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  • LBJ says slowing down Curry nearly impossible
    When LeBron James was asked how the Cavs will slow down Stephen Curry in the Finals he responded: "The same way you slow me down... you can't."

    Advice: There's equal respect going between current-MVP and former-MVP heading into the Finals, and watching these two go toe-to-toe should be nothing short of spectacular. Just like the Warriors will use a committee approach in attempting to slow down The Chosen One, the Cavs are going to throw a variety of defenders at Curry, starting with Kyrie Irving. Curry and James should continue to post ridiculous stat lines as the season comes to a close, but the efficiency of those lines will likely be a telling factor in the end results. Rotoworld.com
    21 minutes ago
  • Anderson Varejao is out for NBA Finals
    Anderson Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point in the NBA Finals.

    Advice: There was an earlier report that AV could be back, but there's really no point with how well Tristan Thompson is playing. Plus, Varejao has become one of the more injury prone players in the NBA. Expect Thompson and Timofey Mozgov to hold down the paint. Rotoworld.com
    29 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving says his health has been steady
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said that his health has been steady since beating the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.

    Advice: Irving went on to say that he expects to start on Stephen Curry defensively in the Finals, but added that it will be a team effort in containing the 2014-15 league MVP. Cleveland was the best team in the league at defending the 3-point line during the postseason, holding their opposition to just 28.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc, but the Warriors were the second-best team from distance during the playoffs shooting 38.0 percent from deep. After a rather lackluster Conference Finals, NBA fans should be in for a show during the Finals. Rotoworld.com
    42 minutes ago
  • James Harden wants help at the guard spots
    James Harden said he will have a conversation with GM Daryl Morey about bolstering the Rockets depth at the guard position.

    Advice: Houston is pretty thin behind James Harden and Patrick Beverley, and that was really put on display when Beverley went down, as the Rockets were forced to give big minutes to veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni. Corey Brewer is a quality wing player, but he's not a guy that can give a second-unit much of a lift on offense, and with him set to become an unrestricted free agent there are no guarantees he's retained. It'll be interesting to see what Morey can put together this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    58 minutes ago
  • Patrick Beverley says that he's loyal to HOU
    Patrick Beverley, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason, said that his ideal situation would be re-signing with the Rockets.

    Advice: "I’m a loyal guy," said Beverley regarding free agency. "[Houston's] the only team that took a chance on me." Beverley is due for a major payday when he signs his next deal, and it'll be interesting to see just how high the Rockets are willing to go in matching the offers he receives on the open market. It's worth noting that when Beverley was asked if he's talked about next season with any other players around the league, he responded: "Yeah, Chandler [Parsons] calls me every day." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:20 am
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kobe Bryant making good progress w/ shoulder
    Kobe Bryant told Lakers head coach Byron Scott that he felt encouraged with his surgically repaired right shoulder that prematurely ended his 2014-15 season.

    Advice: The Lakers expect Bryant to be fully recovered in five months, so he should be good to go for the start of the 2015-16 season. However, health has been a major concern for Kobe over the past two years, as he's managed to play in a total of just 41 games during that span, so he'll remain an extremely risky option in next year's draft. His name alone will likely have people drafting him much higher than where he should go, so we'd recommend letting someone else deal with the debilitated Mamba next year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:44 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Jason Terry says Houston is best fit for him
    Jason Terry, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, said that Houston is the best fit for him.

    Advice: "I want another opportunity to fight for a championship and Houston right now is the best fit for me," Terry said. "I love the progression we made. I love the coaching staff. I hope I am a part of the future, but I appreciate everything. I appreciate the opportunity." Terry is a knowledgeable veteran with championship experience, but his days of being relevant in standard fantasy leagues are long behind him. He may or may not return with the Rockets next year, but he's not going to be anything more than a backup wherever he lands, meaning he's not a guy to target in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:26 am
  • Corey Brewer would like to return to Houston
    Corey Brewer stated his desire to return to the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "I love playing [in Houston]," Brewer said. "I hope we are back together. We made the Western Conference finals and hopefully everything works out and we are all back together next year." Brewer waived his player option as a condition the trade that sent him from Minnesota to Houston, so he's going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He earned himself a nice role with the Rockets this year, but with averages of 11.9 points, 1.1 steals and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the field, he's not much more than a low-end asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:13 am
  • Josh Smith would like to return to Houston
    Josh Smith said that he would like to return with the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "You never know in free agency what may occur," said Smith who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. "The city of Houston and this team has definitely embraced me for my individuality and the way I play the game. It would be great to do something special for the city and for this team." Smith actually played very well for the Rockets after being waived by the Pistons earlier in the season, and he was a major component to Houston's improbable Game 6 comeback win over the Clippers in the second-round. It'll be interesting to see where he lands as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:03 am
  • Howard suspended 1 game for flagrant fouls
    Dwight Howard will be suspended one game without pay for collecting his fourth Flagrant Foul points during the 2015 postseason.

    Advice: Howard's suspension will be served during the first game of next season in which he's eligible and physically able to play. He collected his fourth Flagrant Foul point when he extended his forearm into Andre Iguadala's neck during the closing minutes of Game 5 in the Western Conference Finals. Originally ruled as a common foul, the league upgraded the play to a Flagrant Foul 1 upon official review, deeming the contact to have been unnecessary. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:21 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • MIA's issue w/ Wade is financial flexibility
    The Heat are reportedly hesitant to offer Dwyane Wade a big money contract because it would give the team limited financial flexibility.

    Advice: With Hassan Whiteside headed for a big payday in 2016, the Heat will be committing big money to Wade, Whiteside, Chris Bosh, and Goran Dragic, and the question is whether or not that team would be able to legitimately compete for a championship surrounded by low-money role players. However, if Miami is unable to come to terms with Wade and he ends up leaving the Heat, it will significantly hurt Miami's chances of retaining Dragic who is going to be pursued by the Lakers and Knicks this offseason to name a few. While Wade is no longer in his prime, he remains an important piece to Miami’s puzzle, and it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Marcus Smart says ankle finally 100 percent
    Marcus Smart said that he has now fully recovered from the ankle sprain that sidelined him for nearly a month during the regular-season.

    Advice: Smart went down with the ankle injury on November 7, and didn't return until December 3, but he was in pain for most of the season. Smart played some quality defense during his rookie season, but his averages of 8.6 points, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 three-pointers on 35.9 percent shooting from the field (62.5 percent from the stripe) left a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective. He'll need to improve his assist numbers and shooting percentages in order to become a standard league asset, and we'll be monitoring his development closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:22 am
  • Klay Thompson likely to be cleared for Finals
    Mychal Thompson, Klay Thompson's (concussion-like symptoms) father, speculates that his son should be cleared to play sometime before the NBA Finals.

