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  • 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
    58 minutes ago
  • 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
    Today, 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
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko plays 20 minutes in Game 2
    Andrei Kirilenko played 20 minutes and had four points, three rebounds, one assist and four steals on 2-of-3 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: He didn't even get off the bench in Game 1, so tonight's performance was clearly an improvement. Mason Plumlee also came off the bench for four points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the loss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Joe Johnson leads balanced attack in loss
    Joe Johnson led the Nets with 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's 100-95 Game 2 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: The series is tied 1-1 and the Nets saw double-digit scoring four starters, as well as Mirza Teletovic off the bench. Paul Pierce was 2-of-11 for seven points, but had a full stat line, Kevin Garnett scored 13 in 19 minutes, Deron Williams added 15 points and five assists on 4-of-14 shooting, Shaun Livingston added 12 points and five assists, and Teletovic hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points. The series heads to Brooklyn for Game 3 & 4, where the Raptors will need to win one to regain homecourt advantage. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 30 as Raps even 1-1
    DeMar DeRozan hit 9-of-21 shots and 12-of-14 free throws for 30 points, three rebounds, two assists, six turnovers and five personal fouls in Tuesday's 100-95 win over the Nets in Game 2 to tie their series 1-1.

    Advice: DeRozan was seen pouting at the end of the bench, ignoring his team's huddle after he picked up his fifth foul, but came back strong to hit some big buckets and help the Raptors get the win. This game was back and forth all night, and the Raptors got a game they needed to have as the series heads to Brooklyn for the next two games. DeRozan had 17 in the fourth quarter tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Paul George's big game leads Indy to 1-1 tie
    Paul George hit 9-of-16 shots and five 3-pointers for 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals, a block and just one turnover in Tuesday's easy 101-85 Game 2 win over the Hawks to tie their series at 1-1.

    Advice: George was great tonight and the Pacers dominated the third quarter after being down four at halftime. They went on a 17-0 run and won the game easily, despite not getting much from Roy Hibbert (1-of-7 shooting) and Lance Stephenson (seven points). The series heads to Atlanta for Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Paul George may defend Jeff Teague in Game 2
    Pacers coach Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be asked to defend Jeff Teague at times during Tuesday's Game 2.

    Advice: Teague's penetration was disastrous for Indiana in Game 1 and Vogel may make a few other strategic changes, including the use of zone defense to keep Roy Hibbert closer to the paint. The Hawks' offense may be ideally suited to exploit the Pacers, but on a broader scale Indiana has gone from a 93.6 defensive rating before the All-Star break to a 102.3 defensive rating after the break. They'll need to sort things out quickly to avoid losing to the No. 8 seed in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Derrick Williams set to play in Summer League
    Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro said that Derrick Williams will play for Sacramento's Summer League team in Las Vegas.

    Advice: Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum will be joining Williams in the Summer League as well. It makes sense for McLemore and McCallum, as both players will be entering their second seasons and need to refine their game against NBA competition as much as possible. Williams is entering his fourth season and players with his tenure usually do not participate in Summer League games. This perhaps raises more questions than answers as to what his role with the Kings will be next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari resumes running and dunking
    Danilo Gallinari has resumed running and dunking after having reconstructive ACL surgery in January, and his knee "is responding very well."

    Advice: This is welcome news for the Nuggets, who owe Gallinari a guaranteed $22.4 million over the next two seasons, and it sounds like he's on pace to be ready for training camp next fall. He hopes to play 10 more seasons in the NBA before returning to play in his native Italy at age 35. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:54 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
    Yesterday, 8:32 am
     
    New Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Klay Thompson gets into foul trouble on Mon.
    Klay Thompson got into foul trouble during Monday's Game 2 138-98 drubbing by the Clippers, finishing with seven points, two assists, one block and two steals.

    Advice: He committed three fouls in the first eight minutes of the game and it spelled trouble for his playing time the rest of the night. Thompson has seen a lot of time on Chris Paul in this series and it kind of worked in Game 1, but his fouling issues were on display tonight. He led all shooting guards with 2.9 fouls per game this season and he's now averaged 4.5 per game in his last four games in which he's played at least nine minutes. The Clippers killed the Warriors at the line tonight and they might want to address this before Thursday's Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Kevin Durant's 36 pts aren't enough in Game 2
    The Thunder lost Game 2 on Monday despite Kevin Durant's game-high 36 points, which included an unbelievable four-point play toward the end of regulation.

    Advice: The fact that OKC even forced overtime was impressive -- soon after Durant's improbable basket while falling out of bounds, Kendrick Perkins bailed his team out with a putback layup to tie things up as the buzzer expired. A few miscues and tough breaks foiled their comeback attempt in overtime, spoiling big games from Durant and Russell Westbrook (29 points, seven rebounds, eight assists). Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:22 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince (migraine) struggles Monday
    Tayshaun Prince struggled with a lingering migraine during Monday's game, scoring two points in 14 minutes of action.

