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  • LeBron James dominates with 33 points in win
    LeBron James kept his word of being aggressive during a 106-91 Game 2 victory against the Bulls on Wednesday, scoring 33 points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He relentlessly attacked the basket and the Bulls were late with help defense all night. The Cavs used him in the post more on both ends and the Bulls big men had some trouble with him. It took a game for LeBron to figure out how to beat the Bulls, but now he has the upper hand with the series tied 1-1. Most importantly, LeBron said in his post-game interview that his headband is a game-time decision for Friday. Rotoworld.com
    49 minutes ago
  • Tristan Thompson steps up with 35 minutes
    Tristan Thompson was tremendous in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with five points, 12 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers on 2-of-5 from the field in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was up to his old tricks with six offensive boards. It is worth noting that none of his five shots were putbacks and he was actually had some involvement in halfcourt plays. Needless to say, he'll be in the starting lineup on Friday and he could actually get even more playing time and push Mike Miller out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    55 minutes ago
  • James Jones scores 17 points off the bench
    James Jones played 22 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Wednesday with 17 points, two rebounds and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was in the news earlier this season for taking some of Kevin Love's minutes down the stretch and tonight served as reminder why that was the case. LeBron James drawing double teams sets up Jones nicely for Jones to be a one-trick pony for catch-and-shoot treys. In fact, he played 669 minutes in the regular season and had just two makes in the paint. He'll be an important role player when the Cavs need treys. Rotoworld.com
    56 minutes ago
  • Pau Gasol looks much slower on Wednesday
    Pau Gasol slowed down against the Cavs on Wednesday with 11 points, four rebounds, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: With LeBron James attacking the rim, it really made Gasol's lack of rim protection apparent. Gasol is playing more of a finesse game on offense, but his defense and rebounding isn't where it needs to be right now. Expect a better offensive game on Friday and it's still too soon to draw any conclusions following a 21-10 outing from Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:43 pm
  • Joakim Noah looks flat in a bad loss
    Joakim Noah played 30 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday with four points, seven rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: He looked awful today. Noah is somehow just 1-of-14 from the line in the postseason, which would easily be the worst free throw percentage in the playoffs among players with at least eight attempts. Noah also looked slow on both ends of the court tonight. He hasn't looked the same since he played 46 minutes in Game 3 against the Bucks. Expect him to be around 30 minutes in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:41 pm
  • Report: Jimmy Butler will be Most Improved Player
    Jimmy Butler will be named as the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: This year might have been the toughest race for this award in quite some time. Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, Kawhi Leonard and Donatas Motijeunas all deserve some consideration. Although, it was really just a two-horse race with Butler and Draymond Green, who also finished second for Defensive Player of the Year. Butler's improvement off the dribble has gone a long way and he quickly became a go-to scorer. For fantasy, Butler was a steal in drafts this season and he's likely going to be off the board in the second round next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:41 pm
  • Will Barton, Nuggets hope for extension
    Will Barton and the Nuggets both hope to come to terms on an extension this summer.

    Advice: "I definitely would like to come back," Barton said. "They gave me a chance. I feel like we've got some good guys on this team, and if we keep building we have a strong future." There's almost no doubt he'll get a qualifying offer, which will make him a restricted free agent. In the two months with the Nuggets, Barton averaged 11.0 points, 4.6 boards and 1.2 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:12 pm
  • Paul Pierce enjoying his time in Washington
    Paul Pierce has thoroughly enjoyed playing for the Wizards, and he hinted that he could play a couple more years in Washington.

    Advice: "It's been nothing but love from the time I got off the airplane in the summer," Pierce said. "I feel like even if it's one year, two years, or three years I'm here, I feel like I'm going to have a relationship with these guys for a long, long time even after basketball. It seems like we connect, and I connected with the city." Pierce has been a steady veteran presence for the Wizards, and he has averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 and 3.7 3-pointers per game in the postseason. Pierce and the Wizards will look to take back the series lead in Game 3 vs. Atlanta on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:50 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter has left knee scoped
    Quincy Pondexter had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning and a return timetable will be announced soon.

