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  • Jamal Crawford would like to return to Clips
    Jamal Crawford would like to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Advice: Crawford is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but would like to stay with the Clilppers. "I know my role, I respect my role, I respect my teammates," Crawford said. "I don’t like change, so I’m very, very comfortable here, and I’d love to stay here further. The 36-year-old is fresh off winning the Sixth Man of the Year award and will have similar fantasy value in 2016-17 if he's back with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:22 am
  • Russell Westbrook scores 29; OKC wins Game 2
    Russell Westbrook scored a team-high 29 points during a 98-97 Game 2 victory over the Spurs on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This game had a wild finish with Dion Waiters elbowing Manu Ginobili on an inbound pass. Before that, Westbrook picked up a lot easier buckets with the Thunder scoring 21 points in fast break -- they only had 12 in the 124-92 Game 1 loss. Westbrook didn't have to deal with Kawhi Leonard as much as Game 1, so that was huge for him. Coach Gregg Popovich will probably try to put Kawhi on Westy more in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 14 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard made 7-of-18 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: It was not his best game on either end. Leonard played some power forward in this game with a lot of small-ball lineups for both teams. Prior to this dud, he was incredibly efficient in the previous five games, posting a 71.4 true shooting percentage. Leonard should bounce back in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 21 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored 21 points during a win over the Hawks on Monday, adding one rebound, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He led the Cavs in scoring in the first round and was aggressive again, making 8-of-18 from the field. Irving's defense has been an interesting storyline in these playoffs with some improved play on that end. The Hawks have been tough on defense against point guards this season, but Irving did score 27.5 points per game against them this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores eight, gets benched
    Jeff Teague scored eight points in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Monday, adding two rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: He lost some run to Dennis Schroder because the German point guard shot the ball well in the first three quarters. Teague should get minutes in the upper 20s his next time out, assuming Schroder doesn't get hot again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just three points
    Kyle Korver missed his only shot from the field and made all three free throws against the Cavs on Monday, adding five rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first time he's had 0-1 attempts from the field in any game since November 2015 and just his fifth such of his playoff career. Korver busted out against the Celtics on the last round, so there's a chance he rebounds in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores playoff career-high 27
    Dennis Schroder scored a playoff career-high 27 points against the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, six assists, five 3-pointers and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer went with Schroder in the fourth quarter due to his strong shooting in the first three quarters, but it kind of backfired. Schroder is one of the most Jekyll and Hyde players in the NBA due to how careless he can be at times. He likely won't play this much in Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores 16 points vs. Cavs
    Kent Bazemore scored 16 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He's making himself some nice money in the past couple months. Bazemore was aggressive on both ends and isn't passing up many shots. Expect to continue to produce in this series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Keith Appling arrested with AK-47
    Keith Appling was arrested over the weekend at a strip club in Dearborn, Michigan with a loaded AK-47, according to Justin Rose of WXYZ in Detroit.

    Advice: According to the report, the police are still investigating and his intentions were unclear. Appling was with the Magic last year, but this will hurt his chances of staying in the league. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry won't play in Game 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) won't play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The team will list him as doubtful "just to give people something to chew on," according to Kerr. The Warriors certainly didn't need him on Sunday in an easy win. They would probably like to hold him out for the entire series, but there is a chance he can suit up in Game 3 or 4. Shaun Livingston will get another start for Curry. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Walton thinks Russell has All-Star potential
    New Lakers coach Luke Walton believes D'Angelo Russell has the potential to be a "perennial All-Star."

    Advice: "He has very high potential. To me, he can be a perennial All-Star," he said. "He has the vision that you want your point guard to have. He sees the floor. Once they put him in the starting lineup, he naturally got a little more aggressive." The new lead man likes how Russell can score from both three-point range and the post, and you can be sure Walton will emphasize both of those qualities in his first year on the job. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 am
  • Seth Curry does not want to sign w/ Warriors
    Seth Curry, who is expected to decline his $1 million player option in favor of restricted free agency, said that he does not want to play with his brother Stephen on the Warriors.

    Advice: Seth cited a desire to compete against Steph rather than team up with him, which makes a lot of sense since he'll always be "Steph's brother" if he were to play on the same club. Seth added that he's not sure if he'll re-sign in Sacramento or move on elsewhere, but there's no doubt he'll target an opportunity for playing time after proving he deserves a real shot toward the end of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Nicolas Batum open to re-signing with Hornets
    Nicolas Batum, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he's open to re-signing with the Hornets.

