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  • Isaiah Thomas vows to be better
    Isaiah Thomas vowed to be better next season.

    Advice: "I'm going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again because it really hurt me," Thomas said. "I'm going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you I'll be back better." Thomas was a top-40 player in standard 9-cat leagues this season with averages of 22.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.1 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, so he won't be cheap in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:08 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says feet are bothering him
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his feet bother him more every year.

    Advice: This is obviously pretty concerning, but keep in mind that he will address this issue during the offseason and he's already had some shockwave treatment to relieve the tendinitis in his feet. Cousins is expected to play for Team USA this summer, so he should be in great shape prior to the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:54 am
  • Pablo Prigioni will probably retire
    Pablo Prigioni will "probably" retire this summer according to ESPN.

    Advice: He will be 39 years old in just a few weeks, so this isn't really a surprise. Prigioni averaged just 13.9 minutes in 59 regular season appearances and was never a reliable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:40 am
  • Paul Pierce is contemplating retirement
    Paul Pierce said he is "50-50" on whether or not he will retire.

    Advice: The Truth has two more years left on his deal with the Clippers, but he will be 39 years old in October and just had the worst season of his career by far. He averaged just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards and 1.0 assists in 18.1 minutes per game during the regular season, so he won't be a fantasy option next season if he decides to keep playing. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
  • Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) is making progress
    Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) is expected to be cleared for basketball activities in about a month and a half.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a torn right ACL and meniscus back in January, but initial reports indicated that he will be ready for the 2016-17 season. The Nets hold a team option on him worth $6.3 million, and he could be a starter again next season unless they bring in another point guard this summer. He averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists, 4.3 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 32 games during the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:16 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 28; Blazers win series
    Damian Lillard scored 28 points in a series-clinching 106-103 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Blazers were not supposed to be in the second round after losing four starters this past summer. Well, now they get a taller task against the Warriors. Lillard wears 0 for his hometown of Oakland and he'll be headed back home for Game 1 on Sunday. He was absolutely awesome in his four games against them this year, averaging 36.5 points, 2.0 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 5.8 treys. After a somewhat down round against the Clippers, most DFS owners should have high hopes in the second round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Mason Plumlee looks great yet again
    Mason Plumlee scored nine points with 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He went blow for blow with DeAndre Jordan in the paint. In the last five games of this series, Plumlee averaged 8.8 points, 14.8 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers. The Blazers' trade with the Nets for basically Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has worked out nicely for them. He'll be very important against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 13 points vs. Clippers
    Allen Crabbe scored 13 points with two rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He was big time in the final three games of this series with double-digit scoring in each. Crabbe has made some nice money this season with some terrific perimeter defense while making 39.4 percent from deep. The 24-year-old guard could see his role grow next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers gets 11 stitches, scores 21
    Austin Rivers needed 11 stitches after an Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face during a season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had four stitches above his eye and seven below it. Rivers made the offense go and the Clippers may have been blown out without him. He'll likely be getting more attention in free agency this summer with the Clippers as the favorites to sign him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 15 points in loss
    J.J. Redick scored 15 points in a 106-103 season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He surprisingly only had two shots from deep out of his 12 total field goal attempts. Redick's heel was a problem for him this series and it kept him down to 26 minutes in this game. It'll be interesting to see what the Clippers do this offseason, but Redick should still hold his mid-round value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 11 in start
    Jeff Green got the start on Friday in a loss to the Blazers, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a better chance to perform with the Clippers banged up in the last two. Green will head into free agency afters showing some promise with the Grizzlies after they lost Marc Gasol (foot). His fantasy value hinges on his destination perhaps more than any other player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan tweaks ankle, drops 15 & 20
    DeAndre Jordan tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter on Friday and did return, finishing with 15 points, 20 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter as he stepped on Mason Plumlee's foot. Jordan did come out of the game right away, but he didn't go to the locker room. His ankle injury is very unlikely to affect his offseason program. Jordan led all postseason players in rebounds per game and was second in the regular season. His summer figures to be slightly more uneventful this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plays 28 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside (hand, thigh) played 28 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was slightly limping at times when play was stopped, but he looked fine during the game action. Whiteside has cooled off in his last three, averaging 10.3 points, 8.7 boards, 3.3 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 28.5 minutes. It could be due to the injury because his minutes haven't really jumped up in the postseason. He'll likely be the top option at center for DFS on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers (face) probable to return
    Austin Rivers (face) is probable to return on Friday.

