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  • Lance Stephenson eyeing Memphis return?
    Lance Stephenson believes he can fit in with the Grizzlies next season as a role player.

    Advice: "It's not about money," Stephenson said. "I just want to play and help a team win. I think I can fit in here as a role player." Memphis coach Dave Joerger said that he would "absolutely" want to coach Stephenson again, so it will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies pick up his team option worth $9.5 million for next season. Rotoworld.com 40 minutes ago
  • Rodney Hood wants to improve ball-handling
    Rodney Hood said that he wants to strengthen his body this offseason and improve his ball-handling.

    Advice: Hood also said earlier in April that he's going to work on getting to the free throw line more next season, and he's already planning to get back on the court during the first week of May to begin training. Hood could develop into a stud in Utah and he is coming off a solid season in which he averaged 14.5 points, 3.4 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 42.0 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says feet are bothering him
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his feet bother him more every year.

    Advice: This is obviously pretty concerning, but keep in mind that he will address this issue during the offseason and he's already had some shockwave treatment to relieve the tendinitis in his feet. Cousins is expected to play for Team USA this summer, so he should be in great shape prior to the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:54 am
  • Paul Pierce is contemplating retirement
    Paul Pierce said he is "50-50" on whether or not he will retire.

    Advice: The Truth has two more years left on his deal with the Clippers, but he will be 39 years old in October and just had the worst season of his career by far. He averaged just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards and 1.0 assists in 18.1 minutes per game during the regular season, so he won't be a fantasy option next season if he decides to keep playing. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
  • Mason Plumlee looks great yet again
    Mason Plumlee scored nine points with 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He went blow for blow with DeAndre Jordan in the paint. In the last five games of this series, Plumlee averaged 8.8 points, 14.8 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers. The Blazers' trade with the Nets for basically Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has worked out nicely for them. He'll be very important against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 11 in start
    Jeff Green got the start on Friday in a loss to the Blazers, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a better chance to perform with the Clippers banged up in the last two. Green will head into free agency afters showing some promise with the Grizzlies after they lost Marc Gasol (foot). His fantasy value hinges on his destination perhaps more than any other player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 32 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored a playoff career-high 32 points during a loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one assist, three steals and three turnovers on 10-of-25 from the field.

    Advice: He was up to his usual tricks with too many off-the-dribble jumpers. The Clippers didn't really have many options for scoring, so a wild Crawford shot was one of their best plays in the arsenal. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will head into free agency with plenty of miles left on his tires. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Luol Deng scores 21 points in win vs. CHA
    Luol Deng scored an efficient 21 points during a win over the Hornets on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: That's good for a tidy 75.0 true shooting percentage. This has been a great matchup for Deng with the Hornets not having great defenders at power forward. In six games, he averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 3.0 treys. He's certainly on the radar for DFS in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Josh Richardson hurts his shoulder
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) said nothing will keep him out in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He hurt his left shoulder in the last minute of the game and had ice on it after the win. Richardson's defense was very good at times and he has leapfrogged Tyler Johnson (shoulder). Richardson finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Marvin Williams puts up another goose egg
    Marvin Williams missed all seven shots from the field against the Heat on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: After turning in his best year of his career, Williams is falling on his face in the playoffs. He's made just 27.1 percent from the field in this series as one of the most disappointing players in the postseason. He's turned in worse fantasy output on the road, so it won't be easy to trust him in DFS in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Paul George scores 21; Pacers force Game 7
    Paul George scored 21 points during a 101-83 Game 6 victory over the Raptors on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: This was basically the bizarro version of Game 5. The Pacers got red hot in the second half with an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. George checked out with 3:08 left due to garbage time, so he would've been at 43 minutes had the game been close. There was talk of him playing 48 minutes before this game, so he'll likely be in the 43-48 range in Game 7 on Sunday. You almost have to start him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:07 pm
  • Myles Turner drops 15 points with four blocks
    Myles Turner was awesome in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: It was his best game of the series. Turner played most of his minutes at center in Game 5, but he was much more comfortable away from the basket at the power forward spot tonight. Plus, his rim protection was superb during this game. The Pacers stole him in the draft as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores eight; Raptors lose
    DeMar DeRozan struggled yet again during a blowout 101-83 loss to the Pacers on Friday, making 3-of-13 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: That 34-point game from Tuesday seems like a distant memory. The Raptors were smoked in the second half due to giving up an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. DeRozan has flopped big time in five of the six games to put his team in a tight spot. He continues to waste possessions on contested mid-range jumpers with too many turnovers. He'll need a decent game on Sunday in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Patrick Patterson struggles yet again
    Patrick Patterson scored five points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He almost had an identical role with slightly less output compared to Game 5. Patterson wasn't really on the floor when the Raptors were demolished in the second half, so it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does. It's tough to trust him even as a punt for DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Rivers, JJ, LMAM, Green & Jordan starting
    Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jeff Green and DeAndre Jordan will start on Friday.

