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  • Knicks set to move forward if Carmelo leaves
    Knicks president is ready to move forward if Carmelo Anthony leaves as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: When asked if it would be a "disaster" if Melo leaves this summer, Jackson didn't sound like he was ready to hit the panic button, "I'm all about moving forward. Just deal with what is and move forward. If it's in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it's not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We're going forward anyway." The Knicks can offer Anthony approximately $33 million more than any other team in free agency, but Jackson has also said he expects Melo to stick to his word about taking a pay cut to stay in New York so it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:11 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-92 vs Tor
  • Shawn Marion lights it up for 20 points
    Shawn Marion shot 8-of-10 from the field for 20 points vs. the Spurs on Wednesday to go with five boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was outstanding after getting limiting run in Game 1. The Mavericks were able to play a faster tempo which has been Marion's bread and butter since his days with the Suns. He is 35 years, but still has a few good years left in the tank. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Harden, Parsons struggle with shot in loss
    James Harden hit just 6-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Chandler Parsons also struggled, hitting just 5-of-15 shots for 15 points and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard was great in the first half and Houston was in this one until the end, but the poor shooting in the second half by all three players was too much for the Rockets to overcome. Harden is the only player in these playoffs to attempt at least 19 shots in each game, and shoot less than 33 percent, which is a big reason the Rockets find themselves heading to Portland down two games to none. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Dorell Wright provides huge spark in 18 min.
    Dorell Wright played just 18 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's Game 2 win, but was highly effective with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That was what we were looking for a few weeks ago when Wright was filling in for Aldridge late in the regular season, but he was never nearly this good. If you took a flier on him in a daily money league, he might have been a lifesaver. Just don't expect him to do it again anytime soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Manu Ginobili drops 27 points in loss
    Manu Ginobili scored 27 points off the bench against the Mavericks on Wednesday with two boards, four assists, five 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: The Spurs turned the ball over 24 times tonight and had nine in the first quarter. They also didn't get to the line at all in the first frame, but did end up shooting 18-of-29 in the following three. Ginobili's minutes were at just 23 and they probably would have been higher had this game been close. The Spurs will head to Dallas for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • LeBron James scores 32 points, Heat up 2-0
    LeBron James was outstanding again during Game 2's 101-97 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, shooting 11-of-17 from the field for 32 points with six boards, eight assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did get popped in the neck by Josh McRoberts in the fourth quarter, but it didn't cost him any playing time. McRoberts probably should have received a flagrant foul for in infraction and he might get a fine from the league. As for LeBron, he continues to own the Bobcats and has beat them every single time he's played them since joining Miami in 2010. The Heat will take a 2-0 lead to Charlotte for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores 22 points in L
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist turned in a surprisingly strong offensive effort against the Heat on Wednesday, scoring 22 points with 10 boards, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He got in foul trouble early and checked out with five minutes gone by in the first quarter, but really turned it around in his return back on the court. Kidd-Gilchris shot 8-of-13 from the field with all but two attempts coming from within four feet. His 22 points would have been a season high, but it's hard to imagine him playing this well again throughout the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver could get more burn Wed.
    Coach Steve Clifford said has "a lot of faith" in Anthony Tolliver and could play him more on Wednesday if the Heat go small.

    Advice: The Bobcats will probably need some help in 3-pointers to hang with Miami. One obvious connection here is how Tolliver could be a part of the solution should the Bobcats not have Al Jefferson for his normal allotment of minutes. He played just five minutes in Game 1's loss, so he's probably not going to have a huge impact tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • Phil wants Carmelo to take less than max
    Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will need to take less than a maximum contract to allow the team to have spending flexibility in the future.

    Advice: Anthony has said he'd be willing to take less than a five-year, $129 million deal at max in the past, which would obviously put a huge dent in the Knicks' salary cap and limit their options to build a contender. The Knicks don't have much else to go on besides that while Melo's name will continue to pop up all offseason. Meanwhlie, he'll be reevaluated for his torn labrum in May and should be ready to go to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:00 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-92 vs Tor
  • Nicolas Batum did a lot of running this year
    Nicolas Batum led the NBA in distance traveled this season at 216 miles.