    Advice: He needed stitches to two different cuts, but he'll be back out there. The Clippers will need Rivers, too. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Jeremy Lin struggles in a loss
    Jeremy Lin scored eight points with one rebound, one assist and three turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: It was a bad game, but Nicolas Batum (foot) got hurt again. Expect to see more Lin with a better outing in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Paul George scores 21; Pacers force Game 7
    Paul George scored 21 points during a 101-83 Game 6 victory over the Raptors on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: This was basically the bizarro version of Game 5. The Pacers got red hot in the second half with an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. George checked out with 3:08 left due to garbage time, so he would've been at 43 minutes had the game been close. There was talk of him playing 48 minutes before this game, so he'll likely be in the 43-48 range in Game 7 on Sunday. You almost have to start him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:07 pm
  • Austin Rivers (face) goes to the locker room
    Austin Rivers caught an accidental Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face and went to the locker room.

    Advice: It was pretty bad with Rivers' face gushing with blood. He'll likely be getting a concussion test along with some stitches. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick are going to have to play a ton while the Clippers have to go bigger, as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi scores 12 with better defense
    Ian Mahinmi scored 12 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: His back looked a lot better after playing just 18 minutes in Game 5. The Pacers had some better luck going big while the Raptors went small, so that's something to watch. Mahinmi is still only a borderline option in DFS for Game 7. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Patrick Patterson struggles yet again
    Patrick Patterson scored five points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He almost had an identical role with slightly less output compared to Game 5. Patterson wasn't really on the floor when the Raptors were demolished in the second half, so it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does. It's tough to trust him even as a punt for DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Cory Joseph scores 15 points vs. Pacers
    Cory Joseph scored 15 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He's arguably been the best Raptor of the series. Joseph has hit value in DFS majority of the time in this series, so he's on the table as a punt on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Rivers, JJ, LMAM, Green & Jordan starting
    Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jeff Green and DeAndre Jordan will start on Friday.

    Advice: He Clippers are going bigger in this game, but don't expect the overall minutes to change. Green should still be very busy in the first unit and obviously there's no need to panic on Jamal Crawford. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Patrick Patterson is getting the start again
    Patrick Patterson will start again on Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Patterson was playing well before Game 5, but he was arguably the worst player in the rotation on Tuesday. This likely means the Raptors will use their smaller second unit again, which was fantastic to help pull off the comeback. Expect to see a decent amount of Norman Powell tonight, but he's not a great DFS option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Vogel won't commit to 48 mins of George
    Coach Frank Vogel won't commit to playing Paul George 48 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Vogel did say the second unit will have a shorter leash. In Game 5, the Pacers had an unfathomable 7.8 offensive rating in the seven minutes without George. That was ultimately their undoing, so George is a good bet to play at least 44 minutes tonight. He's almost a must-play option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Rudy Gobert won't play for France
    Rudy Gobert won't play for France during the qualifying tournament for the Olympics this summer.

    Advice: "This season I had several injuries, so Jazz want me to stay in Salt Lake in June to work on my body," Gobert said. He did add that he will play in Rio if France qualifies, but it makes sense for the big man to get as much rest as possible after battling knee and ankle issues this season. He will be a bounce-back candidate for the 2016-17 campaign. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Deron Williams expected to opt out of contract
    Deron Williams (hernia) intends to opt out of his contract with Dallas for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He will look for a multi-year contract in free agency, but there is said to be mutual interest between Williams and Dallas for a return. "I would love to be back," Williams said during his exit interviews. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season and played well for the most part, but he struggled with injuries once again and a sports hernia ended his 2015-16 campaign. He will need surgery to correct the issue, but he's expected to be healthy by training camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) is 'nearly fully recuperated'
    Eric Bledsoe's knee is "nearly fully recuperated" according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

    Advice: He had knee surgery in December to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, but this confirms that his rehab is going well and he should be ready to go for training camp. Bledsoe said that coach Earl Watson "was probably one of the main reasons" he was playing so well at the beginning of the season, so he could have a solid 2016-17 campaign if he can stay healthy. The durability concerns means he should be available at a discount as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 am
  • Hassan Whiteside says his hand isn't an issue
    Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:59 am
  • Olynyk says shoulder surgery is a possibility
    Kelly Olynyk said that he will consider undergoing shoulder surgery this summer.

