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  • Deron Williams expected to opt out of contract
    Deron Williams (hernia) intends to opt of his contract with Dallas for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He will look for a multi-year contract in free agency, but there is said to be mutual interest between Williams and Dallas for a return. "I would love to be back," Williams said during his exit interviews. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season and played well for the most part, but he struggled with injuries once again and a sports hernia ended his 2015-16 campaign. He will need surgery to correct the issue, but he's expected to be healthy by training camp. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • Knight is prepared to play on or off the ball
    Brandon Knight (hernia) said that he will be prepared to play both on and off the ball next season.

    Advice: "I’m going to be good whether on the ball or off the ball. I just know I’m going to be a better player next year. I’m prepared and ready for that," Knight said. "Once I’m healthy, I’m excited about what I’ll be able to do individually and what our team will be able to do as well." The Suns will have a crowded backcourt next season due to Devin Booker's emergence and the return of Eric Bledsoe from knee surgery, but for now Knight is still a target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind a volatile FG percentage and high turnover rate. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) is 'nearly fully recuperated'
    Eric Bledsoe's knee is "nearly fully recuperated" according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

    Advice: He had knee surgery in December to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, but this confirms that his rehab is going well and he should be ready to go for training camp. Bledsoe said that coach Earl Watson "was probably one of the main reasons" he was playing so well at the beginning of the season, so he could have a solid 2016-17 campaign if he can stay healthy. The durability concerns means he should be available at a discount as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:52 am
  • Earl Watson says he believes in Alan Williams
    Suns coach Earl Watson said he can't wait to see what Alan Williams can do in the summer league.

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

    Advice: "There’s talk about passing of the torch with San Antonio and a hypothetical passing of the torch with [Tim] Duncan," Gasol said. "For starters, nobody knows if Tim is retiring and he’s somebody whom I have maximum respect for. In closing, I have to admit the Spurs would be an interesting option for me." The Bulls took a massive risk by not dealing Gasol at the trade deadline, and there's a good chance that he leaves Chicago this summer in the pursuit of another ring. To be clear, a move to San Antonio wouldn't be great for his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:11 am
  • Hassan Whiteside says his hand isn't an issue
    Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:59 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 Today, 8:50 am
  • Olynyk says shoulder surgery is a possibility
    Kelly Olynyk said that he will consider undergoing shoulder surgery this summer.

    Advice: He admitted that his shoulder wasn't even 80 percent during the playoffs, so give him credit for playing though the injury. Olynyk is still evaluating different options and is getting a second opinion as well, so it's not a lock that he will need surgery. Olynyk only averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season in 20.2 minutes per game in Boston's crowded frontcourt, so the Celtics would likely have to move some pieces around in order for him to have a larger role. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 am
  • Tyreke Evans struggled to learn the offense
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) struggled to learn the offense because he missed training camp.

    Advice: ''We had a small sample size,'' Gentry said. ''He never had an opportunity to go through training camp. So we just rushed in, and said, 'Ok', now this is way we play. I think he had some great moments and I think he struggled some." Evans played in just 25 games this season with averages of 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds, but he's had three knee surgeries since May and has some serious durability concerns. He's going to be a risky pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:43 am
  • Anthony says he still believes in Phil
    Carmelo Anthony said that he still has to believe in what Phil Jackson is doing.

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

    Advice: "My concern for him is I know Stanley’s mentality," Van Gundy said. "I want him working on things he needs to work on. I don’t want to put him in situations where his concern is doing what he can do well right now to try to win that game." Van Gundy added that Johnson needs to work on his shooting, footwork and ballhandling this summer. Still just 19 years old, the future is very bright for Johnson. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:16 am
  • Evan Turner hints about his future with BOS
    Evan Turner indicated that his positive experience in Boston will play heavily into his decision as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: "It’s definitely going to play a lot," Turner said. "Players definitely play their best when they’re happy. Most importantly, I found a situation and coach that tended to myself, and my teammates, to what they do well." Regardless of what Turner decides, he's going to get a serious raise this summer after a promising postseason with averages 13.2 points, 5.7 boards, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:05 am
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:15 am
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 25; Celtics eliminated
    Isiah Thomas carried the offensive load in a season-ending 104-92 loss to the Hawks on Thursday, scoring 25 points with three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He just needs some help on offense. The Celtics offense just falls apart when Thomas is out there in his All-Star season. The Celtics are playing with house money on IT after the Suns traded him away, so they will continue to feature him. They will likely add some help for Thomas on the offensive end, but the Pizza Guy should be ready to roll as a top-50 pick in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Evan Turner scores eight in off finale
    Evan Turner's solid series ended on a down note during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday, making 4-of-17 from the field for eight points with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was a big part of the rotation due to Avery Bradley (hamstring) going down. Turner surpassed most expectations to help his value heading into free agency, especially late in the season and in the postseason. In his 12 starts this regular season, Turner averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 treys. Several teams will be after The Villain. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Jae Crowder fouls out, has tough series
    Jae Crowder made 5-of-15 from the field for 15 points with six rebounds, three 3-pointers and six fouls in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

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

    Advice: He had an off night on both ends. Sullinger had a bumpy ride this season, starting with a terrible training camp and even falling to the fifth big on the roster. However, he did get it going to become the primary offensive big man for most of the year. The Celtics are almost certainly going to address their frontcourt in the offseason, which will likely push Sullinger out of the standard-league convo to start the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk says shoulder feeling better
    Kelly Olynyk said after Thursday's shootaround that his right shoulder is feeling the best it's felt through Boston's first-round series.