    Advice: He Clippers are going bigger in this game, but don't expect the overall minutes to change. Green should still be very busy in the first unit and obviously there's no need to panic on Jamal Crawford. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

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

    Advice: Patterson was playing well before Game 5, but he was arguably the worst player in the rotation on Tuesday. This likely means the Raptors will use their smaller second unit again, which was fantastic to help pull off the comeback. Expect to see a decent amount of Norman Powell tonight, but he's not a great DFS option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Nicolas Batum likely to play more
    Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

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

    Advice: Vogel did say the second unit will have a shorter leash. In Game 5, the Pacers had an unfathomable 7.8 offensive rating in the seven minutes without George. That was ultimately their undoing, so George is a good bet to play at least 44 minutes tonight. He's almost a must-play option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 9:11 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 7:05 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 Yesterday, 6:15 am
  • Kent Bazemore puts a nice bow on his series
    Kent Bazemore scored 15 points with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He's making some money this month. In his six playoff games, Bazemore averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 treys. He'll have a huge role in the next round and will likely be starting off on LeBron James. Expect him to play minutes in the mid 30s. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Evan Turner scores eight in off finale
    Evan Turner's solid series ended on a down note during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday, making 4-of-17 from the field for eight points with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was a big part of the rotation due to Avery Bradley (hamstring) going down. Turner surpassed most expectations to help his value heading into free agency, especially late in the season and in the postseason. In his 12 starts this regular season, Turner averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 treys. Several teams will be after The Villain. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:50 pm
  • Spencer Hawes diagnosed with MCL sprain
    Spencer Hawes has been diagnosed with a right MCL sprain, and he will miss at least the next week of action.

    Advice: Hawes will obviously miss Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, and he's going to be re-evaluated in one week, although it wouldn't be surprising at all to see his absence extend beyond that one-week timeline. Tyler Hansbrough, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky should pick up some extra minutes in Hawes' absence. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:24 pm
  • LAC not lacking in confidence heading into G6
    Jamal Crawford said that the Clippers feel "really good" about their chances of securing a Game 6 win in Portland.

    Advice: "We were in the same situation last year, we had to go to San Antonio and win on their court in a Game 6 to force a Game 7 in front of our home fans," said Crawford. "We’re a confident group. We feel really good about Game 6." It's true that the Clippers pulled off a comeback against the Spurs last season, but that was with a healthy Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand). Crawford is going to be heavily involved on the offensive end, but he'll need to be more efficient if the Clippers hope to secure an upset. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • 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 Thursday, 1:38 pm
  • Spencer Hawes (knee) doubtful for Game 6
    Spencer Hawes (right knee sprain) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Hawes suffered the knee injury, but it's looking like he'll be spending Game 6 on the sidelines. His minutes will likely be divvied up between Tyler Hansbrough, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky, but Hawes' absence won't have a dramatic impact on the fantasy landscape. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:42 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 Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Paul George could play 48 mins in Game 6?
    Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be on the court for all 48 minutes during Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors.

