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  • Draymond Green bounces back in 39 minutes
    Draymond Green got it going during a Game 5 win over the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, four blocks and two turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He turned it around after four sub-par games during this series, especially in the last two. The bad news is that Green picked up his fifth technical foul, so two more and he will be suspended for one game. This is on top of Green possibly being suspended for another flagrant foul. After the lineups with Green at the five were smoked in the last two, he played only one of the first 46 minutes at center tonight -- the Warriors went small to prevent threes late. The move to the four should help in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Mo Buckets: Speights scores 14 in nine mins.
    Marreese Speights filled it up in just nine minutes with 14 points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: In true Mo Buckets fashion, he had a 48.1 usage rate and a 76.1 true shooting percentage. Speights' output off the bench was very helpful while the starters were resting. He won't play a bunch, but he sure can fill it up in minimal playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores six in 25 minutes
    Harrison Barnes played just 25 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with six points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He likely would've played less if the Warriors didn't have a decent lead late. Coach Steve Kerr gave some of Barnes' first-half minutes to Andrew Bogut, which should continue going forward. Barnes' best postseason for scoring has been his rookie season back in 2013 and it's not close, so the downward trend is discouraging. The 23-year-old wing hasn't helped his earning potential this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 40 points in Game 5 loss
    Kevin Durant's 40 points were not enough during a 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most points he's scored in this series and his second most of this postseason (41 vs. Spurs). While Durant was 12-of-31 from the field, he went 13-of-13 from the line gave him a respectable 54.4 true shooting percentage. The Thunder didn't go small nearly as much, so not exerting more energy on the defensive low block may have helped Durant's offensive usage. Based on the adjustment from the Warriors, we should be looking at a lot of scoring chances from Durant in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 13 points in loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 13 points with eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: The Ibaka at the five lineups were not nearly as successful tonight as they were in Game 3 and 4. Ibaka still was outstanding on both ends with a couple clutch treys in the fourth to keep the Thunder in the game. Thanks to his ability to defend the perimeter, he's all set for big minutes in Game 6 regardless of how coach Billy Donovan tweaks his rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Dion Waiters goes scoreless in loss
    Dion Waiters did not score on Thursday with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Up until tonight, the Thunder were effective when he was on the court during this series, including a plus-56 in plus-minus during his 66 minutes in the last two games. Tonight was a different story with Waiters posting a team-low minus-18. Coach Billy Donovan used Waiters as a ball-handler once again during this game, but he couldn't get free too often for scoring. He will be as risky as ever for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores six points vs. GSW
    Andre Roberson fouled out in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with six points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the best career of his game because the Warriors left him alone in most offensive sets on Tuesday. However, it was a little different this time with his teammates missing him on some open looks. Roberson's minutes should be safe, but the Thunder may not go small as much now that the Warriors made an adjustment to go bigger. Still, Roberson's DFS owners have to be satisfied with this and can dial him up again in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo is active
    James Michael McAdoo is active for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: It's usually Brandon Rush on the inactive list, so this could be a hint the Warriors go bigger. They have been smoked on small-ball lineups in the last two, so maybe we see more Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut. He is just insurance. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Warriors sticking with same starting lineup
    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will start against the Thunder in Game 5.

    Advice: The Warriors have to make some adjustments tonight, but it won't be out of the gate. Harrison Barnes made several mistakes in the last two while Bogut has been in a tough spot with all this pace. We should still see plenty of Andre Iguodala and possibly more Festus Ezeli. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 pm
  • Report: Markieff Morris detained in Philly
    Markieff Morris was reportedly detained at the Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday.

    Advice: Airport security found a "suspicious item" in Morris' checked in luggage, and a secondary inspection of his bag revealed "suspected marijuana." Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning, and he was later released. A spokesman of the police department said that the investigation is "on-going." Morris is innocent until proven guilty. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • LeBron James named to All-NBA First Team
    LeBron James was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Joining James on the All-NBA First Team will be Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan and Kawhi Leonard. James will be making his 10th appearance on the All-NBA First Team, which is a feat that has only been accomplished by seven other players in NBA history. Anthony Davis did not make any of the All-NBA squads, which will end up costing him around $24 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Magic unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard
    The Orlando Magic are unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard if he opts out of his contract, according to league sources.