    Advice: Olynyk has been used sparingly through Boston's first-round matchup against the Hawks, and he'll be battling Jared Sullinger for reserve minutes on Thursday night. His shoulder may be feeling better, but it's unlikely we see him earn much more than 10 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:53 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 Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will start on Thursday
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's Game 6 against the Hawks.

    Advice: The Celtics will go with the same starting lineup they've been using of Thomas, Evan Turner, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson for Game 6, and Thomas will look to bounce back from a disappointing Game 5 performance for Thursday's home game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas not limited at shootaround
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) was moving around well during Thursday's shootaround, and his ankle didn't appear to be wrapped in anything other than KT tape.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Thomas giving it a go tonight, and he should be able to bounce back from Tuesday's disappointing 3-of-12 shooting performance in front of the Boston home crowd for Game 6. We'll have official confirmation closer to tip-off, but it would be surprising to see Thomas on the sidelines Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Report: Dwight Howard could return to ORL?
    Dwight Howard is reportedly "strongly" considering returning to the Magic as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Howard is expected to opt out of his deal this offseason in order to hit free agency, and with the way things ended for the Rockets this season, it would be surprising to see D-12 back in Houston. The Bucks, Hornets and Blazers have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for Howard, and there's sure to be a few more names added to this list as we get closer to free agency. It's worth noting, however, that Orlando to this point has not expressed interest in a reunion. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:38 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 Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Andre Drummond open to shooting underhand FTs
    Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond is open to shooting underhanded free throws.

    Advice: "As far as shooting underhand or anything else, it’s fair to say my discussion with Andre yesterday and the discussions Jeff and I have had and staff — everything is on the table," Van Gundy said. Drummond's inability to knock down shots at the stripe forced SVG to pull him during crunch time for much of the year, something that Drummond was not all that fond of. It'll be interesting to see if Drummond goes with the underhand method, but we wouldn't expect a dramatic improvement from the 38.0 percent free throw shooter next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Nicolas Batum will come off the bench Friday
    Nicolas Batum will again come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: The Hornets have now won three in a row, and Batum doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the first-unit. His ankle still isn't quite 100 percent, so expect his minutes to be in the 25 range. Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson will start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) says he'll play Fri
    Hassan Whiteside said that his right hand is swollen, but he will fight through the pain and play in Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside hurt his hand during Game 5's loss, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to force him to the sidelines. Check back for another update on his status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Paul George could play 48 mins in Game 6?
    Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be on the court for all 48 minutes during Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors.

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

    Advice: Martin was forced to miss Game 4 of San Antonio's first-round series against the Grizzlies with an illness, but he should be good to go for Saturday's Game 1 matchup with the Thunder. However, with everyone on the Spurs roster healthy, Martin won't play enough minutes to matter in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:36 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Carmelo Anthony would like to retire a Knick
    Carmelo Anthony said he would like to retire with the Knicks.

    Advice: While Anthony has had trade rumors circling around him for at least a years, the 31-year-old said he'd like to finish his career with the Knicks. Melo also said he'd like to have input on the Knicks next head coach, but added that he hasn't talked to president Phil Jackson about that. Though there will be plenty of trade talk surrounding Melo this summer, he doesn't sound like he's ready to waive his no-trade clause any time soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Dwight Howard coy about Rockets future
    Dwight Howard declined to comment on his future with the Rockets.

    Advice: Howard can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but declined to discuss his plans. "It didn’t go the way we wanted to go," D-12 said. "We had a lot of ups and downs and I’m sure all of us are going to take some time to reflect on what we can do to better ourselves." After a season of rumored feuding with James Harden, it would be a surprise to see Howard return to the Rockets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • 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
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 boards, shoots 3-of-13
    The Rockets collapsed on Wednesday, losing 114-81, with Dwight Howard contributing eight points (3-of-13 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), 21 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 45 minutes.

    Advice: This is the first time in the series that Howard attempted more than 10 field goals, a fact that wasn't lost on coach J.B. Bickerstaff. "We just gotta get him the ball," Bickerstaff said before the game. "We feel like we have an advantage in the post." More touches didn't help Howard tonight and his season ends on a dour note. He has a $23.3 million player option this summer and will likely go for another long-term deal in free agency, so it will be interesting to see how hard teams pursue him at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Damian Lillard heats up in 2nd half of Game 5
    Damian Lillard got hot late vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 7-of-20 from the field with five 3-pointers for 22 points, five assists and three steals in a 108-98 road victory.

    Advice: Lillard's usage rate has dropped since the regular season, and he came in shooting a mere 36.5 percent in the Blazers' first-round series. Much of that can be attributed to Chris Paul's individual defense, however, and Lillard shook off a very quiet first half to erupt for 19 points in the third and fourth quarters. He's poised for a huge line vs. Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni in Friday's home game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Moe Harkless double-doubles in Game 5 win
    Moe Harkless double-doubled in 33 minutes of action on Wednesday, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line.

    Advice: Harkless scored 17 of his points in the first half, unexpectedly carrying a sluggish Blazers' offense that picked up steam after halftime. Harkless gave L.A. problems with his defensive versatility and speed in transition, and he even knocked down two 3-pointers to round out a thoroughly impressive evening. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • X-rays negative on Hassan Whiteside's hand
    Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a right hand injury but X-rays were negative.