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

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

    Advice: Turner has resurrected his career as the Celtics sixth man and it hasn't gone unnoticed around the league. "He’s done everything they’ve asked him to do and from what I hear, hasn’t grumbled a day about it," one rival executive said. "Every team needs a guy like that in their locker room." Turner looks to be in line for a raise this summer and could see a minor boost in fantasy value if he finds a job as a starter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:00 am
  • 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, 6:45 am
  • Klay Thompson propels GSW into second round
    Klay Thompson and the Warriors obliterated the Rockets in a series-clinching win on Wednesday, led by Klay's 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a 7-of-11 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Golden State built a 30-point lead mid-way through the third quarter, fueled by a 3-point barrage from Thompson, and they won by a final score of 114-81. He's the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games -- if nothing else, tonight's eruption confirms that the Warriors are a scary team even when one Splash Brother is in street clothes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • 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
  • Paul Pierce starts, scoreless in 10 minutes
    Paul Pierce was an unexpected starter for the Clippers on Wednesday, but he failed to score in just 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's 3-point shooting may have been the difference in Doc Rivers' thinking, as well as the fact that Jeff Green could provide some much-needed scoring for a depleted second unit. The 18-year veteran shot 0-of-3 in limited minutes tonight, however, and there are no guarantees that he'll start over Green and Wes Johnson during Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 17 points on 23 shots
    Jamal Crawford moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday and proceeded to launch 23 shots, making six of them to finish with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Crawford started alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan, a unit that played a mere four minutes together during the 2015-16 season. Doc Rivers' gamble was born of desperation and resulted in a home loss, but Crawford is guaranteed a huge role again in Game 6 -- he played 44 minutes tonight and was the focal point of the Clippers' offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points in futile effort
    Jeff Green scored 17 points off the bench during Game 5, making 6-of-10 shots with six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin's quad injury has prematurely ended his season, leaving Green a big opportunity even if he isn't starting. He can't fill the void by himself, and more minutes are also available for Wes Johnson (five points, five rebounds) and Paul Pierce (two rebounds), but Green is easily the most palatable DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • Josh Richardson earns 31 minutes vs. Hornets
    Josh Richardson logged 31 minutes off the bench during Game 5, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Heat had scored at least 100 points in 17 consecutive home games, with the league's most efficient offense since the All-Star break, but the Hornets tightened their grip defensively tonight. Richardson drew the ire of Dwyane Wade after a poor shot late in the fourth quarter, but he played well overall and should see a similar role in a must-win game at the Time Warner Cable arena on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • 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
  • Marvin Williams heats up w/ 17 points in Gm 5
    Marvin Williams found some traction in Game 5 with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, three steals, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets came into the playoffs as the league's fourth-leading team in 3-pointers per game, but in Games 1-4 vs. Miami they were a collective 16-of-67 from downtown. They finally found the range tonight and that was the difference in the game, as they hit 50.0 percent of their 3-pointers including a late barrage in the fourth quarter. Williams was having a nightmare series prior to this game, shooting 19.4 percent from the field, so hopefully this eruption will carry over to Friday's game in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Jamal Crawford starting Game 5 vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford will start Game 5 on Wednesday, alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: Doc Rivers wants more spacing on the court, and the decision to start Crawford takes care of another problem -- with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both out, the Clippers are very short on playmakers. Crawford should have a high usage rate in as many minutes as he can handle tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Paul Pierce starting Game 5 w/ Griffin out
    Paul Pierce will start Wednesday's game in place of Blake Griffin (quad).