    Advice: Tony Allen took over primary defensive duties against Kevin Durant and he fared well, denying KD the ball and staying close to his body when he did have possession. Prince should be ready to go for Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Courtney Lee plays through minor injuries
    Courtney Lee tweaked his left ankle and right thumb during Monday's game vs. the Thunder, but he kept playing to finish with 16 points, three rebounds and one assist in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have minimal depth and even less reliable perimeter shooting, so they're fortunate that Lee's injury wasn't more serious. Equally important was backup PG Beno Udrih chipping in 14 points in 14 minutes off the bench in place of Nick Calathes, who is serving a 20-game suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • 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
  • Landry Fields may return to rotation in Gm 2
    Landry Fields may return to the Raptors' rotation for Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Fields "could get some time" defending Paul Pierce or Joe Johnson, according to beat writer Ryan Wolstat. He recently missed time with an upper respiratory illness but he's since fully recovered, and if he does play his minutes should come at the expense of Terrence Ross or John Salmons. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:01 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
  • Andrei Kirilenko OK with Game 1 DNP-CD
    Andrei Kirilenko said that he was "a little bit surprised" about his DNP-CD in Game 1 on Saturday, but he supported coach Jason Kidd's rotation.

    Advice: "When I watched the game everybody played so well," Kirilenko said. "I didn't even see a position for me to fill-in ... Coach, I think, made the right decision. I want to play, but it's all right." Alan Anderson poached Kirilenko's playing time but Kidd said his rotations could change on a game-by-game basis, so AK may return to action in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:04 am
  • Chandler Parsons scores 24 points on Sunday
    Chandler Parsons made 10-of-21 shots including three 3-pointers to score 24 points in Sunday's overtime loss to Portland.

    Advice: The Rockets were led by Parsons, James Harden (27 points) Dwight Howard (27 points) and an almost manic effort from Patrick Beverley, whose nine points and six rebounds are a poor reflection of his impact on Game 1. The Rockets will look to regroup and even the series in Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:19 pm
  • 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
     
    L, 100-87 vs Phi
  • Tayshaun Prince practices on Sunday
    Tayshaun Prince (illness) practiced on Sunday and is expected to start against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He missed the second half of Saturday's game due to the illness, but the Grizzlies probably aren't going to play him much in order to give Tony Allen more run. Prince may still be getting over an ankle injury from earlier this month and he's not likely to be much of a factor in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:27 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
    Sunday, 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
    Sunday, 12:43 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
    Sunday, 11:06 am
  • 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
    Saturday, 9:29 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince out 2nd half with illness
    Tayshaun Prince will miss the second half of Saturday's Game 1 against the Thunder due to an illness.

    Advice: He played just four minutes and failed to score in the first half, and Tony Allen started the second half in his place. This could end up being a permanent move, as Prince was highly ineffective this season. It also may not matter, as the Thunder are trouncing the Grizzlies and are playing on a different level. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko healthy, out of rotation
    Andrei Kirilenko didn't play for the Nets in Saturday's Game 1 win, but isn't injured.

    Advice: He's just out of the rotation, according to coach Jason Kidd. If you grabbed AK-47 in a playoff league and have waiver moves available, dropping him for an Atlanta Hawk makes sense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Paul George injures quad in ugly Game 1 loss
    Paul George hit just 6-of-18 shots and left Saturday's Game 1 loss briefly with a left quad/knee injury, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Despite the poor shooting, that's a pretty stellar fantasy line from George, but the Pacers were down by about 20 for most of the second half, and lost 101-93. There's no word on the severity of his knee injury, but given that he quickly returned after a trip to the locker room, we're guessing it's no big deal. The No. 1 seeded Pacers turned over homecourt advantage to the Hawks tonight, and don't match up well with Atlanta. If the Hawks hang on to win the series, they'll become just the third No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 in a seven-game series, joining the 2007 Warriors (over the Mavericks), and the 2011 Grizzlies (over the Spurs). Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:51 pm
  • Paul George leaves, returns from knee injury
    Paul George went from having his left knee rubbed down on the bench to the locker room during the third quarter of Game 1, but returned a short time later.

    Advice: It's either his knee or his quad, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. We'll know more after the game, but if he does end up coming up lame, Evan Turner is going to become a big factor for the Pacers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:45 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
  • Andrei Kirilenko earns DNP-CD in Game 1
    Andrei Kirilenko never left the Nets' bench during Saturday's Game 1 victory.

    Advice: Jason Kidd used a true 10-man rotation with Marcus Thornton, Alan Anderson, Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche as his second unit. That makes Kirilenko's absence even more conspicuous, and he'd averaged 26 minutes over the final five games of the regular season with Brooklyn resting regular starters for the playoffs. The Nets won on the road on Saturday so there's a good chance AK will be rooted to the bench again on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:04 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
  • Joe Johnson, Deron Williams each score 24 pts
    Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 24 points in Saturday's road win vs. the Raptors, with Johnson connecting on 8-of-13 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs.

    Advice: D-Will carried the Nets in the first half and they wisely fed Johnson while he was hot in the third quarter, but it was their locked-in team defense that earned them a tough victory. They'll try to take a stranglehold on the series with another win in Toronto on Tuesday before heading to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan shoots poorly in Game 1 loss
    DeMar DeRozan didn't score a field goal in the first half of Saturday's loss, and he finished with 14 points on 3-of-13 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs.

    Advice: The Raptors' entire offense struggled, shooting 39.4 percent with 17 turnovers, and DeRozan was part of the problem by continually forcing up contested shots. As his team's lone All-Star and leading scorer, DeRozan needs to score closer to his season average 22.7 points per game for Toronto's offense to really succeed. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:50 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
     
    New Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • 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