    Advice: He had an avulsion fracture on his finger back in January and was still able to play in all 82 games. Batum and the rest of the Blazers starting five played a whopping 1,373 minutes together this season, which ranked second in the NBA behind the Pacers' starting unit. The Frenchman ranked third among small forwards in assists per game this season while also ranking 18th in effective field goal percentage. He's a fantasy stud and probably doesn't get enough credit for the Blazers' success this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • James Harden vows to improve offense in Gm 2
    James Harden admitted that he "didn't play well offensively" in Game 1, when he scored 27 points but shot only 8-of-28 from the field.

    Advice: That included a 3-of-14 mark from downtown and while much credit is due to Wes Matthews' defense, Harden knows he needs to have better shot selection. "I just have to be more precise on my shots and be aggressive," Harden said. "The first half, I didn't really attack and get to the rim like I wanted to." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Terrence Jones cleared of misdemeanor charges
    Terrence Jones was cleared of misdemeanor harassment charges on Tuesday, stemming from an incident that occurred in July.

    Advice: A police officer accused Jones of "stomping" on a homeless man who was sleeping in a doorway, but Jones said in a recent interview, "An officer's word is going to be worth more than mine ... What he saw didn't happen." As part of the case's dismissal Jones agreed to pay $10,000 to a charity that benefits the homeless. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • Kyle Korver stifled in Hawks' Game 2 defeat
    Kyle Korver finished Tuesday's Game 2 defeat with only three points on 1-of-5 shooting, while being primarily defended by George Hill.

    Advice: Pacers coach Frank Vogel tweaked his gameplan by siccing Paul George on Jeff Teague, and the ploy held Atlanta to 85 points on 39.2 percent shooting. "You got to have speed to contain the basketball down there and to scramble to shooters," said Vogel, who also paired C.J. Watson with Hill for long stretches. "That's what we were trying to achieve." Now it is the Hawks' turn to make adjustments for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Evan Turner, Lance Stephenson in fistfight
    Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson reportedly got into a fistfight during a Pacers' practice on Friday.

    Advice: "This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," said one witness to the scuffle. The Pacers were crushed in Game 1 but they bounced back to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Stephenson had seven points, five assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes during Game 2, Turner had three points in 11 minutes off the bench, and Roy Hibbert had another awful game with six points on 1-of-7 shooting. Paul George (27 points) and Luis Scola (20 points) bailed them out, and they'll need a more balanced team effort to keep their momentum in Atlanta on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • Jimmy Butler scores 6 in 53 minutes of loss
    Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes in Tuesday's overtime loss, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: Butler tied for ninth in the league in minutes this season with 44.0 per game and it's been more of the same in the playoffs. And it's showing in his play, as he should simply be doing more with his minutes. He has to be wearing down and the Bulls are now down 2-0 to the Wizards, and head to Washington for Games 3 & 4. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:48 pm
     
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • Green not happy with physical play of Clips
    Draymond Green said on the radio Tuesday that he's upset about all the contact Stephen Curry took against the Clippers in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: "It pissed me off, and we'll remember that," Green said on KNBR radio. Curry and the Warriors were dominated in Game 2 and the series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Thursday at Golden State. These two teams didn't like each other before the series started, and tempers could flare before it's over. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:12 pm
  • Paul Pierce says you can't buy clutch
    Paul Pierce thinks certain players are inherently more clutch than others.