    Advice: Howard is believed to have interest in returning to the Magic if he opts out of his contract as expected, but the interest isn't believed to be reciprocal unless he seeks a one-year deal for reasonable money. We'll likely see Howard on a new team next year, but it doesn't sound like it will be the Magic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 am
  • Cavaliers want to get Kevin Love going early
    Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue wants to get Kevin Love going early in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: The Cavs have a chance to close out the Eastern Conference Finals with a win over the Raptors on Friday and Lue thinks going to Love early will be a big part of that. "To get Kevin going early is definitely something we like to do and want to continue to do," Lue said after Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Raptors. Love was atrocious in Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, so it will be interesting to see if Lue's plan pays off as the Cavs head back to Canada for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Mavs hoping David Lee helps lure free agents
    The Mavericks are hoping David Lee will help them lure free agents this summer.

    Advice: While Lee doesn't seem like a big draw, the Mavs are hoping his experience in Dallas helps them lure other veterans. "We wouldn’t have got to the playoffs without David Lee, and the word spreads," head coach Rick Carlisle said. "You know, veterans like him know other veterans, and the word gets out that Dallas is a high-level organization. And we take great pride in that." Lee may not help the Mavs land a big-name free agent, but we'll keep an eye on who the veteran helps the team reel in. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Draymond Green certain GSW will win Game 5
    Draymond Green wrote he has no doubts the Warriors will win Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: "I have no doubt in my mind that we will win [Game 5]," Green wrote on The Undefeated. "No doubt about that." Green better be right as the Warriors next loss will have them watching the NBA Finals from home. Green has been struggling for the last two games of the Western Conference Finals, but we'll look for a bounceback game from Dray on Thursday with the Dubs playing at home. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Adonis Thomas will attend mini-camps
    Adonis Thomas will attend mini-camps with the Rockets, Spurs, and Jazz, according to his agent.

    Advice: While the 23-year-old will attend multiple mini-camps, he is long shot to hook on with an NBA team and can be ignored by fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Terry thinks Dwight Howard may return to HOU
    Jason Terry thinks Dwight Howard might not be done with the Rockets yet.

    Advice: While it would be a minor shock to see Howard return to the Rockets, Terry isn't convinced the big man will opt out of his contract and leave town. "I wouldn’t rule (a return) out," Terry said in an interview with Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "He has yet to opt out. Again, it’s just going to depend on if you get the right coach in there." Despite Terry's comments, Howard will be all but gone from Houston if the Rockets sign reported frontrunner Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Knicks could be an option for Joakim Noah
    The New York Knicks are reportedly an option for Joakim Noah, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

    Advice: Noah will likely have multiple suitors as an unrestricted free agent, but Noah has a rapport with Phil Jackson according to Beck and his New York roots could help push things in the Knicks favor. There's always the chance Noah returns to the Bulls, but he's a risky fantasy pick no matter where he signs due to his recent injury troubles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • Joakim Noah, Bulls having 'positive dialogue'
    The Bulls are reportedly having a "positive dialogue" with impending free agent Joakim Noah.

    Advice: It was recently reported that Joakim told teammates he was ready to leave Chicago due to concerns about the team's front office. His agent quickly refuted that report, and now, "Those close to Noah ... are still hopeful that he will be able to work out an agreement to stay in Chicago long term." A lot of this is posturing and we won't know which way Noah is truly leaning until free agency begins in earnest. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • LeBron James posts 23/8/6 in 38-point blowout
    LeBron James racked up 23 points, eight assists and six steals in just 32 minutes on Wednesday, as the Cavs rolled to a dominant 116-78 victory.

    Advice: LeBron was on pace for a triple-double if it weren't a blowout, and he's now scored at least 20 points in 23 consecutive postseason games. Needless to say, he's been one of the steadiest DFS options in the playoffs this year. He's one win away from his sixth consecutive Finals appearance, and one free throw away from passing Kobe Bryant for second place in career postseason free throws (1,320), trailing only Michael Jordan (1,463). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Channing Frye plays 13 minutes off bench
    Channing Frye came off the bench on Wednesday for seven points, three rebounds and one block in 13 minutes of action.