    Advice: He admitted that his shoulder wasn't even 80 percent during the playoffs, so give him credit for playing though the injury. Olynyk is still evaluating different options and is getting a second opinion as well, so it's not a lock that he will need surgery. Olynyk only averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season in 20.2 minutes per game in Boston's crowded frontcourt, so the Celtics would likely have to move some pieces around in order for him to have a larger role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Anthony says he still believes in Phil
    Carmelo Anthony said that he still has to believe in what Phil Jackson is doing.

    Advice: "At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can't say that I don't believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him," Anthony said. "I'm here. I still want to be here. I still want to be successful here, so I don't have no other choice but to believe in [his plan]." Anthony still controls his future with the Knicks due to his no-trade clause, and he recently made it clear that he intends on retiring as a Knick. Regardless, what the Knicks accomplish this summer could obviously change Melo's stance. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 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 Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Kemba Walker praises Jeremy Lin
    Kemba Walker said that Jeremy Lin's aggression has forced the Heat to shift their defensive philosophy.

    Advice: "[When] me and Jeremy [Lin] are in attack mode, getting into the lane, we’re able to dish the ball out and get some [open] 3s," Walker said. "It’s definitely helped us, especially last game." Walker and Lin have combined for 59 free throws in this series as a result, and Lin has arguably been one of the biggest surprises of the postseason with averages of 14.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 0.6 3-pointers on 44.7 percent shooting. Despite the return of Nicolas Batum in Game 5, Lin still played 35 minutes so he should have a significant role the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Paul George is open to playing 48 minutes
    Paul George says he's willing to play 48 minutes in Game 6 in Indiana on Friday.

    Advice: "If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." Coach Frank Vogel already hinted that he will play him all 48 minutes "if necessary," as PG-13 was a +15 in 41 minutes in Tuesday's loss. DFS owners can feel good about locking George into lineups tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:15 am
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 25; Celtics eliminated
    Isiah Thomas carried the offensive load in a season-ending 104-92 loss to the Hawks on Thursday, scoring 25 points with three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He just needs some help on offense. The Celtics offense just falls apart when Thomas is out there in his All-Star season. The Celtics are playing with house money on IT after the Suns traded him away, so they will continue to feature him. They will likely add some help for Thomas on the offensive end, but the Pizza Guy should be ready to roll as a top-50 pick in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 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
  • Kelly Olynyk says shoulder feeling better
    Kelly Olynyk said after Thursday's shootaround that his right shoulder is feeling the best it's felt through Boston's first-round series.

    Advice: Olynyk has been used sparingly through Boston's first-round matchup against the Hawks, and he'll be battling Jared Sullinger for reserve minutes on Thursday night. His shoulder may be feeling better, but it's unlikely we see him earn much more than 10 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:53 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will start on Thursday
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's Game 6 against the Hawks.

    Advice: The Celtics will go with the same starting lineup they've been using of Thomas, Evan Turner, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson for Game 6, and Thomas will look to bounce back from a disappointing Game 5 performance for Thursday's home game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:09 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas not limited at shootaround
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) was moving around well during Thursday's shootaround, and his ankle didn't appear to be wrapped in anything other than KT tape.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Thomas giving it a go tonight, and he should be able to bounce back from Tuesday's disappointing 3-of-12 shooting performance in front of the Boston home crowd for Game 6. We'll have official confirmation closer to tip-off, but it would be surprising to see Thomas on the sidelines Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:15 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
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) says he'll play Fri
    Hassan Whiteside said that his right hand is swollen, but he will fight through the pain and play in Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside hurt his hand during Game 5's loss, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to force him to the sidelines. Check back for another update on his status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:55 am
  • Paul George could play 48 mins in Game 6?
    Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be on the court for all 48 minutes during Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors.

    Advice: "If necessary," Vogel said when asked if George could play 48 minutes in Game 6. "We'll see tomorrow night." PG-13 was phenomenal during Game 5, matching his playoff career-high with 39 points, but the Pacers really struggled any time he wasn't on the floor. Game 6 is a must-win game for Indiana, so it wouldn't be surprising to see George play a hefty amount of minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:48 am
  • 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
  • Carmelo Anthony would like to retire a Knick
    Carmelo Anthony said he would like to retire with the Knicks.