    Advice: There aren't any details about the injury, which Whiteside may have suffered during Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Miami. It sounds like he avoided any structural damage but we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution -- for what it's worth, his recent thigh injury no longer seems to be an issue. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 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
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in Game 5
    Hassan Whiteside finished Wednesday's Game 5 defeat with 11 points, 12 boards, three blocks and one turnover in 32 minutes, making 5-of-8 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

    Advice: Whiteside has struggled defensively against Al Jefferson's shifty post play, and a lingering thigh bruise may be limiting him, but he's still an impact player. Only Al Horford has contested more 2-point field goals per game in the playoffs, and Horford is averaging eight more minutes per game than Whiteside. He'll need to bring his 'A' game for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) plays 25 mins off bench
    Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle) came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

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

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

    Advice: It sounds like he will be limited after missing the last two games. Although, Batum did go to Clifford to suggest coming off the bench because of how well the Hornets played without him in Game 3 and 4. He will likely play minutes in the 20s and take run away from Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lin, Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • 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
  • All positive signs for Isaiah Thomas
    Coach Brad Stevens said all signs are pointing to Isaiah Thomas (ankle) playing in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: "Isaiah seems positive about [his ankle] and feels good," Stevens said. Thomas did not return from his ankle roll on Tuesday, but there has never been any cause for concern. Thomas did not score in the first half on Tuesday and only finished with seven points. Now that he's back in Boston, expect a bounce back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:16 pm
  • Report: Howard expected to leave HOU as UFA
    Dwight Howard is reportedly expected to leave the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Thus far, the Magic, Hornets, Bucks and Blazers have been mentioned as the early favorites to land Howard's services, but we still have a long ways to go until free agency begins. For now, Howard will try and help the Rockets to a Game 5 win over the Warriors on Wednesday in order to send the series back to Houston for a Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:59 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
  • Spo says Whiteside (thigh) is himself again
    Erik Spoelstra indicated that Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is back to his usual self for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside said that the thigh injury limited his explosion during Game 4, but he said after shootaround that the injury is feeling better, so it sounds like he'll be much closer to 100 percent for Game 5. He's a reasonable guy to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) on track to play in G5
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, and head coach Steve Clifford said that he'll more than likely play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was initially ruled out for the entire first-round series, so it's surprising that he's made enough progress to get back on the court after spending a mere five days in recovery. Batum said that he will come off the bench if he does play, and Clifford acknowledged it's unlikely he sees his usual workload, so he'll make for a bit of a risky DFS target tonight. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off, but both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin figure to take a bit of a hit with Batum back in the fold. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:02 am
  • Ainge expects Isaiah Thomas to play in Gm 6
    Danny Ainge said it's very likely that Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will play in Thursday's Game 6 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Thomas exited Tuesday's blowout loss to the Hawks during the fourth quarter with a "mild left ankle sprain" and did not return, but he also said after the game that he'll be a go for Game 6 "playing no matter what." With Avery Bradley (hamstring) sidelined, the Celtics absolutely need IT4 if they hope to have any shot of securing a Game 6 win, so it would be very surprising to see Thomas miss that one. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Isaiah Thomas says he will play in Game 6
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) said that he will play in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Celtics called the injury a "mild left ankle sprain," but Thomas said that it's just a tweak. The Celtics were losing by nearly 30 points when he left the game in the fourth quarter, so it sounds like they held him out as a precaution. Thomas didn't play well with just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, so he will need to be much better on Thursday to keep his team in this series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • 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
  • Isaiah Thomas (mild sprained ankle) out for game
    Isaiah Thomas has been diagnosed with a "mild" left ankle sprain and will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and the Celtics are going to be cautious since they are being blown out in Game 5. Barring a surprise, this means that Thomas should be ready for Game 6 in Boston on Thursday. If Thomas' ankle somehow keeps him out on Thursday, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier would benefit. Thomas finished with seven points, three assists, one boards and three turnovers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas goes to locker room Tuesday
    Isaiah Thomas left Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks and went back to the locker room. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:39 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
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 5
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

    Advice: Steve Clifford did say that Batum was feeling better on Tuesday, although they won't make an official decision until closer to Wednesday's tip. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he's out, Jeremy Lin will be the primary beneficiary while Frank Kaminsky will have another opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Deron Williams will have surgery for hernia
    Deron Williams said that his sports hernia has gotten worse, and he will undergo surgery to correct the issue in about one month.

    Advice: Williams is going to give his adductor a month of rest before going under the knife to correct the hernia, but his timetable is expected to be set at 6-weeks once he undergoes his procedure. Williams said that he hopes to return with the Mavs next season, but he hasn't officially decided whether or not to pick up his player option worth $5.6 million. After injuries again limited Williams to just 65 games played during the 2015-16 season, it's unlikely he could secure a better deal on the open market. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:29 am
  • Hassan Whiteside hoping to heal by Game 6
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is hoping he'll be more agile for Game 5.

    Advice: Whiteside said the thigh injury limited his explosion on Monday night, but is planning to play through the pain. "It bothered me, but there's nothing I could do about it, so I just played through the pain," he said. "I couldn't explode on it like I normally can." Whiteside has a day to recover before Wednesday's Game 5, so he should have better production as the Heat head back home. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • 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
  • Mavericks won't chase Dwight Howard in FA
    The Mavericks won't pursue Dwight Howard if he becomes a free agent, according to league sources.

