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  • Kostas Papanikolaou hopes to stay in NBA
    Kostas Papanikolaou is hopeful that he will be able to play in the NBA next season.

    Advice: Houston holds a $4.8 million player option on him for next season, but it doesn't seem likely that they would retain him for that price. Papanikolaou made just four appearance after the All-Star break due to a nagging ankle injury and wasn't able to get back into the rotation after Josh Smith arrived, so it looks like his time in Houston could be nearing an end. Papanikolaou will listen to all offers if Houston declines his option, but returning to Europe isn't on his mind just yet. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
  • Thabo says incident damaged his reputation
    Thabo Sefolosha said the incident with police in April damaged his reputation.

    Advice: It also cost the Hawks some of their depth in the playoffs. "I was injured in the hands of the police, and it took away a lot from my everyday life," Sefolosha said. "From being able to help put the kids in bed, going up and down the stairs." For more on this story, click the link below. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:15 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Skiles has 'great' relationship with Tobias
    Coach Scott Skiles said his classification of his relationship with Tobias Harris is "great."

    Advice: Back when Tobias was 19 and had a very eye-catching offseason, Harris fell out of favor in Skiles' Bucks rotation. Skiles said today that Luc Mbah a Moute was better on defense while Mike Dunleavy was better on offense. Now that Tobias is entering his prime, maybe he'll play him more consistently. Of course, they'll have to be able to sign him this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:44 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 101-88 @ Bkn
  • Damien Inglis confirmed for summer league
    Damien Inglis will play in summer league in July.

    Advice: He had a very rough start to his career and didn't get any playing time in his rookie season. Inglis had a very bad aggravation to his foot surgery, so expect the Bucks to handle him with kid gloves. Like his teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, Inglis has some nice length and could play both forward spots. Of course, we're not saying he has the ceiling of the Greek Freak. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:38 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Donatas Motiejunas still in recovery
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still in the beginning stages of his recovery.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for most of the summer. Motiejunas had back surgery on Apr. 10 and he said there's "no question" he'll be ready for camp. His improvement could make it a little tougher for the Rockets to bring back Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Klay Thompson diagnosed with a concussion
    Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a concussion on Friday.

    Advice: His agent said he didn't have a concussion yesterday, but his agent isn't a neurologist. The Warriors said Klay had "extensive examinations" over the past two days, including neurological tests Friday morning. Under the NBA's concussion protocol, Klay will not be allowed to have court activity until he is not showing any symptoms. With six days off before Game 1, Thompson should be ready. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
  • James Harden wants help at the guard spots
    James Harden said he will have a conversation with GM Daryl Morey about bolstering the Rockets depth at the guard position.

    Advice: Houston is pretty thin behind James Harden and Patrick Beverley, and that was really put on display when Beverley went down, as the Rockets were forced to give big minutes to veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni. Corey Brewer is a quality wing player, but he's not a guy that can give a second-unit much of a lift on offense, and with him set to become an unrestricted free agent there are no guarantees he's retained. It'll be interesting to see what Morey can put together this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Kobe Bryant making good progress w/ shoulder
    Kobe Bryant told Lakers head coach Byron Scott that he felt encouraged with his surgically repaired right shoulder that prematurely ended his 2014-15 season.

    Advice: The Lakers expect Bryant to be fully recovered in five months, so he should be good to go for the start of the 2015-16 season. However, health has been a major concern for Kobe through the past two years, as he's managed to play in a total of just 41 games over that span. Despite the apparent risk, his name will likely have people drafting him much higher than where he should go, so we'd recommend letting someone else deal with the debilitated Mamba on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:44 am
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Corey Brewer would like to return to Houston
    Corey Brewer stated his desire to return to the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "I love playing [in Houston]," Brewer said. "I hope we are back together. We made the Western Conference finals and hopefully everything works out and we are all back together next year." Brewer waived his player option as a condition the trade that sent him from Minnesota to Houston, so he's going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He earned himself a nice role with the Rockets this year, but with averages of 11.9 points, 1.1 steals and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the field, he's not much more than a low-end asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith would like to return to Houston
    Josh Smith said that he would like to return with the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "You never know in free agency what may occur," said Smith who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. "The city of Houston and this team has definitely embraced me for my individuality and the way I play the game. It would be great to do something special for the city and for this team." Smith actually played very well for the Rockets after being waived by the Pistons earlier in the season, and he was a major component to Houston's improbable Game 6 comeback win over the Clippers in the second-round. It'll be interesting to see where he lands as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Klay Thompson likely to be cleared for Finals
    Mychal Thompson, Klay Thompson's (concussion-like symptoms) father, speculates that his son should be cleared to play sometime before the NBA Finals.

