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  • Dante Exum to be cleared for contact Thursday
    Dante Exum (knee) has been cleared for contact on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a big step for Exum, who tore his ACL back in August. Exum was growing as a defender during his rookie season and even showed some offensive improvement in Summer League. He's probably not going to play for Australia in the Olympics, but it's possible. He'll have more value in reality than in fantasy next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 35 points; Raps tie series
    Kyle Lowry was outstanding during a 105-99 win over the Cavs in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 35 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was on fire early with 16 points on 100.0 effective field goal percentage to kick this game off. Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored a combined 67 points in their best combined scoring effort this postseason. To nobody's surprise, Raptors continue to go as Lowry goes in the postseason. During wins, he has a 56.9 true shooting percentage and a 2.5 assist:turnover ratio. In the losses, those numbers are 38.9 and 1.6, respectively. The Cavs should be doing all they can to stop Lowry. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points again in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points for the second straight win over the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: A big story for the Raptors was their free throw shooting. They became the first Conference Finals team since 2001 to not have a free throw in the first half with a 15-plus point lead, but then they went to the line 19 times in the second half as a team. As for DeRozan, he continues to thrive on contested shots and even fared better against LeBron James as the game went on -- he scored 12 in the fourth quarter on 5-of-6 from the field. We'll see how he handles playing in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • J.R. Smith loses some clutch minutes
    J.R. Smith scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He only played two minutes in the fourth quarter. Coach Ty Lue is going with more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately approach, which may have cost Smith some run. He should play more back in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in a loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: It was a better offensive bounce-back game in this loss. Irving was just 3-of-19 from the field in Game 3, but he made 11-of-21 from the field tonight. On the downside, Irving was torched on the defensive end with Lowry getting almost anything he wanted. Expect him to get a ton of shots in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Richard Jefferson plays all 12 4Q minutes
    Richard Jefferson played all 12 fourth-quarter minutes and 15 total minutes on Monday against the Raptors, finishing with eight points, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He played down the stretch as coach Ty Lue got a bit desperate. Lue continues to say it's not "fair" to Kevin Love to play in the fourth, so maybe Jefferson plays key minutes again. He's not a fantasy option, of course. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Bradley Beal says he's looking for max deal
    Bradley Beal said he's looking for a max contract this summer.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for," Beal said. "If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]." Beal would be looking for a deal of around $92 million over four years. His leg injury concerns make him a big risk, so there may not be a big market for him at that price. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Courtney Lee would like to re-sign w/ Hornets
    Courtney Lee said that he'd like to re-sign with the Hornets.

    Advice: "Of course I would like to be [back]," he said. "[I] got a chance to build chemistry and friendships with the guys since I’ve been here and it’s been fun playing with them. Everybody is just playing together. There’s no egos out there at all. It’s always about making the right play and the best play to help win and that’s the kind of guys I want to be on a team with." Charlotte holds Lee's Bird rights, but that doesn't mean he's a lock to return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Casey praises Joseph's strong Game 3 showing
    Dwane Casey praised Cory Joseph's strong showing in Toronto's Game 3 win on Saturday.

