Game 5 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:09 pm
  • James Harden scores 18, Rockets lose Game 4
    James Harden scored 18 points on 4-of-13 shooting with 10 assists, seven rebounds, seven steals and two 3-pointers in Sunday's blowout loss to Golden State.

    Advice: The game was tied at halftime, but the Warriors won the third quarter 40-21 and Stephen Curry (knee) didn't even play at all in the second half. This performance sums up the Rockets' season and they will need a miracle to win Game 5 in Golden State to keep the series alive even if Curry misses that contest. Expect Harden to run the offense even more if Patrick Beverley (leg) is unable to play in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • Al Horford (groin) will start on Sunday
    Al Horford (groin) will start on Sunday vs. the Celtics as expected.

    Advice: He was listed on the injury report as probable, so his status wasn't in any real doubt. Horford is averaging 16.3 points, 10.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 3.7 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in this series and is a must-start player in all formats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Celtics will start Jerebko and Turner again
    The Celtics will start Evan Turner and Jonas Jerebko again in Game 4 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: This means that Marcus Smart and Jared Sullinger will come off the bench again. Jerebko scored 11 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes in Game 3 and Turner also played well with 17 points, seven assists and five steals, so it's a no-brainer for the Celtics. Both Jerebko and Turner are solid plays tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • Batum will not rule himself out for Game 4
    Nicolas Batum (ankle/foot) will not rule himself out for Game 4 on Monday and the Hornets listed him as questionable.

    Advice: He said on Saturday that his sprained left ankle is "surprisingly much better," and added on Sunday that it has continued to improve. Batum will get more treatment around the clock, so we should have an official update at the morning shootaround. If he is able to play, both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin will lose some appeal in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:55 am
  • Nicolas Batum says he is doing 'much better'
    Nicolas Batum said that his sprained left ankle is "surprisingly much better."

    Advice: "Surprisingly much better than when it happened like three days ago," Batum said of his ankle. "I improved like a lot. The swelling is way down so I will just keep working on it with like four or five hours of treatment everyday until I get back as fast as possible on the court." Batum is still dealing with some swelling, but he told the trainers to do everything they can to make sure he has a chance to play in Game 4 on Monday. If he is able to return, both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin will lose value. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:04 am
  • Stevens not worried about Crowder's slump
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens isn't concerned about Jae Crowder's shooting slump.

    Advice: "I believe in the law of averages and Jae’s a good shooter," Stevens said. "Jae’s been a good shooter all year. I have not lost one iota of sleep over that, either. Keep shooting it. He’s open, he’s gonna be aggressive and we want him to be aggressive. He’s a big reason why we’re here." Crowder was just 1-of-11 in Game 3 and is shooting a combined 19.4 percent from the field in the series, but he's eventually going to turn things around. For what it's worth, he's still been awesome on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:16 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 12 points in loss
    Blake Griffin scored 12 points on 5-of-16 from the field with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: It was not his best game and the rust is as clear as day. Griffin is coming off a 4-of-12 shooting line in Game 2, so he'll need to get it figured out before Game 4. He's a little too expensive to use in DFS right now. Additionally, coach Doc Rivers did use Griffin at the five briefly in this game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:12 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 Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores eight points
    Patrick Patterson scored eight points with one rebound, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Luis Scola is just wasting minutes right now and coach Dwane Casey needs to find a away to Patterson in the 33-36 minute range. While Patterson is key for the second unit, something has to change at their starting power forward spot. Even though Two-Pat hasn't been good in his last two, he's still a fine punt while his price is around $4,000 in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Al Horford (groin) is probable for Sunday
    Al Horford (groin) is probable for Sunday against the Celtics.