    Advice: Tyronn Lue hinted that he'd give Frye extended playing time in Game 5, but he logged only six minutes in the first half and sat out a meaningless fourth quarter. Frye continues to serve as Cleveland's backup center, presenting a tough matchup for Bismack Biyombo and Jonas Valanciunas, so he should once again log 18-22 minutes during Friday's Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan lousy in blowout Game 5 defeat
    DeMar DeRozan had a game to forget on Wednesday, shooting 2-of-8 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line to finish a blowout loss with 14 points, three boards, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: The Raptors were beat in every facet of the game tonight, trailing by a franchise-record 31 points going into halftime. They were a combined 21-of-35 from the free throw line and 3-of-17 beyond the arc, they turned the ball over 18 times, and they were out-rebounded 48-27, with only 10 boards during the entire first half. DeRozan and co. will need to hit the 'reset' button before Friday's must-win Game in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Patrick Patterson returns after bruising hand
    Patrick Patterson bruised his left hand during Wednesday's Game 5 defeat, finishing with three points, two turnovers and zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks in 19 minutes.

    Advice: X-rays confirmed that Patterson only suffered a contusion and he did return despite the score being totally out of reach for Toronto. He should be ready for his usual 30-minute role during a must-win Game 6 on Friday, making him a viable low-end DFS target. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 25 points in blowout win
    Kevin Love (left knee) finished Game 5 with 25 points on 8-of-10 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, hitting three 3-pointers with two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Love was awful in his previous two games, shooting 5-of-23 from the field, and he didn't even play in the fourth quarter of Game 4 -- he sat out the fourth again tonight, but only because of the lopsided score. He played with renewed energy tonight, scoring 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the first quarter alone, and could have had a much bigger line if it weren't for garbage time. Love's reemergence is a terrific sign for the Cavs, who are now one victory away from the Finals. Follow the link below to enjoy one of Love's patented full-court outlet passes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Paul Millsap leads All-Defensive Second Team
    Paul Millsap, Paul George, Hassan Whiteside, Tony Allen and Jimmy Butler were named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprisingly, Millsap wasn't really even close to making the first team with only 11 first-team votes. While Hassan Whiteside led the NBA in blocks, the Heat started out as a better defense while he was off the court earlier in the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard leads All-Defensive First Team
    Kawhi Leonard was unanimously selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had 260 points with the 130 ballots all giving him two points for the first-team nod. Draymond Green (251 points), DeAndre Jordan (137), Avery Bradley (149) and Chris Paul (148) rounded out the first unit. Leonard will be on the All-Defensive First Team for a long, long time. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:07 pm
  • Kyle Korver excited for a healthy offseason
    Kyle Korver said that he's looking forward to a "good summer of training."

    Advice: "I'm actually going to work out," Korver said with a laugh. "I'm excited to be on my feet today. I'm looking forward to a good summer of training again and being able to get back to what I like to do in the offseason." Korver spent all of last summer rehabbing from ankle and elbow surgeries, but he'll be able to get back into his usual routine this summer. Still, after averaging just 9.2 points and 2.0 triples per game this past season, he won't be worth anything more than a late-round flier on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:49 am
  • Report: Draymond Green will not be suspended
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for tripping Enes Kanter during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Green is just one flagrant foul away from a suspension, but the league has reportedly decided not to upgrade his foul on Kanter to a flagrant 1 foul, meaning he's in the clear for Thursday's Game 5 against OKC. Green has been a shell of himself over the past two games, and he knows that he'll need to come with a much stronger effort during Game 5 if the Dubs hope to send the series back to OKC for a Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:34 am
  • Report: Joakim Noah done with the Bulls?
    Joakim Noah has reportedly been telling his Chicago teammates that he's done with the organization and will be looking to go elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Noah reportedly has no faith in Bulls' GM Gar Forman being able to put the pieces together to turn the Chicago franchise around, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of offers he can secure on the open market after his previous two seasons have been cut short due to injury. Noah will likely sign a one-year "show-me" deal in order to reestablish his value as a free agent, but the injury concerns will make him a tough guy to target prior to the final few rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:30 am
  • Sergey Karasev unlikely to be a Net next year
    Sergey Karasev is unlikely to suit up for the Nets next season.