    Advice: In one of the better quotes of the young postseason, Pierce spoke briefly about being clutch, "Everybody don't have it. Everybody is not born with it. You can't buy it at Costco or Walgreens." Pierce had a solid performance in Brooklyn's Game 1 win over Toronto and his 36 minutes played should come as good sign for a Nets team that will likely need The Truth's clutch genes sooner or later. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:32 am
     
    Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Harden talks about lack of ball movement
    James Harden admitted there was a lack of ball movement in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: "That goes to myself. I have to not be so ball hawking. I have to do a better job," Harden said. In all of the games over the weekend, only six players in the NBA touched the ball more than Harden's 92 times and he was obviously the focal point of Houston's offense. His shot selection wasn't great and he made just 8-of-28 from the field, which was uncharacteristic based on his stellar post-break run. He should get it turned around on Wednesday as Houston looks to even the series at home. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:43 pm
  • Manu Ginobili (personal) practices on Monday
    Manu Ginobili (personal) was back at practice on Monday after his wife gave birth to a baby boy.

    Advice: He should be ready to go for Wednesday's Game 2 now that he's already back at practice. Ginobili didn't have his best game on Sunday with four turnovers and shooting 4-of-10 from the field, but he did score 17 points with three 3-pointers in 31 minutes in the win. He played just 22.8 minutes per game on the season and should be closer to 30 as the Spurs make a run. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:36 am
  • Marion, Dalembert, Calderon benched for Mavs
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle opted not to play Shawn Marion or Samuel Dalembert in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss because he felt his team "needed to score."

    Advice: The Mavs' offense sputtered out and their defense wasn't any better, particularly when it came to stopping Tim Duncan on the post, and Carlisle admitted that his late-game rotations "may be something ... to reevaluate for Game 2." Jose Calderon was also a spectator down the stretch, watching Devin Harris play PG for the final 17 minutes of regulation. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Terrence Jones can't check LaMarcus Aldridge
    Terrence Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Rockets' heart-breaking OT loss in Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: Jones made 6-of-10 FGs while chipping in two assists and two blocks but he struggled defensively in a tough matchup vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, who blew up for 46 points in the road win. Rockets coach Kevin McHale used an eight-man rotation and gave DNP-CDs to both Donatas Motiejunas and Omri Casspi. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:18 pm
  • LeBron James hits four triples in Game 1 win
    LeBron James made four 3-pointers during Game 1's 99-88 win over the Bobcats on Sunday, scoring a total of 27 points with nine boards, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: The Heat had 11 3-pointers today and that was a big part of the win. Their offense clearly wasn't in rhythm with only 14 assists on their 35 field goals and only had 24 points in the paint. LeBron had a couple huge 3-pointers in the third quarter, which helped swing the momentum to help the Heat dominate the early fourth quarter. He owned the Bobcats all season with 37.8 points per game in four games, so he's likely going to put up some massive numbers in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Draymond Green looks fine after leg injury
    Draymond Green bruised his right leg during the first half on Saturday, but he quickly returned to post seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a road victory.

    Advice: Green had a tremendous chase-down block on Darren Collison in the third quarter, which should end any speculation about the severity of his injury. His ability to play multiple positions gives coach Mark Jackson an invaluable weapon off the bench, and his 22 minutes of playing time may increase throughout the series since small lineups are inevitable with Andrew Bogut (ribs) on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:53 pm
  • Draymond Green (knee) back after brief exit
    Draymond Green headed into the Warriors locker room with an apparent right knee injury before halftime on Saturday, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Green was crossed over by Matt Barnes and fell awkwardly, and after a few moments he left to be evaluated by the training staff. His return is great news for Golden State, as the absence of Andrew Bogut (ribs) has already left them more reliant upon guys like Green, Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:38 pm
  • Paul Pierce's surge helps Nets steal Game 1
    Paul Pierce got hot in the fourth quarter on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in a 94-87 win in Toronto.

    Advice: Pierce's late surge helped keep the Raptors at bay and he already looks like a matchup nightmare, as Toronto's PFs aren't nimble enough to chase him off the 3-point line without giving up easy driving and passing lanes. Fellow 'dinosaur' Kevin Garnett had five points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 20 minutes, and his lone field goal was a dagger in the final minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:47 pm
     
    Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle