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  • Kyle Korver quiet again, Hawks face 2-0 hole
    Kyle Korver, who attempted only one shot in Game 1 vs. the Cavs, finished Wednesday's drubbing with seven points on 3-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks trailed by 36 points at halftime, the second-largest deficit in NBA playoff history, resulting in copious garbage time down the stretch. Korver added just one rebound and one assist without any steals or blocks, all while getting torched defensively by red-hot J.R. Smith. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Cavs set new NBA record w/ 25 made 3-pointers
    The Cavaliers set an all-time NBA record with 25 made 3-pointers during Wednesday's lopsided Game 2 victory, aided by J.R. Smith's 23 points and 7-of-13 shooting from downtown.

    Advice: The Cavs opened tonight's game with a 3-point avalanche, hitting a postseason-record 18 triples in the first half alone, with six of them coming from Smith. He wound up 8-of-14 from the field with two rebounds and two steals in just 28 minutes of action, and could have had an even bigger line if the game weren't wrapped up by halftime. Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4 vs. the Pistons but his status for the second round was never in doubt, and tonight's eruption confirms that he's feeling fine. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • J.B. Bickerstaff bows out of Rockets' search
    Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has reportedly informed team officials that he's not a candidate for Houston's head coach position.

    Advice: Team owner Les Alexander and GM Daryl Morey recently met with Bickerstaff, in addition to current assistant coach Chris Finch and Clippers assistant Sam Cassell. Jeff Van Gundy is reportedly still high on their list, which could extend to more than a dozen candidates. Other potential coaches include Jeff Hornacek and Hornets assistant Stephen Silas. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Mario Chalmers walking without crutches
    Mario Chalmers (Achilles) is walking without crutches.

    Advice: It's progress since his Mar. 15 surgery. Chalmers was walking very slowly in the video posted below and chances are he won't be ready for the start of the season. The timing is also terrible for Chalmers as he heads into free agency. He'll be signed, but the injury might cost him some money given how tough it is to come back from a torn Achilles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Dwyane Wade gets treatment on Wednesday
    Dwyane Wade (knee) received treatment on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is no concern of him missing Game 2. Wade was terrific down the stretch to help the Heat get a Game 1 win with 24 points. For now, he is unlikely to be limited and should be a prime DFS target for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Rumor: LAL will make push for Paul George
    The Lakers would reportedly like to try and trade for Paul George this summer, according to sources of Bill Simmons.

    Advice: If the Lakers are able to secure a top-3 selection in the 2016 draft, they would reportedly like to use that pick among other assets (likely D'Angelo Russell) to try and lure PG-13 away from Indiana. While anything is possible, it would be extremely shocking to see Larry Bird deal away a top-15 player entering his prime in order to go through a full rebuild with unproven talent. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Wade praises Goran Dragic for aggressive play
    Dwyane Wade praised Goran Dragic's aggressive play following Tuesday's Game 1 overtime win over the Raptors.

    Advice: "He’s just being very aggressive, and to be successful in these playoffs, we need that," said Wade of Dragic. "I’m not saying he has to score 25-plus every night, but we need Goran on the attack. It makes everyone’s job easier and it makes us a better team." Dragic has been phenomenal over his past two outings, owning averages of 25.5 points, 6.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.5 triples and 2.5 turnovers on 56.8 percent shooting. If he can keep playing like this, he'll give Miami an excellent chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 am
  • CHA will make Batum No. 1 priority during FA
    Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that he will make re-signing Nicolas Batum as an unrestricted free agent this offseason Charlotte's No. 1 priority.

    Advice: "[Batum] is a huge piece. He’s number one in our offseason priority," said Cho. "Overall he did a great job on both ends of the floor and in the locker room." Batum had a solid season in Charlotte, putting up steady mid-round value with averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 triples, 0.9 steals, 0.6 swats and 2.9 turnovers per contest. Batum's ability to space the floor and run an offense also really helped Kemba Walker up his efficiency, and it sounds like Charlotte will do everything in their power to retain him on the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Steve Blake says he has one more year left
    Steve Blake said that he feels he can play one more year in the NBA, and he'd like to be back with the Pistons next season.

    Advice: "I feel like I have one more year in my body and then I’ll be ready to be home with my family," Blake said. "It was great playing for [Van Gundy], and I really love playing with these guys. If they wanted me back, I’d be thrilled, but you never know in this league." While Blake would like to remain in Detroit, Van Gundy acknowledged during exit interviews that he's seeking to upgrade the backup point guard position, so the feeling may not be mutual. Blake won't be a fantasy option regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Dwyane Wade says that his left knee is 'fine'
    Dwyane Wade said that he believes his left knee will be "fine" for Thursday's Game 2 in Toronto.

    Advice: "I hit the bone and I’m sure it’s bruised," Wade said. "I’ll be fine. I’ve played with it before, so I will do it again." Wade banged the inside of his left knee during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter of Game 1's overtime win, but he played through it, and it would be surprising to see the injury force him to miss any time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Stephen Curry (knee) receives PRP injection
    Stephen Curry said on Tuesday that he underwent a platelet-rich plasma treatment on his sprained right knee as part of his recovery process.