    Advice: When Mychal was asked to describe the difference in Klay a day after his injury, Mychal responded, "Antarctica to the jungles of Brazil." When pressed further to speculate on his son's availability for the Finals, Thompson stated: "I'm not a doctor, but if I'm going to guess in layman's terms, yeah I think [he'll be cleared for the Finals.] He seems to be feeling better by the hour." Thompson is scheduled to meet with the Warriors medical staff on Friday, after which we'll likely have another update on Golden State's sniper. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:51 am
  • Report: Varejao to be activated for Finals?
    Brian Windhorst is reporting that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) could be activated during the Finals in the event of an emergency.

    Advice: Cavs' GM David Griffin said back in April that he didn't even believe it was a "remote possibility" that Varejao could return this postseason, so this report should be viewed with some skepticism. Windhorst does say that Varejao will only play on an emergency basis, so it sounds like as long as Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson are healthy, we're not going to see Varejao activated. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwyane Wade looking for three-year deal?
    Dwyane Wade is looking to be in the neighborhood of a three-year, $50 million deal this summer, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace.

    Advice: This isn't from Wade and is just a rumor, but it makes sense. Wade is getting dangerously close to the tail end of his career and even the biggest Wade fan will say he's past his prime. The Heat are still the favorites for Wade, but expect a number of teams to try and pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:32 pm
  • Stephen Curry excited to face LeBron
    Sonya Curry said her son is "loving this whole thing about playing against LeBron" in the NBA Finals.

    Advice: To make Knicks fans feel worse, Stephen's mom also said on 2009 draft night that she thought her son was going to New York. Instead, the Knicks took Jordan Hill at eight with Curry going just in front of them at seven. We've had some sub-par basketball in the past couple weeks, but the NBA Finals should be a doozy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:18 pm
  • Agent: Klay Thompson wasn't concussed
    Klay Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, said his client cleared tests and did not have a concussion.

    Advice: This is getting weird. First, Klay passed a concussion test just after being kneed in the head, then the Warriors released a statement after the game that he had concussion-like symptoms. Now, his agent is saying something different. Thompson was dizzy, had to throw up and didn't feel well last night, so this new report is a little harder to believe than usual. We'll see what the Warriors say next. If this is true, he should be ready to go in the next couple days. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Doc affirms no beef between Paul and Jordan
    Clippers head coach Doc Rivers stated on Thursday that Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan have a good relationship.

    Advice: "I can put this to rest: [Paul and Jordan] get along great," Rivers said. "Clearly, like everybody, they don't get along all the time, and they don't get along with me all the time, either, by the way. I don't see that as an issue. I think all three, and I'm including Blake [Griffin] in this as well, understand how important the other guy is to them. Meaning, they all three need each other to win, and I think all three get that and all three know that and all three want to do it together. To me, that's the most important thing." The Clippers can offer Jordan an extra year and $20 million more than any other team this offseason, so from a numbers standpoint, the odds are in their favor of retaining his services. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Wayne Ellington says shoulder has healed
    Wayne Ellington said on Thursday that his shoulder has fully healed.

    Advice: Ellington was forced to miss the end of the Lakers 2014-15 season with a Grade 1 shoulder separation, but he's now back to 100 percent. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see where he lands. Ellington had some nice spurts with the Lakers this year, but his averages of 10.0 points and 1.4 three-pointers per game leave a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective. He's unlikely to hold any standard league value next season, regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Report: Wade at impasse w/ MIA on contract
    Dwyane Wade and the Heat are reportedly at an early impasse on his contract negotiations.

    Advice: Wade reportedly wants to opt out of his contract this summer, with the hope of landing a lucrative three-year deal with Miami. However, the Heat would prefer he opts in to his $16 million deal and then signs a good, but not huge amount of money in 2016. There's reportedly a "sizable gap" on what Wade hopes to earn and what the Heat are prepared to offer, and Wade is reportedly now open to considering other teams this summer if Miami doesn't present him with a number to his liking. This will be a very interesting story to watch develop over the course of the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Klay Thompson will be reevaluated on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (concussion-like symptoms) will be reevaluated by the Warriors' medical staff at his home on Thursday, and GM Bob Myers expects to have an update on his status sometime tomorrow.

    Advice: So far, the Warriors have not officially labeled Thompson's condition as a concussion, but the reports so far have implied that's what he's dealing with. He'll have a full week to recover for the NBA Finals, and we'll be monitoring his status closely, with another update likely coming on Friday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:21 pm
  • Shelvin Mack (shoulder) out 3-4 months
    Shelvin Mack will be sidelined for the next 3-4 months with a Grade 5 separation of the right shoulder that will require surgery.

    Advice: Mack sustained the injury during the closing minutes of Game 4's season-ending loss to the Cavs, and he's scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday. He'll have plenty of time to get ready for training camp, but as the third-string point guard in Atlanta, his fantasy value is right around zero. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Draymond Green says he was horrible in Game 5
    Draymond Green said that he was "horrible" during Wednesday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "Shaun [Livingston] stepped up huge. L.B. [Leandro Barbosa] stepped up. Andre [Iguodala] stepped up," said Green after Game 5. "Everybody who came in made an impact. Festus Ezeli, not in Klay [Thompson's] spot, but was huge off the bench. They stepped up for us and made plays and that’s what helped us get to this win, because I know I was horrible. So they definitely picked me up." Green couldn't get his shot to fall, going just 3-of-15 from the field during Game 5, but he made a big impact on defense, and hit the glass hard hauling in 13 rebounds. He'll be a major X-factor for the Dubs in their Finals matchup with the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Paul Millsap will not need shoulder surgery
    Paul Millsap said that he will require shoulder surgery this offseason, just rest.

    Advice: Millsap is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he's sure to have no shortage of suitors. He's put together a strong two years in Atlanta, and he finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers per game on 47.6 percent shooting from the field. Regardless of what uniform he's wearing next season, he's a safe bet to put up early-round value for his across-the-board contributions to the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Julius Randle (leg) cleared for full contact
    Julius Randle (leg) has been cleared for full contact half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions.

    Advice: Randle's next step will be going through 4-on-4 drills, but he continues to move in a positive direction, and at this rate he should be good to go for Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason with regards to the roster, but depending on how things shake out, Randle may have the opportunity to step into a starting role next season. As always, will continue to track his progress closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Klay Thompson feeling better on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (concussion) is feeling OK after experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Wednesday night, according to his father Mychal Thompaon.

    Advice: Thompson will have a week to recover and make it through the concussion protocol, but it's good news to hear that he's feeling better. "He threw up a lot late last night but he felt much better afterwards," said Mychal Thompson. "He was a little woozy after the game but very cognizant of what was going on around him. He's OK. He's doing much better after a good night's sleep." We'll keep a close eye on Thompson's status leading up to the June 4 start of the NBA Finals, but it sounds like the Warriors will have their sharpshooter available for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • HOU not worried about Dwight Howard's health
    The Rockets are not worried in Dwight Howard's long-term health, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

    Advice: Even though Howard missed half of the team's regular season games due to a problematic knee, the Rockets aren't concerned about the 29-year-old's long-term health. Howard finished the 2014-15 season strong with a solid playoff performance and will end up being a sneaky early-mid round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season if he proves the Rockets right and is able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Laimbeer takes LeBron James over Jordan
    Bill Laimbeer told the Dan Patrick show that he would take LeBron James over Michael Jordan.