    Advice: Howard is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it doesn't look like the Mavs will be in on D-12 if he is looking for a max contract. While the Mavericks will be in the market for frontcourt help this summer, Howard will have likely have a team offer him max contract after averaging 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:35 am
  • Damian Lillard scores just 12 points vs. LAC
    Damian Lillard scored 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Things are going to be a little easier on Lillard now that Chris Paul (hand) is out. CP3 has pretty much had his number in every game against him with the exception of Game 3. Lillard should bounce back on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:52 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
  • Whiteside turns in worst game of series
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) did not play well in his 25 minutes against the Hornets on Monday, scoring eight points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: He got off to a good start, but fell off due to foul trouble. Miami really struggled on the glass down the stretch with Whiteside just in unfortunate positions. Whiteside was a game-time call with his bruised thigh, but didn't show much discomfort during this game. He'll be better in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside will play on Monday night
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) will play on Monday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: He is not likely going to have a minutes cap during this game. Whiteside should be getting minutes slightly above 30 with plenty of stats headed his way. We'll see how the Heat respond to their Game 3 loss on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside warming up, intends to play
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is warming up with the intention to play on Monday.

    Advice: This usually means Whiteside will be ready to roll -- there was an exception on this with Justise Winslow earlier this season. Whiteside did miss practice on Sunday and he might be slightly limited. Still, he's the elite center for DFS tonight and is likely going to be worth his high salary. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Marc Gasol thinks Pau should go to Spurs?
    Marc Gasol said his advice for Pau Gasol would be for him to go to San Antonio at this stage of his career.

    Advice: Interesting. The Bulls are looking less likely to re-sign Pau and could see some changes. If Gasol does go to the Spurs, they would be loaded up front, assuming Tim Duncan hangs around. Gasol would lose fantasy value with a change. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:29 am
  • Stevens hints Olynyk's role could be limited
    Brad Stevens hinted that Kelly Olynyk's role could be limited for the remainder of the first round.

    Advice: "Time will tell. ... We aren't in a position where if a guy has rust you're going to be able to play much," Stevens said. The head coach added that he'd evaluate Olynyk in shootaround to gauge his playing time moving forward, but it's worth noting that Jonas Jerebko has really come on strong vs. Atlanta and looks like the better option right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:16 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
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) will not play in Game 4
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Miami.

    Advice: It would have been an enormous surprise had Batum been able to get back out there after sitting for just a single game, so he'll again be forced to watch from the sidelines. As a result of Batum's absence, the Hornets will stick with the same starting lineup that worked in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:16 am
  • Update: Whiteside (thigh) is a game-time call
    Updating a previous item, Hassan Whiteside (thigh) will be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Whiteside will continue to get treatment and is expected to be evaluated prior to tipoff, and although he only went through the non-contact portions of shootaround and has been limited for a couple of days, we still expect the big man to be out there. "I haven't done much on it," he said. "I just lifted weights [Sunday]. I did upper body. So it went well. But I haven't done much on it. I'm going to see how I feel around game time and we're going to go from there." Whiteside said he still has some swelling and pain that limits his explosion, but it would be a real shocker if he didn't take the floor. For what it's worth, Whiteside was smiling when grilled about his playing status. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:09 am
  • Gores has no problem giving Drummond max deal
    Pistons owner Tom Gores said he is "absolutely" comfortable giving Andre Drummond a max contract in restricted free agency this summer.

    Advice: Some will ask why Gores would openly provide this information, but the reality is that Drummond is going to get a max deal either from the Pistons or via an offer sheet from another team, so the move only helps to continue to build goodwill between Detroit and their franchise center. While AD obviously needs to work on his free throws—he was historically bad this season and expressed frustration about being benched in certain instances—Drummond is just 22 years young and has plenty of growth ahead of him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:52 am
  • Andre Drummond's season ends w/ 17 & 11
    Andre Drummond's season ended on Sunday with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Pistons barely won the rebounding battle tonight, 42-41, an area Stan Van Gundy said has been "terrible" throughout the first round. Drummond was once again intentionally fouled throughout the game, going 5-of-10 at the line, a glaring weakness that teams will continue to exploit until he starts knocking them down. Better luck next year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:33 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scoreless in four minutes Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) failed to score in four minutes on Sunday, and he did not play in the second half.