    Advice: The Nets declined to pickup their team option on Karasev for the 2016-17 season, so he'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Karasev has reportedly already begun training for next season, and his father stated during a recent interview that he will look at all his options this offseason, including a return to Europe. Karasev has been in the league for three years and has never established himself as a rotation player, so his fantasy value is right around nil. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:40 am
  • Marco Belinelli says he wants to 'win now'
    Marco Belinelli stated during a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that he wants to be a part of a winning team.

    Advice: "I want to win now. To make that happen, something has to happen," said Belinelli. "I'm still under contract with Sacramento and I have trust in the organization but in the NBA you never know what may happen." Belinelli doesn't sound like a guy that's all that happy to be on the books for another two years in Sacramento, but he was the guy that chose to go there as a free agent. With the Kings, Belinelli won’t be anything more than a deep league, 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:10 am
  • Ainge high on Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier
    Danny Ainge said that he believes Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier have a "bright future."

    Advice: "We think Jordan Mickey has a bright future and Terry Rozier has a bright future and we’ve gotten calls from other teams about them," said Ainge. It sounds like Ainge would prefer to develop his younger guys rather than dealing them away, and Mickey's ability to rack up the defensive stats could make him an intriguing late-round selection next season depending on what happens with Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller during free agency. Rozier, however, is unlikely to establish himself as a standard league asset while Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley are healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 am
  • Billy Donovan praises Andre Roberson's play
    Billy Donovan praised Andre Roberson's play following Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: "It's funny," Donovan said. "After Game 2 people are saying to me: ‘Is this guy going to even play anymore?' Andre's a good basketball player and I think sometimes the things that go missing with him is he makes winning plays." Roberson, typically viewed as a defensive specialist, has suddenly emerged as an offensive option for the Thunder posting averages of 15.0 points, 9.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 triples, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block on 57.1 percent shooting over his past two outings. The Dubs have been completely ignoring him on defense, and Roberson has made them pay. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Draymond Green: 'Right now, I'm not myself'
    Draymond Green described the Warriors current 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals as "stunning," and acknowledged that he needs to be better for the remainder of the series.

    Advice: "Right now, I'm not myself," said Green. "I'm thinking too much, and that's leading to all the things that I'm not supposed to be doing. I just … I just have to be me." Over the past two games, Green has not given the Dubs much of anything, going 2-of-16 from the field whilst posting a plus/minus rating of minus-73. Green also appeared to trip Enes Kanter during Game 4, which could potentially be viewed as a flagrant 1 foul, which would result in a one-game suspension for Green. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points in loss
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Game 4 vs. the Thunder with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was held to four points in the first half and got into some early foul trouble, but his 19-point explosion in the third quarter nearly got the Warriors back into the game. It obviously wasn't nearly enough in the end, as the Warriors were outscored 24-12 in the fourth. If the Warriors are going to take away any positives from this nightmare showing, it's that maybe Thompson will be able build off this momentum for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Draymond Green held to six points in loss
    Draymond Green was held to six points in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Thunder, shooting just 1-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: For the first time this season, the Warriors have finally lost two games in a row and it comes at the worst possible time. As for Green, he was nearly suspended by the league for his kick to Steven Adams' groin in Game 3, so the OKC crowd let him hear it all night. Green hasn't played well in this series and it didn't get any better tonight, turning the ball over six times in 38 minutes with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 17 points in win Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka scored 17 points in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, shooting 7-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: Steven Adams was playing through a tweaked ankle and Enes Kanter wasn't producing, so Ibaka had to step up tonight and he didn't disappoint. This was his second strong performance in a row and he added seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer, outplaying all of Golden State's bigs in the process. After losing minutes to Kanter in the series against San Antonio, Ibaka has played 30 or more minutes in all four games in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:10 pm
  • Roberson scores 17 w/ 12 boards, 5 steals
    Andre Roberson scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, five steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors hacked him several times and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws, but this was arguably the best game of his career. The points were a career high and he shot 7-of-12 from the field, and you have to love the minutes. This big game obviously puts him firmly on the DFS radar due to his low price, though he was averaging just 4.4 points in the postseason prior to Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Thunder scored 72 points in the first half for the second straight game and the Warriors weren't able to recover. As for Durant, he had an incredible line with 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer, though he did have a few turnovers. This was his second straight game with three blocks and his defense has been on full display in this series. The Thunder could advance to the NBA Finals with a win on Thursday in Game 5 as the series shifts back to Golden State. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Channing Frye could play more in Game 5?
    Tyronn Lue said that he likes the space-the-court lineup "a lot," and he could use it more moving forward in hopes of limiting Bismack Biyombo's production.