    Advice: Before doubling-down on his opinion by saying that Jordan could not have led James' current Cavs team to the NBA Finals, Laimbeer said he views LeBron James as a superior player to Michael Jordan. "There’s no question I would take LeBron James," Laimbeer said. "He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds, get you 15 assists or score 50 if he wants to." With some down time before the Finals start, we're guessing this isn't the last Jordan-James comparison we'll hear. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kevin Love reportedly considering FA options
    Kevin Love is reportedly considering his options in potential free agency this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: While the first domino to fall would be Love opting out of his current contract with the Cavaliers, the 26-year-old is reportedly considering the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets as potential free agency destinations. "I think he’s going to look around," Wojnarowski said. "I think he’s going to look closely at Boston. I think he’ll look at LA. I’m sure the Texas teams are going to try and get involved." We'll keep Love's status updated as soon as more information becomes available as it looks like the NBA is in for another Summer of Love. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Marc Gasol hasn't thought about a new team
    Marc Gasol said he hasn't thought about changing teams this summer.

    Advice: While Gasol will be one of the top free agent targets this offseason, he said he hasn't given any thought to joining a new team. "I have not considered changing equipment," Gasol said. "Everyone knows the relationship of Memphis with the whole family. It is special and has marked us. You have to put everything in balance. The decision is good because I do good." While Gasol also added that the Grizzlies need to make improvements, all signs are currently pointing to the 30-year-old staying in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • James Harden says turnovers are unacceptable
    James Harden said his NBA Playoffs record 13 turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors were unacceptable.

    Advice: Harden picked a bad time to have one of his worst games of the season in Wednesday's series-ending loss and he didn't shy away from blame after the game. "So, just valuing the ball a lot more, especially if I'm going to be doing a lot of ball handling," Harden said when asked what he learned from the series. "I mean, not give away easy baskets. Tonight was another case for myself. Thirteen turnovers is unacceptable." While this game may take some time for Harden to forget, he's a no-brainer top-three pick in 2015-16 fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Bill Cartwright compares LeBron to Jordan
    Former Bulls center Bill Cartwright said LeBron James can finally be compared to Michael Jordan.

    Advice: While Cartwright said LeBron's best comparison might be Magic Johnson, he added that James compares favorably with his former teammate. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard," Cartwright said. "This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up. "He's absolutely on best player on planet right now. I don't think you'd get much argument on that." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:41 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwight Howard says he's still a champion
    Dwight Howard said he's still a champion despite the Rockets loss in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: The eventual 2014-15 NBA Champion may disagree with Howard's sentiment, but D-12 did manage to finish the season strong after missing half of the regular season with a knee injury. We'll keep an eye on his status this summer as a minor knee procedure is still a possibility, but Howard could end up being a mid-round steal in 2015-16 fantasy drafts if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • DeMarre Carroll interested in Knicks?
    DeMarre Carroll is reportedly interested in joining the New York Knicks.

    Advice: Carroll is set to become a free agent this summer and reportedly would like to play for Knicks head coach Derek Fisher as the two used to work out together during the offseason. The Knicks have plenty of cap space to use, but won't be the only suitor for Carroll so we'll have to loop back on this one. Wherever he ends up, Carroll represents a solid mid-to-late round fantasy option after averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 three-pointers in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:25 am
  • Update: Klay Thompson has concussion symptoms
    Updating a previous item, the Warriors said Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after the game.

    Advice: "Klay Thompson was evaluated by the Warriors medical staff immediately after suffering an injury during tonight's game and was put through a concussion evaluation," the team statement said. "At the time he did not show any concussion-like symptoms." This is not good at all. Thompson said he was dizzy right after the game and his dad, Mychal Thompson, said Klay "threw up and says he feels a lot better." Klay will have a week to make it through the concussion protocol and the Warriors will have to answer some questions about this. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 pm
  • Harrison Barnes burns Rockets, scores 24
    Harrison Barnes was superb against the Rockets to help the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals on Wednesday, scoring 24 points with seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in the 104-90 victory.

    Advice: It was Playoff Barnes after he struggled in the previous two games. The Warriors used him more at the power forward spot tonight, which is something that should continue in the NBA Finals. Plus, he attacked the basket at will tonight and did a very nice job on James Harden. If the Warriors get this Barnes vs. the Cavs, Dub Nation has to like its chances. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Stephen Curry sheds elbow sleeve, scores 26
    Stephen Curry scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, five steals, three turnovers and three 3-pointers on 7-of-21 from the field against the Rockets in a series-clinching win on Wednesday.

    Advice: He ditched his elbow sleeve in the third quarter after messing with it throughout the game. Curry had plenty of clean looks and the Warriors gave him a slew of off-ball screens to get him loose. He is going to have a week to recover before Game 1 in Oakland on June 4. In two games against the Cavs this season, Curry averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys. It'll be a treat watching him face off against Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Draymond Green has a bad offensive game in win
    Draymond Green made 3-of-15 from the field for nine points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He had some fantastic isolation defense tonight, but his offensive game wasn't there. Green is likely going to guard LeBron James on occasion in the next series and he'll also be extremely important when he's not on LeBron because of how Tristan Thompson is crashing the boards. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Klay Thompson says he's a little dizzy
    After scoring 20 points with one rebound, four assists and four 3-pointers on Wednesday, Klay Thompson (ear laceration) said he was "a little dizzy" in a post-game interview on ESPN.

    Advice: He needed three stitches to his ear to stop the bleeding, but it's certainly troubling to hear he was dizzy following the game. Thompson didn't need a concussion test despite taking a very tough blow to his head. He also was in foul trouble tonight with four of the five being of the inexcusable variety. Klay won't be able to get away with that vs. the Cavs, assuming he's healthy. Thompson scored 18.5 points per game against the Cavs this season in his two games, so it's fair to expect him to average over 20 with extra playing time. We'll also be tracking Klay in the next couple days to make sure he's fine. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Feats of Strength: Festus Ezeli scores 12
    Festus Ezeli scored a playoff career-high 12 points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble and the Warriors were lucky to get a massive game out of their backup center. Ezeli was only playing 7.5 minutes per game in these playoffs before this win and he's likely earned some extra playing time in the NBA Finals. Considering how much LeBron James likes to get into the paint, the Warriors are likely going to have some fouling issues. Of course, don't expect Festus to play this much. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Josh Smith has a bad finish to season
    Josh Smith made 3-of-14 from the field for 11 points during a season-ending 104-90 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He was cold and didn't come in for the final 16 minutes of this game. Smith was a pleasant surprise for the Rockets and it'll be interesting to see if the Rockets are bringing him back. They do already have two serviceable power forwards in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Plus, Clint Capela playing well also gives them some frontcourt depth. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:13 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 18 with 16 boards
    Dwight Howard was a beast under the glass during a Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He had a couple dirty plays tonight and he would have been suspended had the Rockets been able to pull out a win tonight because of his seventh technical foul of the playoffs. Bad stuff aside, Howard looked like his old self under the glass, but he did make just 5-of-13 from the field. Considering all the knee problems he had this season, there's a decent chance he has a minor procedure this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:09 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden has 13 turnovers in loss to GSW
    James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.