    Advice: While the prognosis is not yet known, this procedure is usually a 4-6 week recovering time. He played a little more while the Pelicans were missing guys like Jrue Holiday and will likely just see minutes in the teens while the team is at full strength. His contract is through the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:29 pm
     
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  • Thibodeau defends Joakim Noah
    Joakim Noah missed all four of his shots and finished scoreless in Game 1 on Monday, but head coach Tom Thibodeau isn't concerned and pointed out that Noah contributed nine boards, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: "I don’t want anyone to get lost in his scoring because it’s never been a strong suit," Thibodeau said. "It’s all the other stuff he brings to the team. It’s not the emotion, it’s the activity. When he does that, he’s very, very effective for us. It’s how the team functions when he’s on the floor. He doesn’t have to shoot well to play well. It’ll come around for him. All players go through it. Don’t let it take away from the things." Noah will look to get back on track tonight as the Bulls try to take a 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:22 am
  • Manu Ginobili still undecided over retirement
    Manu Ginobili will take the next month or so to decide whether or not to keep playing in the NBA.

    Advice: During the regular season Ginobili averaged 10.5 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.3 3-pointers in 22.7 minutes per game, but he saw an average of just 18.7 minutes in the playoffs. He would likely see a limited role if he did return for another season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues. Ginobili will likely wait until head coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan make their decisions, but it would be fun to see the Spurs make at least one more run. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:08 am
  • Mason Plumlee will play in summer league
    According to Nets general manager Billy King, Mason Plumlee will play in the summer league.

    Advice: Plumlee's role was very sporadic this season and he hasn't developed as quickly as the Nets would have liked. He averaged just 8.7 points, 6.2 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game in the regular season, but head coach Lionel Hollis was often very critical of him. Plumlee will definitely benefit from some additional experience in the offseason, but his fantasy value will hinge on what the Nets decide to do with players such as Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:31 am
  • Mike Miller will come off bench Wednesday
    Mike Miller will come off the bench on Wednesday for Game 2 against the Bulls, with Tristan Thompson set to move into the starting lineup.

    Advice: Miller played just 16 minutes in a start during Game 1, but he produced just three points (a 3-pointer) on 1-of-2 shooting with five boards and one block. Miller didn't play at all in the previous series against Boston, so it will be interesting to see if he is still part of the rotation moving forward. J.R. Smith is suspended for one more game, so Miller's best chance for minutes will likely be tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:19 am
  • Tristan Thompson will start Game 2 Wednesday
    Tristan Thompson will move into the starting lineup for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday, sending Mike Miller back to the bench.

    Advice: The move makes a lot of sense for the Cavaliers, as they will now match up better with the Bulls' imposing frontcourt tandem of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. In 15 previous starts in the regular season, Thompson averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 boards and 0.9 blocks per game, so he is certainly worth a look in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Dwight Howard brushes off late-game usage
    Dwight Howard didn't attempt a shot over the final seven minutes of Game 1 vs. the Clippers, but he brushed off concerns about his limited offensive role.

    Advice: "I can’t focus on that," he said. "I got to continue to be a presence on the defensive end, get more blocked shots, get more rebounds, run the floor more, do all the things I can do." Howard still finished with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Houston's Game 1 defeat, and Kevin McHale will surely emphasize the need to keep him engaged on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:02 am
  • Tony Allen insists he's 1st-team All-Defense
    Tony Allen racked up four steals during Tuesday's impressive win at Golden State, adding nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Few things in the NBA are better than the Grindfather in playoffs-mode. Throughout the game, Allen followed up key defensive plays by turning to the TNT announcers and yelling, "First-Team All Defense!" It's hard to argue after tonight's display and Allen has even picked up the pace offensively in the second round, averaging 12.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in two games vs. the Warriors. When asked if he'd prefer to defend Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Allen replied, "It really don't matter. I'm paid to be a defender, and I'm ready to defend." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Draymond Green proving bona fides vs. Memphis
    Draymond Green played admirable defense during Tuesday's home loss, which he finished with 14 points (3-of-10 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Green's personal Mission: Impossible is to provide one-on-one defense vs. Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, depending upon matchups. The runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year was awesome again tonight, using his strength and speed to check bigger players on possession after possession, and his versatility is a huge reason the Warriors hadn't lost at home in over three months. Green and his teammates will be out for revenge in Memphis on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Paul Pierce hushes crowd w/ five 3-pointers
    Paul Pierce sank five 3-pointers en route to 15 points in Game 2, adding five rebounds and one assist, but his clutch play wasn't enough to avoid defeat.

    Advice: The fans in Atlanta routinely changed "Paul Pierce sucks!" but the veteran thrives on such antagonism, and at one point he even shook his head and shouted to the hostile crowd, "No, I don't." TNT's David Aldridge reported during Tuesday's game that Paul Pierce hopes to stay with the Wizards for "the next couple of years" -- he's a great fit in D.C., so don't be surprised if the veteran opts in for 2015-16 or negotiates a new two-year deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • LBJ hints he'll be more aggressive in Game 2
    LeBron James said he might have to change his mindset a bit for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday with Kevin Love (shoulder) out.

    Advice: "I've never kind of went into a game saying, 'OK. I'm going to be ultra aggressive to start a game,'" James said. "I've always had that feel-out thing, but [during Game 1] it was little bit too much feel-out. I think I only had two shots at one point. I just was not [as aggressive] offensively as I was defensively." James shot just 9-of-22 from the field during the Cavs' Game 1 loss to the Bulls, and also turned the ball over six times. Cleveland will need a more aggressive and efficient LeBron James in order to have a chance at evening up the series during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Howard goes for 22 and 10 with five blocks
    Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-9 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Howard is going to have a tough matchup with DeAndre Jordan, but there's still plenty of ways for him to get his numbers, especially with some of the lineups the Clippers are forced to play due to a lack of depth. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:53 pm
  • LeBron sloppy, still posts 19-15-9 in G1 loss
    LeBron James scored 19 points on 9-of-22 shooting with 15 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and six turnovers in Monday's 99-92 Game 1 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: James is going to get his numbers no matter what and it's just a matter of whether or not he gets slowed down in the process -- and Jimmy Butler helped make that happen a bit tonight. The Cavs got 22 points out of Iman Shumpert to help offset the loss of J.R. Smith to a two-game suspension, but their defense was terrible and now they've lost home court advantage right out of the gate. Game 2 is on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Miller logs 16 minutes in Game 1 start
    Mike Miller logged 16 minutes in Monday's Game 1 start, scoring three points on 1-of-2 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

    Advice: David Blatt said that he was considering a lineup change after the Cavs' loss and Miller's position would be a primary place to look. Even in the best of situations there's not much for owners to look at here. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:39 pm
  • Jimmy Butler plays excellent two-way game
    Jimmy Butler was a two-way star in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs, scoring 20 points on 7-o-16 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, six assists and three steals in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Butler also defended LeBron James very well and survived an ankle tweak. We'll let you know if the latter becomes an issue, but he's primed to have a productive series and especially if the Cavs defend the way they did tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:04 pm
  • Tony Allen plays great, earns boos in Game 1
    Tony Allen drew the ire of Warriors fans by accidentally interrupting a children's dance group during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, which he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:50 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Draymond: Gm 1 'not as physical' as expected
    Draymond Green racked up 16 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Sunday, helping Golden State earn a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Green began the game with a barrage of 3-pointers and it took some second-half foul trouble to slow him down. He said after the game that his matchup vs. Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies' frontcourt "wasn't as physical as [he] thought it'd be," and Golden State should cruise in the series if Green can turn the matchup in their favor. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 19 points over 31 minutes
    Paul Pierce's strong postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding three 3-pointers and three rebounds through 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's scoring and minutes have increased since the playoffs began, and he's currently averaging 16.2 points and 3.4 three-pointers per game on 54.2 percent shooting for Washington. He's brought a strong veteran presence with championship experience to the Wizards' locker room, and Otto Porter has repeatedly credited Pierce for his development. The Wizards will look to put the Hawks in an uncomfortable 0-2 hole during Tuesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:26 pm
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He was never really in any danger of sitting this one out, but this report confirms that he will be active. He'll likely spend some time harassing both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:28 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement
    Head coach Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement this week.

    Advice: The Warriors have been off since Apr 25, so some improvement was inevitable. Green was fantastic in the Warriors' series against the Pelicans, averaging 15.8 points, 12.8 boards, 6.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 3-pointers per game. He will draw a tough matchup against Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies, but Green will be up for the challenge. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:00 am
  • Manu Ginobili is undecided over his future
    Manu Ginobili said that he didn't want to make a decision regarding his future after a disappointing performance against the Clippers on Saturday, but he did admit that his time in the NBA could be over.