    Advice: PRP injections have been shown to speed up the recovery process, and Curry reportedly underwent the treatment one day after initially suffering the injury. The Dubs are hopeful that Curry will be able to get back on the court for either Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4, and we'll have a better idea on his status following Thursday's practice. However, given that the Dubs are currently up 2-0 in their second-round series, it wouldn't be surprising to see Curry spend at least one more game on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:05 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 22 in loss Tuesday
    C.J. McCollum scored 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting in Tuesday's 110-99 loss to the Warriors in Game 2.

    Advice: Other than the scoring, McCollum was pretty quiet in the box score with just two assists, two boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes. He scored 12 points in Game 1 and was just 5-of-17 from the field, so at least he took a step in the right direction. McCollum and Damian Lillard will need to be special in Game 3 on Saturday to get their team back in this series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:03 pm
  • Shaun Livingston scores 14 points in win
    Shaun Livingston scored 14 points (6-of-15 FGs) with four assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 33 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The 15 shot attempts were a season high, as the Warriors are trying to utilize his size in the post against Portland's smaller guards. Livingston has filled in admirably for Stephen Curry (knee) and has now scored 10 or more points in all five of his starts this postseason. Curry is progressing, but his status for Game 3 is still up in the air. If the MVP sits, Livingston is a nice option in DFS if you're trying to save a few bucks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Andre Iguodala scores 15 points in win
    Andre Iguodala scored 15 points with five boards, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight, shooting 6-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. It sounds like Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Game 3 or Game 4, but the Warriors might be cautious considering they have a commanding 2-0 series lead. Iguodala will continue to benefit if Curry misses more time, but keep in mind that he had just six points with four boards and three assists in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 27, Warriors lead 2-0
    Klay Thompson scored 27 points on 7-of-20 shooting to lead the Warriors to a 110-99 win over the Blazers in Game 2, giving Golden State a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: He also added three boards, three assists and five 3-pointers, with 20 of his points coming in the second half. Thompson is really stepping up in the absence of Stephen Curry (knee) and was coming off a personal playoff-high of 37 points in Game 1. The Warriors are in firm control of this series, so they may be more cautious with Curry's return which could allow Thompson to post some monster numbers moving forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 22 points in Game 1
    DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-22 from the field with six boards, four assists and one steal in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 31.9 percent from the field in round one of the playoffs, so at least he's trending in the right direction. Kyle Lowry was ice cold tonight, so DeRozan may be asked to do even more on offense moving forward. He also had a 29.1 usage rate tonight which is a fair expectation for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores 19 off the bench
    Terrence Ross set a new playoff career-high with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He also hit 2-of-7 from beyond the arc and added two boards, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes. Ross only averaged 12.1 minutes per game vs. the Hornets in round one, so coach Dwane Casey probably gave him some extra run simply because he had the hot hand tonight. The Raptors will play a lot of small ball and Norman Powell struggled tonight, so maybe Ross can build off his momentum in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Norman Powell held to two points in start
    Norman Powell moved into the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Heat on Tuesday, but he scored just two points on 1-of-5 shooting with two boards, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't look great tonight and lost some playing time because Terrence Ross was playing really well off the bench. The Raptors are going to play a lot of small ball in this series, so Powell's minutes should trend up moving forward, assuming Ross cools off. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 24 points in win
    Dwyane Wade scored 24 points in Tuesday's win over the Raptors, adding six boards, four assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 10-of-21 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line in what was arguably his best all-around game of the postseason. With just a few seconds left in overtime, Wade stole the ball from DeMar DeRozan and finished a driving and-one layup to secure the win. He was holding his left knee at the end of regulation after a fall, but it obviously didn't seem to bother him in overtime. He should be fine. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 16 points in win Tuesday
    Joe Johnson scored 16 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 42 minutes in Tuesday's overtime win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Johnson was quiet in the previous series against the Hornets despite playing the second most minutes (33.7 per game) on the team behind Luol Deng, so it's a good sign to see him get off to a good start. He took a total of 19 shots for just the third time in his Heat career, connecting on seven of them. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) scores 11 in win
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) scored 11 points with two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's win over the Raptors.

    Advice: He averaged 28.9 minutes per game in round one of the playoffs, so it's a little concerning that he only played 24 minutes in the overtime win. The rookie was a little careless with the ball on a couple of possessions, but the fact that Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic were both on fire was probably the main reason for Richardson's low minutes. His shoulder is fine, but he's too hard to trust in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:23 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 26 in overtime win
    Goran Dragic led the Heat to a 102-96 overtime win in Game 1 vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, scoring 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: He was coming in hot with 25 points in Game 7 vs. the Pacers on Sunday, so the Raptors are going to have their hands full if Dragic stays this hot. He added six boards, two assists and three 3-pointers with three turnovers in 41 minutes. Game 2 will be in Toronto on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Norman Powell to start, Patterson to bench
    Norman Powell will move into the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Heat on Tuesday, sending Patrick Patterson to the bench.

    Advice: The Heat utilize a small-ball lineup with Luol Deng at the four, so the Raptors will slide DeMarre Carroll over to power forward. Powell only averaged 18.0 minutes per game in round one vs. the Pacers, but he should see a lot more minutes in this series and he's definitely earned them too. Patterson should still be the first big off the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • Stephen Curry could return Saturday or Monday
    Warriors' GM Bob Myers said that Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4.

