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  • Dirk Nowitzki doesn't have it, Mavs lose
    Dirk Nowitzki didn't have it during Game 1's 90-85 loss to the Spurs, shooting 4-of-14 from the field for 11 points with eight boards, one assist and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: If not for a meaningless last-second layup by Devin Harris, the Mavs would have not had any field goals in the final 7:44 of this game. Nowitzki's shot just wasn't dropping and today was his points in a playoff game in which he's played at least 40 minutes. The Mavericks were in control for much of this game, so losing it stings despite how Dirk didn't have his best game. Rotoworld.com
  • Jose Calderon plays just 16 minutes vs. Spurs
    Jose Calderon played just 16 minutes against the Spurs on Sunday in a loss, scoring seven points with two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He barely played in the first half and it would not have been a shock to see him come off the bench in the second half in favor of Devin Harris, but Calderon did in fact start both halves. He can't really defend penetration well, so that spells trouble against a guy like Tony Parker. Coach Rick Carlisle has some thinking to do despite how Calderon and Monta Ellis have played well together this season. Rotoworld.com
  • Tony Parker takes over late, scores 21 points
    Tony Parker put the Spurs on his back in Game 1's 90-85 win over the Mavericks Sunday, scoring 21 points with four boards, six assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Spurs just took over late to win this game. They were getting all sorts of easy buckets and almost doubled up the Mavs in the points-in-the-paint battle 56-32. Parker had a big hand in that with four of his assists leading to layups while eight of his nine makes were layups. He's a marvel with respect to efficiency while he and coach Gregg Popovich are on the same page like few others. Rotoworld.com
  • Al Jefferson strains plantar fascia, returns
    Al Jefferson went to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Heat with a strained left plantar fascia and returned to action.

    Advice: He walked back under his own power and the injury didn't appear too serious. Jefferson was having his way with four makes on four attempts before exiting, so the Bobcats need him to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:54 pm
  • Danny Green puts up a goose egg Sunday
    Danny Green did not score against the Mavericks on Sunday, adding five boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He only attempted two shots today and the Spurs didn't get him involved much. Green had a good season against the Mavericks on the year, making 3.0 triples per game on a pristine 78.6 effective field goal percentage in four games. He'll likely have his inconsistencies throughout the playoffs, but he's a good bet for a big game in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:48 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard double-doubles in win
    Kawhi Leonard double-doubled against the Mavericks on Sunday with 11 points, 10 boards and one turnover in 31 minutes.

    Advice: While he didn't do much on the stat sheet, Leonard's presence was clearly evident. He didn't have a steal, block or a 3-pointer today, which is the first time he's failed to do so since Jan. 4. His length really helped the Spurs late in this game and helped put the clamps on the Dallas' offense late, so the Mavs will have to do a better job of keeping him from getting involved on plays on the weak side. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:43 pm
  • Tim Duncan hurts left knee, returns in win
    Tim Duncan banged knees with Monta Ellis in the second half of Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks and returned to action, finishing with 27 points, seven boards and one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: In a post-game interview on TNT, Duncan said he was fine and he called the injury kind of a "funny bone thing." Duncan made 12-of-20 from the field and all but one of those makes came from within 10 feet today. He should be ready to roll for Game 2 on Wednesday and will likely continue to see minutes closer to 40 per game -- well above his season average of 29.2. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:38 pm
  • Michael Beasley (ankle) will be inactive Sun.
    Michael Beasley (ankle) will be inactive for Sunday's opening game vs. the Bobcats.

    Advice: Miami will not need him to get past the Bobcats, so this isn't too much of a blow to the Heat. The injury doesn't seem to be very major, so Beasley could possibly be back for Game 2, but he could very well pick up a DNP-CD in that one as well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:06 am
  • Nene could start in Game 1 vs. Chicago
    Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:02 am
  • Victor Claver will be inactive for Game 1
    Terry Stotts said that he'll likely place Victor Claver and Allen Crabbe on the inactive list for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Even if these guys were in uniform, it's highly unlikely either would step on the court. These are simply emergency depth guys and they're not the type of players that have an impact on games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:33 am
  • Roy Hibbert: 'I'm the weak link on defense'
    A dejected Roy Hibbert stated, "I'm the weak link on defense," following Saturday's game one loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has been unrecognizable for the past few months, and the last two weeks have been particularly awful. Since being benched versus Atlanta on April 6, Hibbert has shot 7-of-37 (18.9percent) from the field totaling 17 points through five games. To make matters worse Hibbert is being forced out towards the perimeter as he's tasked with guarding Atlanta's Pero Antic, and that has clearly made him uncomfortable. Hibbert is in jeopardy of being benched in favor of Luis Scola or Ian Mahinmi, and that's not exactly what you'd want from a guy who pulled in $14.2 million this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:21 am
  • Mike Conley plays well in loss to Thunder
    Mike Conley hit just 6-of-16 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Thunder, but finished with 16 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and three steals.

