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  • Matt Barnes (right shoulder) will play Tues
    Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) will play on Tuesday in Game 5.

    Advice: He had an ice pack on his shoulder and should be able to resume his normal role. In four games against the Spurs in the playoffs, Barnes averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.6 percent from the field in 28.0 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:37 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) taking some shots
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was taking some shots while wearing his cast on Monday.

    Advice: He is still nowhere near close to a return and will be in a cast for another six weeks. Beverley has been on the bench with the team and will likely be out for the rest of the playoffs. He does hope to return later in the playoffs, but the Rockets would have to advance very far to make this even a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:35 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Mike Conley will have timetable after 2 days
    The Grizzlies will have a timetable on Mike Conley (face) after the swelling goes down in his face in 48 hours.

    Advice: Basically, this is a timetable for a timetable. Conley did have successful surgery on his face on Monday and he's not going to play on Monday night. Most indications around the team are that he'll need to miss more games. With Conley out, the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes handle the point guard duties. Udrih is a better weapon on offense and has better fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:27 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley out of surgery, no timetable
    Mike Conley (eye) is out of surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Conley had a "successful surgery" and is recovering well, but he remains out for at least Game 4 and possibly longer than that. Beno Udrih (ankle) is expected to play after sitting out Game 3, so that means he and Nick Calathes should split point guard duties in Conley's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Patrick Patterson wants to be a starter
    Patrick Patterson revealed that he'd prefer to start, but he's happy to play any role the Raptors ask of him.

    Advice: "Of course I'd love to start. What NBA player wouldn't want to start?" Patterson's reiteration that he's willing to play any role for the Raptors so long as it's consistent is going to save him here, and with Amir Johnson's impending free agency, it's very possible Patterson gets his wish as soon as next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:16 am
  • Report: Asik expected to return to Pelicans
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, "initial signals" suggest Omer Asik will return to the Pelicans next season.

    Advice: Asik, an unrestricted free agent, should have no shortage of interest on the open market considering what he brings to the table. With a looming max extension also in the picture for Anthony Davis along with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans all on the roster, the Pelicans are going to have to make some interesting decisions this offseason as the team looks to improve its ceiling. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:17 am
  • Gigi Datome uncertain about his next move
    Following the Celtics Game 4 loss on Sunday, Luigi Datome said that it's too early to consider his next move.

    Advice: Datome expects offers from both the NBA and Europe, but he did say that he enjoyed his time with the Celtics, the team that gave him his first real chance in the NBA. Datome will find a larger role overseas, but he may opt for the NBA payday depending on the offers. He's a three-point specialist and that's about it. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:48 am
  • Jeff Teague hated everything about Game 3
    Jeff Teague hated everything about how the Hawks played in Game 3, and he vowed to improve for Game 4.

    Advice: "I hated our game [Saturday], I hated the way I played,’’ Teague said. "I think the whole team hated the way we played." It's hard to imagine the Hawks shooting 35.6 percent from the field again, including a "scathing" 6-of-30 from behind the three-point line, and a win would mean Atlanta taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 am
  • Report: Love, Celtics share mutual interest
    The Celtics have become a possible destination for Kevin Love in free agency, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: There is a ton of speculative language, so we'll take this from what it's worth while noting that it's from the esteemed Adrian Wojnarowski, who almost never misses when it comes to scooping NBA news. Woj writes that Love has never been "completely comfortable in Cleveland," something anyone with a pulse could feel, and the scribe adds that Boston has "closed the gap" with the Lakers should Love decide to leave Cleveland in the offseason. After Love called out Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics on Sunday, maybe he's not feeling the love in Bean Town so much anymore. Despite Love saying he's intent on remaining in Cleveland, nothing is certain until it's done. The Cavs cannot afford to lose him. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:16 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Rivers: Blake is our second-best passer
    Doc Rivers called Blake Griffin the second-best passer on the Clippers behind Chris Paul.