    Advice: Amir Johnson posted nine points, nine boards and three blocks, while Jonas Jerebko double-doubled, but Olynyk and Jared Sullinger combined for just two points off the bench. Boston will need more from their second unit to wrest control of the series in Game 5, as Marcus Smart accounted for more than 90 percent of their bench points tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:16 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 28 points in comeback
    Isaiah Thomas followed up his career game on Friday with 28 points during Game 4, making 11-of-23 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Better yet, Thomas committed only one turnover in 43 minutes. The Hawks couldn't keep him out of the paint on Friday, and although he wasn't as successful tonight (4-of-8 from within four feet) he still made critical shots when Boston needed a lift. The All-Star guard is giving Atlanta all they can handle and more this series, averaging 28.3 points and 3.0 triples through four games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:15 pm
  • Jared Sullinger shoots 1-of-7 in 17 minutes
    Jared Sullinger finished the Celtics' Game 4 victory with only two points on 1-of-7 shooting, six rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Sullinger bumped knees with Marcus Smart in the first quarter but that wasn't the cause of his quiet game. He fell out of the starting lineup for Game 3 and seems destined to stay in a bench role vs. the Hawks -- he shot a combined 14-of-43 (32.6 percent) in his previous six games, and the Celts are better-served with Jerebko spacing the court as a perimeter threat. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:14 pm
  • Jae Crowder's shot still shaky in first round
    Jae Crowder found some traction during Sunday's home win, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder came in shooting an abysmal 7-of-36 from the field in Games 1-3 and his shot was still iffy tonight, as he finished 4-of-11 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line. The Celtics have evened the series at 2-2 despite Crowder's struggles, which can only give them confidence for Tuesday's Game 5 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:09 pm
  • Shaun Livingston scores nine points in win
    Shaun Livingston scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with nine assists, five rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes in Sunday's 121-94 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He started the game on the bench with Stephen Curry back in the lineup, but the MVP left the game at halftime due to a knee injury and Livingston was back in the first unit for the second half. It sounds like Curry could miss some time due to his sprained knee and he will have an MRI on Monday, so Livingston could have some more starts coming his way. When Livingston started Game 2 and Game 3, he averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 boards and 2.5 steals, so he will be a solid option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:55 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 19 in loss to GSW
    Dwight Howard scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard added 15 boards and one block in 36 minutes, but he had another meltdown at the free throw line, connecting on just 5-of-13 FTs. The Rockets could be eliminated from the playoffs with a loss in Game 5 on Wednesday, so Howard will need to have a monster night just to keep the game close -- the Rockets were outscored by 27 points in the second half with Stephen Curry (ankle) on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:50 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will play on Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He may provide some shooting in the second unit now that Jonas Jerebko is starting, but Olynyk's minutes should be pretty limited if he even plays at all. Most fantasy owners will want to ignore him for now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:11 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) is out for the season
    Deron Williams (hernia) will not play again this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along and the move makes sense because D-Will has been struggling to play through the issue for weeks now. Raymond Felton should benefit the most following this news, while J.J. Barea (groin) will have to step up as well even though he isn't 100 percent. Additionally, there should be more minutes available for both Devin Harris and Justin Anderson. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:11 pm
  • Batum will not rule himself out for Game 4
    Nicolas Batum (ankle/foot) will not rule himself out for Game 4 on Monday and the Hornets listed him as questionable.

    Advice: He said on Saturday that his sprained left ankle is "surprisingly much better," and added on Sunday that it has continued to improve. Batum will get more treatment around the clock, so we should have an official update at the morning shootaround. If he is able to play, both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin will lose some appeal in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:55 am
  • Kevin Martin (illness) ruled out for Sunday
    Kevin Martin (illness) will not play in Game 4 on Sunday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: K-Mart said that he's feeling better, but it sounds like the Spurs just want to be cautious. He played an average of 14.5 minutes in the first two games of the series, but keep in mind that they were both blowouts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:27 am
  • McHale says Howard isn't what he used to be
    Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale said in an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio that Dwight Howard isn't the same scorer he used to be.

    Advice: "Throw it down to him occasionally, but if you throw it down to him on a steady diet the poor guy just can't get down low and move any more," McHale said. "I think that back bothered him, his hips are tight from that and he just wasn't the same player." It's true that D12 hasn't been the same player after battling countless injuries to his back and knees, and he hasn't been dominant against the Warriors in the playoffs with averages of 13.0 points, 11.3 boards and 1.7 blocks. We'll see if Howard has a response in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:17 am
  • Nicolas Batum says he is doing 'much better'
    Nicolas Batum said that his sprained left ankle is "surprisingly much better."

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

    Advice: "I believe in the law of averages and Jae’s a good shooter," Stevens said. "Jae’s been a good shooter all year. I have not lost one iota of sleep over that, either. Keep shooting it. He’s open, he’s gonna be aggressive and we want him to be aggressive. He’s a big reason why we’re here." Crowder was just 1-of-11 in Game 3 and is shooting a combined 19.4 percent from the field in the series, but he's eventually going to turn things around. For what it's worth, he's still been awesome on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:16 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 32 points in win vs. LA
    Damian Lillard matched his playoff career-high 32 points during a 96-88 win over the Clippers in Game 3 on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Finally. Lillard was not at his best in the first two games in these playoffs, averaging just 19.0 points, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys. Chris Paul had Lillard's number for most of the season, making just 32.4 percent from the field during the regular season against the Clippers. Still, Lillard should be ready to roll in Game 4 as the Blazers try to tie this thing up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:42 pm
  • Deron Williams is likely out for playoffs
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Deron Williams (hernia) is likely out for the rest of the postseason.

    Advice: He lasted just 89 seconds in Game 4 before tapping out, so there's really no chance Williams can make it through a game. With Williams out, it'll be a team effort of J.J. Barea, Raymond Felton, Justin Anderson and Devin Harris stepping up. Felton and Anderson look to be the most appealing based on their prices in DFS. Plus, Barea was hurting on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 18 off bench; Hornets win
    Jeremy Lin propelled the Hornets to a Game 3 96-80 victory on Saturday with his 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench, adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 13 points in the first half to get the Hornets going early. Lin played close to mistake-free ball with no turnovers and his defense was better than usual, as well. This was huge for the Hornets because Kemba Walker didn't have it with only 17 points, three rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes. Lin did log 10 minutes as the backup point guard to go with his 16 minutes on the wing. The Hornets won their first playoff game since 2002 and will look to get another win on Monday to tie up the series. Lin should be in the mix yet again now that Nicolas Batum (ankle) is likely out for the series. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) out for game
    Deron Williams went to the locker room with 10 minutes left in the first quarter on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Well, that's not a good start. Williams is likely done for the series here with his lingering sports hernia issue. He might get treatment, but expect him to be limited the rest of the year. We'll see more Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Deron Williams in the starting lineup
    Deron Williams (hernia) will start on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs will be watching him closely all game due to his sports hernia. His status makes J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton less appealing here. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:52 pm
  • Paul George scores 19 points in win
    Paul George scored 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He kept his word to trust his teammates more in this game. George wasn't terrible with efficiency, making 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line in this win. He should be a decent DFS play almost any night, but his price has really been on the rise. It won't be easy for him to match his expectations after Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Rick Carlisle thinks Deron Williams will play
    Coach Rick Carlisle thinks Deron Williams (hernia) will play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He doesn't know for sure and Carlisle said it will be a challenge to manage his minutes. Williams is still a game-time call and we might not know anything concrete until just before tip. For now, DFS owners might want to look to use their salary elsewhere in late-swap formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk still up in the air for Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is "questionable at best" for Sunday with no new update.