    Advice: "He did a much better job tonight of controlling the game," Casey said. "Running the offense, keeping things under control, not letting the defense speed him up." The head coach then added that "Cory did a good job of handling their defensive pressure,"switching and making sure he had the right person involved in the pick-and-roll." Joseph is an important part of Toronto's formula for success, so he'll need to play well again in Monday's Game 4 for the Raptors to be firing on all cylinders. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • E. Payton excited to play under Frank Vogel
    Elfrid Payton is excited to play under new head coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: "I'm pretty excited," Payton said. "I think it definitely fits us. We have guys who are athletic, who can get out and run, so it’s definitely something that would play to our strengths." Vogel's arrival should be good news for Payton's fantasy prospects since Scott Skiles was not a fan of EP's game, but the new head coach will still need to figure out the best way to deploy the Payton-Victor Oladipo backcourt. As for his offseason plans, Payton is working on improving his jumper, mid-range game and finishing at the rim. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:52 am
  • Andre Roberson stays hot from deep, scores 13
    Andre Roberson started again on Sunday and had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Roberson is 8-of-13 from downtown in his past four games and the Warriors have dared him to beat them from the arc -- tonight Andrew Bogut began as his primary defender, and when Draymond Green has him he frequently roams to the opposite side of the court. Roberson did a good job cutting hard and moving without the ball, rewarding Billy Donovan's decision to keep him in the starting lineup. He'll be on Golden State's radar in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 pm
  • Dion Waiters thrives in 34 minutes off bench
    Dion Waiters was terrific in 34 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 3 victory, making 6-of-11 shots to finish with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: Waiters chose his shots wisely and set up his teammates for a few easy buckets, all while playing solid defense. The soon-to-be free agent (restricted) is having an impressive postseason, and he's a big reason the Thunder have a 2-1 series lead against the reigning champs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:59 pm
  • Andre Iguodala solid in futile bench effort
    Andre Iguodala came off the Warriors' bench on Sunday for nine points, four boards, three assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just one turnover in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Last year's Finals MVP continues to have a big impact despite having very few plays called for him -- in Games 1 and 2 he had a 13.6 percent usage rate, higher than only Shaun Livingston, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut. His efforts weren't nearly enough tonight, and his minutes were limited by garbage time, but he should resume playing 28-32 minutes on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:51 pm
  • Dahntay Jones suspended 1 game for groin hit
    Dahntay Jones has been suspended one game for hitting Bismack Biyombo in the groin region during the closing minutes of Game 3.

    Advice: Jones is a negligible part of the Cavs rotation, so his mandatory absence from Game 4 will have zero consequence in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:56 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan still dealing w/ pain in thumb
    DeMar DeRozan said that while his right thumb is improving every day, he's still experiencing pain.

    Advice: To be clear, this is just something that DeRozan is going to have to deal with, and he's in zero danger of the injury forcing him to the sidelines. DeRozan had himself an efficient outing during Toronto's Game 3 win over Cleveland, scoring 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting, and the Raptors will need him to continue that trend if they hope to secure a Game 4 win on Monday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:51 pm
  • Knicks reporter believes Grant could 'thrive'
    Knicks reporter Ian Begley believes that Jerian Grant could thrive under coach Jeff Hornacek next season.