    Advice: Maybe this groin injury is why the Hawks aren't going inside to him enough? Still, Horford will be out there in a huge game. Based on the flow of the game on Friday with a lot of forced shots on the perimeter, the big man should be more involved in the offense. Expect a productive game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:05 pm
  • Evan Turner scores 17 points in win
    Evan Turner got the start on Friday against the Hawks, scoring 17 points with two rebounds, seven assists, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He played some more minutes at the two with the Celtics going bigger thanks to the output from Jonas Jerebko. Turner's play-making has been a big part of the offense and his defense has vastly improved this season as well. Expect a sizable role the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Jae Crowder in a big-time slump
    Jae Crowder made 1-of-11 from the field for four points with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He was the only player on the team with efficiency issues. Crowder is in a brutal slump, making just 2-of-20 from the field in his last two. It's a little too tough to trust him right now in DFS, but he would be an interesting contrarian play because he is getting minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:18 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko double-doubles in 37 minutes
    Jonas Jerebko double-doubled in 37 minutes against the Hawks on Friday with 11 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played the game of his life and coach Brad Stevens stuck with him. Interestingly, Jerebko was first among the Celtics in net rating in the first two games of this series and he had a team-high plus-14 in plus-minus for this win. There's no doubt Jerebko has earned more run as the Celtics take an offense-first approach to their up-tempo style. He'll be in play as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Stanley Johnson scored nine points
    Stanley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound in 14 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He got off to a quick start in the first half with all nine points in his eight first-half minutes. Johnson has been in the news for his off-court comments saying he was in LeBron James' head. The rookie was pretty solid yet again tonight and has shown a lot of promise. He's still only a punt in DFS during this series. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Evan Turner getting the start
    Evan Turner will get the start at shooting guard on Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He's logged the vast majority of his minutes at small forward in this series with even the occasional minutes at power forward. The starting lineup of Turner, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson have not played together at all in this series and have played only 33 possessions during the regular season. This is good news for Turner to get a new avenue for minutes at a new position. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:29 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko, Evan Turner will start Friday
    Jonas Jerebko and Evan Turner will start over Jared Sullinger and Marcus Smart against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: The Celtics really need some spacing on their offensive side, so that's why Jerebko is out there. Plus, Sullinger was not good at all in Game 2. Jerebko should get minutes in the upper teens to the low 20s tonight unless he is very hot or cold. He's on the table as a punt in DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony doesn't show up to seminar
    Carmelo Anthony didn't attend Phil Jackson's two-day seminar of the triangle offense.

    Advice: There are conflicting reports on whether or not the camp was mandatory, and one player even claimed that not everyone on the roster was invited. Regardless, it's not a good look for the franchise and it's no secret that Anthony wasn't happy last week following his meeting with Jackson and it doesn't sound like he's confident in the direction of the franchise. There is going to be a lot of talk this summer about the possibility of Melo waiving his no-trade clause. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:26 am
  • Jae Crowder will keep playing through pain
    Jae Crowder said that he will continue to fight through his ankle injury.

    Advice: "There’s still some stuff I’m capable of doing which I can’t do now," Crowder said. "But it is what it is. I’m able to play with it and I’m able to fight through it, and I’ll be fine." Crowder has struggled with his shot in this series, shooting just 24.0 percent through three games. He's still making an impact on the defensive end and has done an outstanding job on Paul Millsap, holding him to 1-of-10 shooting when he guards him. Crowder is averaging 8.0 points, 8.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in this series, so he's still worth deploying in fantasy lineups despite his shooting woes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:53 am
  • Jonas Jerebko could start on Friday?
    Jonas Jerebko could enter the starting lineup on Friday for Game 3 vs. the Hawks according to ESPN.

    Advice: "I’m always ready. I don’t care if that’s starting or coming off the bench first or coming off the eighth man, ninth man -- no matter what it is," said Jerebko. "I’m ready for whatever." Head coach Brad Stevens already hinted that a lineup switch could be coming, but hinted that he may need Jerebko's shooting in the second unit if Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) can't play. Even if Jerebko gets the nod with the first unit, he will be hard to trust in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:16 am
  • Harden hits game winner, Rockets take Game 3
    James Harden hit the game-winning shot with just a few seconds left on the clock in Thursday's 97-96 win over the Warriors in Game 3.

    Advice: The Rockets now trail the Warriors 2-1 with Game 4 coming on Sunday in Houston. Harden only hit 11-of-26 shots tonight, but he posted a massive line of 35 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers in 44 minutes while hitting 9-of-11 from the line. He's arguably the best option in DFS right now because the Rockets can't afford to take him out of the game. He will need to be even more impressive in Game 4 with the Warriors expected to get Stephen Curry (ankle) back. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:34 pm
  • Paul George scores 25 w/ 10 rebounds in loss
    Paul George scored 25 points with 10 rebounds in Thursday's 101-85 loss to the Raptors, adding six assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers are now losing the series 2-1, so Game 4 on Saturday in Indiana is basically a must-win game. As for PG-13, he's feasting against the Raptors and was coming into tonight's game with averages of 30.5 points, 4.0 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers in the first two games of the series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Stevens says he's contemplating lineup change
    Brad Stevens said that he's contemplating making a change to his starting lineup for Game 3 on Friday, but he's not yet made a final decision.