    Advice: "I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is it going to be Monday?" said Meyers of Curry's timetable. "It's in that range, but it's hard to say. But those games [3 and 4] are so close together... He's got to play a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5. He hasn't done any of that stuff yet." Steve Kerr is hopeful that Curry can go through a full scrimmage on Thursday, and if he can get through that scrimmage, it sounds like he has a decent chance of suiting up for Game 3. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:24 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could scrimmage Thursday
    Steve Kerr said that he's hopeful Stephen Curry (knee) will be able to scrimmage with the team during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: "Thursday, we will definitely get up and down and hopefully he'll be able to take part, but we don't know yet," Kerr said. "I don't know how it'll play out here. It's not like if we're 2-2 or something we're not going to bring him back. We can't let the series score determine whether we bring him back, it's really based on his health and his rhythm." Curry is set to spend Tuesday's Game 2 on the sidelines, but the Dubs are holding out hope that he can return for Saturday's Game 3. Kerr also added that Curry's minutes will likely be limited upon his return, but he wouldn't put an exact figure on the potential minutes cap. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:27 pm
  • Cavs want to take Korver out of the game
    Tyronn Lue said that he'll make shutting down Kyle Korver a priority for the Cavs during their second-round series with the Hawks.

    Advice: "When we take [Korver] out of the game, they have a tough time scoring," Lue said. "We know in the last series [against the Celtics], they were a plus-78 when he was on the floor and a minus-24 when he was off the floor. He’s a big part of what they do and we have to lock into him and try to take him out of the series." The Cavs made Korver a non-factor during Game 1, holding him to just one shot attempt, so the Hawks will need to do a better job of trying to get him involved during Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:39 pm
  • Tyler Johnson working on his conditioning
    Tyler Johnson said that his conditioning still isn't quite where it needs to be.

    Advice: "It's obviously not where I would want it to be," Johnson said of his conditioning, "but I don't think it's too far behind. I don't think it's anything that I can't get back." It's not surprising at all that Johnson still needs to work on his conditioning as he just returned from a three-month absence. He'll likely be used sparingly during Miami's second-round series against Toronto, and with Josh Richardson healthy, Johnson can't be considered a viable target in most settings. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:04 pm
  • Josh Richardson not worried about shoulder
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) said he's feeling fine in advance of Game 1 against the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: Richardson's shoulder doesn't look to be an issue in Round 2 after requiring an MRI after Game 6 of the Charlotte series. The rookie averaged 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers in the Heat's opening series and will continue to be a middling fantasy option against the Raptors. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:27 am
  • Head coach: Terrence Ross needs to hit threes
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Terrence Ross needs to start hitting three-pointers.

    Advice: While it's not much less than his season average of 38.6 percent, Ross is shooting just 33.3 percent from downtown in the postseason. While Ross has time to turn things around against the Heat, he has been playing just over 12 minutes per game in the playoffs and doesn't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:04 am
  • Nicolas Batum has unfinished business in CHA
    Nicolas Batum said he has unfinished business in Charlotte when asked about re-signing with the Hornets.

    Advice: While Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Batum will be the Hornets top offseason priority, the free agent-to-be said the Hornets will be the first call he takes when he becomes a free agent on July 1. "I think it’s a little bit of everything – the coaching staff, the organization, the city and the players, too," Batum said when asked what he liked about Charlotte. We'll keep an eye on Batum as free agency inches closer, but it sounds like a return to the Hornets is a very likely possibility. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 am
  • Jamal Crawford would like to return to Clips
    Jamal Crawford would like to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Advice: Crawford is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but would like to stay with the Clilppers. "I know my role, I respect my role, I respect my teammates," Crawford said. "I don’t like change, so I’m very, very comfortable here, and I’d love to stay here further. The 36-year-old is fresh off winning the Sixth Man of the Year award and will have similar fantasy value in 2016-17 if he's back with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 14 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard made 7-of-18 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: It was not his best game on either end. Leonard played some power forward in this game with a lot of small-ball lineups for both teams. Prior to this dud, he was incredibly efficient in the previous five games, posting a 71.4 true shooting percentage. Leonard should bounce back in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:20 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just three points
    Kyle Korver missed his only shot from the field and made all three free throws against the Cavs on Monday, adding five rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first time he's had 0-1 attempts from the field in any game since November 2015 and just his fifth such of his playoff career. Korver busted out against the Celtics on the last round, so there's a chance he rebounds in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:04 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry won't play in Game 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) won't play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

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

    Advice: Assuming he returns to the Lakers—which is a virtual certainty with Clarkson entering restricted free agency—it will be interesting to watch how Walton utilizes the dynamic athlete in his inaugural season as head coach. The 36-year-old also praised Clarkson's work ethic, which is arguably his most valuable asset at this stage of his young career. There are a lot of long-term uncertainties in Los Angeles, but Clarkson shouldn't be considered one of them. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:57 am
  • Nicolas Batum open to re-signing with Hornets
    Nicolas Batum, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he's open to re-signing with the Hornets.

    Advice: "When I came here they let me know they wanted me to be one of the [top] two options with Kemba [Walker]," he said. "I liked that. I like that they trusted me." He then added: "It was a pretty cool year. First time I got to play like I want to in eight years in the NBA." The second quote is an important one to focus on when projecting Batum's future. A versatile contributor entering his prime, Batum will be a sought after commodity in free agency and the Hornets will have to pay big money to keep him. Despite Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's expected from shoulder surgery, Charlotte should do everything possible to prioritize Batum's return. "Why not? I don’t know [what will happen in] a crazy summer for a lot of people. But why not? I want to talk to them first, for sure. July 1 will be a crazy day, but will Charlotte be my first call? Yes." Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:57 am
  • Jeremy Lin wants to be back with the Hornets
    Jeremy Lin expressed his desire to return to the Hornets next season.