    Advice: Hornacek will likely be able to tweak the triangle offense, meaning the Knicks could utilize the pick and roll a lot more which is what Grant excelled at during his college days. The Knicks will certainly be in the market for some backcourt help this summer, but if they aren't able to land a starting-caliber PG, Grant could be looking at a larger role. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.3 assists, 1.9 boards and 0.7 steals in 16.6 minutes per game in his rookie season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:25 am
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 in Game 3 victory
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points during a 99-86 Game 3 win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He was 12-of-24 from the field and hit plenty of contested jumpers. In fact, he had 22 of his 24 shots contested during this win. This was DeRozan's second postseason game of his career without any turnovers and played fairly mistake-free ball on both ends. The Cavs used LeBron James on DeRozan late in the game, so that might be something to watch early in Game 6. DeRozan will need to be on his game on Monday to get another win. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:52 pm
  • Cory Joseph brings the defense in win
    Cory Joseph was terrific in 31 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was easily his best game of the series and possibly his best game of the postseason. The most important part of his performance tonight was his outstanding defense on Kyrie Irving. The Raptors bench was destroyed in the first two games, so this was a huge boost. Joseph also played a lot of the clutch minutes late, which was a major against the Pacers in the first round. Don't expect him to be this effective in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Kyle Lowry snaps out of slump, scores 20
    Kyle Lowry snapped out of his shooting slump with 20 points during a win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from deep. Lowry made just 1-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first two games of this series, but got it going early. He was in some foul trouble during this game and the Raptors holding it together while he was on the bench was key. Lowry has actually shot the ball worse at home in the postseason, so that's not necessarily why he was better tonight. Obviously the Raptors need Lowry to play well to get another game in this series. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 13, gets hurt late
    Kyrie Irving made 3-of-19 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was in some pain after some contact under the basket. Irving did play through it, but he was clearly in some discomfort after the game. There doesn't appear to be anything seriously wrong with him, so he should be all good for Game 4. Irving had by far his worst game after shooting an even 50.0 percent from the field in his previous 10 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores 22 points in loss
    J.R. Smith scored 22 points with five rebounds, one steal and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was on his way to a huge night with an 11-point first quarter, but he slowed down with a scoreless second quarter. On the defensive side, Smith has received a lot of praise for his defense in these playoffs from coach Tyronn Lue. However, he was torched by DeMar DeRozan throughout this loss. Smith will continue to see huge minutes and take plenty of treys -- he has 15 attempts tonight. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:06 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in easy win
    Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 37 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He is really taking it to the Raptors with a 27-point game during his 30 minutes in Game 1. Irving has tremendous efficiency in this postseason with a 60.6 true shooting percentage on a 28.2 usage rate. Plus, he has a solid 2.9 assist:turnover ratio in his 35.8 minutes during these 10 wins. The Cavs look really dangerous when Kyrie is on and his minutes increase has helped his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:27 pm
  • Kyle Lowry has another dud, scores 10 points
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points during a 108-89 loss in Cleveland on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: He finally made his first 3-pointer of this series, but he's only 1-of-15 in the last two games. Lowry is also struggling on defense, as well. The Raptors continue to not use Lowry at the end of the first half and it was costly tonight. They ended the second half giving up a 16-2 run to the Cavs to basically put the game out of reach. Lowry was coming into this series with some very nice momentum, but it's now slowed to a crawl. Maybe the home-court advantage in Game 2 can help them. Lowry did go to the locker room, but he's fine. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:23 pm
  • Andre Iguodala hits video-game layup in Gm 2
    Andre Iguodala led the Warriors' second unit on Wednesday with 14 points (4-of-10 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), three rebounds, three steals and one assist in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Iguodala hit one 3-pointer and he was surprisingly efficient at the FT line, but his offensive highlight was a double-pump, and-one layup which you can marvel at via the link below. OKC was a dominant rebounding team during the regular season but tonight Golden State won the battle, 45-36, including 15 offensive boards. The stage is set for an epic Western Conference finals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 18 points in loss
    DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers with five assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was Toronto's best player tonight, but that's not saying much. The Raptors lost by 31 points and the game was basically over at halftime, but it's worth noting that Toronto also lost Game 1 of their first two series against Indiana and Miami as well. We'll see if DeRozan can help his team steal Game 2 in Cleveland on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Lowry held to eight points in 115-84 loss
    Kyle Lowry was held to just eight points in Tuesday's 115-84 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 1, adding five assists, four boards and four turnovers.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving and the Cavs did a great job defending Lowry tonight, holding him to 4-of-14 from the field and 0-of-7 from 3-point range. Lowry was coming off a clutch 35-point performance in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday in which he played 42 minutes, but he made it clear before Tuesday's game that he's healthy. "I feel great, my body feels great," Lowry said. "I feel like a million bucks. My mind's great. My body's great." His elbow has been an issue since late March, but Lowry should bounce back in a big way in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Kyrie Irving drops 27 points in 30 minutes
    Kyrie Irving dropped 27 points in 30 minutes in Tuesday's Game 1 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: He got to the rim at will and shot an impressive 11-of-17 from the field, adding five assists, two boards, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Not only was his offense great, but Irving kept Kyle Lowry in check by limiting him to eight points on 4-of-14 shooting. "He does a tremendous job of leading their team," Irving said of Lowry. "I have to do a great job of keeping my body in front of him, making it difficult and forcing him into tough shots." If Game 1 is any indication, Irving looks poised for a monster series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • J.R. Smith held to five points in win
    J.R. Smith was held to five points in Tuesday's win over the Raptors, shooting 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from deep.