    Advice: When asked why he had his power forward operating for others, Rivers responded simply, "Because after Chris, Blake is our best passer." Griffin averaged a career-high 5.3 assists this season after never eclipsing the 4.0 mark in any campaign prior, and he's averaging 7.3 assists in the first round series vs. San Antonio through its first four games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:08 am
  • Josh Smith catches fire, scores 23 pts Sunday
    Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu excels as starter in Game 4
    Al-Farouq Aminu started Sunday's must-win Game 4 and made a career-high three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries forced Rick Carlisle to start Aminu tonight but it was a logical move, as Aminu had been playing far less than his excellent per-minute production warranted. Tonight's 3-point accuracy seems like a fluke but Aminu should have locked down a starting job for Game 5 with this performance, as Chandler Parsons (knee) is done for the season and Richard Jefferson is best utilized in short spurts off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    Advice: Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) logs six minutes
    Raymond Felton played through a mild hamstring injury on Sunday but he finished with only two points and one rebound in six minutes.

    Advice: Felton didn't have any assists or defensive stats and he's unlikely to play more than 10-15 minutes on Tuesday even if his hamstring is 100 percent healthy. Even with Rajon Rondo unavailable, Felton is buried on the depth chart behind J.J. Barea and Devin Harris at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) quiet in 10 minutes
    Richard Jefferson (calf) came off the Mavs' bench on Sunday to finish with five points, one 3-pointer and one turnover in only 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: RJ didn't contribute any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks. His calf injury may have been the cause of tonight's dud but either way he's likely to play a reserve role again in Game 5, since Al-Farouq Aminu exploded tonight for 16 points and 12 rebounds as a starter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Report: Kevin Love (shoulder) may miss 2+ wks
    Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury, but ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that he will likely miss "a minimum of two weeks."

    Advice: It seems inevitable that Love will miss games in the second round of the playoffs. We'll await test results before jumping to any far-reaching conclusions, but Tristan Thompson is likely to see the biggest boost if Love is forced to miss any time. James Jones, Mike Miller and possibly Shawn Marion could also see their roles increased, especially if J.R. Smith is suspended for blatantly hitting Jae Crowder in the face on Sunday. Check back on Monday for updates on Love's status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Mike Conley needs surgery on facial fractures
    Mike Conley will have surgery on Monday to repair multiple facial fractures and his timetable for recovery is uncertain.

    Advice: TNT's Lewis Johnson broke the news. We already know that Conley will not play in Game 4, leaving Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes to run the PG spot, and his availability for a potential second-round matchup should be determined after the surgery. Russell Westbrook missed only one game after having facial surgery in early March but that's an exception, and the nature of Conley's multiple fractures will determine the length of his absence. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Matt Barnes dealing w/ strained rotator cuff
    Matt Barnes was hampered by fouls and a shoulder injury throughout Sunday's game, which he finished with only four points on 2-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The bright side for L.A. is that Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Glen Davis all played very well for the Clippers' much-maligned bench unit, contributing to an impressive 114-105 win in San Antonio. Barnes has been struggling to score this series (5.2 points per game on 28.6 percent shooting) but his versatility and infectious energy are key to the Clippers' success. He vowed to play in Game 5 despite dealing with a strained rotator cuff. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) will play Sunday
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Sunday's Game 4.

    Advice: The absence of Rajon Rondo has thrust Felton into a bigger role in the playoffs, averaging 15.0 minutes in Games 2 and 3. He's a dubious source of daily fantasy value, however, at least while Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea are in uniform. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 4 on Monday
    Mike Conley (face) will return to Memphis to undergo further evaluation, and he has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against Portland.