    Advice: "When I came here they let me know they wanted me to be one of the [top] two options with Kemba [Walker]," he said. "I liked that. I like that they trusted me." He then added: "It was a pretty cool year. First time I got to play like I want to in eight years in the NBA." The second quote is an important one to focus on when projecting Batum's future. A versatile contributor entering his prime, Batum will be a sought after commodity in free agency and the Hornets will have to pay big money to keep him. Despite Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's expected from shoulder surgery, Charlotte should do everything possible to prioritize Batum's return. "Why not? I don’t know [what will happen in] a crazy summer for a lot of people. But why not? I want to talk to them first, for sure. July 1 will be a crazy day, but will Charlotte be my first call? Yes." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Stevens sees big potential in Terry Rozier
    Brad Stevens sees a lot of potential in Terry Rozier.

    Advice: "I just think that he’s got a burst that is pretty unique," Stevens said. "He’s still learning how to do things, but he’s making good progress, and his attitude’s really good. I mean, he’s a non-stop worker. He wants to be really good, and that’s a great trait for a young guy whose minutes are inconsistent." Rozier's fantasy outlook will depend on Boston's roster (re)construction, but he'll have a tough time getting consistent minutes so long as Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart remain ahead of him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Evan Turner praises Brad Stevens in big way
    Evan Turner said that Brad Stevens "rekindled my fire for the game."

    Advice: "Brad's definitely helped me grow as a player in regards to seeing things in a bigger-picture format," Turner said. "I think he's definitely helped us all becoming better pros and doing the little things. Everybody in this locker room he's always trying to put in positions to succeed so I definitely appreciate that and most importantly off the court he's a great friend and a great guy." Despite holding a treasure chest filled with assets, there's little doubt Brad Stevens is Boston's most valuable chip in a growing stack. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Stephen Curry thinks he might play in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (knee) said that there is a "pretty good" chance that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: His chances of playing in Game 2 on Tuesday are reportedly pretty "slim," but it sounds like he's making good progress and coach Steve Kerr said that he might start scrimmaging later this week. There are going to be a ton of updates on the MVP all week, so expect another one on Monday. Shaun Livingston will hold down the fort at point guard until Curry can return. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) plays 29 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (foot) played 29 minutes on Sunday vs. the Heat, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that Batum was only going to play seven or eight minutes in each half, so he must've felt a little better than expected and he even started the second half. Batum hasn't been 100 percent for weeks, so the only good thing about the Hornets being eliminated is that he will finally have some time off to rehab his injury. "To have so many young guys, so many new guys, we had a great season," Batum said. "We need to move on right away and get better." He is a free agent this summer, but it sounds like the Hornets have an excellent chance to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Batum starts 2nd half, Kaminsky to bench
    Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was only supposed to play seven or eight minutes in each half according to coach Steve Clifford before the game, but he's already up to 16 minutes at the half. He isn't close to 100 percent and he's not moving that well either, but the Hornets have no choice but to play him if they want to escape Miami with a win. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:22 am
  • Stephen Curry has a 'slim' chance for Game 2
    Stephen Curry (knee) has a "slim" chance to play in Game 2 vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He obviously won't play in Game 1 on Sunday, but Curry was able to do some stationary shooting on Saturday and coach Steve Kerr is open to the idea of allowing the MVP to start scrimmaging early next week. With Curry out on Sunday, Shaun Livingston will draw the start and Draymond Green will spend a lot of time running the offense. Andre Iguodala will have more responsibility as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:54 am
  • Batum and Hawes are available to play Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (foot) and Spencer Hawes (knee) are available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while Batum is feeling better, he's still not 100 percent and will likely be limited to just seven or eight minutes per half in Game 7. To be clear, Batum is too risky to deploy in most fantasy formats. We'll let you know how he holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:35 am
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) will go through warmups
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) will try to warm up for Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Batum is feeling better and will be a game-time call, but indicated that he will only play seven or eight minutes per half if he's cleared. Clifford is expecting Batum to play, but he's not going to see enough minutes to make an impact in most fantasy formats. We'll have another update before tip-off. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Brad Stevens wants Celtics to re-sign Turner
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Evan Turner that he wants him back in Boston next season.