    Advice: He was tasked with guarding DeMar DeRozan, so he had his hands full on the defensive end. Smith added three assists, two boards and two steals in 27 minutes, but this was third game in a row with single-digit points while shooting 30.7 percent from the field in that span. If he continues to defend the way he has, the Cavs won't mind his recent struggles on offense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Dion Waiters is solid in a win, scores 10
    Dion Waiters made 4-of-6 from the field for 10 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He was very underrated in the last round and it looked like he might get more run tonight with a slow start from Andre Roberson on both ends. However, Roberson came out swinging in the second half. Before the game, Russell Westbrook credited Waiters for his passing lately and Waiters actually matched his postseason career-high four dimes. His defense wasn't terrible in this game and he'll be splitting the minutes at shooting guard with Andre Roberson. He's on the board as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Andre Roberson is actually decent in win
    Andre Roberson made all three shots from the field for seven points against the Warriors on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: To open the game, the Warriors had Draymond Green "covering" Roberson, but Green was really just playing safety to really focus on weak-side help. After a bad first half, Roberson started out strong in the second half. There's a decent chance this is his best scoring output in this series with his tidy efficiency, so he's not really a viable DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Andre Iguodala plays 33 minutes, scores six
    Andre Iguodala scored six points with five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover in 33 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't play quite as much as expected and wasn't Kevin Durant for all of his minutes against him. Coach Steve Kerr might be making an adjustment to use Iguodala more often in Game 2, so he should be able to play more minutes with similar per-minute output. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Westbrook thinks Waiters can be a good passer
    Russell Westbrook said Dion Waiters can be an effective passer "when he puts his mind to it."

    Advice: While he gets killed at times on social media and on sports talk shows, Waiters has really stepped up lately. He's run the point even when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the floor lately while coming through in the clutch. In the last five games, Waiters has by far the best net rating in the fourth quarter at plus-39.1 in 44 minutes. His defense will be under a microscope for this series and he may have a tough time duplicating his productivity from the last round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:54 pm
  • Lue says Smith is best defensive player
    Coach Tyronn Lue said J.R. Smith has become the Cavs' best defensive player this year.

    Advice: "People didn’t think he could do that when he was with other teams," Lue said of Smith. "They thought he was just a specialist, a shooter, a scorer. Coming to this team, even last year, but this whole year he’s really stepped up and taken the challenge defensively." He's likely going to get the vast majority of the minutes against DeMar DeRozan. Smith also had a good run against the Raptors during the regular season, scoring 17.3 points per game on a terrific 68.4 true shooting percentage. He's a very nice DFS target right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:25 pm
  • Cory Joseph held to one point over 19 minutes
    Cory Joseph was a no-show during Toronto's Game 7 victory, scoring just one point to go with three assists and one steal through 19 minutes of floor time.

    Advice: Joseph went scoreless through the first three quarters of action, and it wasn’t until the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter that he scored his first point by going 1-of-2 from the line. He also missed all eight of his shot attempts, and while the Raptors were able to pullout a win despite him, he'll need to have a much more impactful performance during the Eastern Conference Finals if the Raptors hope to have any chance of upsetting the Cavs. Rotoworld.com May 15, 4:02 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 28 points on 29 shots
    DeMar DeRozan needed 29 shots to score 28 points during Sunday's Game 7 victory over the Heat, adding eight boards, one assist and three turnovers through 35 minutes of play.

    Advice: DeRozan went just 12-of-29 from the field and 4-of-7 from the stripe, giving him an unimpressive true shooting percentage of 43.6 on the evening to go with his gaudy 41.7 usage rate. Efficiency has been a major issue for DeRozan throughout the playoffs so far (34.9 percent from the field), and that inefficiency could prove to be too much to overcome as the Raptors go toe-to-toe with the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com May 15, 3:41 pm
  • Kyle Lowry drops 35, Raptors advance to ECF
    Kyle Lowry was phenomenal during Sunday's Game 7 win over the Heat, scoring 35 points on 11-of-20 shooting to go with seven boards, nine assists, five 3-pointers, four steals and four turnovers through 42 minutes of action.

    Advice: Lowry really took advantage of Miami’s lack of a defensive presence in the post, as he attacked the rack all game long. He also knocked down eight of his 11 freebies, giving him a solid true shooting percentage of 70.5 to go with his 28.7 usage rate. This is the first time in franchise history that the Raptors will be advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, and that has a lot to do with Lowry, who became the first Raptor in franchise history to score 35-plus points in back-to-back playoff games. Rotoworld.com May 15, 3:39 pm
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