    Advice: With Conley out for Game 4 expect Beno Udrih to draw the start with Nick Calathes playing extended minutes off the bench. The Grizzlies are saying that Conley's injury is serious, so there's a good chance his absence extends beyond Game 4. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will do the heavy lifting on offense for however long Conley is unavailable. For what it's worth, Conley's personal chef posted on Facebook that Conley will have surgery, but his person chef isn't exactly the most reliable source. We'll be waiting for an official diagnosis from the Grizzlies' organization. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:59 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Love diagnosed w/ dislocated left shoulder
    Kevin Love has officially been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder, and his status for the Cavs' next game will be determined after he undergoes further evaluation in Cleveland.

    Advice: Love will travel back to Cleveland today to receive additional examination, imaging, and testing, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Love said there was no doubt in his mind that Kelly Olynyk intentionally pulled on his arm, and there's a chance Olynyk receives a suspension from the league that would be served during next season for his actions today. Love did say that he was feeling better, and that he hopes to play in Game 1 of the next series, but we'll wait for the Cavs' medical staff to set a timeline as players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their return from injuries. If Love is forced to miss any games, Tristan Thompson and James Jones will pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not return Sunday
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder injury in Game 4 against the Celtics and he will not be able to return according to ESPN's Heather Cox.

    Advice: Not good. He was tangled with Kelly Olynyk while they were fighting for a rebound and it appeared that his shoulder popped out of place. Love looked like he was in a lot of discomfort and immediately ran back to the locker room when it happened. The Cavs said that they will wait for Love to return to Cleveland to further evaluate the injury, and we'll be monitoring this situation very closely. Tristan Thompson and James Jones will have to play more if Love is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Raymond Felton (ankle) is a game-time call
    Raymond Felton (ankle) is still planning to play against the Rockets on Sunday, but head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Felton's presence is very important now that Rajon Rondo (back) is away from the team, but he still probably won't see too many minutes if he is cleared to play. Instead, Monta Ellis will handle the bulk of the ball-handling responsibilities, while J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will play more as well. Expect an update on Dallas' lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Richard Jefferson is a game-time decision
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is planning on playing in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, though head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Jefferson has been poor in the playoffs so far, averaging just 3.3 points in 13.0 minutes per game. It sounds like he is good to go on Sunday, but Al-Farouq Aminu should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at small forward after producing 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Game 3. We will update Jefferson's status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Mike Conley (eye) will not return to Game 3
    Mike Conley will not be able to return to Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday after taking an inadvertent elbow to the eye, and he is expected to go to a local medical facility for additional tests.

    Advice: His left eye is reportedly very swollen, and it was obvious that he was in a lot of discomfort when he left the floor. It's possible that Conley could be forced to miss some time, but we should know more after we hear the results of the tests. If Conley does end up missing some action, Beno Udrih (ankle) should be ready to go for Game 4 and would likely start, while Nick Calathes will have to step up as well. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:28 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jeff Teague turns in an awful performance
    Jeff Teague had one of his worst games in a long time during a Game 3 loss to the Nets on Saturday, making 4-of-13 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: This was not a great game from the ATL point guards with Dennis Schroder also scoring just three points on 1-of-9 from the field with two assists and two turnovers. Teague was extremely sloppy and the ball slipped out of his hands numerous times. He'll need to play better if the Hawks want to make a run. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) iffy for Game 4
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:50 am
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) expected to play
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday, but is listed as questionable.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the first quarter and was able to return. Felton played just 13 minutes and didn't score. J.J. Barea was by far the best point guard for the Mavs and he could wind up starting. Felton is not likely to play more than 20 minutes in any game the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Jefferson leaves with mysterious ailment
    Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