    Advice: To make matters worse, he was just 2-of-11 from the field in what may have been his worst game of his season. Although, Houston's worst stretch tonight was with Harden on the bench. They just went up against a better team and Harden's Rockets should be able to make another playoff run next year. He'll be a top-three pick in fantasy leagues next season, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Klay Thompson (ear laceration) will return
    Klay Thompson suffered an ear laceration on Wednesday and will return.

    Advice: The Warriors dodged another concussion bullet and Klay didn't even need concussion testing, according to ESPN's Doris Burke. It looks like he'll be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Klay Thompson (head) goes to the locker room
    Klay Thompson went to the locker room in the fourth quarter due to an apparent head injury.

    Advice: After a pump fake, Trevor Ariza went flying and caught Thompson with a knee to the side of the head. Thompson walked back to the locker room under his own power and will likely have some concussion testing. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Dwyane Wade drops 12 pounds in a month
    Dwyane Wade dropped 12 pounds in one month.

    Advice: He was up to 228 pounds and dropped it to 216, which is below his listed playing weight of 220. Wade has never had any fitness issues, but it's rarely a bad thing for a 33-year-old guard to show he can still drop weight. He'll be risky in drafts again next season and he's not someone we'll be aggressively targeting. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Dwight Howard picks up 7th tech of playoffs
    Dwight Howard picked up his seventh technical foul of the postseason on Wednesday.

    Advice: If this technical is not rescinded, he would be suspended for Game 6 in Houston. Of course, the Rockets would have to win tonight's game for this to be relevant. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Shelvin Mack will have shoulder surgery
    Shelvin Mack will have surgery on his right shoulder.

    Advice: The Hawks are really, really banged up with the season ending. Mack separated his shoulder and the surgery should take place next week. He'll be nothing more than a backup next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:37 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Stephen Curry doesn't want to wear the brace
    Stephen Curry said he doesn't want to wear his elbow sleeve on his right arm and that it is a precaution, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: In other words, the Warriors medical staff has the final say here. He reportedly looked just fine in warmups and he's already said he expects to play normally. Curry won't have a minutes restriction and he'll have the home crowd behind him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry will see his normal minutes
    Stephen Curry is going through shootaround on Wednesday wearing a right elbow sleeve, but he will play and see his normal amount of minutes in Game 5 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry had a scary fall in Game 4 and appeared to hit his head, shoulder and elbow, but he said that he feels fine and that he is dealing with some bruising and general soreness on the right side of his body. For what it's worth, Curry passed the league's concussion protocol twice before he re-entered Monday's game, and he seemed to be fine after that. His elbow could be a little sore, so it will be interesting to see if it has any impact on his shooting stroke. We will pass along any additional details when we know more, but it's safe to activate him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:34 am
  • DeMarre Carroll was dealing with turf toe
    DeMarre Carroll, who suffered a sprained knee during the series vs. the Cavaliers, was also dealing with turf toe.

    Advice: Carroll said that if the injury happened during the regular season that he probably would have missed three to four weeks. He also added that he couldn't put any pressure on his left leg and couldn't get any elevation when he jumped, so it shows just how tough of a player he really is. The good news is that surgery will not be required for either injury, and he should be fine with some rest this summer. Carroll is set to become a free agent, and the Hawks will have plenty of competition to sign him to a long-term deal. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:28 am
  • Kyrie Irving knew he would play in Game 4
    Kyrie Irving admitted after Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Hawks that he knew he would be able to play the day before.

    Advice: "From my standpoint, I knew last night (Monday) that I was going to play," Irving said. "I knew I wasn't going to sit on the bench and watch our guys go through a close out game. I just wanted to be out there so bad and I was doing everything the night before and this morning to get myself ready and took it serious. These last four days have been kind of hell for me just icing, icing, icing and getting my knee ready. I wanted to be a part of this." Irving looked pretty good on Tuesday and contributed 16 points, five assists, four boards, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in just 22 minutes, so he should be ready to go for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:29 am
  • DeMarre Carroll will get a significant raise
    According to ESPN, DeMarre Carroll could receive a four-year, $50 million contract in free agency this summer.

    Advice: Carroll easily had the best season of his career this year, and his play in the postseason was phenomenal. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 3-pointers while shooting 48.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, and he showed a lot of heart when he battled through a knee injury against the Cavaliers. Teams such as the Celtics, Lakers and Pistons will do their best to pry Carroll away from the Hawks, so Atlanta will have their work cut out for them if they want to keep him on their roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:51 am
  • Paul Millsap undecided over his future
    Paul Millsap, an impending free agent, said that he is undecided on what he will do this summer.

    Advice: "I think looking at different options, looking at this team, looking at what we’ve built thus far, in weight my options I can’t make a decision right now," Millsap said. "It’s been a long series, a long year, for me and the team. Let things die down, cool off, relax and think about it a little bit. We are a family. This team is close. It will play a lot into the decision." Millsap struggled during the postseason, but it's possible that his shoulder could have impacted his play. He should still be able to command a massive contract on the open market, so we will be following this story closely. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • Paul Millsap heads into uncertain offseason
    Paul Millsap had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists during Game 4, in which the Hawks were swept out of the playoffs with an 88-118 defeat.