    Advice: When Mychal was asked to describe the difference in Klay a day after his injury, Mychal responded, "Antarctica to the jungles of Brazil." When pressed further to speculate on his son's availability for the Finals, Thompson stated: "I'm not a doctor, but if I'm going to guess in layman's terms, yeah I think [he'll be cleared for the Finals.] He seems to be feeling better by the hour." Thompson is scheduled to meet with the Warriors medical staff on Friday, after which we'll likely have another update on Golden State's sniper. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:51 am
  • Agent: Klay Thompson wasn't concussed
    Klay Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, said his client cleared tests and did not have a concussion.

    Advice: This is getting weird. First, Klay passed a concussion test just after being kneed in the head, then the Warriors released a statement after the game that he had concussion-like symptoms. Now, his agent is saying something different. Thompson was dizzy, had to throw up and didn't feel well last night, so this new report is a little harder to believe than usual. We'll see what the Warriors say next. If this is true, he should be ready to go in the next couple days. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:49 pm
  • Klay Thompson will be reevaluated on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (concussion-like symptoms) will be reevaluated by the Warriors' medical staff at his home on Thursday, and GM Bob Myers expects to have an update on his status sometime tomorrow.

    Advice: So far, the Warriors have not officially labeled Thompson's condition as a concussion, but the reports so far have implied that's what he's dealing with. He'll have a full week to recover for the NBA Finals, and we'll be monitoring his status closely, with another update likely coming on Friday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
  • Draymond Green says he was horrible in Game 5
    Draymond Green said that he was "horrible" during Wednesday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "Shaun [Livingston] stepped up huge. L.B. [Leandro Barbosa] stepped up. Andre [Iguodala] stepped up," said Green after Game 5. "Everybody who came in made an impact. Festus Ezeli, not in Klay [Thompson's] spot, but was huge off the bench. They stepped up for us and made plays and that’s what helped us get to this win, because I know I was horrible. So they definitely picked me up." Green couldn't get his shot to fall, going just 3-of-15 from the field during Game 5, but he made a big impact on defense, and hit the glass hard hauling in 13 rebounds. He'll be a major X-factor for the Dubs in their Finals matchup with the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:48 pm
  • Dudley says guys don't want to play w/ Kobe
    Jared Dudley proclaimed during an appearance on an ESPN radio show on Tuesday that "most guys don't want to play with Kobe [Bryant]."

    Advice: "He wants to show everyone so much," Dudley said. "We love you Kobe. But come on, it’s like, it’s now time to start giving up. Most guys don’t want to play with Kobe. Kobe gets in this thing where he doesn’t pass and then he over-passes and he’s trying to get triple-doubles every night. You have [the ability to pass]. It’s just not something he wants to do. And that’s why I think it’ll be a while before the Lakers can get good." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:58 am
     
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Klay Thompson feeling better on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (concussion) is feeling OK after experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Wednesday night, according to his father Mychal Thompaon.

    Advice: Thompson will have a week to recover and make it through the concussion protocol, but it's good news to hear that he's feeling better. "He threw up a lot late last night but he felt much better afterwards," said Mychal Thompson. "He was a little woozy after the game but very cognizant of what was going on around him. He's OK. He's doing much better after a good night's sleep." We'll keep a close eye on Thompson's status leading up to the June 4 start of the NBA Finals, but it sounds like the Warriors will have their sharpshooter available for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:57 am
  • Laimbeer takes LeBron James over Jordan
    Bill Laimbeer told the Dan Patrick show that he would take LeBron James over Michael Jordan.

    Advice: Before doubling-down on his opinion by saying that Jordan could not have led James' current Cavs team to the NBA Finals, Laimbeer said he views LeBron James as a superior player to Michael Jordan. "There’s no question I would take LeBron James," Laimbeer said. "He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds, get you 15 assists or score 50 if he wants to." With some down time before the Finals start, we're guessing this isn't the last Jordan-James comparison we'll hear. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:32 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • James Harden says turnovers are unacceptable
    James Harden said his NBA Playoffs record 13 turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors were unacceptable.

    Advice: Harden picked a bad time to have one of his worst games of the season in Wednesday's series-ending loss and he didn't shy away from blame after the game. "So, just valuing the ball a lot more, especially if I'm going to be doing a lot of ball handling," Harden said when asked what he learned from the series. "I mean, not give away easy baskets. Tonight was another case for myself. Thirteen turnovers is unacceptable." While this game may take some time for Harden to forget, he's a no-brainer top-three pick in 2015-16 fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:16 am
  • Jared Dudley apologizes for Anthony comments
    Jared Dudley apologized for saying Carmelo Anthony is the most overrated player in the NBA.