    Advice: Jeff Green was the odds-on favorite to start in place of Griffin, and either way Green should earn more playing time than Pierce tonight. Wes Johnson is also in the mix for playing time and all three guys have significant risk as DFS targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:02 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kent Bazemore scores 16, Hawks win 110-83
    Kent Bazemore scored 16 points to lead the Hawks to a 110-83 win over the Celtics in Game 5 on Tuesday, giving them a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: He's the definition of a streaky player, as he needed just 23 minutes to score 16 points tonight after scoring just five points in 40 minutes in Game 4. That inconsistency makes him hard to trust, but the upside is clearly there if you deploy him on the right night. Bazemore added five boards, one block and four 3-pointers on 6-of-14 shooting. He was listed as probable on the injury report due to a lingering knee issue, but he obviously looked fine tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Myles Turner plays well in Game 5 loss
    Myles Turner looked good in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. Toronto, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie has been the most consistent big for Indiana in this series apart from a dud in Game 4, so his role as the starting PF is safe. His price should still be relatively low in DFS, so he's worth a long look for Game 6 in Indiana on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:59 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
  • Patrick Patterson held to seven points
    Patrick Patterson started in Game 5 on Tuesday, but scored just seven points (3-of-10 FGs) with two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 5.8 field goal attempts in the first four games of the series, so at least he was more involved on the offensive end tonight. While Patterson's stat line was disappointing, Luis Scola picked up a DNP-CD tonight and it looks like he will be the starting PF moving forward, although coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to it when asked after the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:16 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan drops 34, Raptors win Game 5
    DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Pacers, giving the Raptors a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said before the game that he wanted to get DeRozan going on the offensive end, so give him credit for making an adjustment. "I've got to do a better job of getting DeMar quick, cleaner looks, to get him open a little bit better," Casey said. "We've got to have [DeRozan] playing at a high level to have a chance to win this series. It's up to me and the staff to come up with something." DeRozan also hit 12-of-13 from the line, adding three boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers after failing to hit any treys in the first four games of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:05 pm
  • Jeff Green expected to start Wednesday
    Jeff Green is expected to move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against Portland.

    Advice: Blake Griffin (quad) is going to miss the remainder of the postseason for Los Angeles, so the starting four-spot is Green's to lose. He'll be taking on a much larger role on offense with Chris Paul (hand) also done for the year, so he'll be a reasonable guy to consider in DFS with his minutes set to spike to the mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:32 pm
  • Patrick Patterson starting, Scola benched
    Patrick Patterson will move into the starting five for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers, sending Luis Scola to the bench.

    Advice: The Raptors haven't been getting much of anything from Scola through the first four games of the series, so it looks like Dwane Casey would like to infuse some offense into the first unit with Patterson. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas will join Patterson in the starting five for tonight's game, and Patterson could be someone to consider as a punt in DFS given the increased opportunity. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:45 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
  • Kent Bazemore feeling good ahead of Game 5
    Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said Kent Bazmore (knee) is feeling good ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bazemore is listed as probable with a knee injury, but it's nothing that will hold him out of such an important game on Tuesday. Bazemore is averaging 13.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers in the thus far in the playoffs and is a strong DFS play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 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
  • Mason Plumlee turns in another gem
    Mason Plumlee scored two points with 14 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: That's two huge games as the Blazers are running a ton of offense through Plumlee right now. He is coming off a 21-board, nine-dime game in Game 3. Plumlee was losing some playing time to Ed Davis to end the regular season, but he's cleared the 30-minute mark in each of his last three games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:48 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 12 points vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford scored 12 points during a 98-84 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He is going to have to be the top-scoring guard now with Chris Paul (hand) out. Crawford exploded for 30 points back on Apr. 8 when the Clippers rested most of their players against the Jazz, so expect plenty of scoring chances the rest of the way. He'll be a highly-owned player in DFS for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points vs. Blazers
    Jeff Green scored 17 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely headed for a bigger role in Game 5. Chris Paul (hand) won't be playing while Blake Griffin (quad) could miss some action, as well. Green does a lot of scoring in isolation, so he shouldn't be affected negatively with the loss of CP3. He's on the radar as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Marvin Williams doesn't score in 37 minutes
    Marvin Williams missed all five shots from the field and didn't go to the line for a scoreless game against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He had a nice double-double in Game 3, but he's been terrible in the other three games. In fact, Williams has made just 1-of-22 from the field and missed both free throws to give him a microscopic 4.8 true shooting percentage. The minutes are there, so he's a decent tournament option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Luol Deng cools off in a loss to Hornets
    Luol Deng made 4-of-14 from the field for 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: The Hornets did a much better job on Deng to close out on his jumpers. After a monster first quarter on Saturday, Deng has been fairly quiet in the last seven quarters. The Heat might have to get him some new plays to get him open again. Expect him to be closer to his 22.0 points per game average from the first three games for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:02 pm
  • Josh Richardson struggles in 31 minutes
    Josh Richardson made 1-of-7 from the field for three points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He's finally in a slump. In his last five games, Richardson made just 26.4 percent from the field for 5.6 points per game. He is still getting minutes close to 30 as a second-string combo guard. It's still tough to trust Richardson in DFS due to low dimes and a low usage rate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:46 pm
  • Kent Bazemore probable again for Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore (knee) is probable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: He'll be good to go and has been probable for the entire series. Bazemore has been active during the playoffs and should continue to flirt with his postseason averages of 13.3 points, 8.3 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.3 treys. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:13 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
  • Lance Stephenson wants to return to Memphis
    Lance Stephenson said that he'd like to return to the Grizzlies next season.