    Advice: In other words, he's doubtful to play. The Celtics tightened up their rotation with Jonas Jerebko really stepping up, posting a double-double in 37 minutes. Jerebko and Amir Johnson have gained enough trust and playing time to be factors in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 4 vs. ATL
    Isaiah Thomas will not be suspended for Game 4 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: The NBA appears to have deemed Thomas' shot to the head of Dennis Schroder an accident. This is huge news for the Celtics because Thomas is the biggest part of the offense. He'll have a tough time repeating his 42-point gem from Friday, but expect him to get plenty of shots. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Deron Williams (hernia) is a game-time call
    Deron Williams (hernia) will be a game-time call on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle simply said that there's a "chance" that D-Will play, but it will depend on how he feels during pre-game warmups. Williams was in "excruciating pain" prior to Game 3 which is why he sat out of that contest, so it's a good sign that he even has a shot to play tonight. He will be a risky player to use in DFS, but if he does play that will also dampen the fantasy appeal of Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:21 am
  • Deron Williams (hernia) questionable for Sat
    Deron Williams (hernia) is questionable to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play in Game 3 and he may be the most likely player to miss this game. If he is out, Devin Harris, Raymond Felton and possibly Justin Anderson (shoulder) would play more. J.J. Barea is also expected to play, but may be limited. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 am
  • Kevin Martin dealing with an illness
    Kevin Martin is dealing with an illness and will not return on Friday.

    Advice: The Spurs were trying to take some pressure of their key rotation players, but Martin won't be able to help much tonight. He should be OK for Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:42 pm
  • Evan Turner scores 17 points in win
    Evan Turner got the start on Friday against the Hawks, scoring 17 points with two rebounds, seven assists, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

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

    Advice: He was the only player on the team with efficiency issues. Crowder is in a brutal slump, making just 2-of-20 from the field in his last two. It's a little too tough to trust him right now in DFS, but he would be an interesting contrarian play because he is getting minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:18 pm
  • Jared Sullinger scores four points
    Jared Sullinger scored four points off the bench on Friday against the Hawks, adding four rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Moving him to the bench was absolutely the right move against the tough frontline of the Hawks. Sullinger may play less on Sunday with Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) possibly coming back. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:11 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores just nine points
    J.R. Smith made 3-of-9 from the field for nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: He basically had nowhere to go but down after a terrific 21-point, seven-trey outing in Game 2. Smith only attempted five shots from the field in his final three quarters to finish with an uncharacteristic 11.5 usage rate in this game. Smith will be a hit-and-miss scorer in basically every game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:14 pm
  • Stanley Johnson scored nine points
    Stanley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound in 14 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He got off to a quick start in the first half with all nine points in his eight first-half minutes. Johnson has been in the news for his off-court comments saying he was in LeBron James' head. The rookie was pretty solid yet again tonight and has shown a lot of promise. He's still only a punt in DFS during this series. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 17 points
    Andre Drummond made 8-of-14 from the field and 1-of-6 from the line for 17 points with seven rebounds, two blocks and no turnovers in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He just can't make free throws and coach Stan Van Gundy can't play him when teams hack him. Drummond has made just 25.0 percent of his free throws in the last three games this postseason. While he was effective in the low post tonight and other areas of his game have improved, he has to find a way to at least flirt with 50 percent from the line next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:39 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will not play on Friday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: That means Tyler Zeller will be in the rotation again tonight. Jonas Jerebko is also a very appealing guy in the starting lineup. There is also a lot of pressure on Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger at the five spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:03 pm
  • Evan Turner getting the start
    Evan Turner will get the start at shooting guard on Friday against the Hawks.

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

    Advice: He was terrible in Game 2 and it makes sense to bring him off the bench. Al Horford ate Sullinger alive while the Boston big man couldn't get into an offensive rhythm. His move to the bench is good news for Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Tyler Johnson out for Game 3
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will not play against the Hornets in Game 3.

    Advice: He said it's too earlier to tell on Game 4. Johnson is working on his strength and it would be a surprise to see him play in the first round. Josh Richardson will continue to carry the offensive load off the bench as the Heat play their starters big minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Shaun Livingston hopeful to stay with GSW
    Shaun Livingston is hoping to stay with the Warriors beyond this season.

    Advice: "I want to stay here as long as I can," Livingston said. "It’s a unique and special situation. A lot of guys including myself, I want to be here for as long as I possibly can depending on the contract situation." The Warriors have a team option for the 2016-17 season, but Warriors GM Bob Meyers strongly hinted that the team will pick up the option. "It’s a good deal for us, and we see him in our future," Meyers said. The backup PG has thrived in two straight starts with 16 points in each outing, but he could be back on the bench for Game 4 on Sunday if Stephen Curry (ankle) is cleared. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:02 am
  • Carmelo Anthony doesn't show up to seminar
    Carmelo Anthony didn't attend Phil Jackson's two-day seminar of the triangle offense.