    Advice: A report on Tuesday suggested that Millsap, an impending free agent, may need offseason surgery to repair his sprained right shoulder. The injury clearly plagued him throughout the playoffs -- he led the Hawks with 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds during the regular season but was down to just 13.8 points on 34.9 percent shooting vs. the Cavs in the Conference Finals. We should have a medical update within a few weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) moves well in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving returned from a two-game absence to finish Tuesday's series-clinching victory with 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Irving was medically cleared to play and the Cavs opted to start him for a few reasons -- they wanted him to re-establish a rhythm and regain confidence in his knee, and Irving himself was eager to get back on the court. He moved well and avoided any setbacks despite taking a few falls throughout the game, and should benefit enormously with the Finals not beginning until June 4. We'll have copious updates on his health in the coming week, but he should be raring to go for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • LeBron James leads Cavaliers to NBA Finals
    LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: LBJ needed IVs after Game 3 to help with dehydration and cramping, but he wasn't worse for the wear in a thoroughly dominant performance tonight. The Hawks threw a variety of defenders at LeBron but never found a way to slow him down in the series -- amazingly, James fell only three assists shy of averaging 30-10-10 in the Conference Finals. He and teammate James Jones are now the first players since the 1960s to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals, and LeBron will have eight full days to rest before squaring off vs. the Warriors or Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) will play w/ minute-limit
    Kyrie Irving (left knee) will play with a 25-minute limit in Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Irving's tendinitis has improved enough that the team's trainers cleared him to play and start, sending Matthew Dellavedova back to the Cavs' bench. It's unclear how long Irving will have his playing time restricted, but he could earn a week-long break if the Cavs sweep the series with a win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:02 pm
  • Dwight Howard won't be suspended for Flagrant
    Dwight Howard will not be suspended for hitting Andrew Bogut above the shoulders during Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: The play earned Dwight Howard a Flagrant-1 foul and the Rockets are fortunate that he was neither ejected nor suspended for his swipe at Bogut. NBA executive Rod Thorn said in a statement, "Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive ... we don't see a reason to modify that call." Howard will try to help the Rockets extend their season during Wednesday's must-win road game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Irving will be re-evaluated after warmups
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will go through a pregame warmup to determine whether or not he will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will be a game-time decision, and is currently listed as questionable for Game 4, but there is some reported optimism from the Cavs side that he'll be able to give it a go. If the Cavs can win their series tonight, they'll have eight days to rest up for the Finals. The decision as to whether Irving can play or not will be made by Cleveland's medical staff, but should he be cleared, Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:51 pm
  • Curry went through concussion protocol twice
    Stephen Curry went through the league mandated concussion protocol testing twice before he re-entered Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: "At the very, very end, when he passed the tests, then it became ‘there’s no reason he couldn’t play,’" Warriors' GM Bob Myers said. "So then it was, he passed the tests, passed them once, passed them twice… At that moment, he looked at me, said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to go.’" There haven't been any reports of Curry experiencing any delayed concussion-like symptoms, so at this point it would seem safe to assume he'll be in uniform for Wednesday's Game 5 in Oakland. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:51 pm
  • Cavs optimistic Kyrie Irving will play Tues
    There is reportedly growing optimism amongst the Cavs organization that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to give it a go for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving "looked good" during Tuesday morning's shootaround according to LeBron James, and he was also able to go through an "intense" 50-minute pregame workout prior to Sunday's Game 3, so it sounds like he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery. The Cavs medical staff said they wanted repeated good days from Irving before clearing him to play, and the reports thus far would suggest that's exactly what he's had. If Irving returns for Game 4, he would ease LeBron James' workload on offense, and Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:31 pm
  • Report: Millsap may need surgery on shoulder?
    Paul Millsap may require surgery on his sprained right shoulder this offseason, according to sources of Howard Beck.

    Advice: The shoulder injury caused Millsap to miss five games back in early April, and it reportedly never fully healed. This perhaps could explain why Millsap is shooting just 40.8 percent from the field this postseason, a stark contrast from the 47.6 percent clip that he shot during the regular-season. It'll be interesting to see if Millsap does indeed go under the knife when the offseason hits, and this is a story we'll be following closely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
  • Kevin Love cleared to travel with Cavaliers
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has been cleared to travel with the Cavaliers after having his shoulder evaluated.

    Advice: Love had his shoulder evaluated in New York and will now be able stop wearing a sling as he travels with the team for the remainder of the postseason. While this news doesn't change the fact that Love will miss the rest of the playoffs, it's good news for his fantasy owners in dynasty leagues as it means his recovery is going as planned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • McHale defends Dwight Howard's flagrant foul
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale defended Dwight Howard's flagrant foul during Houston's Game 4 win against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Howard may hear from the league about his elbow to Andrew Bogut's face and McHale may be trying to get out in front of any potential suspension talk here. "He just tried to get him off him," McHale said. "Bogut grabbed him and as always, the second foul gets called." We'll keep an eye on any discipline from the league on this one, but as of now, Howard will be in the Rockets starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LBJ: Kyrie Irving looked good at shootaround
    LeBron James said Kyrie Irving (knee) looked good at Tuesday's shooatround.

    Advice: James also added that he didn't know how Irving felt and that he's still likely to be a game-time decision. We'll keep an eye on updates, but LeBron's assessment combined with the fact that Irving wore a starter's jersey during shootaround are good signs for his availability for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
  • LeBron James says he's ready to go for Game 4
    LeBron James said he'll be ready to go for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After dealing with some cramping during Sunday's Game 3 win over the Hawks, James said he'll be active on Tuesday night. James is averaging 32.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers in the series thus far and will need another big game to close out the series if Kyrie Irving (knee) is unable to play. A nightly triple-double threat, James is a must-start in all fantasy lineups at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving present at Tuesday shootaround
    Kyrie Irving (knee) was present at Tuesday's shootaround in advance of Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will likely be a game-time decision for Game 4 on Tuesday, but it's worth noting that he was wearing a red starter's jersey for the session. We'll keep an eye on updates leading up to tip off, while Matthew Dellavedova would see a boost in minutes if Irving is again unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:50 am
  • Stephen Curry feeling fine after Game 4 fall
    Stephen Curry (head) said he felt OK after Monday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry took a scary fall during the third quarter of Monday's loss, but was able to pass the concussion protocol and return to the game. "I feel pretty good," he said after the game. "It could have been a lot worse. I felt like I was in the air for a long time," Curry said. "It's a bad feeling. You try make a play on the ball. Immediately you're in the air and you have no control over yourself." We'll keep an eye out for updates on his status for Game 5 on Wednesday, but it sounds like he'll be ready to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:51 am
  • Jason Terry says he'll be back for 2015-16
    Jason Terry said he isn't planning on retiring yet and intends to play the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Set to become a free agent after the playoffs end, Terry was asked if he plans on returning for a 17th NBA season. "One hundred percent," he said before Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors. While Terry has served as a strong veteran presence on the Rockets, he won't see a big enough role on any team to warrant a spot on standard league fantasy rosters in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:29 am
  • Stephen Curry says he's fine for Game 5
    Stephen Curry (head) said he's fine for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He said he felt like he was "in the air for a long time" after being up-ended. Curry said he passed all concussion protocol including balance and exertion stress testing before his return. He said he was "in shock from the feeling of falling" in the second half, but he did say nothing has been worse since the incident. For now, Curry seems to be 100 percent for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:30 pm
  • James Harden explodes for 45 points in win
    James Harden took over during a Game 4 128-115 win over the Warriors on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes on 13-of-22 from the field.

    Advice: He only attempted five two-pointers from outside of the restricted area, which has been the formula for success for Harden. Before the game, he said he had to attack more and he followed through with his own analysis. The Rockets have now won four consecutive games when facing elimination, but they'll need three more to advance to the NBA Finals. Also, his step-back 3-pointer to get to 45 points was cooler than a polar bear's toenails. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Josh Smith great from field, awful from line
    Josh Smith made 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-12 from the line for 20 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding six rebounds, five assists, two blocks, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 106.3, but a true shooting percentage of 75.3 because of his awful foul shooting. Smith was on fire in the first quarter and scored 13 of his 20 in that frame. The Warriors did a Hack-A-Smoove late and it forced him out of the game. We saw the good and bad Smoove tonight, which is nothing new for any game. The Rockets will need another good game in Oakland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 pm
  • Stephen Curry returns, scores 23 points
    Stephen Curry returned from a head contusion in the third quarter on Monday, finishing with 23 points, one rebound, four assists and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He cleared a concussion test and air-balled his first shot from beyond the arc after a return. Curry made 4-of-11 after the injury and had all four of his assists, so the injury didn't seem to affect him too much. He'll be ready to roll for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 24 points in loss
    Klay Thompson scored 24 points during a 128-115 loss to the Rockets on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: It looked like he was on his way to his biggest game of the postseason, but the Rockets did a better job of keeping Klay in check. The Rockets did seem to be focused more on Stephen Curry and that may help Thompson, but Klay didn't make many strides sans the MVP. We're still waiting for a big game and it could come on Wednesday. Thompson and Curry also set a record for most treys from a tandem in a single postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:46 pm
  • Draymond Green fouls out with monster line
    Draymond Green fouled out in 40 minutes against the Rockets on Monday, scoring 21 points with 15 rebounds, four assists, five blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-14 from the field.

