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  • Head coach says Victor Oladipo special talent
    Magic head coach Frank Vogel called Victor Oladipo a special talent.

    Advice: Vogel hasn't had a chance to coach Oladipo yet, but is familiar with the 24-year-old from his time as the Pacers head coach. "I think Victor Oladipo is a special, special talent," Vogel said. Oladipo averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers in 2015-16 and will be an elite fantasy option in 2016-17 if Vogel can help him take the next step. Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
  • DeMar DeRozan praises Lowry's Game 4 play
    DeMar DeRozan praised Kyle Lowry's performance in Monday's Game 4 win over Cleveland.

    Advice: "It's a cake walk for me once he gets going," DeRozan said. "It opens up everything for me on the floor. Teams try to focus in on him, and he knows when to get me going. He got the ball, he's our point guard, he's our leader of this team and he knows how to orchestrate what needs to be done out there." While Lowry had a great game on Monday, DeRozan's second consecutive 32-point performance helped the Raptors even the series. He seems to be getting over the thumb injury that hampered him earlier in the playoffs and should continue be a big factor for the Raptors for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:46 am
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points again in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points for the second straight win over the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: A big story for the Raptors was their free throw shooting. They became the first Conference Finals team since 2001 to not have a free throw in the first half with a 15-plus point lead, but then they went to the line 19 times in the second half as a team. As for DeRozan, he continues to thrive on contested shots and even fared better against LeBron James as the game went on -- he scored 12 in the fourth quarter on 5-of-6 from the field. We'll see how he handles playing in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • J.R. Smith loses some clutch minutes
    J.R. Smith scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He only played two minutes in the fourth quarter. Coach Ty Lue is going with more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately approach, which may have cost Smith some run. He should play more back in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in a loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: It was a better offensive bounce-back game in this loss. Irving was just 3-of-19 from the field in Game 3, but he made 11-of-21 from the field tonight. On the downside, Irving was torched on the defensive end with Lowry getting almost anything he wanted. Expect him to get a ton of shots in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Richard Jefferson plays all 12 4Q minutes
    Richard Jefferson played all 12 fourth-quarter minutes and 15 total minutes on Monday against the Raptors, finishing with eight points, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He played down the stretch as coach Ty Lue got a bit desperate. Lue continues to say it's not "fair" to Kevin Love to play in the fourth, so maybe Jefferson plays key minutes again. He's not a fantasy option, of course. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Bradley Beal says he's looking for max deal
    Bradley Beal said he's looking for a max contract this summer.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for," Beal said. "If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]." Beal would be looking for a deal of around $92 million over four years. His leg injury concerns make him a big risk, so there may not be a big market for him at that price. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Courtney Lee would like to re-sign w/ Hornets
    Courtney Lee said that he'd like to re-sign with the Hornets.

    Advice: "Of course I would like to be [back]," he said. "[I] got a chance to build chemistry and friendships with the guys since I’ve been here and it’s been fun playing with them. Everybody is just playing together. There’s no egos out there at all. It’s always about making the right play and the best play to help win and that’s the kind of guys I want to be on a team with." Charlotte holds Lee's Bird rights, but that doesn't mean he's a lock to return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Andre Roberson stays hot from deep, scores 13
    Andre Roberson started again on Sunday and had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Roberson is 8-of-13 from downtown in his past four games and the Warriors have dared him to beat them from the arc -- tonight Andrew Bogut began as his primary defender, and when Draymond Green has him he frequently roams to the opposite side of the court. Roberson did a good job cutting hard and moving without the ball, rewarding Billy Donovan's decision to keep him in the starting lineup. He'll be on Golden State's radar in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 pm
  • Dion Waiters thrives in 34 minutes off bench
    Dion Waiters was terrific in 34 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 3 victory, making 6-of-11 shots to finish with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: Waiters chose his shots wisely and set up his teammates for a few easy buckets, all while playing solid defense. The soon-to-be free agent (restricted) is having an impressive postseason, and he's a big reason the Thunder have a 2-1 series lead against the reigning champs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:59 pm
  • Andre Iguodala solid in futile bench effort
    Andre Iguodala came off the Warriors' bench on Sunday for nine points, four boards, three assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just one turnover in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Last year's Finals MVP continues to have a big impact despite having very few plays called for him -- in Games 1 and 2 he had a 13.6 percent usage rate, higher than only Shaun Livingston, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut. His efforts weren't nearly enough tonight, and his minutes were limited by garbage time, but he should resume playing 28-32 minutes on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:51 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) scores 24 in Gm 3 loss
    Stephen Curry (elbow) finished Sunday's 133-105 Game 3 defeat with 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Curry shot well in Game 2 and he wasn't even listed on Golden State's injury report tonight, so his struggles can't be blamed on injuries -- credit is due to OKC's defense, which switched pick-and-rolls and used its length to confound the Warriors. The starting unit for Golden State shot a combined 20-of-57 from the field (35.1 percent) and it's safe to assume they'll be burning for redemption in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:50 pm
  • Dahntay Jones suspended 1 game for groin hit
    Dahntay Jones has been suspended one game for hitting Bismack Biyombo in the groin region during the closing minutes of Game 3.