    Advice: "I definitely want to play with these guys and for this coach. No question in my mind that I'm interested in coming back," he said. Lin holds a player option for a shade over $2 million for next year, but hinted he may choose to opt out in search of a larger average annual salary and multi-year security. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:54 am
  • Evan Turner praises Brad Stevens in big way
    Evan Turner said that Brad Stevens "rekindled my fire for the game."

    Advice: "Brad's definitely helped me grow as a player in regards to seeing things in a bigger-picture format," Turner said. "I think he's definitely helped us all becoming better pros and doing the little things. Everybody in this locker room he's always trying to put in positions to succeed so I definitely appreciate that and most importantly off the court he's a great friend and a great guy." Despite holding a treasure chest filled with assets, there's little doubt Brad Stevens is Boston's most valuable chip in a growing stack. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:29 am
  • George runs out of gas as Pacers season ends
    Paul George admitted that he "ran out of gas a little bit" in Indiana's Game 7 loss vs. Toronto.

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

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

    Advice: George got off to a torrid start, including a 360 dunk in the first quarter, but Toronto zeroed in on him defensively (forcing seven turnovers) and his singular brilliance wasn't enough tonight. It was nevertheless a tremendous year for PG-13, who bounced back from a lost season to average 23.1 points, 2.6 threes, 7.0 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals while playing in 81 games during the 2015-16 regular season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:05 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 30 points in Game 7 win
    DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 30 points to help Toronto advance to the second round on Sunday, making 10-of-32 shots with five boards, two assists, three steals, two blocks and just one turnover in 40 minutes.

    Advice: DeRozan ranked third in the NBA for free throw attempts this season, at 8.4 per game, but he averaged just 5.0 freebies in Games 1-6 vs. the Pacers. He got hot early tonight with 13 first-quarter points and wound up 9-of-9 at the line, while his 32 field goal attempts set a franchise playoff-high for Toronto. His first-round inefficiency is water under the bridge now that he's helped his team advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 pm
  • Norman Powell huge in Game 7 win vs. Pacers
    Norman Powell played like a seasoned veteran during Sunday's thrilling Game 7 victory, posting 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting with three 3-pointers, three boards, one assist, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Powell was a throw-in when the Raptors traded Greivis Vasquez to the Bucks for a 2017 first-round pick, but he's proven to be a diamond in the rough for Toronto. The former No. 46 pick bodied up Paul George defensively despite giving up five inches, he thrived in catch-and-shoot situations, and he consistently made smart decisions. He'll be on Miami's radar when the Raptors host the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern semi-finals. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:43 pm
  • C.J. McCollum shoots 5-of-17 in Game 1 defeat
    C.J. McCollum shot just 5-of-17 from the field on Sunday to finish a Game 1 defeat with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors' length and ability to switch pick-and-rolls was once again a deciding factor, as it helped to limit McCollum and Damian Lillard to combined 30.2 percent shooting in Game 1. He had a quiet Game 1 vs. the Clippers in the first round, before heating up throughout that series, so ideally he'll make a few adjustments to get himself going for Tuesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:34 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 37 points in Game 1 win
    Klay Thompson scored a personal playoff-high 37 points during Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Blazers, making 14-of-28 shots with seven 3-pointers, five boards, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: Portland had no answer for Thompson defensively and he's now the first player in NBA history with at least seven 3-pointers in three consecutive games. Stephen Curry has a "slim" chance of playing in Game 2, but a Game 3 return is more probable. With Thompson and Draymond Green carrying the Warriors to a blowout win in Game 1, the Warriors can afford to be extra cautious with their ailing MVP. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:12 pm
  • Stephen Curry thinks he might play in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (knee) said that there is a "pretty good" chance that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: His chances of playing in Game 2 on Tuesday are reportedly pretty "slim," but it sounds like he's making good progress and coach Steve Kerr said that he might start scrimmaging later this week. There are going to be a ton of updates on the MVP all week, so expect another one on Monday. Shaun Livingston will hold down the fort at point guard until Curry can return. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) plays 29 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (foot) played 29 minutes on Sunday vs. the Heat, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that Batum was only going to play seven or eight minutes in each half, so he must've felt a little better than expected and he even started the second half. Batum hasn't been 100 percent for weeks, so the only good thing about the Hornets being eliminated is that he will finally have some time off to rehab his injury. "To have so many young guys, so many new guys, we had a great season," Batum said. "We need to move on right away and get better." He is a free agent this summer, but it sounds like the Hornets have an excellent chance to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returns to action
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returned to action on Sunday vs. the Hornets after nearly three months on the sidelines, finishing with five points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in six minutes.

    Advice: He has technically been "available" for a few games now, but he was finally able to get some minutes due to garbage time. Josh Richardson is ahead of him on the depth chart, so Johnson likely won't have a significant role in round two of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:33 pm
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) plays 19 minutes
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) played 19 minutes vs. the Hornets on Sunday, scoring three points on 1-of-6 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well, but still added five boards, three assists and one 3-pointer and got some much needed rest due to the lopsided score. The good news is that his shoulder wasn't an issue, so he should see his normal workload in round two of the playoffs. Prior to this dud, Richardson averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in the first six games of the series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:27 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 25, Heat wins Game 7
    Goran Dragic scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead the Heat to a 106-73 win over the Hornets in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Dragon had a quiet series prior to Sunday with modest averages of 12.3 points, 4.3 boards, 4.3 assists, and 0.8 steals, but he picked the perfect moment to erupt. Dragic was arguably the best player on the court today, adding six rebounds, four assists and one block in 32 minutes. The Heat will now move on to face the winner of Sunday's Game 7 between the Raptors and Pacers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:23 pm
  • Batum starts 2nd half, Kaminsky to bench
    Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was only supposed to play seven or eight minutes in each half according to coach Steve Clifford before the game, but he's already up to 16 minutes at the half. He isn't close to 100 percent and he's not moving that well either, but the Hornets have no choice but to play him if they want to escape Miami with a win. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:22 am
  • Stephen Curry has a 'slim' chance for Game 2
    Stephen Curry (knee) has a "slim" chance to play in Game 2 vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He obviously won't play in Game 1 on Sunday, but Curry was able to do some stationary shooting on Saturday and coach Steve Kerr is open to the idea of allowing the MVP to start scrimmaging early next week. With Curry out on Sunday, Shaun Livingston will draw the start and Draymond Green will spend a lot of time running the offense. Andre Iguodala will have more responsibility as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:54 am
  • Batum and Hawes are available to play Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (foot) and Spencer Hawes (knee) are available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while Batum is feeling better, he's still not 100 percent and will likely be limited to just seven or eight minutes per half in Game 7. To be clear, Batum is too risky to deploy in most fantasy formats. We'll let you know how he holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:35 am
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) will go through warmups
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) will try to warm up for Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Batum is feeling better and will be a game-time call, but indicated that he will only play seven or eight minutes per half if he's cleared. Clifford is expecting Batum to play, but he's not going to see enough minutes to make an impact in most fantasy formats. We'll have another update before tip-off. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play Sunday
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play in Game 7 vs. the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: He cleared all tests and an MRI on Saturday came back negative, so he should be close to 100 percent. Richardson is averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in 30.5 minutes per game in this series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Brad Stevens wants Celtics to re-sign Turner
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Evan Turner that he wants him back in Boston next season.

    Advice: "Coach [Stevens] definitely said [he wants me back]," said Turner. "He said he’ll be pushing for me and everything like that. And that’s pretty much it. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on right now. I understand it. And I understand what’s going to occur, with the draft picks and the young guys trying to develop and trying to get a superstar, stuff like that. I definitely comprehend it." The Celtics may try to land a star this summer and have a stockpile of draft picks to use, so Turner won't be their top priority even though they want to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:22 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 25 points in 22 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard made 10-of-13 from the field for 25 points in 22 minutes against the Thunder during a Game 1 win on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's won Defensive Player of the Year in the last two seasons, but Kawhi's offense was the story tonight. He made his first six shots from the field to help get him to 20 points in the first half. Kevin Durant simply couldn't guard him with his array of hesitation moves and he was awesome in transition. The Klaw will be dominating this series on both ends as a high-end DFS option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:56 pm
  • Kerr: Not much of a chance Curry in for Gm 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) doesn't have much of a chance to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is good news because Kerr did not rule him out. Curry is still not doing on-court work and he's obviously not going to play in Game 1. The MVP is doing some work in the training room and has said he's hoping to return before May 9. Shaun Livingston will be running the point while basically every other player steps up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) is game-time call
    An MRI on Josh Richardson's left shoulder was negative and he will be a game-time decision for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He wasn't concerned on Friday and for good reason. Richardson has been able to stay in front of Kemba Walker better than Goran Dragic, so that's helped his playing time. The second-round rookie has played 30.5 minutes per game in the postseason, which is pretty incredible for a guy who didn't get invited to the combine. He's not a great DFS option, though. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:04 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 7
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is questionable to play against the Heat in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not play in the second half on Friday due to aggravating his injury from Game 2. The Hornets went 2-0 without Batum thanks to Jeremy Lin stepping up in a big way, so this might not be a huge loss. If Batum can't go, there will be more minutes for Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. The Hornets and Heat have the first game of the day, so we'll have word for DFS lineup lock. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Heat awaiting Richardson's MRI results
    The Miami Heat are still waiting for the results of the MRI on Josh Richardson's shoulder.

    Advice: "The responsible thing for him and for us is to get it checked out, see what it is, and take the next course of action," coach Erik Spoelstra said. Richardson made it sound like the injury wasn't serious on Friday, so hopefully the Heat are just being cautious. There should be an update this evening, but expect Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson to pick up some minutes if the rookie can't play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:48 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores 32 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored a playoff career-high 32 points during a loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one assist, three steals and three turnovers on 10-of-25 from the field.