    Advice: After saying Anthony has failed to take his team past the second round in the playoffs, Dudley quickly backtracked from his comments. "I shouldn’t have said that that was my fault for saying that because it’s not the truth," Dudley said on Wednesday. "I apologize for saying that about Carmelo." While Dudley has apologized, the first Knicks-Bucks matchup of the 2015-16 season will be an interesting one. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:44 am
     
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Bill Cartwright compares LeBron to Jordan
    Former Bulls center Bill Cartwright said LeBron James can finally be compared to Michael Jordan.

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

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

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

    Advice: It was Playoff Barnes after he struggled in the previous two games. The Warriors used him more at the power forward spot tonight, which is something that should continue in the NBA Finals. Plus, he attacked the basket at will tonight and did a very nice job on James Harden. If the Warriors get this Barnes vs. the Cavs, Dub Nation has to like its chances. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Draymond Green has a bad offensive game in win
    Draymond Green made 3-of-15 from the field for nine points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

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

    Advice: He needed three stitches to his ear to stop the bleeding, but it's certainly troubling to hear he was dizzy following the game. Thompson didn't need a concussion test despite taking a very tough blow to his head. He also was in foul trouble tonight with four of the five being of the inexcusable variety. Klay won't be able to get away with that vs. the Cavs, assuming he's healthy. Thompson scored 18.5 points per game against the Cavs this season in his two games, so it's fair to expect him to average over 20 with extra playing time. We'll also be tracking Klay in the next couple days to make sure he's fine. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Josh Smith has a bad finish to season
    Josh Smith made 3-of-14 from the field for 11 points during a season-ending 104-90 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He was cold and didn't come in for the final 16 minutes of this game. Smith was a pleasant surprise for the Rockets and it'll be interesting to see if the Rockets are bringing him back. They do already have two serviceable power forwards in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Plus, Clint Capela playing well also gives them some frontcourt depth. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:13 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden has 13 turnovers in loss to GSW
    James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.

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

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

    Advice: After a pump fake, Trevor Ariza went flying and caught Thompson with a knee to the side of the head. Thompson walked back to the locker room under his own power and will likely have some concussion testing. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Jared Dudley calls Carmelo overrated
    Jared Dudley said Carmelo Anthony is the most overrated player in the NBA.

    Advice: "He’s gotta get out of the first, second rounds," Dudley said. "He’s gotta get his teams to the playoffs. LeBron with that roster, LeBron would’ve gotten them to the playoffs." This one will be going on the bulletin board when Melo takes on Dudley next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
     
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • DeMarre Carroll was dealing with turf toe
    DeMarre Carroll, who suffered a sprained knee during the series vs. the Cavaliers, was also dealing with turf toe.

    Advice: Carroll said that if the injury happened during the regular season that he probably would have missed three to four weeks. He also added that he couldn't put any pressure on his left leg and couldn't get any elevation when he jumped, so it shows just how tough of a player he really is. The good news is that surgery will not be required for either injury, and he should be fine with some rest this summer. Carroll is set to become a free agent, and the Hawks will have plenty of competition to sign him to a long-term deal. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:28 am
  • DeMarre Carroll will get a significant raise
    According to ESPN, DeMarre Carroll could receive a four-year, $50 million contract in free agency this summer.

    Advice: Carroll easily had the best season of his career this year, and his play in the postseason was phenomenal. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 3-pointers while shooting 48.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, and he showed a lot of heart when he battled through a knee injury against the Cavaliers. Teams such as the Celtics, Lakers and Pistons will do their best to pry Carroll away from the Hawks, so Atlanta will have their work cut out for them if they want to keep him on their roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:51 am
  • LeBron James leads Cavaliers to NBA Finals
    LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

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

    Advice: After dealing with some cramping during Sunday's Game 3 win over the Hawks, James said he'll be active on Tuesday night. James is averaging 32.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers in the series thus far and will need another big game to close out the series if Kyrie Irving (knee) is unable to play. A nightly triple-double threat, James is a must-start in all fantasy lineups at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • James Harden explodes for 45 points in win
    James Harden took over during a Game 4 128-115 win over the Warriors on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes on 13-of-22 from the field.

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

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 106.3, but a true shooting percentage of 75.3 because of his awful foul shooting. Smith was on fire in the first quarter and scored 13 of his 20 in that frame. The Warriors did a Hack-A-Smoove late and it forced him out of the game. We saw the good and bad Smoove tonight, which is nothing new for any game. The Rockets will need another good game in Oakland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Klay Thompson scores 24 points in loss
    Klay Thompson scored 24 points during a 128-115 loss to the Rockets on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and six 3-pointers.