    Advice: Lue has been steadily increasing Channing Frye's minutes throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, and it sounds like Frye's minutes could be in the 25-minute range for Game 5, which could result in less run for Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love. Love hasn't been playing very well at all over the past two, so he'll be a bit of a risky DFS play for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Kevin Love all systems go for Game 5 on Weds
    Kevin Love (knee) is healthy enough to play in Game 5 against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love hurt his knee after stepping on a referee's foot in Game 4 on Monday, but isn't worried about his status for Game 5. "I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing." While Love's performance in Toronto left something to be desired, he should be able to return to form with the series heading back to Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:24 am
  • DeMar DeRozan praises Lowry's Game 4 play
    DeMar DeRozan praised Kyle Lowry's performance in Monday's Game 4 win over Cleveland.

    Advice: "It's a cake walk for me once he gets going," DeRozan said. "It opens up everything for me on the floor. Teams try to focus in on him, and he knows when to get me going. He got the ball, he's our point guard, he's our leader of this team and he knows how to orchestrate what needs to be done out there." While Lowry had a great game on Monday, DeRozan's second consecutive 32-point performance helped the Raptors even the series. He seems to be getting over the thumb injury that hampered him earlier in the playoffs and should continue be a big factor for the Raptors for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:46 am
  • Lue explains Kevin Love's fourth quarter DNP
    Cavs head coach Ty Lue said he didn't play Kevin Love in the fourth quarter of Game 4 because Channing Frye was playing well.

    Advice: Love was dealing with a bit of a knee issue after stepping on a referee's foot, but Lue's explanation didn't involve the injury. "To try to put Kevin back in with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter in a hostile game, hostile environment, it's not fair to him," Lue said. "Channing gave us a great lift off the bench, and we just rolled with it." While Lue's explanation doesn't make much sense, he should still be in the starting lineup for Game 5 and will likely see more than the 31 minutes he saw in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:36 am
  • Kevin Love said he hurt his knee
    Kevin Love (knee) said he hurt his knee stepping on an official's foot at the end of the third quarter on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Ty Lue said he thought it wasn't fair to put Love back in the game, so that's two straight fourth quarters without any Love. Lue added Love not playing in the fourth didn't have to do with his injury. The former All-Star should still be in the starting lineup and heading back home figures to help, too. Many were concerned about Love's inconsistent play and now it's coming to fruition. As long as he can make shots, he'll get time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 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 Monday, 8:52 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 points in Game 4 loss
    LeBron James couldn't carry his team to victory during a 105-99 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 29 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like the Cavs were going to pull off a huge comeback with 11 consecutive makes in the fourth quarter. James' fourth quarter numbers alone were eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he didn't score in the final five minutes. James' 46 minutes tonight were his most of these playoffs, but the Cavs were smoked in the two minutes without him with a minus-60.0 net rating. The fourth quarter was the story with the Cavs with LeBron playing the entire fourth while none of the other starters played more than 6.3 minutes. After destroying the Raptors in the Game 1 and 2, this series is all tied up at two. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Channing Frye picks up 21 minutes
    Channing Frye played 21 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Monday with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played down the stretch and was a big reason for a fourth quarter charge. The Cavs are using him at center to help open things up and keep Bismack Biyombo away from the rim. Plus, Kevin Love isn't making shots and can't rebound right now. Frye might hit 25 minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:15 pm
  • No Love: Kevin doesn't play in fourth again
    Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Raptors on Monday, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He did look to hurt his left leg at the end of the third. Love didn't go to the locker room, so we'll be looking for an update. After Game 3, coach Ty Lue said it wasn't fair to play Love down the stretch, so maybe it was the same story. He hasn't played well at all in this series and is losing playing time to Channing Frye. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Draymond Green not suspended for Game 4
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was fined $25,000 and the foul has been upgraded to a flagrant 2. The NBA likely ruled that Green didn't intend to kick Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's blowout. Green has a knack for kicking his leg out to draw a foul, so the NBA likely thought it was just unlucky for Adams as Green tried to sell the foul too hard. He'll be in the starting lineup in a huge game at Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:14 pm
  • Kerr: Draymond Green must re-focus himself
    Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green needs to re-focus himself.