    Advice: While Anthony has had trade rumors circling around him for at least a years, the 31-year-old said he'd like to finish his career with the Knicks. Melo also said he'd like to have input on the Knicks next head coach, but added that he hasn't talked to president Phil Jackson about that. Though there will be plenty of trade talk surrounding Melo this summer, he doesn't sound like he's ready to waive his no-trade clause any time soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:57 am
  • Paul Pierce starts, scoreless in 10 minutes
    Paul Pierce was an unexpected starter for the Clippers on Wednesday, but he failed to score in just 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's 3-point shooting may have been the difference in Doc Rivers' thinking, as well as the fact that Jeff Green could provide some much-needed scoring for a depleted second unit. The 18-year veteran shot 0-of-3 in limited minutes tonight, however, and there are no guarantees that he'll start over Green and Wes Johnson during Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • 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
  • Austin Rivers logs 37 mins as fill-in starter
    Austin Rivers started Wednesday's game in place of Chris Paul (broken metacarpal) and had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Rivers faces a daunting task with CP3 out of commission, assuming lead playmaking duties while defending Damian Lillard at the other end. Paul had the second-highest Player Impact Estimate in the playoffs prior to his injury, trailing only Paul George, and nobody is expecting Rivers to approach that production. DFS owners can still view him as a viable punt play, assuming his price doesn't spike prior to Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points in futile effort
    Jeff Green scored 17 points off the bench during Game 5, making 6-of-10 shots with six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin's quad injury has prematurely ended his season, leaving Green a big opportunity even if he isn't starting. He can't fill the void by himself, and more minutes are also available for Wes Johnson (five points, five rebounds) and Paul Pierce (two rebounds), but Green is easily the most palatable DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores team-high 19 points vs POR
    J.J. Redick scored a team-high 19 points for the Clippers during Game 5, making 7-of-17 shots with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Redick is dealing with a left heel bruise but the Clippers need everything he can give them, especially now that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are done for the postseason. He was one of six Clippers in double-digits tonight but they shot just 41.9 percent as a team, leaving them one loss away from a premature playoff exit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Damian Lillard heats up in 2nd half of Game 5
    Damian Lillard got hot late vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 7-of-20 from the field with five 3-pointers for 22 points, five assists and three steals in a 108-98 road victory.

    Advice: Lillard's usage rate has dropped since the regular season, and he came in shooting a mere 36.5 percent in the Blazers' first-round series. Much of that can be attributed to Chris Paul's individual defense, however, and Lillard shook off a very quiet first half to erupt for 19 points in the third and fourth quarters. He's poised for a huge line vs. Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni in Friday's home game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • X-rays negative on Hassan Whiteside's hand
    Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a right hand injury but X-rays were negative.

    Advice: There aren't any details about the injury, which Whiteside may have suffered during Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Miami. It sounds like he avoided any structural damage but we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution -- for what it's worth, his recent thigh injury no longer seems to be an issue. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in Game 5
    Hassan Whiteside finished Wednesday's Game 5 defeat with 11 points, 12 boards, three blocks and one turnover in 32 minutes, making 5-of-8 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

    Advice: Whiteside has struggled defensively against Al Jefferson's shifty post play, and a lingering thigh bruise may be limiting him, but he's still an impact player. Only Al Horford has contested more 2-point field goals per game in the playoffs, and Horford is averaging eight more minutes per game than Whiteside. He'll need to bring his 'A' game for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 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
  • Paul Pierce starting Game 5 w/ Griffin out
    Paul Pierce will start Wednesday's game in place of Blake Griffin (quad).

    Advice: Jeff Green was the odds-on favorite to start in place of Griffin, and either way Green should earn more playing time than Pierce tonight. Wes Johnson is also in the mix for playing time and all three guys have significant risk as DFS targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Austin Rivers, Pierce, Crawford all starting
    Austin Rivers will start Game 5 on Wednesday with Chris Paul (hand) done for the postseason.