    Advice: The Grizzlies hold a $9.5M option on Stephenson for next season, and the enigmatic swingman is hoping that he's found his new NBA home. If Memphis declines the option, Stephenson showed enough that he'll earn another chance somewhere, but it's not going to be at the rate of more than nine million dollars annually. As an aside, Born Ready plans to use his offseason in order to improve defensively in addition to working to become a better player off the ball. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:56 am
  • Casey suggests change in approach for DeRozan
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMar DeRozan may have to change his approach vs. the Pacers in Toronto's opening round playoff series.

    Advice: "He may have to be a facilitator," Casey said. "He's our leading scorer, he's gotta take the shots that are there, but in other situations, where they're taking him out, he understand that [he has to] move the ball." Through four games in a 2-2 series, DeRozan is shooting just 21-of-71 (29.6 percent) from the field with 13 assists and 13 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:17 am
  • 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
  • Klay Thompson scores 23, Warriors lead 3-1
    Klay Thompson buried seven 3-pointers on his way to 23 points in Sunday's 121-94 win over the Rockets, giving the Warriors a 3-1 series lead.

    Advice: The bad news for the Warriors is that Stephen Curry could miss some time due to a sprained knee, but that will open the door for Thompson to have a larger role in the offense. Thompson was 8-of-15 from the field and added five assists, two boards and two steals, and he will look to help the Warriors advance to the second round with a win in Game 5 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:00 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
  • Lance Stephenson scores 26, MEM eliminated
    Lance Stephenson's 26 points (11-of-19 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) weren't enough in a 116-95 loss on Sunday, as the Grizzlies were swept by the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Stephenson didn't do much in Game 2 or Game 3, but he came to play tonight and has been a solid addition to the Memphis roster. He had a great stretch of 15 games in March when he put up averages of 15.1 points, 4.9 boards, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals for the shorthanded Grizzlies, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to entice Memphis to exercise his team option for next season worth just under $9.5 million. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:09 pm
  • Myles Turner will start in Game 5 Tuesday
    Myles Turner will start in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The rookie didn't have a great stat line in Game 4 with four points (2-of-13 FGs) with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes, but the Pacers still got the win. The good news is that his price should still be low in DFS due to his sub-par performance, so he's worth a long look. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:46 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mason Plumlee grabs 21 boards with nine dimes
    Mason Plumlee grabbed 21 boards against the Clippers on Saturday, adding six points, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: His 21 boards are the highest total in this playoffs. His nine assists are the highest total among Blazers centers since Arvydas Sabonis in 1989. That's also two great games in a row with a 17-point, 10-board, seven-dime game on Wednesday, so Plumlee looks like a nice DFS target right now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:32 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 19 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored 19 points with three rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was terrible in the first half and turned it on late. Crawford made 1-of-6 from the field to start the game and picked it up down the stretch like he usually does. He was the first player ever to win three Sixth Man of the Year awards and has plenty of miles left on his tires at age 36. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:18 pm
  • Marvin Williams finally shows up
    Marvin Williams snapped out of a putrid slump during a win on Saturday, making 5-of-9 from the field for 12 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was 1-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws in the first two games, which gives him an unfathomably bad 5.6 true shooting percentage. However, Williams pulled down a playoff career-high 14 boards and looked better as a small forward on offense. He might be back now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Luol Deng scores 19 points in loss
    Luol Deng scored 19 points with eight rebounds, two assists and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was on fire in the first quarter with 14 points in the first six minutes, but didn't do much after that. Credit coach Steve Clifford for coaching up his guys to closing out after the early run. Deng is in a great matchup now, especially with Nicolas Batum (ankle) out. Expect some nice lines going forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:15 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
  • Myles Turner gets the start in win
    Myles Turner made the first playoff start of his career against the Raptors on Saturday, making 2-of-13 from the field for four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: While it wasn't his best game, the Pacers had some good success while he was out there. They actually didn't use their new starting lineup at all in Game 1 and 2, but it worked extremely well in Game 3. Plus, it was solid in Game 4 with a plus-16.4 net rating in their 15 minutes together. Turner will get the start again and he should have better output, too. He'll be a nice target in DFS as long as he's under $6,000. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores eight points
    Patrick Patterson scored eight points with one rebound, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Luis Scola is just wasting minutes right now and coach Dwane Casey needs to find a away to Patterson in the 33-36 minute range. While Patterson is key for the second unit, something has to change at their starting power forward spot. Even though Two-Pat hasn't been good in his last two, he's still a fine punt while his price is around $4,000 in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • DeMar DePlorable: DeRozan struggles again
    DeMar DeRozan turned in another dud on Saturday during a Game 4 loss to the Pacers, making 4-of-15 from the field for eight points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and six turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't go to the line, so scoring eight points while ending 21 possessions is a disaster. DeRozan has been by far the most disappointing All-Star in the postseason and he is just trying to make plays that are not there at all. Coach Dwane Casey should have cut his minutes in the fourth, but he stuck with him. Even with his price dropping in DFS, you cannot use him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:42 pm
  • Kent Bazemore listed as probable again
    Kent Bazemore (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He's fine and the Hawks have put him on the injury report in all three games. Bazemore has been very active, so expect him to have another solid effort on the stat sheet in Boston. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:09 pm
  • Myles Turner will start, Lavoy Allen to bench
    Myles Turner will start at power forward in Game 4 on Saturday, sending Lavoy Allen to the bench.

