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  • Shawn Marion lights it up for 20 points
    Shawn Marion shot 8-of-10 from the field for 20 points vs. the Spurs on Wednesday to go with five boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was outstanding after getting limiting run in Game 1. The Mavericks were able to play a faster tempo which has been Marion's bread and butter since his days with the Suns. He is 35 years, but still has a few good years left in the tank. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Josh McRoberts could be suspended for Game 3
    Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.

    Advice: A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking good for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Al Jefferson could be iffy for rest of series
    Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

    Advice: Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Harden, Parsons struggle with shot in loss
    James Harden hit just 6-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Chandler Parsons also struggled, hitting just 5-of-15 shots for 15 points and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard was great in the first half and Houston was in this one until the end, but the poor shooting in the second half by all three players was too much for the Rockets to overcome. Harden is the only player in these playoffs to attempt at least 19 shots in each game, and shoot less than 33 percent, which is a big reason the Rockets find themselves heading to Portland down two games to none. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Dwight Howard quiet after huge first half
    Dwight Howard got off to a blazing start, went off in the first quarter, and kept it going in the second quarter, but cooled off and got into foul trouble after the break, finishing with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Shaquille O'Neal was raving about Howard's 25-point first half, but the second-half shut down (7 points) is a big reason why the Rockets lost. They have to find a way to slow down LaMarcus Aldridge and starting Omer Asik might be a viable solution, although that's just speculation on our part. Howard looked as good as he ever has in the first half tonight and the Rockets will need him to continue to play at a high level going forward if they're going to climb out of the 0-2 hole. Howard did hit 6-of-7 free throws on the night, including a couple clutch ones late, but they weren't enough. He has also lost 10 straight playoff games, which won't do much to help his legacy, although he has plenty of time to turn things around for his career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Dorell Wright provides huge spark in 18 min.
    Dorell Wright played just 18 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's Game 2 win, but was highly effective with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That was what we were looking for a few weeks ago when Wright was filling in for Aldridge late in the regular season, but he was never nearly this good. If you took a flier on him in a daily money league, he might have been a lifesaver. Just don't expect him to do it again anytime soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Lillard, teammates win despite poor shooting
    Damian Lillard hit just 3-of-14 shots but still ended up with 18 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in Wednesday's thrilling Game 2 112-105 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum was 3-of-11 for six points and Wesley Matthews was 4-of-11 for nine points, but LaMarcus Aldridge (43 points, 8 rebounds) was able to carry the team. Despite the poor shooting, it can be argued that Lillard played well, and was dogged by Patrick Beverley for most of the night (14 points, 41 minutes). The Blazers are heading to Portland with a surprising 2-0 lead and will be looking for more of the same from Aldridge in Game 3, along with better shooting from Lillard, Batum and Matthews. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge goes for 43 in Game 2 win
    LaMarcus Aldridge backed up an amazing Game 1 by hitting 18-of-28 shots and 7-of-8 free throws for 43 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 road win by the Blazers, who now head home with a 2-0 lead over the Rockets.

    Advice: This looked like one of the better series on the docket and it's lived up to the hype, while Aldrich joins Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady as the only other players to score at least 40 points in Games 1 & 2 on the road in a playoff series. He also just missed joining MJ as the only guy with back-to-back 45-point playoff games, along with a few other historical accolades. He's racked up 89 points and 26 rebounds in two games and helped road teams in these playoffs get off to an amazing 9-7 record thus far. The series heads to Rip City for the next two games, and if Kevin McHale doesn't come up with a plan for stopping LMA, it might not make it back to Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Devin Harris plays well in 24 minutes
    Devin Harris played well in his 24 minutes off the bench against the Spurs during Game 2's 113-92 win with 18 points, four boards, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-9 from the field with two 3-pointers for a stellar 88.9 effective field goal percentage. Harris played great with 19 points in Game 1 and he's certainly earning his playing time with his ability to get to the rim. The Mavericks have been managing his minutes all season and he looks like he'll be scoring in the teens more often than not during this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Monta has it all: Ellis scores 21 in Game 2 W
    Monta Ellis played terrific in Game 2's 113-92 win on Wednesday with 21 points, three boards, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He only had one turnover and the Mavericks turned the ball over just eight times while making 15-of-16 from the field. They basically beat the Spurs at their own game with fewer mistakes and their 13 steals certainly helped. Ellis has looked great in the playoffs and has stayed aggressive, which isn't a surprise considering he led the NBA in total points on drives this season. The Mavs head home for Game 3 on Saturday with the series at 1-1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Tim Duncan plays 30 minutes vs. Mavs
    Tim Duncan (knee) played 30 minutes during Wednesday's 113-92 loss to the Mavericks with 11 points, seven boards, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.