    Advice: He came through for fantasy owners, but will have to play better than this if the Grizzlies are going to beat OKC. And that's a tall order. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Zach Randolph goes for 21 & 11 in Game 1
    Zach Randolph had 21 points, 11 rebounds and a block in Saturday's Game 1 loss, but hit just 7-of-21 shots on the night.

    Advice: Z-Bo is definitely a key to the beating the Thunder, but he'll have to play very well if the Grizzlies are going to get any wins against the Thunder. He was solid tonight, but wasn't enough. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Serge Ibaka with complete game in win
    Serge Ibaka had 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in a Game 1 win over Memphis.

    Advice: Ibaka is a very popular first-round pick in playoff leagues, as blocked shots tend to be worth a lot of points, while the Thunder have an excellent chance of getting to the Finals. Ibaka didn't disappoint in Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Durant, Westbrook too much for Grizz in Gm 1
    Kevin Durant hit 13-of-25 shots and three 3-pointers for 33 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal in Saturday's easy Game 1 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The final score was 100-86 in favor of the Thunder, as they became the only home team to win on the opening day of the playoffs. Russell Westbrook added 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, but was 0-for-5 from downtown. The Grizzlies made a nice run in the third quarter, but this one was really never in doubt. It's hard to see the Thunder losing this series after tonight's strong statement. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Roy Hibbert doesn't block a shot vs. Hawks
    Roy Hibbert hit 4-of-9 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's 101-93 Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has a terrible match up with Pero Antic (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 3-pointers) and could find himself benched for much of this series, because Antic plays mainly on the perimeter. Hibbert has been struggling for some time and this series should offer more of the same. And if the Pacers don't figure things out quickly, they're going to make an early exit and heads will likely roll in Indy. Not only did Hibbert fail to block a shot, but he had his shot blocked by Kyle Korver. Yes, Kyle Korver. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Tim Duncan ready to play increased minutes
    Tim Duncan said that it would be "perfect" if he averaged 33-35 minutes per game in the playoffs.

    Advice: "I look forward to [a bigger workload]," Duncan said. "I feel good right now. I'm in shape and healthy and ready to take on those extra minutes." He hyper-extended his knee on April 10 but didn't miss any time with the injury, and Gregg Popovich's cautious management of his players should be a key to the Spurs' postseason success -- the Spurs are the only team in the league that didn't have a single player averaging 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Vogel still not sure on his rotation
    Coach Frank Vogel said he'll adjust his rotations on a game-by-game basis during the playoffs.

    Advice: "It'll vary night by night and we'll see how the flow of the game is going," Vogel said. The first player that comes to mind here is Roy Hibbert. He's been yanked from games on several occasions and has quickly become a huge liability on offense. In fact, he had the second-worst effective field goal percentage among qualifiers this season and looked as slow as his teammate Andrew Bynum. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:52 pm
  • Michael Beasley says ankle is fine
    Michael Beasley (ankle) said he is fine.

    Advice: Beasley rolled his ankle during Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Sixers. He'll be available for Game 1 against the Bobcats Sunday, but probably will end up as a DNP-CD. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:52 am
  • Duncan, others ready for Spurs playoffs
    Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter sat out on Wednesday, but the Spurs are healthy and ready for their first-round match up with the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Spurs were 4-0 vs. the Mavs this season and the old guys got plenty of rest down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:51 pm
  • Mike Conley plays 42 minutes in win
    Mike Conley played 42 minutes against the Mavericks on Wednesday during a big 106-105 win, scoring 22 points with four boards, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a hamstring issue on Monday and has been able to do all of his activities leading up to tonight. Conley hit a couple big free throws down the stretch, which was reassuring after he missed some clutch ones on Monday. The Grizzlies will take on the Thunder in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:31 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki's 30 not enough, DAL gets SA
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with five boards, two assists and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavericks obviously wanted to win this game and Nowitzki played a season-high 46 minutes. Tonight was his 10th 30-point game of the season and he's shot at least 50 percent from the field in eight of his last nine games. Dirk's Mavs will have their hands full with the Spurs in the first round, as they've lost nine straight times to Gregg Popovich's boys. Dirk appeared to bang knees during the game and was in some pain, but played through it and should be fine. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Durant scores 42, OKC clinches No. 2 seed
    Kevin Durant hit 14-of-30 shots and a 3-pointer for 42 points, four rebounds, six assists and a 3-pointer as the Thunder pulled out a late win over the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Thunder trailed for much of the fourth quarter but Durant had a big dunk inside of 20 seconds to give OKC the lead. Serge Ibaka had 10 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks, while Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson also played well in the tough win. The Thunder locked up the No. 2 seed and will play the winner of the Dallas-Memphis overtime game in Round 1 of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 12 in Spurs loss
    Kawhi Leonard had 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: This game was meaningless and the Spurs simply wanted to get some minutes for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, who are working their way into playoff shape. Austin Daye scored 13, Tiago Splitter had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Tony Parker had 12 points and four assists in 16 minutes. Cory Joseph also scored 12 and Manu Ginobili had 10 points off the bench. The Spurs get the loser of Dallas-Memphis, which is going down to the wire tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Michael Beasley (ankle) out for game
    Michael Beasley sprained his right ankle and will not return to Wednesday's game vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: It's too bad because he was getting some run tonight, finishing with eight points, one board, two blocks and one turnover. Beasley's minutes figure to drop back down in the playoffs, but the team got a heck of a lot more than they bargained for from him this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • Al Jefferson w/ 10 & 18 in OT win over Bulls
    Al Jefferson had 10 points, 18 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's overtime win against the Bulls.