    Advice: He was up to his usual tricks with too many off-the-dribble jumpers. The Clippers didn't really have many options for scoring, so a wild Crawford shot was one of their best plays in the arsenal. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will head into free agency with plenty of miles left on his tires. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:24 pm
  • Flash Back: Dwyane Wade scores 23 in win
    Dwyane Wade torched the Hornets during a 97-90 win on Friday during Game 6 to tie the series 3-3, scoring 23 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have any 3-pointers since December 2015, so his two 3-pointers in the final 200 seconds of this game were extraordinarily clutch. Wade also had a block on Kemba Walker with 14 seconds left and hit a vintage contested fadeaway two with 19 seconds left. He will look to get a Game 7 win at home on Sunday. He's playing more minutes and should be ready to roll for DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Josh Richardson hurts his shoulder
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) said nothing will keep him out in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He hurt his left shoulder in the last minute of the game and had ice on it after the win. Richardson's defense was very good at times and he has leapfrogged Tyler Johnson (shoulder). Richardson finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Jeremy Lin struggles in a loss
    Jeremy Lin scored eight points with one rebound, one assist and three turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

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

    Advice: This was basically the bizarro version of Game 5. The Pacers got red hot in the second half with an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. George checked out with 3:08 left due to garbage time, so he would've been at 43 minutes had the game been close. There was talk of him playing 48 minutes before this game, so he'll likely be in the 43-48 range in Game 7 on Sunday. You almost have to start him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:07 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores eight; Raptors lose
    DeMar DeRozan struggled yet again during a blowout 101-83 loss to the Pacers on Friday, making 3-of-13 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: That 34-point game from Tuesday seems like a distant memory. The Raptors were smoked in the second half due to giving up an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. DeRozan has flopped big time in five of the six games to put his team in a tight spot. He continues to waste possessions on contested mid-range jumpers with too many turnovers. He'll need a decent game on Sunday in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:48 pm
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Nicolas Batum likely to play more
    Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

    Advice: It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Vogel won't commit to 48 mins of George
    Coach Frank Vogel won't commit to playing Paul George 48 minutes on Friday.

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

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

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

    Advice: Johnson was an "emergency option" in Game 5, but he never left the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Johnson will see minutes Friday, but keep in mind that he will likely be pretty limited. His return could push Gerald Green completely out of the rotation and he might take a couple of Josh Richardson's minutes as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:50 am
  • Evan Turner hints about his future with BOS
    Evan Turner indicated that his positive experience in Boston will play heavily into his decision as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: "It’s definitely going to play a lot," Turner said. "Players definitely play their best when they’re happy. Most importantly, I found a situation and coach that tended to myself, and my teammates, to what they do well." Regardless of what Turner decides, he's going to get a serious raise this summer after a promising postseason with averages 13.2 points, 5.7 boards, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:05 am
  • Kemba Walker praises Jeremy Lin
    Kemba Walker said that Jeremy Lin's aggression has forced the Heat to shift their defensive philosophy.

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

    Advice: "If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." Coach Frank Vogel already hinted that he will play him all 48 minutes "if necessary," as PG-13 was a +15 in 41 minutes in Tuesday's loss. DFS owners can feel good about locking George into lineups tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:15 am
  • Kyle Korver scores 16 points with nine boards
    Kyle Korver made all four shots from the field and all four from the line for 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Not bad. He drove his fantasy owners crazy during the regular season, but Korver is kind of rolling now when it counts for the Hawks. In his six games during this series, Korver averaged 12.2 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys on a pristine 67.3 true shooting percentage. He'll be very important in the second round and will likely have a mini 3-point contest in a head-to-head matchup with J.R. Smith at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Evan Turner scores eight in off finale
    Evan Turner's solid series ended on a down note during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday, making 4-of-17 from the field for eight points with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was a big part of the rotation due to Avery Bradley (hamstring) going down. Turner surpassed most expectations to help his value heading into free agency, especially late in the season and in the postseason. In his 12 starts this regular season, Turner averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 treys. Several teams will be after The Villain. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:50 pm
  • Livingston will be more aggressive sans Curry
    Shaun Livingston said that he'll be more aggressive on the offensive end for however long Stephen Curry (knee) is sidelined.

    Advice: "I have to be more aggressive just because of the production that's out," Livingston said. "I don't expect to make all of that up — this guy leads the league in scoring. But it's really important we all remain aggressive and confident." Livingston knocked down 7-of-8 shots during Wednesday's series clinching Game 5 win over Houston, on his way to 16 points, three boards, three assists and just one turnover. Curry likely won't be ready for the start of the second-round, so Livingston could make for a nice low-budget DFS play when the Dubs second-round series begins. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • LAC not lacking in confidence heading into G6
    Jamal Crawford said that the Clippers feel "really good" about their chances of securing a Game 6 win in Portland.

    Advice: "We were in the same situation last year, we had to go to San Antonio and win on their court in a Game 6 to force a Game 7 in front of our home fans," said Crawford. "We’re a confident group. We feel really good about Game 6." It's true that the Clippers pulled off a comeback against the Spurs last season, but that was with a healthy Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand). Crawford is going to be heavily involved on the offensive end, but he'll need to be more efficient if the Clippers hope to secure an upset. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

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

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

    Advice: Smith is dealing with a tweaked groin from Friday's Game 4 win over the Pistons, but has plenty of time as Cleveland is still awaiting a winner from the Hawks-Celtics series. It would be a big surprise if Smith isn't ready to go for the start of the second round. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:39 am
  • Evan Turner will have suitors in free agency
    There will be several teams interested in Evan Turner when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to league sources.