    Advice: "It could happen," Ginobili said when asked if he had possibly played in his last NBA game. "I still don't know. I don't want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I'll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also." Ginobili has clearly lost a step, and he averaged just 18.7 minutes per game in the playoffs this season. If he does return for another season with the Spurs, his role could continue to get smaller, meaning he won't be a target in standard fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Joakim Noah (illness) ready to go for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (illness) went through most of Saturday's practice and he's in no danger of missing Monday's Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: "We're ready to roll," said Tom Thibodeau. Noah made himself a target for Cavs' fans ire by telling reporters this week, "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland." Noah averaged only 6.5 points vs. the Bucks in the first round, but he also had 11.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:57 am
  • Joakim Noah looking forward to matchup w/ CLE
    Joakim Noah is looking forward to the Bulls' second-round matchup with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland," said Noah after Thursday's dominant Game 6 win over the Bucks. Noah and LeBron James have some history, and friendly-rivalry is not a term we'd use to describe this upcoming series. Noah is going to draw a favorable matchup against the Cavs, so he makes sense as a guy to target in daily leagues, as he should be able to put up some quality numbers throughout the Bull's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:00 am
  • Jimmy Butler scores 16, Bulls win 120-66
    Jimmy Butler scored 16 points during an series-clinching 120-66 win against the Bucks on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This Game 6 win in Milwaukee was the biggest win in a series-clinching game in NBA postseason history. Pau Gasol was effective with 19 points, eight boards and two assists while Joakim Noah also had a nice line with 11 points, 10 boards and two dimes. The Bulls will now take on the Cavs with their team as healthy as ever while the Cavs are going to be missing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the entire series while J.R. Smith (suspension) is out for the first two games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
  • Tony Allen, Nick Calathes starting Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Tony Allen and Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup, while Jeff Green will continue to come off the bench.

    Advice: There were conflicting reports before the game, but the Grizzlies will continue to roll with the same starters. They will look to close out the Blazers in front of their home crowd tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Dwight Howard gets 18 & 19 as HOU advances
    Dwight Howard dominated the paint during Tuesday's series-clinching victory, finishing with 18 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

    Advice: "[Dwight's] knee has been good," coach Kevin McHale said before Game 5. "He is bouncy again. He has been feeling good." It showed again tonight as Howard logged 39 minutes, going 7-of-14 from the field and successfully navigating early foul trouble. His efforts helped Houston advance to face the winner of the Spurs vs. Clippers series. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Butler says he's focusing too much on offense
    Jimmy Butler stated after Monday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks that he's been worrying too much about his offense, and that he needs to step it up on the defensive end.

    Advice: "I'm supposed to be the prime-time defensive guy, and I haven't been guarding a soul," said Butler. "I've been worried about offense too much, and I need to change that quickly or it's going to be my fault." That's a bit of an overly harsh criticism from Butler considering he's been holding his opponents to 34.7 percent shooting from the field, but it's admirable that he putting some of the blame on himself for the Bulls' losses. Chicago will look to close out their series against the Bucks on Thursday in Milwaukee. Butler will continue to see a ridiculous amount of minutes for the Bulls, and while he’ll spend more time focusing on defense, he’ll still be a go-to guy on offense. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • LeBron James says Cavaliers still confident
    LeBron James said the Cavaliers are still confident despite the likely loss of Kevin Love (shoulder) for the rest of the playoffs.

    Advice: Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said it's "highly unlikely" that Love will be able to return during the playoffs, but James said he and his teammates are still confident. "We definitely have to pick our own games up," LBJ said. "You can't fill Kevin's shoes. He's special for a reason." James and Kyrie Irving will have to step up their games with Love out, while a combination of Tristan Thompson, Kendrick Perkins, and Timofey Mozgov will all get extra minutes as the Cavs attempt to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Pau Gasol scores 25 points in Monday loss
    Pau Gasol scored 25 points during a Game 5 94-88 loss to the Bucks in Chicago on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This is a really bad loss for the Bulls. Their offense vanished in the fourth and coach Tom Thibodeau still doesn't seem to have the right frontcourt combination. Joakim Noah was everywhere on Monday with 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks in 32 minutes. Taj Gibson played just 15 minutes with 12 points and three boards because Nikola Mirotic played more power forward today. Mirotic was also quiet with three points and one rebound. The Bulls have lost all of their momentum and will take their 3-2 lead to Milwaukee on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:30 pm
  • Wizards complete sweep vs. Raptors on Sunday
    Paul Pierce torched the visiting Raptors once more on Sunday, dropping 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Prior to knowing that his team would definitely face the Wizards in the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan told reporters, "I hope we see Paul Pierce." He may rue those words, however, as Pierce was in vintage form during the Wizards' first round sweep -- he averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 triples while making 53.8 percent of his attempts. He'll get at least a few days to rest before returning to action vs. the winner of the Hawks vs. Nets series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:02 pm
  • LeBron James flirts with triple-double in win
    LeBron James fell just two assists shy of a triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, one block and six turnovers through 46 minutes of action.

    Advice: James shot 10-of-24 from the field and 6-of-10 from the stripe, and this game was more of a wrestling match than a basketball game. The Cavs closed out their series today with a sweep of the Celtics, which is the sixth time a LeBron-led team has swept a best-of-seven-series. The likely second-round matchup of Chicago vs. Cleveland is going to be a very exciting matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 1:07 pm
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