    Advice: Jones is a negligible part of the Cavs rotation, so his mandatory absence from Game 4 will have zero consequence in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:56 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan still dealing w/ pain in thumb
    DeMar DeRozan said that while his right thumb is improving every day, he's still experiencing pain.

    Advice: To be clear, this is just something that DeRozan is going to have to deal with, and he's in zero danger of the injury forcing him to the sidelines. DeRozan had himself an efficient outing during Toronto's Game 3 win over Cleveland, scoring 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting, and the Raptors will need him to continue that trend if they hope to secure a Game 4 win on Monday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:51 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) will start in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (elbow) will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Curry was a full participant during shootaround, and he's not even being listed on the injury report. He was never in any danger of missing Game 3, and head coach Steve Kerr said that Curry was shooting the ball well during shootaround, so it doesn't seem like the injury will impact his play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:58 pm
  • Stephen Curry going through shootaround
    Stephen Curry (elbow) is going through the morning shootaround as expected.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that Curry was shooting the ball well and that his elbow isn't giving him any issues. We'll likely have official confirmation soon, but Curry is fully expected to play in Game 3 vs. the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:56 am
  • Tyler Johnson wants to get his body right
    Tyler Johnson said that he wants to focus on getting his body right this summer.

    Advice: "The next aim is to get my body right, to be able to sustain a whole 82-game season and then the playoffs," Johnson said. "I thought I that I was making a lot of great strides at the beginning of the season and I'm going to continue to improve on, obviously, those things as far as ballhandling, finishing at the basket. I think that my biggest strides are going to be mentally and getting my body right." Johnson won't need any offseason procedures on his shoulder, but he will have to be mindful of it during activities such as weight training. The restricted free agent will likely be back with the Heat next season as one of their backup combo guards. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:28 am
  • Knicks reporter believes Grant could 'thrive'
    Knicks reporter Ian Begley believes that Jerian Grant could thrive under coach Jeff Hornacek next season.

    Advice: Hornacek will likely be able to tweak the triangle offense, meaning the Knicks could utilize the pick and roll a lot more which is what Grant excelled at during his college days. The Knicks will certainly be in the market for some backcourt help this summer, but if they aren't able to land a starting-caliber PG, Grant could be looking at a larger role. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.3 assists, 1.9 boards and 0.7 steals in 16.6 minutes per game in his rookie season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:25 am
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 in Game 3 victory
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points during a 99-86 Game 3 win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He was 12-of-24 from the field and hit plenty of contested jumpers. In fact, he had 22 of his 24 shots contested during this win. This was DeRozan's second postseason game of his career without any turnovers and played fairly mistake-free ball on both ends. The Cavs used LeBron James on DeRozan late in the game, so that might be something to watch early in Game 6. DeRozan will need to be on his game on Monday to get another win. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:52 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 13, gets hurt late
    Kyrie Irving made 3-of-19 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was in some pain after some contact under the basket. Irving did play through it, but he was clearly in some discomfort after the game. There doesn't appear to be anything seriously wrong with him, so he should be all good for Game 4. Irving had by far his worst game after shooting an even 50.0 percent from the field in his previous 10 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores 22 points in loss
    J.R. Smith scored 22 points with five rebounds, one steal and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was on his way to a huge night with an 11-point first quarter, but he slowed down with a scoreless second quarter. On the defensive side, Smith has received a lot of praise for his defense in these playoffs from coach Tyronn Lue. However, he was torched by DeMar DeRozan throughout this loss. Smith will continue to see huge minutes and take plenty of treys -- he has 15 attempts tonight. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:06 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova good to go Saturday
    Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) will play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He had an ankle tweak in Game 2, but there was never really much concern. With Kyrie Irving set to play minutes in the upper 30s in a non-garbage time game, there won't be much time available for Dellavedova. Of course, this game could get ugly again. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:44 pm
  • Dellavedova (ankle) questionable for Game 3
    Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) is questionable for Game 3 vs. the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He is dealing with a left ankle sprain, but he's going to test it out at the morning shootaround before making a decision. If Delly plays it safe and sits out on Saturday, Mo Williams will likely take over the backup PG duties. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:43 am
  • Curry: Injury is uncomfortable, not painful
    Stephen Curry (elbow) said his injury is more "uncomfortable" than "painful."