    Advice: Turner has resurrected his career as the Celtics sixth man and it hasn't gone unnoticed around the league. "He’s done everything they’ve asked him to do and from what I hear, hasn’t grumbled a day about it," one rival executive said. "Every team needs a guy like that in their locker room." Turner looks to be in line for a raise this summer and could see a minor boost in fantasy value if he finds a job as a starter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Stephen Curry to test knee on court next week
    Stephen Curry (knee) will begin testing his knee on the court next week, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

    Advice: Spears reports that Curry is feeling better, according to sources, and is targeting next week to test his knee as he attempts to get back on the court. The Warriors are still awaiting a winner from the Clippers-Trail Blazers series, so he'll have some extra time to recover from his Grade 1 sprain. Shaun Livingston will continue to start as long as Curry is out, but we'll undoubtedly have updates before Golden State's next series starts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 am
  • Klay Thompson propels GSW into second round
    Klay Thompson and the Warriors obliterated the Rockets in a series-clinching win on Wednesday, led by Klay's 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a 7-of-11 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Golden State built a 30-point lead mid-way through the third quarter, fueled by a 3-point barrage from Thompson, and they won by a final score of 114-81. He's the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games -- if nothing else, tonight's eruption confirms that the Warriors are a scary team even when one Splash Brother is in street clothes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Shaun Livingston shoots 7-of-8 in Game 5 win
    Shaun Livingston made 7-of-8 shots for 16 points during the Warriors' Game 5 victory, adding three boards, three assists and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Livingston is a savvy defender whose offense is underrated -- he's not a 3-point threat, but he's a great passer who consistently uses his 6'7" frame to shoot over smaller guards from the paint out to 20 feet. Steph Curry (sprained knee) has an uncertain return date, so Livingston could earn at least a few more starts at PG in the second round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • 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
  • Jamal Crawford scores 17 points on 23 shots
    Jamal Crawford moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday and proceeded to launch 23 shots, making six of them to finish with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Crawford started alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan, a unit that played a mere four minutes together during the 2015-16 season. Doc Rivers' gamble was born of desperation and resulted in a home loss, but Crawford is guaranteed a huge role again in Game 6 -- he played 44 minutes tonight and was the focal point of the Clippers' offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • C.J. McCollum leads victorious Blazers w/ 27
    C.J. McCollum led Portland with 27 points during Wednesday's Game 5 win in L.A., making 9-of-18 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with four boards, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: He committed just one turnover in 38 minutes, and he knocked down two 3-pointers while joining Damian Lillard in a second-half surge that led to a double-digit road victory. Portland is one win away from advancing to a second-round matchup with the Warriors, and their odds are looking good with a home game looming and both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out of commission. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Dwyane Wade gets 25 points in tough home loss
    Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in a losing effort on Wednesday, making 11-of-19 shots, but he couldn't convert a potentially game-tying attempt down the stretch.

    Advice: The loss snapped a 13-game home win streak in the playoffs, and Wade was livid after failing to draw a foul call when he attacked the basket in the waning seconds of a two-point game. He picked up steam after a quiet first quarter tonight and should be firing on all cylinders when Miami seeks to extend their season on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) picks up DNP-CD
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) was available to play in Game 5 on Wednesday but he didn't leave Miami's bench.

    Advice: Johnson was available in case of emergency but wound up getting a DNP-CD. We're taking him off the injury report but it's unlikely that he'll crack the rotation in a critical Game 6 at Charlotte on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Josh Richardson earns 31 minutes vs. Hornets
    Josh Richardson logged 31 minutes off the bench during Game 5, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Heat had scored at least 100 points in 17 consecutive home games, with the league's most efficient offense since the All-Star break, but the Hornets tightened their grip defensively tonight. Richardson drew the ire of Dwyane Wade after a poor shot late in the fourth quarter, but he played well overall and should see a similar role in a must-win game at the Time Warner Cable arena on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Jamal Crawford starting Game 5 vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford will start Game 5 on Wednesday, alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: Doc Rivers wants more spacing on the court, and the decision to start Crawford takes care of another problem -- with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both out, the Clippers are very short on playmakers. Crawford should have a high usage rate in as many minutes as he can handle tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Tyler Johnson active as emergency option
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is available as an emergency option Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Basically, two guards would have to get hurt in this game for coach Erik Spoelstra to get Johnson in there. For now, it looks like Johnson won't be ready until the second round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Duncan criticizes the officiating of Leonard
    Tim Duncan implied during a recent interview that Kawhi Leonard does not get enough foul calls while he's on the court.

    Advice: "He’s gotten to the point now where people are being a lot more physical with him, but people are still being allowed to get away with a whole lot of stuff," Duncan said. While Duncan is pleading his case for the officials to start blowing the whistle more often, Leonard did not seem overly concerned with how the refs officiating saying, "I don’t even think about it, really. I’m not playing to get fouls." He was phenomenal in his first-round series, and should continue to put up gaudy stat lines through San Antonio's second-round series against OKC. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • J.R. Smith sits out Wednesday's practice
    J.R. Smith (groin) was withheld from Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4's win over the Pistons, but his absence from Wednesday's practice feels more precautionary than anything else, as head coach Tyronn Lue said he'll be fine. Cleveland is currently awaiting the results of the Atlanta-Boston first-round series to determine whom they will play in the second-round, but with that series not set to conclude until Thursday at the earliest, Smith has plenty of time to rest up. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 am
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) ruled out for Game 5
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson is inching his way closer to a return, has gone through a full contact practice, and he's reportedly targeting a return to the court for Game 6 on Friday. While Johnson will take some minutes away from Josh Richardson upon his return to the court, it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to matter in most formats, particularly with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Kerr praises Andre Iguodala's leadership
    Steve Kerr praised Andre Iguodala for not only accepting, but embracing his bench role with the Warriors during his Coach of the Year acceptance speech.