    Advice: He had a minor knee injury and that's not what bothered Duncan tonight. The Mavericks didn't let him dominate the paint like he did in Game 1 and also shockingly kept the Spurs to just 28 points in the paint. Coach Gregg Popovich will have dozens of new ways to score for Game 3 in Dallas with the series now at 1-1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • LeBron James scores 32 points, Heat up 2-0
    LeBron James was outstanding again during Game 2's 101-97 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, shooting 11-of-17 from the field for 32 points with six boards, eight assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

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

    Advice: He got in foul trouble early and checked out with five minutes gone by in the first quarter, but really turned it around in his return back on the court. Kidd-Gilchris shot 8-of-13 from the field with all but two attempts coming from within four feet. His 22 points would have been a season high, but it's hard to imagine him playing this well again throughout the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Al Jefferson (left foot) returns to action
    Al Jefferson (foot) went to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first quarter of Wednesday's game to get re-taped and returned in the second quarter.

    Advice: He went back to the locker room due to tearing his plantar fascia "a little bit more," according to coach Steve Clifford. His strained plantar fascia is clearly bothering him tonight. He's been slow getting up and down in transition while he has very little agility. Jefferson is not getting additional pain-killing treatment and we'll let you know if he gets any better. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:35 pm
  • Tim Duncan's right knee is fine for Game 2
    Tim Duncan's right knee is fine for Game 2 on Wednesday, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: There has been no reason to worry about his status after banging knees with Monta Ellis on Sunday. Duncan was dynamite in Game 1's win and touched the ball 13 times within 12 feet of the basket excluding drives, which is far and away the most in the playoffs by any player -- four players tied for second with an average of 8.0. The Mavericks will have their work cut out for themselves. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:01 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) listed as the starter
    Al Jefferson (foot) is listed as a starter against the Heat in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: He went through warmups for about 10 minutes with coach Patrick Ewing and reportedly looked to be doing so without a limp, according to Charlotte beat writer Rick Bonnell. Jefferson may have had a pain-killing shot and he might get another one after showing up to the arena in a walking boot. The Heat will likely test Jefferson and we'll know quickly how he looks tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) shows up to arena in boot
    Al Jefferson (foot) arrived to American Airlines Arena in a walking boot for Wednesday's Game 2 vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He said he is going to play earlier today and there has been nothing to suggest otherwise. Jefferson is obviously going to have to play through some pain and may require some pain-killing shots like he did in Game 1's loss. If he's not close to 100 percent, the Bobcats are in big trouble. Stay tuned for an official word on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • George Hill to play more at shooting guard
    Head coach Frank Vogel said on Wednesday that he will continue to play George Hill and C.J. Watson together.

    Advice: With the way C.J. Watson has performed this postseason, Frank Vogel said to expect "a lot more" two point guard lineups. Watson is not scoring at huge rate, but his accuracy from beyond the arc, 4-of-6 this series, spaces the floor well and creates driving lanes for George Hill. Hill had his best game of the series in Tuesday's win, scoring 15 points in 33 minutes. With Vogel committed to a two point guard look, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson may see a decrease in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:16 pm
  • James Harden vows to improve offense in Gm 2
    James Harden admitted that he "didn't play well offensively" in Game 1, when he scored 27 points but shot only 8-of-28 from the field.

    Advice: That included a 3-of-14 mark from downtown and while much credit is due to Wes Matthews' defense, Harden knows he needs to have better shot selection. "I just have to be more precise on my shots and be aggressive," Harden said. "The first half, I didn't really attack and get to the rim like I wanted to." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Rockets to tweak D vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
    Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team will "do some things differently" in Game 2, but LaMarcus Aldridge doesn't expect to be constantly double-teamed.

    Advice: "I don't think they doubled me all year," Aldridge said. "I had some good games versus them. I think they're a traditional team that wants to go one-on-one ... if they double me, I'll make the reads." Aldridge torched the Rockets for 46 points in Game 1, and at the very least the Rockets are likely to give Terrence Jones some help defending Aldridge on the post. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) expects to play Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (plantar fascia) said that he "should be good" to play in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: "I can't say there won't be some kind of pain," Jefferson said. "But I feel like every hour it's getting better and better." We'll confirm his status before tip-off but it sounds like he'll be in uniform. The bigger question is how effective he'll be, especially since the Heat will test his mobility with Chris Bosh at center and what's sure to be an endless stream of pick-and-rolls. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • Joakim Noah plays well, but Bulls lose again
    Joakim Noah hit 8-of-14 shots for 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Tuesday, but the Bulls fell 101-99 in overtime to fall into an 0-2 hole against the young Wizards.

    Advice: Noah celebrated his Defensive Player of the Year Award with a nice game, but the Bulls simply didn't get enough out of Jimmy Butler, who played 53 minutes tonight and scored just six points. The Bulls have their backs against a wall now, as Games 3 & 4 are in Washington, where the Wizards will be looking for the once unthinkable sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:43 pm
     
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • George Hill plays well in second half of win
    George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Hill's offense was key to the Pacers' 17-0 run in the third quarter that ended the game, but he didn't score a point in the first half. Hill will have to keep it going in Atlanta for Games 3 & 4 on Thursday and Saturday. C.J. Watson had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:41 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) may miss Wed. shootaround
    Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is unsure if Al Jefferson (foot) will be able to participate in Wednesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson will play in Game 2 and it sounds like he may be a game-time decision for Wednesday's rematch vs. the Heat. The Bobcats desperately need Jefferson if they have any hope of stealing this series, but a strained plantar fascia is a painful injury and Big Al has been getting around in a walking boot since hurting himself on Sunday. If Jefferson is unable to play, Bismack Biyombo would be in line for a minutes bump. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Dwight Howard intends to demand ball more
    Dwight Howard intends to be more committed to demanding the ball.

    Advice: After losing Game 1 in overtime to the Blazers, D12 is bringing a more aggressive approach to Game 2. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard said on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." Howard is hoping an increased post presence will help tire down LaMarcus Aldridge, who torched the Rockets for 46 points on Sunday. "We have to go right back at him," Howard said of Aldridge. "You have to make him play defense and make him use his energy on defense. Make him have to run around and guard." Whether or not Howard's strategy will work remains to be seen, but hindering Aldridge while increasing his own offensive output could place Howard in the proverbial two birds with one stone situation. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:26 am
  • Damian Lillard (thigh) ready to play Game 2
    Damian Lillard bruised his thigh during Sunday's game and he felt a "little sore" on Monday, but it won't affect his status for Game 2.

    Advice: "I just got kneed in my thigh," he said. "I wear pads on my thigh and on my knee and the spot that my pad wasn't covered was where I got kneed." Lillard practiced fully and he'll be ready to go on Thursday, when he'll try to recreate his brilliant playoff debut of 31 points and nine rebounds. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:19 pm
  • Al Jefferson will play in Game 2 on Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (foot) said on Monday he will play in Game 2 against Miami despite dealing with a strained plantar fascia.

    Advice: "I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down," said Jefferson. He was 4-of-4 from the field before suffering the injury on Sunday, but finished the game going 5-of-17. If the Bobcats hope to win a game this series, they will need Jefferson play at an elite level. Bismack Biyombo would get more minutes if Jefferson is limited at all. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Joakim Noah wins Defensive Player of the Year
    Joakim Noah was named the NBA's 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.

    Advice: He won easily with 100 of the 125 first-place votes. There are not many players more associated with hustling than Noah and it's led to his team becoming a terrific defense. The Bulls led the NBA in points allowed per game at 91.8 and ranked second in defensive efficiency. Noah's contributions on defense came off the ball quite a bit and was great on his man, allowing an opponent field goal percentage at the rim of just 46.8 percent. He's solidified himself as one of the best big men in fantasy for his across-the-board capabilities. Roy Hibbert finished second and DeAndre Jordan finished third in the DPOY voting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:16 pm
     
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • 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
  • NBA: Refs made mistake on Howard foul call
    The NBA issued a statement on Monday that a foul called on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime during Sunday's game vs. the Blazers should have been called on Joel Freeland.

    Advice: It was a huge call for a few reasons: Howard fouled out because of this mistake, he would have had two shots, and it led to two free throws from Freeland, of which he made one of them. The Blazers won the game 122-120 after the made free throw and James Harden's shot just before the buzzer didn't fall. It's not a foregone conclusion this call altered the game because Dwight is far from a lock to make free throws, but it certainly casts some doubt. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:26 pm
  • Joakim Noah named Defensive Player of Year
    Joakim Noah will be named Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, joining Michael Jordan as the only Bulls players to ever earn the distinction.

    Advice: Noah anchored the Bulls' stellar defense all year long despite his increased role offensively, and opponents shot just 46.8 percent at the rim while he was defending them. He averaged 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks while cleaning up 7.7 defensive rebounds per game, earning the DPOY award with a mixture of size, athleticism, intelligence, and sheer intensity. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:48 am
     
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • Al Jefferson (foot) questionable for Game 2
    Al Jefferson's strained plantar fascia will not get worse if he continues to play, and his availability for Game 2 on Wednesday is a matter of pain tolerance.

    Advice: Big Al had an MRI and although the test results haven't been announced, the team seems confident that he can play if he feels well enough. He was wearing a walking boot on Monday and will not practice on Tuesday, but he'll warm up during Wednesday's shootaround before deciding his own status. He's played through plenty of injuries this season and we're optimistic that he'll be in uniform, but any dip in his production could be a mortal blow for the Bobcats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:01 am
  • Pacers struggle on both ends in Game 1 loss
    Frank Vogel said that during Saturday's Game 1 defeat the Pacers "didn't trust the passes well enough, didn't move the ball well enough."