    Advice: He said he has a full range of motion after going through a full practice on Friday. "It doesn’t cause any problems mechanically, so I can still use my arm and do what I need to do," Curry said. He wore a compression sleeve and there is no word if he'll keep it on for Sunday. Curry will be ready to roll for a big Game 3 in Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Stephen Curry's swelling down, wearing brace
    Stephen Curry practiced on Friday and the swelling in his elbow appears to have subsided.

    Advice: He did have a brace on his elbow, so the injury isn't completely behind him. Luckily for the Warriors, the schedule helps them with Game 3 not until Sunday. All that time off should help his knee injury, as well. Expect Curry to have a big game in Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:42 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in easy win
    Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 37 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He is really taking it to the Raptors with a 27-point game during his 30 minutes in Game 1. Irving has tremendous efficiency in this postseason with a 60.6 true shooting percentage on a 28.2 usage rate. Plus, he has a solid 2.9 assist:turnover ratio in his 35.8 minutes during these 10 wins. The Cavs look really dangerous when Kyrie is on and his minutes increase has helped his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:27 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) probable for Game 3
    Stephen Curry (elbow) is expected to play in Game 3 against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Curry's elbow is showing improvement, and the Warriors are so confident in his progress that they aren't even putting him on the injury report for Game 3. There's sure to be more than a few updates leading up to Sunday's tip, but for now, we can assume that he'll play. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:23 pm
  • Warriors not concerned about Curry's elbow
    Warriors GM Bob Myers said that Stephen Curry's elbow did not need to be drained on Thursday.

    Advice: "I just saw him today a little while ago, and it didn't seem like anything crazy," said Myers of Curry. "I suppose that's possible if it keeps gathering fluid in there, but it didn't seem like a major issue to anybody. People aren't walking around here right now worried about it, so that's a positive thing." It doesn't sound like Curry is in any jeopardy of missing Sunday's Game 3 in OKC. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:53 pm
  • Steph Curry says elbow is fine after Game 2
    Steph Curry said his injured elbow felt fine after Wednesday's Game 2 win.

    Advice: Curry was wearing an elbow wrap after the game, but didn't seem worried. "Elbow is fine," Curry said after the game. "Looks like it has a tennis ball on top, but doesn't affect range of motion." We'll keep a close eye on news surrounding Curry's elbow, but it doesn't sound like his status for Game 3 is in jeopardy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:36 am
  • Andre Iguodala hits video-game layup in Gm 2
    Andre Iguodala led the Warriors' second unit on Wednesday with 14 points (4-of-10 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), three rebounds, three steals and one assist in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Iguodala hit one 3-pointer and he was surprisingly efficient at the FT line, but his offensive highlight was a double-pump, and-one layup which you can marvel at via the link below. OKC was a dominant rebounding team during the regular season but tonight Golden State won the battle, 45-36, including 15 offensive boards. The stage is set for an epic Western Conference finals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 28 points in Game 2 win
    Stephen Curry scored a team-high 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting during Wednesday's Game 2 victory, hitting five 3-pointers with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: "I don’t think [Curry] is 100 percent, but I think he’s close," Steve Kerr said prior to the game. Steph was quiet in the first half, but he came alive with a personal 15-point spurt in the third quarter -- in under two minutes of game time. Golden State won by a 27-point margin, convincingly ending any hand-wringing about their Game 1 defeat. Curry's right elbow swelled up after a dive into the stands, but he said in a post-game interview that he expects to be fine for Sunday's Game 3 in OKC. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Magic interview coach David Vanterpool
    Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool interviewed for Orlando's vacant head coaching position on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vanterpool has interviewed for head coaching jobs before but he's never made the leap, and Orlando has also discussed their position with Frank Vogel and current assistant Adrian Griffin. GM Rob Hennigan said recently that "stability is very important," seemingly giving Griffin an advantage, but we shouldn't have to wait long for Orlando's final decision. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 18 points in loss
    DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers with five assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was Toronto's best player tonight, but that's not saying much. The Raptors lost by 31 points and the game was basically over at halftime, but it's worth noting that Toronto also lost Game 1 of their first two series against Indiana and Miami as well. We'll see if DeRozan can help his team steal Game 2 in Cleveland on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Kyrie Irving drops 27 points in 30 minutes
    Kyrie Irving dropped 27 points in 30 minutes in Tuesday's Game 1 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: He got to the rim at will and shot an impressive 11-of-17 from the field, adding five assists, two boards, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Not only was his offense great, but Irving kept Kyle Lowry in check by limiting him to eight points on 4-of-14 shooting. "He does a tremendous job of leading their team," Irving said of Lowry. "I have to do a great job of keeping my body in front of him, making it difficult and forcing him into tough shots." If Game 1 is any indication, Irving looks poised for a monster series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • J.R. Smith held to five points in win
    J.R. Smith was held to five points in Tuesday's win over the Raptors, shooting 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from deep.