    Advice: "My first real act as coach last year when I first came here, was putting [Iguodala], who was an Olympian, and an All-Star -- putting him on the bench, and asking him to make that move," Kerr said. "There are a lot of NBA players who would not accept that. And Andre completely not only accepted it, but embraced it and became the leader of our younger group." Stephen Curry (knee) will not play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Rockets, so expect Iguodala to take on a larger role on offense tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:13 am
  • Evan Turner scores 15 points in loss
    Evan Turner scored 15 points in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Hawks, shooting 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He was the best player on the floor for the Celtics tonight, as Isaiah Thomas (ankle) couldn't get anything to go on the offensive end. Turner added five rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes, and he's still a must-start player in all formats until further notice. If Thomas is unable to play in Game 6 on Thursday, expect Turner to run the offense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 13, adds five steals
    Kyle Korver scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, adding two boards, one assist, five steals and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He averaged 0.8 steals during the regular season, so to see him record five tonight seems like a fluke. However, Korver has now scored in double digits in four straight games after being held to two points in Game 1, so he's heating up at the perfect time for the Hawks. He's also hit 16 3-pointers over his last four games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • 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
  • Norman Powell plays 28 minutes in win
    Norman Powell scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with four boards and two steals in 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: The rookie picked up some extra minutes with DeMarre Carroll in foul trouble and didn't disappoint, playing some solid defense on Paul George while also pulling his weight on the offensive end. Powell's steal and thunderous dunk tied the game in the fourth quarter and the Raptors never looked back after that, winning the final period 25-9. Maybe coach Dwane Casey will finally play him more moving forward and it helps that Terrence Ross (three points on 1-of-6 FGs) was quiet in 14 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:25 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan drops 34, Raptors win Game 5
    DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Pacers, giving the Raptors a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said before the game that he wanted to get DeRozan going on the offensive end, so give him credit for making an adjustment. "I've got to do a better job of getting DeMar quick, cleaner looks, to get him open a little bit better," Casey said. "We've got to have [DeRozan] playing at a high level to have a chance to win this series. It's up to me and the staff to come up with something." DeRozan also hit 12-of-13 from the line, adding three boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers after failing to hit any treys in the first four games of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:05 pm
  • Tyler Johnson could be an option for Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is getting closer to a return and could potentially play in Game 6.

    Advice: While Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson is close to forcing some discussions, the Heat guard said he's feeling much better. "The biggest thing is I made progress today without having pain," Johnson said. "This was the second day where I had a good workout or practice and didn’t feel anything. If this continues, I think we can start working towards maybe getting in there." Johnson's return while cut into Josh Richardson's minutes a bit, but he'll likely be eased back into action once he's able to suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 19 points vs. Clips
    C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Damian Lillard didn't have it tonight and McCollum carried the backcourt for scoring. He didn't turn the ball over at all in this game after turning it over twice in each of the previous three games. Expect him to flirt with 20 points the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:55 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 12 points vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford scored 12 points during a 98-84 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He is going to have to be the top-scoring guard now with Chris Paul (hand) out. Crawford exploded for 30 points back on Apr. 8 when the Clippers rested most of their players against the Jazz, so expect plenty of scoring chances the rest of the way. He'll be a highly-owned player in DFS for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 21 points in win vs. Heat
    Jeremy Lin scored 21 against the Heat on Monday, adding three assists, two steals, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets have not missed Nicolas Batum (ankle) at all and most of it has to do with Lin. He was marvelous in Game 3 and has carried the Hornets second unit while getting 26 minutes next to Kemba Walker tonight. There's a chance Batum can make it back for Game 5, so that would likely hurt Lin. Although, he's been too good and coach Steve Clifford might have to find a way to get him more minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 12 points in loss
    Dwyane Wade scored 12 points during a Game 4 89-85 loss to the Hornets on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat offense was a well-oiled machine on Game 1 and 2, but they've really been held in check. They didn't have a single fast-break point in this game with only 30 points in the paint, as well. As for Wade, he's played 33 minutes in each of his last two, but he made just 11-of-31 from the field in those two losses. The Heat head back home for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Josh Richardson struggles in 31 minutes
    Josh Richardson made 1-of-7 from the field for three points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He's finally in a slump. In his last five games, Richardson made just 26.4 percent from the field for 5.6 points per game. He is still getting minutes close to 30 as a second-string combo guard. It's still tough to trust Richardson in DFS due to low dimes and a low usage rate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:46 pm
  • Casey suggests change in approach for DeRozan
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMar DeRozan may have to change his approach vs. the Pacers in Toronto's opening round playoff series.

    Advice: "He may have to be a facilitator," Casey said. "He's our leading scorer, he's gotta take the shots that are there, but in other situations, where they're taking him out, he understand that [he has to] move the ball." Through four games in a 2-2 series, DeRozan is shooting just 21-of-71 (29.6 percent) from the field with 13 assists and 13 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:17 am
  • Johnson (shoulder) progressing toward return
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is progressing toward a return, but he will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

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