    Advice: "He needs to re-focus a little bit. He'll admit it. It was not one of his best games. In fact, it was one of his worst," Kerr said. After a total dud in Game 3 with six points, four rebounds and three assists on 1-of-9 shooting, Green has to be a whole lot better in Game 4 assuming he avoids suspension. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:33 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
  • Draymond Green struggles, earns Flagrant-1
    Draymond Green struggled badly during Sunday's loss in Oklahoma City, finishing with six points on 1-of-9 shooting, four boards, three assists and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors looked unusually rattled after Green picked up a Flagrant-1 foul in the second quarter, letting a close game to turn into a 25-point deficit heading into halftime. They gave up 117 points through three quarters, the most allowed in a playoff game since 1987, and compounded their defensive struggles with lackadaisical shot selection. The league will likely review Draymond's flagrant, which he earned for kicking Steven Adams in the crotch, so DFS owners should double-check that he's available for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Harrison Barnes awful in blowout loss vs. OKC
    Harrison Barnes was invisible during Sunday's ugly road loss, posting seven points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won the rebound battle in Game 2, including 15 offensive boards, but the script flipped tonight with the Thunder winning 52-38. Golden State also failed to match OKC's aggression, settling for quick shots and finishing just 3-of-4 at the FT line in the first half, compared to 23-of-25 for the Thunder. Steve Kerr will assuredly have a long film session prior to Game 4 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Serge Ibaka plays well as small-ball center
    Serge Ibaka posted 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Sunday, helping the Thunder earn a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

    Advice: He shifted to center for long stretches, an interesting wrinkle from Billy Donovan, and the move seemed to spark Ibaka as he finished the first quarter alone with seven points -- matching his average from Games 1 and 2. He's a staple of the rotation, whether the Thunder are going big or small, though limited usage makes it hard to trust him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant has 33 pts in Game 3 blowout win
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points during OKC's blowout Game 3 home win, making 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Billy Donovan said KD needed to make "quick reads" with "sharp and crisp [passes]" to counter the Warriors' flood of double- and triple-teams. He did all that and more to help his team reclaim the series lead while maintaining home court advantage. His DFS owners went home nearly as happy as OKC's fans, as he rounded out his line with eight boards, two assists, three blocks and just one turnover. Durant appeared to tweak his right calf in the third quarter but it didn't cost him much time and we're leaving him off the injury report for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:41 pm
  • Lue wants LeBron James more involved in Gm 4
    Tyronn Lue said that he should have called more plays for LeBron James during Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: "I think I should have called more plays to make [James] dominant," Lue said. "I should have put the ball in LeBron's hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams. So that was more on me." James only attempted 17 shots during the Game 3 loss, and his usage rate dipped to 17.5 through the fourth quarter, which is a trend that's unlikely to continue. Expect James to take on a more dominant role on offense for Monday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:27 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
  • 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
  • LeBron James scores 24; Cavs lose Game 3
    LeBron James scored 24 points during a 99-84 loss to the Raptors in Game 3 on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He did not get much help tonight as the Cavs failed to score 100 points for the first time this postseason. James was fouled throughout the game, but one of the most talked about plays will how he fell down after Tristan Thompson hit him (video in link below). The Cavs also lost their first postseason game with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Lil' Kev: Love scores three points in loss
    Kevin Love made just 1-of-9 from the field for three points against the Raptors on Saturday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really off night and didn't even close this game out. Love has played above expectations for basically the entire postseason, so he gets a pass for this one. Expect him to be better in Game 4 and closer to his 33 playoff minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Adams says Green has peaked with annoyingness
    Steven Adams said Draymond Green has "peaked with annoyingness" on defense.