    Advice: It's an easy decision for coach Frank Vogel after Turner erupted for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes in Game 3. Ian Mahinmi is struggling with a back issue, so Turner should see a lot of minutes tonight and is worth deploying in most formats. He's also worth a long look in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:18 am
  • 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
  • Kent Bazemore score 20 in active 34 minutes
    Kent Bazemore was active in his 34 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, making 8-of-19 from the field for 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was forcing a lot of shots and perhaps the Hawks should have got the ball inside to Al Horford, who finished with eight points, 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals and four blocks. Bazemore has been terrific for most of the season with a few cold streaks, and now coach Mike Budenholzer is leaning on him a lot. He'll be a solid DFS play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:01 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Klay Thompson shoots 7-of-20 in loss to HOU
    Klay Thompson struggled in Thursday's 97-96 loss to the Rockets, scoring 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting from the field with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: With Stephen Curry (ankle) on the shelf, Thompson's owners were expecting a lot more from him tonight. He missed all seven of his 3-pointers, breaking a streak of 31 playoff games with at least one trey which was the second longest active streak behind Curry (41). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:02 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
  • Myles Turner scores 17 w/ 8 boards, 3 blocks
    Myles Turner started the second half of Thursday's loss to the Raptors and didn't disappoint, scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: With the Pacers trailing 2-1 in the series, a lineup change could be in the cards and it's possible that Turner could enter the starting lineup for Game 4 on Saturday. The Lavoy Allen (zero points, two boards) experiment hasn't worked, so Turner could be looking a lot of minutes for the rest of the series. He could be a solid target in DFS if coach Frank Vogel gives him the nod in the first unit. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 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
  • DeRozan scores 21, TOR leads series 2-1
    DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting in Thursday's 101-85 win over the Pacers, giving the Raptors a 2-1 series lead.

    Advice: Much better. He shot a combined 27.0 percent from the field in the first two games of the series, so Indiana is going to have their hands full if both DeRozan and Kyle Lowry (21 points) start clicking on offense again. DeRozan added three assists, two boards and two steals in 36 minutes and will try to help his team take a commanding series lead with a win in Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Myles Turner starts 2nd half, Allen to bench
    Myles Turner started the second half of Thursday's game vs. the Raptors in place of Lavoy Allen.