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

    Advice: He sprinted to the bench after his sixth foul and the Rockets fans gave him a nice little cheer. Green said seeing the Houston fans leave early in Game 3 was "the best feeling in the world" and tonight it was just a little different. He might have been Golden State's best player tonight and the Warriors are almost certainly going to match anything this offseason. He's a beast. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Draymond Green loves sending HOU fans home
    Draymond Green said seeing Houston's fans leave early during a blowout is "the best feeling in the world."

    Advice: Yep, that sounds like a Draymond thing to say and he's expecting a better game from Houston tonight. "Because of the embarrassment factor of last game, they're going to come out fighting," Green said. The Rockets will need to get Dray into foul trouble in order to have success tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:21 pm
  • Barnes draws praise for strength in low post
    Harrison Barnes has drawn praise from the Warriors coaching staff for his ability to defend in the low post.

    Advice: "There are only so many wings that can guard the post," says Luke Walton. "You have to be very strong. He’s not only very strong, to the core strong, but he’s very quick," Walton added. Defensive guru Ron Adams had this to say, ""I think the way our game is progressing it’s going to be demanded of a lot of people." Barnes has been excellent in the postseason, even if his teammates are garnering the majority of the headlines. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:26 am
  • LeBron dealing with cramping, other injuries
    LeBron James admitted to dealing with cramping among other injuries in Sunday's dramatic Game 3 win over the Hawks.

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

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

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

    Advice: "I've been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life," said Carroll. "But at the end of the day this game isn't promised to you. So whenever you've got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it's bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I'm gonna fight on one leg. I can't let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don't care if I have to do it on one leg, I'll hobble out there." He'll be out there for Sunday's Game 3, and he may have some shots coming his way with Kyle Korver (ankle) done for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll admits his knee is hurting
    DeMarre Carroll admitted that his knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent, but he is ready to go to battle with his teammates in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "I’m standing here," Carroll said in regards to his knee. "I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back." You have to admire the guy's heart, and it's obvious that his knee was giving him a lot of problems in Game 2. Carroll will spend a lot of time guarding LeBron James again tonight, but he could be forced to shoot more with Kyle Korver (ankle) on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 am
  • Kupchak says this will be Kobe's last year
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that this is likely Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA, but Kupchak said he is willing to reassess in a year.

    Advice: When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:12 am
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Draymond Green puts up a big line in easy win
    Draymond Green was outstanding as per usual during a 115-80 win over the Rockets on Saturday, making 8-of-16 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

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

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

    Advice: Barnes has really been great in the postseason, but he regressed back to some of his regular-season ways. He should be able to bounce back on Monday night. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll implies that he is fine
    DeMarre Carroll implied that his knee was fine after Friday's Game 2 loss vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "Physically, I got out there, so I must've felt good," Carroll said. "But when you're a little kid, you dream of an opportunity to play in the Eastern Conference Finals and along, playing against one of the best players in the world. I didn't care if I had one leg, I wasn't going to let this pass me by." Carroll is one of the toughest players in the league, and even though he probably wouldn't admit it, he was clearly hobbled throughout the game on Friday. The fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes about his character, so there is no reason to think that he will be in danger of missing Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:57 am
  • Carroll (knee) guts out team-high 34 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll bounced back from a scary looking knee injury in Game 1 against the Cavs to play in Game 2, finishing with six points on 2-of-6 shooting and three rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: Josh Smith and Brewer were awful tonight, which is probably why the Rockets are down 2-0 in the series, instead of it being tied 1-1. After scoring in double figures in the final three games against the Clippers in the last series, Brewer has scored a total of 12 points in two games against the Warriors, hitting just 4-of-12 shots. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:30 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden scores 38, just misses trip-dub
    James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

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

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

    Advice: He wasn't all that great offensively, but he's a leader for his team and was very vocal, playing effectively on both end of the court. Look for him to be a little better offensively for Game 3 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • Josh Smith says Rockets aren't panicking
    Josh Smith said the Rockets aren't panicking over the possibility that Dwight Howard (knee) might miss time.

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:38 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs take Game 1
    LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kawhi, Dray, Allen, CP3 & DJ make 1st D team
    Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan made the NBA's All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: There are no surprises here with all five players getting recognition for Defensive Player of the Year. DeAndre Jordan's on-ball defensive numbers aren't great, but his rebounding this season has certainly taken away offensive chances. Draymond Green figures to be a staple in All-Defensive Teams for a long time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:22 am
  • Draymond Green double-doubles w/ eight dimes
    Draymond Green did it all for the Warriors on Tuesday, contributing 13 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in his team's Game 1 home victory.

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

    Advice: Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
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