    Advice: Adams and Draymond are quote machines and are also known for their physical styles on the defensive end on the court. Green has also gone through practices to prepare for bad calls and said he'll try to lure Adams into a technical foul. The Warriors have used Green on Andre Roberson at times to use him as more of a roaming defender. Additionally, the Warriors didn't use Green at center too much in Game 2 with only two minutes of their death lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:14 pm
  • LeBron James triple-doubles in 108-89 victory
    LeBron James triple-doubled during a 108-89 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: It's his 15th playoff triple-double of his career and he also passed Shaquille O'Neal for fourth on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. James continues to get to the rim at will and he's now 17-of-19 on his shots from within three feet. On the other hand, he's struggled at the line and is just 11-of-21 from there in these two games. The Cavs are 10-0 in this postseason and have won 17 straight playoff games against the Eastern Conference over the last two postseasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 15 points in win
    Kevin Love scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. Love was on a stationary bike during this game, but he didn't appear to have any interaction with his medical staff. The Cavs have not lost any playoff games with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Expect Love to flirt with 20 points in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Pat Patterson moves to the bench
    Patrick Patterson scored six points with one rebound, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Raptors bench continues to get thumped. Patterson will likely move back into the starting lineup or the Raptors could go with Norman Powell or even Terrence Ross as a starter. Patterson is still on the table as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Dwight Howard thought about contract opt-out
    Dwight Howard said he has thought about opting out of his contract this summer.

    Advice: Howard can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and appears to be leaning towards making the decision to opt out of his contract. "To be honest, I have had some conversations with close friends on what would happen if I do opt out," Howard said. "But I haven't really come out and said, 'I'm going to opt out and do this and that.' I just can't focus on that right now." The Rockets are close to signing Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, which would all but guarantee an opt-out for Howard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:38 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 pts, commits eight TOs
    Kevin Durant racked up a game-high 29 points during Wednesday's loss, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, but he also committed eight turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire as a shooter in the first half, but atypically careless turnovers prevented the Thunder from building any significant momentum. Credit is due to Golden State's swarming defense, and OKC will need to get more from their supporting players to earn a Finals berth -- Serge Ibaka scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting tonight, and non-Durant players combined to shoot just 40.0 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Klay Thompson shoots 5-of-17 for 15 points
    Klay Thompson made just 5-of-17 shots to finish Wednesday's home victory with 15 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Klay's defense on Russell Westbrook was exemplary, however, and he could have had a bigger game if the score weren't out of hand -- Golden State led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 46.4 percent from downtown, and they still haven't suffered consecutive losses during the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Draymond Green ready to bounce back in Game 2
    Draymond Green said he's ready to show everyone what the Warriors are made of with a Game 2 bounce back performance.

    Advice: "When you can bounce back from something like this, it makes it all the more sweeter," said Draymond of the Warriors conceding Game 1 to OKC. "I’m relishing this opportunity. This is where you see what you’re really made of. This is where you bounce back and everybody is against and don’t think you can do it and... This is where it gets fun for us." The Dubs have the right mindset going into Game 2, but they'll need to do a better job of executing on offense if they hope to even up the series at one a piece on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • LeBron James not worried about complacency
    LeBron James said he's not worried about the Cavs getting complacent after dominating their first nine games of the postseason.