    Advice: He sprinted to the bench after his sixth foul and the Rockets fans gave him a nice little cheer. Green said seeing the Houston fans leave early in Game 3 was "the best feeling in the world" and tonight it was just a little different. He might have been Golden State's best player tonight and the Warriors are almost certainly going to match anything this offseason. He's a beast. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Stephen Curry (head) returns to action
    Stephen Curry (head contusion) has been cleared to play on Monday and has returned.

    Advice: Exhale, NBA fans. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Pat Beverley frustrated he can't help
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) said he's frustrated he can't help his team defend Stephen Curry.

    Advice: "I think I have a gift very few people have," Beverley said. "I know I’m the best on-ball defender in the NBA. I’m the best point guard defender in the NBA. I think the whole league knows that." His nickname is Mr. 94 Feet and the Rockets should think about guarding Curry for 94 feet as well. Beverley is a restricted free agent and the Rockets will likely match most offers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Draymond Green loves sending HOU fans home
    Draymond Green said seeing Houston's fans leave early during a blowout is "the best feeling in the world."

    Advice: Yep, that sounds like a Draymond thing to say and he's expecting a better game from Houston tonight. "Because of the embarrassment factor of last game, they're going to come out fighting," Green said. The Rockets will need to get Dray into foul trouble in order to have success tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:21 pm
  • Med staff wants repeated good days from Kyrie
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will be a game-time decision to play against the Hawks in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The medical staff wants repeated good days out of Irving in practice before they're comfortable putting him on the floor for game action. Of course, the Cavs have to factor in risk vs. reward with Irving because they haven't needed him in this series to get to a 3-0 lead. If he's out again, he'll have about two weeks of time to rest. Matthew Dellavedova will likely get another chance to handle the point. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:05 pm
  • Barnes draws praise for strength in low post
    Harrison Barnes has drawn praise from the Warriors coaching staff for his ability to defend in the low post.

    Advice: "There are only so many wings that can guard the post," says Luke Walton. "You have to be very strong. He’s not only very strong, to the core strong, but he’s very quick," Walton added. Defensive guru Ron Adams had this to say, ""I think the way our game is progressing it’s going to be demanded of a lot of people." Barnes has been excellent in the postseason, even if his teammates are garnering the majority of the headlines. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:26 am
  • Dwight Howard addressed team after Game 3
    Dwight Howard addressed the Rockets after their Game 3 loss ahead of a must-win Game 4 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: "He's tough and he works hard," Terrence Jones said. "He inspires us. I really appreciate the big fella expressing himself and letting us all know how much he wants to win, and hopefully we can all go out there and give that kind of effort." It's a good attitude to have, but Howard and the Rockets will need more than the power of positive thought to avoid a four-game sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kyrie Irving likely to be a GTD for Game 4
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is likely to be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 4 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Irving worked out before Game 3 for about 40 minutes, but he was not cleared by team doctors and it was always doubtful that he'd be able to take the floor. Now armed with a 3-0 series lead, the Cavs could opt to play it safe and having Irving sit out another contest. If that happens, Matthew Dellavedova would draw another start. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:31 am
  • LeBron dealing with cramping, other injuries
    LeBron James admitted to dealing with cramping among other injuries in Sunday's dramatic Game 3 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: "I gave it everything I had tonight," he said. James was in obvious pain, especially with his ankle, and he fell to the floor in exhaustion after the contest had concluded. James described fighting through "the most pain of his career," but said after the game that nothing would prevent him from playing in Tuesday's Game 4. "If I'm putting on the uniform and going on the floor, I got to make things happen for our team. It's that simple." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:28 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll solid Sunday w/ Korver out
    DeMarre Carroll logged 41 minutes on Sunday to finish the Hawks' road loss with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His lone block came on a LeBron James post-up, which is impressive enough, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- the Hawks as a team only had seven. Carroll's knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent but he's giving Atlanta everything he has in a tough matchup vs. LeBron, and his free agent value has steadily risen throughout the postseason. There's no reason to think he's at risk of missing Tuesday's must-win Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
  • LeBron gets 37-18-13 as Cavs win Game 3 in OT
    LeBron James fought through injury and exhaustion to finish Sunday's overtime Game 3 victory with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, moving Cleveland to the brink of a Conference Finals sweep.

    Advice: LBJ began 0-of-10 from the field, his worst ever start in a playoff game, but he overcame the rough start as well as a knee injury suffered early in overtime. In the process he passed Karl Malone to become the sixth-leading scorer in NBA playoff history with 4,779 points, he passed Jason Kidd for second place on the postseason triple-double list, and he became the only player in NBA postseason history to record at least 37-18-13 in a game. LeBron is leading his team with 27.2 points per game in the postseason, in addition to the 21.3 points he's creating off assists, and will need to carry a similar load if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't able to return in Game 4. We'll pass along updates on his knee injury but there's no reason to think he won't start Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:00 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Carroll embraces challenge of guarding LBJ
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) said that he cherishes the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals, and he has no intention of taking any days off to get his knee right.

    Advice: "I've been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life," said Carroll. "But at the end of the day this game isn't promised to you. So whenever you've got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it's bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I'm gonna fight on one leg. I can't let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don't care if I have to do it on one leg, I'll hobble out there." He'll be out there for Sunday's Game 3, and he may have some shots coming his way with Kyle Korver (ankle) done for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Beverley (wrist) gets shots up at practice
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was spotted shooting around wearing a cast during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andrew Bogut praises Festuz Ezeli's effort
    Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:22 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll admits his knee is hurting
    DeMarre Carroll admitted that his knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent, but he is ready to go to battle with his teammates in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "I’m standing here," Carroll said in regards to his knee. "I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back." You have to admire the guy's heart, and it's obvious that his knee was giving him a lot of problems in Game 2. Carroll will spend a lot of time guarding LeBron James again tonight, but he could be forced to shoot more with Kyle Korver (ankle) on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 am
  • Dwight Howard says Rockets will keep fighting
    With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

    Advice: "There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:37 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kupchak says this will be Kobe's last year
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that this is likely Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA, but Kupchak said he is willing to reassess in a year.

    Advice: When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:12 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Julius Randle continues to show improvement
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that it looks like Julius Randle (leg) "has recovered completely".