    Advice: "Coach [Stevens] definitely said [he wants me back]," said Turner. "He said he’ll be pushing for me and everything like that. And that’s pretty much it. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on right now. I understand it. And I understand what’s going to occur, with the draft picks and the young guys trying to develop and trying to get a superstar, stuff like that. I definitely comprehend it." The Celtics may try to land a star this summer and have a stockpile of draft picks to use, so Turner won't be their top priority even though they want to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:22 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 25 points in 22 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard made 10-of-13 from the field for 25 points in 22 minutes against the Thunder during a Game 1 win on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's won Defensive Player of the Year in the last two seasons, but Kawhi's offense was the story tonight. He made his first six shots from the field to help get him to 20 points in the first half. Kevin Durant simply couldn't guard him with his array of hesitation moves and he was awesome in transition. The Klaw will be dominating this series on both ends as a high-end DFS option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:56 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard locks up Russell Westbrook
    Russell Westbrook made 5-of-19 from the field for 14 points during a 124-92 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: Not a good start. The Spurs put Kawhi Leonard on Westbrook for most of this game and it totally took the Thunder offense out of rhythm. In fact, Westbrook was just 1-of-7 from the field against Kawhi in this game. He was also a disaster on defense during this game with OKC having a seemingly non-existent perimeter defense. Westbrook did have a good run against the Spurs during the season, but this is a terrible start with the Spurs approach to start the series. Leonard being on Westbrook is bad news for his DFS value as the most expensive player in most formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Kerr: Not much of a chance Curry in for Gm 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) doesn't have much of a chance to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is good news because Kerr did not rule him out. Curry is still not doing on-court work and he's obviously not going to play in Game 1. The MVP is doing some work in the training room and has said he's hoping to return before May 9. Shaun Livingston will be running the point while basically every other player steps up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 7
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is questionable to play against the Heat in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not play in the second half on Friday due to aggravating his injury from Game 2. The Hornets went 2-0 without Batum thanks to Jeremy Lin stepping up in a big way, so this might not be a huge loss. If Batum can't go, there will be more minutes for Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. The Hornets and Heat have the first game of the day, so we'll have word for DFS lineup lock. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores 32 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored a playoff career-high 32 points during a loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one assist, three steals and three turnovers on 10-of-25 from the field.

    Advice: He was up to his usual tricks with too many off-the-dribble jumpers. The Clippers didn't really have many options for scoring, so a wild Crawford shot was one of their best plays in the arsenal. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will head into free agency with plenty of miles left on his tires. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:24 pm
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Nicolas Batum likely to play more
    Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

    Advice: It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9
    Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

    Advice: He's not wasting any time to get back out there and is getting treatment three times per day. Curry is starting to do some work in the training room, but the big step will be to do some practice with contact. He'll likely miss at least a couple games in the second round, which will start on Sunday or Tuesday depending if the Clippers-Blazers series goes to seven games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry not doing on-court work yet
    Stephen Curry (knee) has been doing well in the training room, according to coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: He is not doing on-court work yet and preview reports suggest he's shooting to start that next week. Curry is likely going to miss the first two games of the second round and will likely be rooting for the Clippers tonight to push back Game 1 to Tuesday. It'll be Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala stepping up the most with more Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:56 am
  • Evan Turner hints about his future with BOS
    Evan Turner indicated that his positive experience in Boston will play heavily into his decision as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: "It’s definitely going to play a lot," Turner said. "Players definitely play their best when they’re happy. Most importantly, I found a situation and coach that tended to myself, and my teammates, to what they do well." Regardless of what Turner decides, he's going to get a serious raise this summer after a promising postseason with averages 13.2 points, 5.7 boards, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:05 am
  • Kent Bazemore puts a nice bow on his series
    Kent Bazemore scored 15 points with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He's making some money this month. In his six playoff games, Bazemore averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 treys. He'll have a huge role in the next round and will likely be starting off on LeBron James. Expect him to play minutes in the mid 30s. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 16 points with nine boards
    Kyle Korver made all four shots from the field and all four from the line for 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Not bad. He drove his fantasy owners crazy during the regular season, but Korver is kind of rolling now when it counts for the Hawks. In his six games during this series, Korver averaged 12.2 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys on a pristine 67.3 true shooting percentage. He'll be very important in the second round and will likely have a mini 3-point contest in a head-to-head matchup with J.R. Smith at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Jeff Teague tweaks troublesome left ankle
    Jeff Teague tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter on Thursday and did return, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, five assists and four turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He couldn't really shake his left ankle issue and had to go to the locker room a couple times. Teague will have a few days off before he gets Kyrie Irving on Monday, but he might not need it anyway because it looks minor. The former All-Star will be one of the most important players in the entire second round. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:57 pm
  • Evan Turner scores eight in off finale
    Evan Turner's solid series ended on a down note during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday, making 4-of-17 from the field for eight points with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was a big part of the rotation due to Avery Bradley (hamstring) going down. Turner surpassed most expectations to help his value heading into free agency, especially late in the season and in the postseason. In his 12 starts this regular season, Turner averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 treys. Several teams will be after The Villain. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:50 pm
  • Teague (ankle) to locker room to be re-taped
    Jeff Teague (left ankle) went to the locker room to be re-taped and has returned