    Advice: There are conflicting reports on whether or not the camp was mandatory, and one player even claimed that not everyone on the roster was invited. Regardless, it's not a good look for the franchise and it's no secret that Anthony wasn't happy last week following his meeting with Jackson and it doesn't sound like he's confident in the direction of the franchise. There is going to be a lot of talk this summer about the possibility of Melo waiving his no-trade clause. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:26 am
  • Carlisle unsure if Deron Williams will play
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is unsure if Deron Williams (hernia) will be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: "I don't, no," Carlisle said when asked if he knew D-Will's status. "I would say it's possible. But I don't have an answer. But we didn't lose the game because D-Will didn't play. He's a great player, and he would help us." Williams didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked, saying that he didn't feel like he could even run prior to Game 3. "It hurt pretty bad the last game, to the point where I didn't feel like I could run [in Game 3]," Williams said. "But we'll see how it is Saturday. We're taking it day by day." If D-Will misses another game, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will handle the majority of the workload in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:01 am
  • Jae Crowder will keep playing through pain
    Jae Crowder said that he will continue to fight through his ankle injury.

    Advice: "There’s still some stuff I’m capable of doing which I can’t do now," Crowder said. "But it is what it is. I’m able to play with it and I’m able to fight through it, and I’ll be fine." Crowder has struggled with his shot in this series, shooting just 24.0 percent through three games. He's still making an impact on the defensive end and has done an outstanding job on Paul Millsap, holding him to 1-of-10 shooting when he guards him. Crowder is averaging 8.0 points, 8.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in this series, so he's still worth deploying in fantasy lineups despite his shooting woes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:53 am
  • Shaun Livingston scores 16 points in loss
    Shaun Livingston drew his second straight start on Thursday vs. the Rockets and looked great again, scoring 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with five boards, three assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Klay Thompson recently implied that Livingston is the best backup PG in the league, so he certainly made a strong argument tonight. Livingston also scored 16 points in Game 2 with two rebounds, six assists, and two steals, but it sounds like coach Steve Kerr is planning on having Stephen Curry (ankle) back for Game 4. If Curry plays, Livingston can't be trusted in fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:15 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 13 points in win
    Dwight Howard scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 13 rebounds in Thursday's win over the Warriors, adding two assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He still got plenty of minutes, but he didn't play much down the stretch because the Warriors wanted to put him on the foul line where he hit just 1-of-6 attempts. Howard has double-doubled in all three games of this series, but he hasn't been dominant by any means. For what it's worth, Howard didn't exactly look thrilled when James Harden hit the game winner, and you can check out his reaction in the link below. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:50 pm
  • Paul George scores 25 w/ 10 rebounds in loss
    Paul George scored 25 points with 10 rebounds in Thursday's 101-85 loss to the Raptors, adding six assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers are now losing the series 2-1, so Game 4 on Saturday in Indiana is basically a must-win game. As for PG-13, he's feasting against the Raptors and was coming into tonight's game with averages of 30.5 points, 4.0 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers in the first two games of the series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) ruled out for Game 3
    Nicolas Batum has been diagnosed with a left foot strain and has officially been ruled out of Game 3 vs. the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed the diagnosis, and the report from the Hornets adds that Batum will undergo treatment before his status will be determined for Game 4. With Charlotte already down by two games, this is a tough blow for the Hornets. Expect Jeremy Lin to benefit the most moving forward, while we could also see more traditional lineups with Marvin Williams playing more small forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:19 pm
  • Stevens says he's contemplating lineup change
    Brad Stevens said that he's contemplating making a change to his starting lineup for Game 3 on Friday, but he's not yet made a final decision.