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for Randle, and it appears that his recovery is going very smoothly. All signs point to him playing during the Las Vegas Summer League, and it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long time on the shelf. Randle could potentially be the starting power forward next season if he impresses this summer, so we will be sure to track his progress very closely. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:49 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Klay Thompson scores 17 in win
    Klay Thompson scored 17 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a Game 3 win in Houston on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors took some extra pressure off Klay with Harrison Barnes guarding James Harden on occasion. Thompson did have his minutes staggered slightly from Curry and he was able to run the offense more, which partially explains his five assists. We still haven't seen Klay explode and yet the Warriors are rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Draymond Green puts up a big line in easy win
    Draymond Green was outstanding as per usual during a 115-80 win over the Rockets on Saturday, making 8-of-16 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is doing everything and turned in his best offensive game since April. The Warriors are now 55-0 in the regular season and playoffs when they have a 15-point lead. As much credit as their offensive gets, that stat probably wouldn't be true without their shut-down interior defense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • James Harden shoots 3-of-16 from the field
    James Harden made 3-of-16 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes during an embarrassing 115-80 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: It was bad. He got away with some contested mid-range shots on Thursday, but they just weren't falling today. Harden actually didn't have any makes at the rim tonight, which has been his bread and butter since joining the Rockets. Plus, his defense has been horrendous. The Rockets will try to keep their season alive on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Harrison Barnes goes scoreless in win
    Harrison Barnes missed all nine shots from the field and didn't score against the Rockets on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes has really been great in the postseason, but he regressed back to some of his regular-season ways. He should be able to bounce back on Monday night. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 14 in loss
    Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Warriors during a Game 3 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 2-of-8 from the line tonight and the Rockets made just 19-of-31 as a team. Howard just has way too much pressure on him because the Rockets' perimeter defense has been non-existent. The easy buckets are not his fault and he's played well in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:37 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kevin Love gets a light workout in on Sat
    Kevin Love (shoulder) did a light workout on Saturday.

    Advice: It is likely just some work on a bike and he is still nowhere near close to a return. The jury is still out Love and whether or not he'll return to Cleveland, but the Lakers will undoubtedly be making a push. With Love out, Tristan Thompson has really stepped up at both the center and power forward spots. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:54 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll implies that he is fine
    DeMarre Carroll implied that his knee was fine after Friday's Game 2 loss vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "Physically, I got out there, so I must've felt good," Carroll said. "But when you're a little kid, you dream of an opportunity to play in the Eastern Conference Finals and along, playing against one of the best players in the world. I didn't care if I had one leg, I wasn't going to let this pass me by." Carroll is one of the toughest players in the league, and even though he probably wouldn't admit it, he was clearly hobbled throughout the game on Friday. The fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes about his character, so there is no reason to think that he will be in danger of missing Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:57 am
  • Millsap whooped up on in Game 2 loss to Cavs
    Paul Millsap struggled mightily in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap has lost his offensive confidence and in every other aspect of the game he was lacking tonight. He flashed some good defense against LeBron James in Game 1, but wasn't called upon in that department tonight. Instead, he was a big reason that Tristan Thompson was able to get all he could eat. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Carroll (knee) guts out team-high 34 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll bounced back from a scary looking knee injury in Game 1 against the Cavs to play in Game 2, finishing with six points on 2-of-6 shooting and three rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll was clearly hobbled and fairly lucky that LeBron James didn't test him as much as he could have. Still, the fact that he led his team in minutes and didn't back down from the challenge tonight are huge feathers in his cap for free agency. He needs some of his teammates to show the same fire he had tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:31 pm
  • LeBron dominant in cakewalk win over Hawks
    LeBron James scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and one block as the Cavs trounced the Hawks in Friday's Game 2 win.

    Advice: It's unfair to ask any one player to guard LeBron and the Hawks' scheme has been borderline belligerent on top of that. The scary part is that he is appears to be toying with the Hawks, settling for outside looks rather than punishing Atlanta for their lack of size. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll remains a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) is still a game-time decision to play against the Cavs on Friday night in Game 2.

    Advice: There is an unconfirmed report that Carroll won't be playing, which wouldn't be a surprise. Of course, there's some added risk because Carroll is headed to free agency this summer and has a lot riding on that left knee of his. If he is out, Kent Bazemore will likely move into the starting lineup. Expect to see Dennis Schroder log more minutes along with Paul Millsap guarding LeBron James more often. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:52 pm
  • Kobe ready to call it quits after 2016 season
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview that Kobe Bryant indicated to him that the 2015-16 season will be his last.

    Advice: "I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." Kupchak has made similar statements regarding Kobe's impending retirement numerous times, and it sounds like after 20 seasons of NBA basketball, The Black Mamba is ready to sub-out. Kobe will be paid a league-high $25 million during his final year in the league, a bit of a thank you bonus from the Lakers organization, but after making it through just 41 games over the past two seasons, he's going to be an extremely risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • LeBron James still dealing with pain in ankle
    LeBron James said that his ankle "has been better," but he's in no danger of sitting out Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: At this point in the season, almost everyone is a little banged up, but James will continue to fight through the pain in order to give his squad the best chance at coming away with a Game 2 win in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving's (knee, foot) status up in the air for Game 2, and DeMarre Carroll (knee) sounding unlikely, LeBron James could be in for a monster game. He'll make for a fine daily league play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.

    Advice: Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:37 am
  • Jerry West mentored Harrison Barnes
    Jerry West worked directly with Harrison Barnes this past offseason, and Barnes credits that five-day boot camp for his development this season.

    Advice: "We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then [West would] show up and put me through a workout," said Barnes. "He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day." Barnes is the only person not named Kobe Bryant that West has personally worked with, and the things they did over the course of the offseason obviously did wonders for his game. Barnes' numbers improved across the board this year, and he's currently averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks on 49.5 percent shooting through this year's postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 am
  • Corey Brewer invisible in Game 2 loss
    Corey Brewer played just 19 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for three points, zero rebounds and one assist in Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Josh Smith and Brewer were awful tonight, which is probably why the Rockets are down 2-0 in the series, instead of it being tied 1-1. After scoring in double figures in the final three games against the Clippers in the last series, Brewer has scored a total of 12 points in two games against the Warriors, hitting just 4-of-12 shots. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Jason Terry hits three 3-pointers in 35 min.
    Jason Terry played 35 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points and four assists in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Terry is the starting point guard for the Rockets and that's not likely to change, but he's hit just 13-of-40 shots over his last five games. Avoid him in fantasy playoff lineups if you can, even though his cheap salary is always a bit tempting. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 pm
  • James Harden scores 38, just misses trip-dub
    James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

    Advice: Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Harrison Barnes struggles in win over Rockets
    Harrison Barnes hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's win over Houston.