    Advice: This is the same left ankle that caused him problems for most of the season. He played for a few minutes, went to the bench, came back out to play, and went to the locker room after all that. Teague has suffered a couple minor tweaks before and usually goes to the locker room right away, so this one is very minor. He'll be back on the court soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:34 pm
  • LAC not lacking in confidence heading into G6
    Jamal Crawford said that the Clippers feel "really good" about their chances of securing a Game 6 win in Portland.

    Advice: "We were in the same situation last year, we had to go to San Antonio and win on their court in a Game 6 to force a Game 7 in front of our home fans," said Crawford. "We’re a confident group. We feel really good about Game 6." It's true that the Clippers pulled off a comeback against the Spurs last season, but that was with a healthy Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand). Crawford is going to be heavily involved on the offensive end, but he'll need to be more efficient if the Clippers hope to secure an upset. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum will come off the bench Friday
    Nicolas Batum will again come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: The Hornets have now won three in a row, and Batum doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the first-unit. His ankle still isn't quite 100 percent, so expect his minutes to be in the 25 range. Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson will start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Evan Turner will have suitors in free agency
    There will be several teams interested in Evan Turner when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to league sources.

    Advice: Turner has resurrected his career as the Celtics sixth man and it hasn't gone unnoticed around the league. "He’s done everything they’ve asked him to do and from what I hear, hasn’t grumbled a day about it," one rival executive said. "Every team needs a guy like that in their locker room." Turner looks to be in line for a raise this summer and could see a minor boost in fantasy value if he finds a job as a starter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Stephen Curry to test knee on court next week
    Stephen Curry (knee) will begin testing his knee on the court next week, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

    Advice: Spears reports that Curry is feeling better, according to sources, and is targeting next week to test his knee as he attempts to get back on the court. The Warriors are still awaiting a winner from the Clippers-Trail Blazers series, so he'll have some extra time to recover from his Grade 1 sprain. Shaun Livingston will continue to start as long as Curry is out, but we'll undoubtedly have updates before Golden State's next series starts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores 17 points on 23 shots
    Jamal Crawford moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday and proceeded to launch 23 shots, making six of them to finish with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Crawford started alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan, a unit that played a mere four minutes together during the 2015-16 season. Doc Rivers' gamble was born of desperation and resulted in a home loss, but Crawford is guaranteed a huge role again in Game 6 -- he played 44 minutes tonight and was the focal point of the Clippers' offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) plays 25 mins off bench
    Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle) came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Batum didn't have his normal agility and he was tentative early, but he knocked in some huge jumpers down the stretch, helping the Hornets hang on for a tough 90-88 victory. He'll get just one day to rest before returning to action for Friday's Game 6 in Charlotte, so it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent in the Hornets' potential closeout game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Jamal Crawford starting Game 5 vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford will start Game 5 on Wednesday, alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: Doc Rivers wants more spacing on the court, and the decision to start Crawford takes care of another problem -- with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both out, the Clippers are very short on playmakers. Crawford should have a high usage rate in as many minutes as he can handle tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Duncan criticizes the officiating of Leonard
    Tim Duncan implied during a recent interview that Kawhi Leonard does not get enough foul calls while he's on the court.