    Advice: The Pacers are getting blown out at home, so a change isn't a surprise. The rookie only played 16 minutes in Game 2, so he's easily going to surpass that tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:05 pm
  • Kent Bazemore (knee) probable for Game 3
    Kent Bazemore (right knee stiffness) is probable to play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Bazemore has not looked limited by the knee injury at all during his first two games, so it would be surprising to see him hit the sidelines on Friday night. Plan on having him available. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:23 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
  • Cousins undergoes shockwave treatment on feet
    DeMarcus Cousins had some shockwave treatment performed on his feet on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cousins was bothered by tendinitis in his feet all season, so perhaps the shockwave treatment can help alleviate that ailment. He has a full offseason to recuperate, and there's nothing indicating he won't be 100 percent next year. He'll be an easy first-round selection in points and 8-cat formats next season, but he's more of a second-round guy in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:30 am
  • Paul Pierce having tough time with DNP-CD
    Paul Pierce said it was difficult to accept a DNP-CD in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: While Pierce isn't going to ruffle feathers, he said it was difficult to watch his team from the bench ."It is what it is," Pierce said. "It is what it is. It's difficult. As a competitor, you want to compete and help your team win." Head coach Doc Rivers said Pierce will help the team during the playoffs, but he's not worth using in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:49 am
  • Jamal Crawford accepts 3rd Sixth Man Award
    Jamal Crawford accepted his third Sixth Man of the Year award on Wednesday, going on to post 11 points, four assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Crawford has the most Sixth Man awards in NBA history, eclipsing two-time winners Kevin McHale, Detlef Schrempf and Ricky Pierce. He wasn't the only Clippers' reserve guard to merit attention tonight, as Austin Rivers aided a solid bench effort with nine points in 21 minutes, helping L.A. head into Game 3 with a wave of momentum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • Mason Plumlee scores 17 points w/ seven dimes
    Mason Plumlee scored a personal postseason-high 17 points during Wednesday's Game 2 defeat, making 5-of-7 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs with 10 boards, seven assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Plumlee also committed just one turnover in 31 minutes. He was tremendous after the first quarter and kept his team close until the fourth, but it speaks volumes that he tied Damian Lillard for the team-lead in scoring. The Blazers went 0-16 when scoring 95 points or fewer during the regular season, and they were held to just 81 points tonight, so coach Terry Stotts will go back to the drawing board for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 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
  • Marvin Williams goes 0-of-10 in scoreless dud
    Marvin Williams failed to score in 29 minutes on Wednesday, shooting 0-of-10 from the field with six rebounds, and he's now a combined 1-of-17 from the field through two playoff games.

    Advice: Charlotte relied heavily on 3-point shooting this season but they were just 1-of-16 beyond the arc tonight -- it's not a coincidence that Miami allowed the third-fewest 3-point makes this season. Williams has had two nightmare games to open the playoffs and he'll need to start knocking down shots for Charlotte to erase their 2-0 series deficit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Luol Deng stays hot, helps Heat take 2-0 lead
    Luol Deng followed up a huge Game 1 with 16 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block on Wednesday, as the Heat won their 13th straight first-round playoff game at home.

    Advice: Deng made 11-of-13 shots on Sunday and was a focus for the Hornets' defense tonight, but it hardly mattered as he still made 6-of-11 field goals. The Heat set a franchise postseason record with a 72-point first half and they continue to thrive offensively in a smaller lineup with Deng at PF. With two days of rest before Game 3, Miami will be well-rested when they try to put the series in a stranglehold on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:55 pm
  • Josh Richardson snaps slump, scores 15 points
    Josh Richardson finished Game 2 with 15 points in 31 minutes off Miami's bench, making 5-of-9 shots with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: The Heat have now won six consecutive playoff games vs. the Hornets. They made their final 10 field goals of the second quarter tonight, scoring a franchise playoff-record 43 points in the frame, and Richardson's contributions bode well going forward -- the rookie came in shooting a mere 24.2 percent in his previous six games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:53 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
  • X factor? Stephenson plays just nine minutes
    Lance Stephenson played just nine minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with one assist.

    Advice: Remember when coach Dave Joerger said that Stephenson would be the X factor in this series? Well, it isn't working out. Born Ready actually played decent in Game 1 with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, but he was pulled pretty quickly tonight. He is going to be a volatile fantasy option for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:31 pm
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