    Advice: Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Aminu posts solid line over 34 minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Howard grabs career-high 26 rebounds in win
    Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Howard has looked great so far in the playoffs and owners can deal with his long-term knee issues over the summer at this rate. Terrence Jones went for 12 and six, Corey Brewer scored 15 points, and Josh Smith added 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and two triples in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • James calls Kevin Love a 'big-time player'
    LeBron James praised Kevin Love following his big 23-point performance during Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: "I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player [Love] is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player." Love received his fair share of criticism (much like Chris Bosh) during his inaugural season as part of the Cavs’ Big-3, but he's looked fantastic so far throughout the Boston-Cleveland series. It’ll be very interesting to see what Love elects to do this offseason with his player option worth $16.7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kevin Love scores 23 points, hits six treys
    Kevin Love made 6-of-10 from beyond the arc during a Game 3 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring a total of 23 points with nine rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the game to help put this one on ice. Love killed the Celtics on catch-and-shoot 3s and all but one of those six triples came off an assist from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Yes, that's why they brought him the Cleveland. It's probably safe to say he won't be benched for James Jones again. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:30 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Mike Conley (foot) to fight through the pain
    Mike Conley understands that his foot isn't going to get any better if he keeps playing, but he’s made the commitment to force himself to play through the pain as the Grizzlies make their postseason push.

    Advice: "It’s a lot of sleepless nights, constantly doing rehab, constantly in a tub or constantly hooked up to some machine trying to fix my foot," Conley said. "It’s going to flare up, no matter what I do. It’s my new routine, my new reality right now. It’s what I have to do to get ready, and I’m happy doing it because I know I’m able to play. And whatever I have to do to play, I’m doing." Conley is one of the toughest guys in the league, and you wouldn't know he was injured based on the way he's been playing through Memphis' first-round series. He'll be in uniform for Game 3 on Saturday, and he's a quality fantasy asset in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Matt Barnes has a brutal game vs. Spurs
    Matt Barnes made 1-of-10 from the field for four points against the Spurs on Wednesday with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His defense was just as bad as his offense tonight. Simply put, Barnes will want to forget this game ASAP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Blake Griffin triple-doubles in an OT loss
    Blake Griffin put up a triple-double against the Spurs in a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with 12 boards, 11 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really bad turnover with 11 seconds left in regulation, which led to Patty Mills tying the game with eight seconds left. Griffin has been posting some massive numbers, but the costly turnover will be the story here. Basically all of his stats are up from the regular season and he's poised for another monster outing in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Conley, Lee lead Grizzlies to 2-0 lead
    Mike Conley, playing through a foot and wrist injury, and Courtney Lee combined to hit 14-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers to each score 18 points in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley added six assists and Lee had three steals in the win. Conley is banged up, but playing pretty well despite the injuries, while this is the first time in four games that Lee scored more than nine points. We don't really trust Lee going forward, but as long as it's clear that Conley will play in Games 3 and 4, he's a solid point guard option in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley indeed ready to go for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot, wrist) will play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been expected to play since Game 1, but Conley is not even close to 100 percent. He has problems with both feet and he may also need wrist surgery in the offseason. Even though he gets a favorable matchup, fantasy owners can't count on him right now in DFS. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Josh Smith gets 15/8/9 in playoff gem vs Mavs
    Josh Smith dominated the second half of Tuesday's win vs. the Mavericks, finishing with 15 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

    Advice: The nine dimes tied Smith's playoff-high and he looked Smoove indeed, sealing the victory with a barrage of alley-oop passes to Dwight Howard. Smith committed five fouls in 26 minutes and this might stand as his best performance of the postseason, but he's already justified Daryl Morey's decision to claim him after the Pistons jettisoned his contract in mid-December. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Dwight Howard leads Rockets to Game 2 win
    Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Richard Jefferson starts at SF w/ Parsons out
    Richard Jefferson started Game 2 with Chandler Parsons (knee) unavailable, but he finished with seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Parsons' status going forward is uncertain and Rick Carlisle suggested that he might miss more games, thrusting the 34-year-old Jefferson into a critical role. RJ didn't rise to the challenge tonight, failing to record a single rebound, assist, steal or block, and the Mavs are in serious trouble whether or not Parsons can play again in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) expected to start Game 2
    Mike Conley (foot) is probable for Game 2 on Wednesday, though he'll reportedly need offseason surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his wrist.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard about wrist surgery and it makes Conley's play in Game 1 even more impressive -- his foot is nowhere near 100 percent and he's dealing with myriad nagging injuries. There's no chance that he'll sit out Game 2 but we'll confirm his status once he's officially cleared to start. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:26 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Asik a controversial player to start series
    Omer Asik scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting with 13 rebounds, two steals and three turnovers over 24 minutes in Game 2 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Asik was bad in the first half and improved greatly in the second half, with most of Basketball Twitter calling for him to see less minutes all night. He has clogged the lane and isn't a great fit for this series, but 24 minutes depending on how he looks at any given time is probably where he should be. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:16 pm
  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 7:57 am
  • Mike Conley plays through pain in Game 1 win
    Mike Conley (foot) admitted that it felt like a golf ball was at the bottom of his shoe in the Game 1 victory over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley scored 16 points in 24 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting, but he's nowhere near 100 percent healthy. Despite a successful Game 1 effort, we simply can't be expecting the usual Mike Conley as he deal with this injury. Beno Udrih will be a very important player for Memphis in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 7:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • LeBron: Very important to keep Love involved
    LeBron James said it's "very important" to keep Kevin Love involved.

    Advice: "It’s very important Kev stays involved," James said. "For our ultimate goal Kev has to be in a rhythm or at least touching the ball. I’m going to have the ball a lot, Kyrie is going to have the ball a lot. I’m just trying to find a way to get Kev touches." Love finished his first playoff game ever with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four dimes on 5-of-14 shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Blake Griffin sells posters in Game 1 victory
    Blake Griffin finished Sunday's win vs. the Spurs with 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks, one turnover and a pair of highlight-reel dunks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers won by 15 points but this was as intense a Game 1 as we've seen this year, starting a stand-out series on an impressive note. NBA fans on the East Coast should consider a late-night cappuccino before L.A. and San Antonio lock horns in Game 2 on Wednesday. Click on the link below to re-live one of Blake's phenomenal dunks over (and through) Aron Baynes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:17 pm
  • Jeff Teague's late spurt lifts ATL over BKN
    Jeff Teague scored the Hawks' final six points on Sunday to finish with 17 points (6-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), one 3-pointer, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Teague's clutch play helped the Hawks hang on for the series lead with a 99-92 home win. The Hawks finished the season ranked No. 6 in offensive efficiency (106.2) and No. 7 in defensive efficiency (100.7), part of the reason they're overwhelming favorites to make it to the second round. One area they'd like to clean up is turnovers, however, as Teague and backup Dennis Schroder combined for eight turnovers and only five assists on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:31 pm
  • Love drops a double-double in playoff debut
    Kevin Love looked great in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points (5-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), with a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover through 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love struggled from the field a bit, but he made shots when it really counted, and his aggressive play on the glass was a big boost for Cleveland. Boston isn't a great team at defending the power forward position, so Love should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the series. It'll be interesting to see if a deep playoff run tilts Love's hand towards re-signing with the Cavs this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:19 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Luigi Datome hopes to remain a Celtic
    Luigi Datome, who is set to become a free agent in the summer, is hopeful that he will return to Boston next season.

    Advice: "It’s really early now," Datome said. "I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs." Head coach Brad Stevens has made it clear that he likes Datome's game, and Celtic fans can't get enough of him. All signs point to Datome returning to Boston next season, but he still doesn't figure to be a key part of the rotation after seeing just 12.8 minutes per game during the month of April. He can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues leading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 6:25 am
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:37 pm
  • Corey Brewer steps it up down the stretch
    Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:31 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:49 pm
  • Omer Asik doesn't play well on Saturday
    Omer Asik played 22 minutes in the starting lineup with two points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He only attempted one shot from the field and only had two offensive boards. Considering he just sits in the paint and takes up space near the basket, you could argue he's setting back Anthony Davis. Asik didn't play in the final five minutes and Davis scored 18 points in those five minutes. We'll see what coach Monty Williams does in Game 2 because the Warriors are just too strong on the outside to have Asik out there. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:31 pm
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