    Advice: "I don't think we have complacency on our minds right now," James said. "We have a goal, and our goal was not nine wins... And as the leader of this team, I'm going to continue to make sure that these guys understand what our goal is, and they know." The Cavs have made a mockery of the Eastern Conference, but James will consistently remind his teammates that a championship is the ultimate goal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:29 am
  • Terry says Dwight Howard could work in DAL
    Jason Terry said that Dwight Howard would be a "great fit" in Dallas, but he would have to accept Rick Carlisle's coaching style and system.

    Advice: "It would be a great fit. I think the key cog in that wheel is Dwight," Terry said. "Are you willing to come in and accept Carlisle's style of coaching? He has a great offensive system... But the big guy really doesn't touch it a lot on the inside." Given how much Howard complained this past season about his lack of touches, it would be surprising to see him go somewhere like Dallas. The Mavs have also stated that they're not willing to pay the max to sign D-12, which is likely what Howard will be seeking on the open market. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • 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
  • Kevin Love scores 14 points in Game 1 win
    Kevin Love scored 14 points with four boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Raptors in Game 1.

    Advice: He didn't play much due to the blowout, so his streak of eight games in a row with a double-double ended. Love shot 4-of-8 from the field tonight and is now shooting 44.8 percent from deep in the postseason, so he's peaking at the perfect time for the Cavs. "That’s what we all hoped we would see in Kevin," Coach Tyronn Lue said of Love's recent play. "He’s a great player. I believe he’s a top-10 player in this league and he knows it." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24 in Game 1 win
    LeBron James scored 24 points in Tuesday's 115-84 win over the Raptors in Game 1, shooting an efficient 11-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll was the primary defender on him tonight, but James couldn't be stopped and had his way on the offensive end. He added six boards, four assists, one block and two steals, and he didn't even touch the floor in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score. The Cavs are still undefeated in the postseason and look like a serious force right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Kevin Durant not ready to celebrate yet
    Kevin Durant said he and his teammates aren't celebrating their Game 1 win over Golden State on Monday as they know they have more work to do.

    Advice: The Thunder upset the defending champs on the road to take Game 1, but Durant said the Thunder still have a lot to prove. "We're playing in the Western Conference finals against a great team," Durant said. "We got a 'W' the first game, but there is a lot of basketball to be played, so we can't be too excited. It was a good win for us, but we're not going to be jumping up and down, chest-bumping on the court. We've got a lot more basketball to play." Durant only shot 10-of-30 from the field on Monday, so we should expect a better shooting performance out of KD in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • Kevin Durant takes 30 FGAs, scores 26 points
    Kevin Durant made 10-of-30 from the field for 26 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: It was a sloppy first half for Durant with a few careless turnovers. Durant saw a host of different defenders with Andre Iguodala on him towards the end of the game. He also only saw five minutes at power forward in this game, which actually wasn't successful for OKC. Plus, if Durant missed 20 FGAs in most games, the Thunder would likely be losing those contests. Durant lit the Warriors up during the season with 36.3 points per game, so the Thunder have to be beyond pleased to get a win. Expect better efficiency and possibly lower usage in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:33 pm
  • Serge Ibaka looks a lot better vs. Warriors
    Serge Ibaka turned it around against the Warriors on Monday, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't really closing when OKC thumped the Spurs in the fourth quarter in the last series, but the Thunder really need Ibaka out there for spacing on offense and all the switching they'll need to do against the Warriors pick-and-roll plays. He did have a big game against the Warriors earlier in the year with a 15-point, 20-board line, so he's certainly capable of another productive outing in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:22 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
  • Klay Thompson scores 25 points in Game 1 loss
    Klay Thompson scored 25 points during a 108-102 loss to the Thunder on Monday, adding nine rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like Klay was going to have a monster game with 19 first-half points, but he fizzled out late. Coach Steve Kerr put Thompson on Kevin Durant more often in the second half, which may have been the culprit after the break. The Warriors only had 14 points in the fourth quarter and 42 points in the second half to set 2016 postseason lows. Thompson being a two-way player will be a big part of his postseason role, but his DFS output will depend on his scoring. His nine rebounds are his second-best total in a postseason game for his career, as well. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:10 pm
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