    Advice: Evan Turner has supplanted Jared Sullinger in the starting five to begin the second half of both Game 1 and Game 2, so if Stevens does end up going through with the change, Turner for Sullinger will be the likely switch. Sullinger has struggled in a big way during Boston's first-round series, and a move to the bench won't do his fantasy value any favors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Blake Griffin held in check, Clips win anyway
    Blake Griffin shot just 4-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line in Game 2, finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one block and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: "We have to keep [Griffin] away from the basket," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said before the game. "It's challenging because he can pass and make plays off the dribble." Portland mostly kept Blake in check tonight and he shot 1-of-7 beyond five feet, but he found other ways to impact the game as his team rumbled to a 21-point home victory. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Van Gundy praises Stanley Johnson's defense
    Stan Van Gundy praised Stanley Johnson's effort on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "Where he has his best chance at excellence, greatness, is on the defensive end," said Van Gundy. "He’s got really quick feet, great strength and can guard multiple positions — can probably guard one through four, which makes him a very valuable and unique guy." Johnson displayed some solid defense in his 16 minutes of action during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cavs, and that solid defensive effort likely earned him some more minutes for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:22 am
  • Jae Crowder held to two points in loss
    Jae Crowder was held to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: He played 35 minutes as promised by coach Brad Stevens, but he did admit on Monday that his ankle is only 75-80 percent. Even though Crowder wasn't able to generate any offense, he still managed to stuff the stat sheet with seven rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks. Crowder is really struggling in this series, but the good news is that he has another three days off before Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:24 pm
  • Evan Turner starts 3Q, scores 12 points
    Evan Turner started the third quarter of Tuesday's loss to the Hawks, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: The versatile forward also dished out three assists with five boards and one block, and this was the second game in a row that he started the second half. Turner played 33 minutes tonight after playing 34 minutes in Game 1, so he's going to play a massive role in this series with Avery Bradley (hamstring) considered doubtful to play in round one. He's worth starting in all formats right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Horford scores 17, Hawks take 2-0 series lead
    Al Horford led the Hawks with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting to give them a 89-72 win over the Celtics in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did go to the locker room for a brief moment after banging his knee, but he quickly returned and looked fine down the stretch. The Hawks have a commanding 2-0 series lead, but they will now go on the road for Game 3 and Game 4. Atlanta didn't look great on offense, but they held the Celtics to just 31.8 percent shooting from the field and Horford had a lot to do with that. He was arguably their best player tonight and added five rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. Yeah, he's getting a max deal this summer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:38 pm
  • Turner starts 3rd quarter, Sullinger to bench
    Evan Turner started the third quarter of Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks in place of Jared Sullinger.

    Advice: Turner started the third quarter of Game 1 as well (in place of Amir Johnson), and coach Brad Stevens must be thinking that he has to play more small ball if his team will have a chance in this series. Turner had 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block in Game 1 and looks great tonight as well. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:30 pm
  • Jae Crowder to play 30-plus minutes Tuesday
    Brad Stevens said that Jae Crowder (ankle) will play 30-plus minutes during Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crowder recently said that his ankle is only 75-80 percent healthy, but with Avery Bradley on the sidelines and the Celtics trying to steal Game 2 away from Atlanta, Crowder will continue to fight through the pain. He could be a bit more involved on the offensive end sans Bradley, so he's a reasonable guy to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Evan Turner not sure on Celtics future
    Evan Turner said he's not sure what will happen when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: Turner has resurrected his game in Boston, but isn't sure if he'll be there beyond the 2015-16 season. "If we were playing for free and everything, I would for sure want to be here long term," Turner said. "At the same time, you have to do what's best for your career and family." Turner is in for a bigger payday this summer after averaging 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals off the Celtics bench and is in for a bigger role now that Avery Bradley (hamstring) is likely out for Round 1 of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • James Harden scores 28 points in 40 minutes
    James Harden scored 28 points during a Game 2 115-106 loss to the Warriors on Monday, adding two rebounds, 11 assists, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: His defense was really bad in this game, but his offense was better. After not going to the line at all in Game 1, Harden made 13-of-15 from the charity stripe in this game. This series now goes back to Houston, which isn't the best news for Harden. He actually shot the ball better on the road this season with similar stats across the board. There is still some concern of garbage time, especially if Stephen Curry (ankle) plays. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 pm
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