    Advice: He missed a huge reverse layup with seven seconds on the clock and the Warriors holding a one-point lead, but James Harden wasn't able to get off a shot against a Steph Curry and Klay Thompson double team that saved the night for GSW. Barnes had scored in double figures in seven straight games, so look for him to play better in Games 3 and 4 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Draymond Green flirts with triple-double
    Draymond Green hit just 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block in Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He wasn't all that great offensively, but he's a leader for his team and was very vocal, playing effectively on both end of the court. Look for him to be a little better offensively for Game 3 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • Marc Gasol first Grizz on All-NBA 1st team
    Marc Gasol became the first Grizzlies player to be named to the All-NBA first team.

    Advice: Gasol finished the 2014-15 regular season with averages of 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.9 steals per game and will now enter free agency as one of the most coveted players on the market. While Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace is confident Gasol will be back in Memphis next year, fantasy owners can feel good about selecting the big man in the first round no matter what uniform he's wearing for the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:11 am
  • Clips will offer DeAndre Jordan max contract
    Clippers vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said the team will offer DeAndre Jordan a max contract.

    Advice: While Jordan has said he'll test open market and reportedly has some issues with Chris Paul, it may be tough for him to pass up the extra dollars that the Clippers can offer. Jordan can make around $109 million over five years with the Clips, while other teams will only be able to offer him $81 million over four years. It's no sure thing that Jordan stays with the Clippers, but this makes it all the more likely he won't be wearing a new uniform next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:11 am
  • Josh Smith says Rockets aren't panicking
    Josh Smith said the Rockets aren't panicking over the possibility that Dwight Howard (knee) might miss time.

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:38 am
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs take Game 1
    LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Paul Millsap fouls out, scores 13 points
    Paul Millsap fouled out in 38 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: With DeMarre Carroll (knee) going down, Millsap is now going to have to guard LeBron James more often, which isn't a bad thing for the Hawks defense. However, all that extra effort on the defensive end could take away from Millsap's offensive game. Regardless, his minutes will be close to 40. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Kawhi, Dray, Allen, CP3 & DJ make 1st D team
    Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan made the NBA's All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: There are no surprises here with all five players getting recognition for Defensive Player of the Year. DeAndre Jordan's on-ball defensive numbers aren't great, but his rebounding this season has certainly taken away offensive chances. Draymond Green figures to be a staple in All-Defensive Teams for a long time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:22 am
  • Grizzlies GM believes Marc Gasol will stay
    Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said he "firmly" believes that Marc Gasol will be back in Memphis next season.

    Advice: Gasol has been playing his cards close to his chest, but it's hard to imagine him leaving Memphis. For obvious reasons, Gasol will be one of the biggest names on the open market, and teams such as the Spurs and Knicks will likely go after him aggressively. This story will only heat up as we approach July 1, so be sure to check back for all the latest updates. Regardless, Gasol will be an elite asset next season no matter where he lands. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
  • Draymond Green double-doubles w/ eight dimes
    Draymond Green did it all for the Warriors on Tuesday, contributing 13 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in his team's Game 1 home victory.

    Advice: Before the game Green was asked about potentially defending Dwight Howard and he replied, "That ain't my matchup." He wound up defending Howard for a few long stretches with Andrew Bogut in foul trouble, and his defensive acumen forced Dwight out of position and routinely foiled his attempts to exploit his size advantage on the block. Green's ability to turn a mismatch into an advantage for his team highlights the reason he earned the most first-place votes for Defensive Player of the Year this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Rockets lose despite James Harden's 28-11-9
    James Harden poured in 28 points with one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort on the road Tuesday, as the Rockets fell into an 0-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Lakers move up to snag No. 2 overall pick
    The Lakers moved up to secure the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft on Tuesday, only the fourth time they've picked in the lottery since the system was established in 1985.

    Advice: L.A. owes a draft pick as part of the Steve Nash deal from 2012, but it was top-five protected this year so they'll keep the selection -- the pick will be top-three protected in both 2016 and 2017. The Heat also kept their top-10 protected pick, picking 10th ahead of the Pacers (11), Jazz (12), Suns (13) and Thunder (14). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:03 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Josh Smith implies it'll be a physical WCF
    Josh Smith said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's looking forward to a very competitive series against the Warriors.

    Advice: "I mean, it’s the postseason. So I don’t think at this point none of the teams are going to be playing passive," said Smith. "It’s time to lace the shoes up, heighten the shorts up a little higher and get after it a little bit... I look forward to a very competitive series." It'll be MVP vs. MVP runner-up in the Western Conference Finals, and this should be a very competitive, physical, and exciting series to watch. Smith is going to have a tough matchup against Draymond Green of the Warriors, so we may see a bit of a regression to the mean with regards to Smoov’s field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
  • No beef between Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan
    Clippers' reserve guard Dahntay Jones said that there is no beef between Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: "Guys fight and argue on the court, but that's just the emotion of the game," Jones said. "People want to blow things out of proportion. Those guys are brothers, man. They sit with each other on the plane, on the bus. If you don't like a guy you stay away from him." The extra year and money the Clippers can offer DeAndre tilt the odds in their favor to retain his services, and this is a story we'll be following very closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:40 pm
  • Report: Beverley (wrist) will not play in WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) has reportedly abandoned any hope of suiting up for any games during the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s a no-go for the series," a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. "He’s done trying." Beverley simply doesn't have the mobility or strength in his left wrist to be able to effective on the basketball court, a realization he came to after going through two workouts on Monday. It'll be Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni doing their best to contain this year's MVP, but in the likely event they are unable to do much against Stephen Curry, it's plausible we see Trevor Ariza pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel to ATL
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel with the Cavs to Atlanta for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, as his shoulder still isn't quite ready for flying.

    Advice: Cleveland will be without $15.7 million cheerleader for road games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Tristan Thompson will need to continue to be a glass-eater for the Cavs if they hope to upset the East's No. 1 seed. Thompson did have some very good games in Cleveland's second-round series despite a tough matchup with Chicago, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:10 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Marc Gasol still not thinking free agency
    Marc Gasol said he hasn't shifted his focus to his upcoming free agency.

    Advice: While Gasol will be one of the most highly-coveted unrestricted free agents this summer, he said his thoughts are still focused on what went wrong in the Golden State series. "I haven't put all the scenarios on the table yet," Gasol said. "I'm still trying to figure out what I could have done different to [help us] beat Golden State. That's where my mind is the last 72 hours. I know that's not the point you guys want to hear, but that's the reality. I woke up this morning with that feeling over and over again of, 'What could I have done better?'" We'll be keeping a close eye on Gasol leading up to July 1, but he'll remain an elite fantasy option next season no matter what uniform he's wearing. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:16 am
  • Clippers committed to keeping DeAndre Jordan
    Team vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said the Los Angeles Clippers are committed to re-signing DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: Jordan will have no shortage of suitors as an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Rivers said the team will do what they can to keep the big man. "We don’t need to go and get a max player, except for the one we have," Rivers said. "DJ loves it here. We know that, but you can’t take that for granted. There’s going to be a lot of teams [that want him], and if they’re not, there are a lot of dumb teams out there. There’s going to be a lot of teams coming after him that have money." The likely scenario here is that Jordan accepts a max contract with the Clippers, but we'll keep an eye out for any curveballs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:27 am
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