    Advice: "He’s gotten to the point now where people are being a lot more physical with him, but people are still being allowed to get away with a whole lot of stuff," Duncan said. While Duncan is pleading his case for the officials to start blowing the whistle more often, Leonard did not seem overly concerned with how the refs officiating saying, "I don’t even think about it, really. I’m not playing to get fouls." He was phenomenal in his first-round series, and should continue to put up gaudy stat lines through San Antonio's second-round series against OKC. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Evan Turner scores 15 points in loss
    Evan Turner scored 15 points in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Hawks, shooting 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He was the best player on the floor for the Celtics tonight, as Isaiah Thomas (ankle) couldn't get anything to go on the offensive end. Turner added five rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes, and he's still a must-start player in all formats until further notice. If Thomas is unable to play in Game 6 on Thursday, expect Turner to run the offense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 13, adds five steals
    Kyle Korver scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, adding two boards, one assist, five steals and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He averaged 0.8 steals during the regular season, so to see him record five tonight seems like a fluke. However, Korver has now scored in double digits in four straight games after being held to two points in Game 1, so he's heating up at the perfect time for the Hawks. He's also hit 16 3-pointers over his last four games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores 16, Hawks win 110-83
    Kent Bazemore scored 16 points to lead the Hawks to a 110-83 win over the Celtics in Game 5 on Tuesday, giving them a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: He's the definition of a streaky player, as he needed just 23 minutes to score 16 points tonight after scoring just five points in 40 minutes in Game 4. That inconsistency makes him hard to trust, but the upside is clearly there if you deploy him on the right night. Bazemore added five boards, one block and four 3-pointers on 6-of-14 shooting. He was listed as probable on the injury report due to a lingering knee issue, but he obviously looked fine tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Dennis Schroder ready to go for Game 5 Tues
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be ready to go for Game 5 on Tuesday, according to head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: Schroder is dealing with a balky ankle, but isn't in danger of missing Tuesday night's Game 5 against the Celtics. He had a bit of a letdown in Game 4 with just seven points and is a risky DFS play as long as Jeff Teague is healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:54 am
  • Kent Bazemore feeling good ahead of Game 5
    Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said Kent Bazmore (knee) is feeling good ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bazemore is listed as probable with a knee injury, but it's nothing that will hold him out of such an important game on Tuesday. Bazemore is averaging 13.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers in the thus far in the playoffs and is a strong DFS play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores 12 points vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford scored 12 points during a 98-84 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He is going to have to be the top-scoring guard now with Chris Paul (hand) out. Crawford exploded for 30 points back on Apr. 8 when the Clippers rested most of their players against the Jazz, so expect plenty of scoring chances the rest of the way. He'll be a highly-owned player in DFS for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Superstar: Russell Westbrook drops 36-12-9
    Russell Westbrook was tremendous during a series-clinching 118-104 win over the Mavs on Monday, scoring 36 points with 12 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Before the game, owner Mark Cuban said Kevin Durant is the only superstar on the Thunder. After the game, Dirk Nowitzki said he'd take Westbrook and coach Rick Carlisle said the Thunder have two superstars. Westbrook was also asked about Charlie Villanueva. "Now he gets to go home and get ready in the offseason to sit and watch 82 more games like he did this year," Westbrook said. Westbrook will get a tough matchup against the Spurs in the next round, which figures to be the best series of the second round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Dennis Schroder is probable again
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) is probable for Tuesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He may not be 100 percent, but Schroder should be out there for Game 5. He cooled off in Game 4 with just seven points after a 20-point Game 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:14 pm
  • Kent Bazemore probable again for Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore (knee) is probable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: He'll be good to go and has been probable for the entire series. Bazemore has been active during the playoffs and should continue to flirt with his postseason averages of 13.3 points, 8.3 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.3 treys. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:13 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could miss two weeks
    The MRI on Stephen Curry's knee was negative and showed no damage with a diagnosis of a Grade 1 sprain.

    Advice: This is good news. Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks and the Warriors will undoubtedly be very careful with their MVP. He could still be out beyond this two-week prognosis as well. The Warriors will also be rooting for the Blazers to make it a long series to give them more time off. With Curry out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston handling the ball more. Plus, we'll see more shots and play-making chances for Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry tweets about his injury
    Stephen Curry (knee) tweeted he's going to be "alright" Monday afternoon.

    Advice: This doesn't really say much except that Curry likely received his diagnosis. Curry said "all things considered" in his tweet, so it does sound like he might have at least something wrong. We'll have a clearer update soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:09 pm
  • Tyronn Lue praises Kyrie Irving's recent play
    Tyronn Lue praised Kyrie Irving's play in the first round, saying "that's what we needed from him."