    Advice: He was tasked with guarding DeMar DeRozan, so he had his hands full on the defensive end. Smith added three assists, two boards and two steals in 27 minutes, but this was third game in a row with single-digit points while shooting 30.7 percent from the field in that span. If he continues to defend the way he has, the Cavs won't mind his recent struggles on offense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Dion Waiters is solid in a win, scores 10
    Dion Waiters made 4-of-6 from the field for 10 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He was very underrated in the last round and it looked like he might get more run tonight with a slow start from Andre Roberson on both ends. However, Roberson came out swinging in the second half. Before the game, Russell Westbrook credited Waiters for his passing lately and Waiters actually matched his postseason career-high four dimes. His defense wasn't terrible in this game and he'll be splitting the minutes at shooting guard with Andre Roberson. He's on the board as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Andre Roberson is actually decent in win
    Andre Roberson made all three shots from the field for seven points against the Warriors on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: To open the game, the Warriors had Draymond Green "covering" Roberson, but Green was really just playing safety to really focus on weak-side help. After a bad first half, Roberson started out strong in the second half. There's a decent chance this is his best scoring output in this series with his tidy efficiency, so he's not really a viable DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Andre Iguodala plays 33 minutes, scores six
    Andre Iguodala scored six points with five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover in 33 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't play quite as much as expected and wasn't Kevin Durant for all of his minutes against him. Coach Steve Kerr might be making an adjustment to use Iguodala more often in Game 2, so he should be able to play more minutes with similar per-minute output. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 26 points in Game 1 loss
    Stephen Curry scored 26 points during a stunning 108-102 loss to the Thunder in Game 1 on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, seven turnovers and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: Shockingly, Curry was a minus-six in plus-minus as the Warriors blew a 14-point lead. The Thunder should get a lot of credit for their communication on defense to switch on Curry with all of his off-ball movement. Curry's 10 boards were a playoff career-high output on the glass with a lot of lucky bounces going his way. The MVP also played 40 minutes in this game, which looks like it should continue. Expect plenty of monster stat lines better than this one going forward. Curry also set the record for consecutive playoff games with at least one 3-pointer at 45 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:48 pm
  • Westbrook thinks Waiters can be a good passer
    Russell Westbrook said Dion Waiters can be an effective passer "when he puts his mind to it."

    Advice: While he gets killed at times on social media and on sports talk shows, Waiters has really stepped up lately. He's run the point even when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the floor lately while coming through in the clutch. In the last five games, Waiters has by far the best net rating in the fourth quarter at plus-39.1 in 44 minutes. His defense will be under a microscope for this series and he may have a tough time duplicating his productivity from the last round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:54 pm
  • Lue says Smith is best defensive player
    Coach Tyronn Lue said J.R. Smith has become the Cavs' best defensive player this year.

    Advice: "People didn’t think he could do that when he was with other teams," Lue said of Smith. "They thought he was just a specialist, a shooter, a scorer. Coming to this team, even last year, but this whole year he’s really stepped up and taken the challenge defensively." He's likely going to get the vast majority of the minutes against DeMar DeRozan. Smith also had a good run against the Raptors during the regular season, scoring 17.3 points per game on a terrific 68.4 true shooting percentage. He's a very nice DFS target right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:25 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 28 points on 29 shots
    DeMar DeRozan needed 29 shots to score 28 points during Sunday's Game 7 victory over the Heat, adding eight boards, one assist and three turnovers through 35 minutes of play.

    Advice: DeRozan went just 12-of-29 from the field and 4-of-7 from the stripe, giving him an unimpressive true shooting percentage of 43.6 on the evening to go with his gaudy 41.7 usage rate. Efficiency has been a major issue for DeRozan throughout the playoffs so far (34.9 percent from the field), and that inefficiency could prove to be too much to overcome as the Raptors go toe-to-toe with the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com May 15, 3:41 pm
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