    Advice: A lack of ball movement has characterized the Pacers' late-season collapse, but the problems weren't contained to the offensive end. Vogel also highlighted breakdowns in one-on-one defense and the Hawks' relentless ability to get into the paint, which is largely due to Jeff Teague's penetration and the Hawks' frontcourt spreading the court out to the 3-point line. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:00 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
  • Blazers find success with 'Hack-a-Howard'
    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts joked that he will use the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy on the "first possession" of Game 2.

    Advice: Dwight Howard finished 9-of-17 from the FT line on Sunday, including 6-of-7 late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he bricked four straight once the Blazers intentionally fouled him with five minutes remaining. That forced the Rockets to pull Dwight until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, spoiling the Rockets' momentum and slowly eroding their 11-point lead. Stotts may have been kidding about using the strategy in the first quarter, but it would be surprising if he doesn't use it at some point during Wednesday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:14 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 46 points in OT win
    LaMarcus Aldridge set a Blazers franchise record with 46 points on Sunday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a thrilling OT road victory in Game 1.

    Advice: Aldridge averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds vs. the Rockets this season and he clearly has their number, as neither Terrence Jones nor Dwight Howard could contain him defensively. He made 17-of-30 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs and even sank both of his 3-point attempts, despite having made just three during the entire regular season. The Rockets' official Twitter account summed things up late in the game, saying, "We finally stopped LaMarcus Aldridge. He fouled out." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:22 pm
  • Damian Lillard dominates in NBA playoff debut
    Damian Lillard was kneed in the thigh by Dwight Howard on Sunday, but he kept playing and finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists in his first NBA playoff game.

    Advice: Lillard didn't seem bothered by the injury, catching fire down the stretch and sinking a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game with 29 seconds remaining, en route to a thrilling OT victory. He'll probably be stiff and sore in the morning but with Game 2 scheduled for Wednesday the Blazers' dynamic second-year PG should be ready to go. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:20 pm
  • Joakim Noah (personal) double-doubles in loss
    Joakim Noah (personal) finished the Bulls' Game 1 loss with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Noah played well but he had a tough time against the size, quickness and passing of Nene, who pitched in a game-high 24 points, and the Bulls may have to tweak their defensive strategy in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:50 pm
     
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot
    Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

    Advice: He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:56 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
  • Al Jefferson (foot) struggles after injury
    Al Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia on Sunday and returned in the second quarter of Game 1's 99-88 loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 18 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play on Sunday night
    Joakim Noah (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday night in Game 1.

    Advice: He said he couldn't talk about the passing of his former coach, Tyrone Green, and it looks like he'll do his talking on the court. The Wizards have struggled quite a bit against centers all season, so obviously Noah is going to be a focus of their defensive game plan. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
     
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • Devin Harris scores 19 points off bench
    Devin Harris scored 19 points off the bench in Sunday's loss to the Spurs to go with three rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was the only Maverick in double-figure scoring at halftime and was also the only player on the team with more than 11 points to end the game. Harris gave the Mavericks a lot of life and may have earned even more minutes than his 32 today. The Mavericks have been managing his minutes for much of the season, so they're apparently going to let him loose. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:08 pm
  • Tim Duncan hurts left knee, returns in win
    Tim Duncan banged knees with Monta Ellis in the second half of Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks and returned to action, finishing with 27 points, seven boards and one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: In a post-game interview on TNT, Duncan said he was fine and he called the injury kind of a "funny bone thing." Duncan made 12-of-20 from the field and all but one of those makes came from within 10 feet today. He should be ready to roll for Game 2 on Wednesday and will likely continue to see minutes closer to 40 per game -- well above his season average of 29.2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:38 pm
  • George Hill abused by Jeff Teague in Game 1
    George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hill was abused by Jeff Teague tonight (28 points, five assists) and isn't a good matchup for Atlanta's point guard. He could end up giving way to C.J. Watson for the rest of the series, as Hill and Roy Hibbert haven't looked right since the All-Star break. The Pacers no longer have homecourt advantage in this series, nor have they figured out how to match up with Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:57 pm
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) back at practice
    Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

    Advice: Noah will be ready for the Bulls' playoff opener vs. Washington on Sunday, which Chicago is heavily favored to win. Wizards center Marcin Gortat averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break, but he's unlikely to have so much success while facing Noah on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 am
     
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • Tim Duncan ready to play increased minutes
    Tim Duncan said that it would be "perfect" if he averaged 33-35 minutes per game in the playoffs.

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