    Advice: "He was aggressive and in attack mode the whole series," Lue added. "I knew that during the regular season it was going to be peaks and valleys and I really just had to come to grips with it," Irving said. "I knew that the preparation was for the postseason." The Cavs will need this version of Kyrie to show up regularly if they want to make a deep playoff run. In the opening round, Irving averaged 27.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.0 3-pointers to go with just 1.5 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 6:59 am
  • Report: Steph Curry could have MCL sprain
    The Warriors "early fear" is that Steph Curry sustained a right MCL sprain, a source told Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: San Francisco sportscaster Mike Shumann of ABC 7 reported the same thing late on Sunday evening, so there is certainly some smoke behind this potential fire. We won't have an official diagnosis until the Warriors release Curry's MRI results, and his timetable to return will be dependent upon on the severity of the sprain if the early intel is proven accurate. We'd expect him to miss at least the remainder of the first round with the very real potential for more time off. Without Curry, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and every other member of the team will be forced to step up. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 6:24 am
  • Cavs sweep Pistons as Kyrie Irving scores 31
    Kyrie Irving had another terrific game vs. the Pistons, leading Cleveland to a Game 4 victory with 31 points (12-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Irving scored 10 points during an 80-second burst in the third quarter, drained a buzzer-beater from mid-court, hit a 3-pointer to give Cleveland some breathing-room late in the fourth, and harassed Reggie Jackson into a missed shot at the final buzzer. It was quite a game from Kyrie. He averaged 27.5 points, 4.0 threes and 4.8 assists in four games vs. Detroit, a scary sight for whichever team they face in the second round. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 8:30 pm
  • Dennis Schroder struggles amid boos in Boston
    Dennis Schroder shot just 3-of-13 from the field to finish Game 4 with seven points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He's become a villain for Celtics' fans and coach Mike Budenholzer cautioned before the game that Schroder is learning how to "be ultra-competitive but always be ultra-classy and ultra-professional." He conceded that he needs to give Schroder "a little leash," but there's no reason to think his role will blossom while Jeff Teague is healthy. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:20 pm
  • Jeff Teague shoots 4-of-18 in Game 2 defeat
    Jeff Teague shot just 4-of-18 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 defeat, finishing with 13 points, five assists, two rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Teague hit a pair of crucial 3-pointers late in the fourth but he also orchestrated an awful final possession -- Atlanta had the ball with a chance to win in regulation, but Teague didn't pass and wound up getting blocked on a 3-point attempt. Dennis Schroder shot just 3-of-13 tonight, providing a bleak counter-point to the strong play of Boston's lead guards. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:17 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard drops 21, Spurs sweep Grizzlies
    Kawhi Leonard helped the Spurs sweep the Grizzlies with a 116-95 win on Sunday, scoring 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven boards, four assists, two blocks, one steal and two treys.

    Advice: He was coming off a dominant performance in Game 3 in which he scored 32 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals, five blocks and six 3-pointers, and coach Gregg Popovich gushed about him prior to Game 4. "He’s not afraid to put himself in situations where the shots are big and the shots are important," Popovich said. Matt Barnes also had some nice words, saying that Leonard "is one of the best players in the NBA." Barring a miracle from the Mavericks, the Spurs will play the Thunder in the next round meaning Leonard will see a lot of Kevin Durant in the next couple weeks. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 12:51 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 19 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored 19 points with three rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was terrible in the first half and turned it on late. Crawford made 1-of-6 from the field to start the game and picked it up down the stretch like he usually does. He was the first player ever to win three Sixth Man of the Year awards and has plenty of miles left on his tires at age 36. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:18 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 25 with 15 dimes
    Russell Westbrook did his thing during a 119-108 Game 4 win over the Mavs on Saturday, scoring 25 points with five rebounds, 15 assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He has double-doubles in all four games in this round, averaging 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 11.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 2.0 treys and 4.3 turnovers. Westbrook is also the first player to turn in consecutive playoff games of 20-plus points and 15-plus dimes since Kevin Johnson in 1992. There's a reason why DFS owners have to spend up so hard to get him in their lineups. OKC will look to close out the series on Monday. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:29 pm
  • Kent Bazemore listed as probable again
    Kent Bazemore (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He's fine and the Hawks have put him on the injury report in all three games. Bazemore has been very active, so expect him to have another solid effort on the stat sheet in Boston. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:09 pm
  • Dennis Schroder is probable
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) is probable for Sunday.

    Advice: He'll be out there. If a player is less than 100 percent, the Hawks tend to throw him on the injury report as probable. Schroder scored a playoff career-high 20 points in Game 3, so he's good to go. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:08 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 32 in monster stat line
    Kawhi Leonard exploded during a Game 3 96-87 win over the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 32 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals, five blocks, six 3-pointers and no turnovers in in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Say what? Leonard was unbelievably good on both ends to carry the Spurs to a 3-0 lead. The Spurs actually played a close game after blowing out the Grizzlies in Game 1 and 2. Leonard became the first player ever to score at least 30 points in a playoff game with four-plus steals, four-plus blocks and four-plus 3-pointers. Oh and he had no turnovers. He's pretty good. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:27 pm
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