    Advice: They were hoping for a Wizards loss, but it looks like they're going to beat Boston. The Bobcats are set to face the Heat in Round 1 and they'll have their hands full with Jefferson. Chris Douglas-Roberts had 13 and Gerald Henderson had 11, as the Bobcats got some great playoff-like experience tonight. Jefferson suffered a left knee contusion tonight, but returned to play through it, and it will likely take a lot more than that to keep him off the court against Miami. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:54 pm
  • Roy Hibbert starts, more of the same in win
    Roy Hibbert started on a night when most other playoff regulars were sitting throughout the league, but looked about the same as he has since the All-Star break, hitting 1-of-7 shots for four points, seven rebounds and a block.

    Advice: If the goal was to improve Hibbert's confidence, or let him torch a bunch of scrubs, it didn't work. He played just 17 minutes, but it's hard to imagine a 1-of-7 shooting night doing anything for his psyche. And he's going to have to deal with Pero Antic in Round 1 of the playoffs, who will do his best to linger outside and keep Hibbert out of the paint. This may not end well. Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland led the Pacers with 19 points a piece, but you probably won't hear there name in these parts again this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Al Jefferson (knee contusion) returns to game
    Al Jefferson went to the locker room against the Bulls on Wednesday due to a left knee contusion and returned to the game.

    Advice: Jefferson did walk back to the locker room under his own power and the Bobcats looked to have dodged a bullet here. There have been a handful of costly knee contusions this year, but Jefferson sounds like he's OK. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:30 pm
  • Parker in the starting lineup
    Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Aron Baynes and Tiago Splitter are starting vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Parker went to the locker room on Monday, but coach Gregg Popovich shot down any concern about his All-Star point guard. There's a good chance his minutes will be down tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli out for Spurs
    Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli are out for the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The kicker is that Gregg Popovich says he has no idea who he's going to start tonight. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Nene to play under 20 minutes on Wednesday
    Nene will play on Wednesday but he has "insisted" that the Wizards keep him under 20 minutes.

    Advice: He recently returned from a sprained MCL which he tweaked in his first game back, and Washington will proceed with due caution. He would sit out entirely if there were nothing at stake, but a win combined with a Nets loss would shift Washington up a seed in the playoff standings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:10 am
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) feeling better Wed.
    Mike Conley said that his right hamstring injury has improved, though his status for Wednesday's game remains uncertain.

    Advice: "I'm doing a lot of stretching and keeping heat on it, so it should be loose," Conley said. Fantasy owners relying on Conley for production in the season's final game should check back closer to tip-off for the final word on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:23 am
  • Roy Hibbert will play first half on Wednesday
    Roy Hibbert will play vs. the Magic on Wednesday but he may sit out the second half.

    Advice: The Pacers may simply to trying to get Hibbert some traction before the playoffs. He's been dreadful over the past five games with a True Shooting percentage of just 29.2 percent, and a -12.6 net rating per 100 possessions. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:21 am
  • Mike Conley suffers hamstring injury Monday
    Mike Conley suffered a right hamstring injury in Monday night's big win over the Suns, but was able to play through it.

    Advice: He was hobbling toward the end of the game, but still played effectively, finishing with 14 points and seven assists. Conley said after the game that he didn't think the injury would keep him from playing on Wednesday against Dallas, but owners will want to check back just to make sure he's good to go in the finale. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:25 am
  • Spurs Big 3 could all play Wednesday
    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all played on Monday, and all three could play in Wednesday's finale as part of Gregg Popovich's "controlled rest" plan.

    Advice: "You can't just sit for a week and then wait for Sunday and expect to be ready," Ginobili said. "We need to play, go up and down and feel good about ourselves." While their minutes and production might not be through the roof, it does sound like there's a decent chance most of the Spurs will be in action in a meaningless final game against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:35 am
  • Tim Duncan returned to action on Monday April 14. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:21 am
  • Z-Bo's 32 points lead the way; Grizz clinch
    Zach Randolph scored 32 points on 15-of-25 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal in Monday's playoff-clinching win over the Suns.

    Advice: Randolph forced the Grizzlies into the playoffs by both gritting and grinding in a back-and-forth thriller. Marc Gasol added 18 points with eight boards and three assists, and Mike Conley hit a huge three to finish with 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a three in the win. The Grizzlies now face the Mavs on Wednesday to decide which team gets the No. 7 seed. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:27 pm