    Advice: Evan Turner has supplanted Jared Sullinger in the starting five to begin the second half of both Game 1 and Game 2, so if Stevens does end up going through with the change, Turner for Sullinger will be the likely switch. Sullinger has struggled in a big way during Boston's first-round series, and a move to the bench won't do his fantasy value any favors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) sits out practice
    Kelly Olynyk (right shoulder) did not go through practice on Thursday, and head coach Brad Stevens said that he'll be "questionable probably at best" for Friday's Game 3 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: "Obviously, [Olynyk's potential absence] would affect it from the standpoint of rotations because I do think Kelly's strength is something we need," Stevens said before Thursday's practice. "So, we're going to have to find that from other sources, obviously." It doesn't sound like Olynyk will be ready for Friday's game, which will translate to more minutes for Evan Turner, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:42 am
  • Damian Lillard shoots 6-of-22 in Game 2 loss
    The Clippers contained Damian Lillard during Game 2, as he finished with 17 points on 6-of-22 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, four turnovers and zero 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: L.A.'s defensive gameplan is centered around stopping Lillard. "They go as Damian goes," Austin Rivers said after Game 1. "Our focus was to stop him and limit everybody else as well." He's being trapped on many possessions but the biggest issue is Chris Paul's individual defense, which forces Dame to work hard for looks he usually gets at will. Whether Portland plays him off-ball more often or finds another way to spring him loose, they need their leading scorer to heat up at home on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • J.R. Smith w/ seven of Cavs record 20 triples
    J.R. Smith drained seven 3-pointers en route to 21 points on Wednesday, as the Cavs earned a 2-0 series lead vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Smith added five rebounds and his quick-trigger perimeter shooting repeatedly took the wind out of the Pistons' sails tonight. The Cavs poured in 20-of-38 triples tonight, setting a franchise playoff record and tying the NBA playoff record, a barrage that turned a tight game at halftime in a rout by the fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:06 pm
  • Andre Drummond hacked, misses 12-of-16 FTs
    Andre Drummond shot 4-of-16 at the FT line on Wednesday, but still finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond scored the game's first points on a jump-hook and he had some nice moments playing pick-and-roll with Reggie Jackson, but his 25.0 percent FT shooting is the headline here. There's no reason to think the Cavs will quit hacking him as the series shifts to Detroit, so be prepared for some slow-paced games. In other disappointing news, this was the 11th time all season Drummond was held to single-digit rebounds. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) still out
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is out for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is no new update on Johnson. Josh Richardson may have Wally Pipp'd Johnson as the top combo guard on the roster anyway, so there's no need to rush Johnson back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk is questionable for Game 3
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is questionable for Game 3 against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He was disappointed he couldn't play in Game 2 and was ruled out about 90 minutes before tip on Tuesday. Not even going through warmups is slightly discouraging for his chances, but two full days off makes a big difference. If he can't go, it'll be basically be Tyler Zeller stepping up with Jonas Jerebko becoming more important for spacing. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • Van Gundy praises Stanley Johnson's defense
    Stan Van Gundy praised Stanley Johnson's effort on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "Where he has his best chance at excellence, greatness, is on the defensive end," said Van Gundy. "He’s got really quick feet, great strength and can guard multiple positions — can probably guard one through four, which makes him a very valuable and unique guy." Johnson displayed some solid defense in his 16 minutes of action during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cavs, and that solid defensive effort likely earned him some more minutes for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:22 am
  • Jared Sullinger plays just 14 minutes in loss
    Jared Sullinger played just 14 minutes vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: He fouled out of Game 1 in just 19 minutes and was benched at halftime tonight in favor of Evan Turner. Coach Brad Stevens seems to be leaning towards more small-ball lineups moving forward, so that's bad news for Sullinger's minutes. He will be a shaky option in Game 3 on Friday even if Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) misses another game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Jae Crowder held to two points in loss
    Jae Crowder was held to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Hawks.

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

    Advice: The versatile forward also dished out three assists with five boards and one block, and this was the second game in a row that he started the second half. Turner played 33 minutes tonight after playing 34 minutes in Game 1, so he's going to play a massive role in this series with Avery Bradley (hamstring) considered doubtful to play in round one. He's worth starting in all formats right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Turner starts 3rd quarter, Sullinger to bench
    Evan Turner started the third quarter of Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks in place of Jared Sullinger.

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

    Advice: Crowder recently said that his ankle is only 75-80 percent healthy, but with Avery Bradley on the sidelines and the Celtics trying to steal Game 2 away from Atlanta, Crowder will continue to fight through the pain. He could be a bit more involved on the offensive end sans Bradley, so he's a reasonable guy to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) ruled out for Game 2
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Olynyk only logged 12 minutes off the bench during Game 1, and those minutes will likely be divvied up between Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller for Game 2. There's not a clear-cut winner here in terms of fantasy hoops, but Sullinger is the guy with the most upside. Brad Stevens said that Olynyk has been playing through "a good deal of pain" since the All-Star break, and while surgery has not been discussed, he could certainly be looking at a multi-game absence here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:34 pm
  • Evan Turner not sure on Celtics future
    Evan Turner said he's not sure what will happen when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: Turner has resurrected his game in Boston, but isn't sure if he'll be there beyond the 2015-16 season. "If we were playing for free and everything, I would for sure want to be here long term," Turner said. "At the same time, you have to do what's best for your career and family." Turner is in for a bigger payday this summer after averaging 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals off the Celtics bench and is in for a bigger role now that Avery Bradley (hamstring) is likely out for Round 1 of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • Thompson says Shaun Livingston great backup
    Klay Thompson said Shaun Livingston is as good of a backup point guard as you can get.

    Advice: Livingston scored 16 points to go with two rebounds, six assists, and two steals in a spot start for Stephen Curry (ankle) in Monday's Game 2 win over Houston and Thompson was impressed with his play. "I'm mesmerized by Shaun Livingston," Thompson said. "You can't ask for a better back-up point guard in this league." We'll have to wait and see if Curry is available for Game 3 on Thursday, but Livingston will again be in for big minutes if the reigning NBA MVP can't suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:50 am
  • Shaun Livingston steps up, scores 16 points
    Shaun Livingston scored 16 points in a spot start on Monday against the Rockets, adding two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He made 7-of-9 from the field and killed the Rockets in the paint. Livingston was playing on the ball a lot more while he was really effective on his off-ball cuts. The Warriors might as well rest Stephen Curry (ankle) again on Thursday, so there might be minutes available for Livingston again. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:49 pm
  • Dwight Howard fouls out in 35 minutes vs. GSW
    Dwight Howard fouled out in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Monday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: This was bad. Howard just gave the Rockets no energy as he could not protect the paint or do anything on offense. The chances of him being on the Rockets next season likely dropped after this dud. He had a game-low minus-22 in plus-minus and once again he didn't get offensive looks. After Game 1, Draymond Green questioned the Rockets for not giving Howard enough shots. He just can't be trusted right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:24 pm
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