    Advice: Paul Pierce and Jamal Crawford are also starting, with Luc Mbah a Moute coming off the bench. Rivers and Crawford should share primary ball-handling duties and his minutes will spike by default with CP3 out of commission, but Rivers remains a gamble in DFS lineups. In seven starts this season he averaged 13.7 points, 2.0 threes, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:00 pm
  • All positive signs for Isaiah Thomas
    Coach Brad Stevens said all signs are pointing to Isaiah Thomas (ankle) playing in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: "Isaiah seems positive about [his ankle] and feels good," Stevens said. Thomas did not return from his ankle roll on Tuesday, but there has never been any cause for concern. Thomas did not score in the first half on Tuesday and only finished with seven points. Now that he's back in Boston, expect a bounce back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:16 pm
  • Spo says Whiteside (thigh) is himself again
    Erik Spoelstra indicated that Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is back to his usual self for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside said that the thigh injury limited his explosion during Game 4, but he said after shootaround that the injury is feeling better, so it sounds like he'll be much closer to 100 percent for Game 5. He's a reasonable guy to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Ainge expects Isaiah Thomas to play in Gm 6
    Danny Ainge said it's very likely that Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will play in Thursday's Game 6 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Thomas exited Tuesday's blowout loss to the Hawks during the fourth quarter with a "mild left ankle sprain" and did not return, but he also said after the game that he'll be a go for Game 6 "playing no matter what." With Avery Bradley (hamstring) sidelined, the Celtics absolutely need IT4 if they hope to have any shot of securing a Game 6 win, so it would be very surprising to see Thomas miss that one. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Isaiah Thomas says he will play in Game 6
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) said that he will play in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Celtics called the injury a "mild left ankle sprain," but Thomas said that it's just a tweak. The Celtics were losing by nearly 30 points when he left the game in the fourth quarter, so it sounds like they held him out as a precaution. Thomas didn't play well with just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, so he will need to be much better on Thursday to keep his team in this series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • 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
  • Isaiah Thomas (mild sprained ankle) out for game
    Isaiah Thomas has been diagnosed with a "mild" left ankle sprain and will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and the Celtics are going to be cautious since they are being blown out in Game 5. Barring a surprise, this means that Thomas should be ready for Game 6 in Boston on Thursday. If Thomas' ankle somehow keeps him out on Thursday, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier would benefit. Thomas finished with seven points, three assists, one boards and three turnovers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas goes to locker room Tuesday
    Isaiah Thomas left Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks and went back to the locker room. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) held to four points
    Ian Mahinmi (back) was held to four points on 1-of-2 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, adding six rebounds with two turnovers in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He got into some foul trouble and never got it going. He was coming off a 22-point, 10-rebound performance in Game 4 with five assists, two steals and one block, but that was really his only bright spot in this series. In fact, if you ignore Game 4 then he only has averages of 4.3 points, 4.5 boards and 0.5 blocks. To be fair, his back has been an issue for a while now and he's playing at less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:53 pm
  • Paul George scores 39 in loss to Raptors
    Paul George matched his playoff career high with 39 points in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 12-of-12 from the line.

    Advice: He was a +15 in 41 minutes and added eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers, yet the Pacers still lost by three because George didn't have much help and they were torched every time he went to the bench for a quick rest. The Pacers were up by as many as 17 points, but they were outscored 25-9 in the fourth quarter and now trail the Raptors 3-2 in the series. PG-13 has been the best player in this series and he will look to tie things up in Indiana for Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • Patrick Patterson held to seven points
    Patrick Patterson started in Game 5 on Tuesday, but scored just seven points (3-of-10 FGs) with two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 5.8 field goal attempts in the first four games of the series, so at least he was more involved on the offensive end tonight. While Patterson's stat line was disappointing, Luis Scola picked up a DNP-CD tonight and it looks like he will be the starting PF moving forward, although coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to it when asked after the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:16 pm
  • Jeff Green expected to start Wednesday
    Jeff Green is expected to move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against Portland.

    Advice: Blake Griffin (quad) is going to miss the remainder of the postseason for Los Angeles, so the starting four-spot is Green's to lose. He'll be taking on a much larger role on offense with Chris Paul (hand) also done for the year, so he'll be a reasonable guy to consider in DFS with his minutes set to spike to the mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers expected to start Wednesday
    Austin Rivers is expected to start at point guard for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Blazers, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.

    Advice: Chris Paul (hand) will be sidelined for at least the next 4-6 weeks, meaning that Rivers should be the Clippers starting point guard the rest of the way. Consistency tends to be a major issue with Rivers, but with both CP3 and Blake Griffin (quad) on the sidelines, he's going to have a ton of opportunity coming his way. He'll be on the radar as a potential DFS target on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) starting Tuesday vs. TOR
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George and Myles Turner will join Mahinmi in the first-unit for tonight's contest. Mahinmi still isn't 100 percent, but he's on the radar in DFS after putting up 22 points, 10 boards, five assists, two steals and one block in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Patrick Patterson starting, Scola benched
    Patrick Patterson will move into the starting five for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers, sending Luis Scola to the bench.

    Advice: The Raptors haven't been getting much of anything from Scola through the first four games of the series, so it looks like Dwane Casey would like to infuse some offense into the first unit with Patterson. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas will join Patterson in the starting five for tonight's game, and Patterson could be someone to consider as a punt in DFS given the increased opportunity. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:45 pm
  • J.J. Redick (heel) participates at practice
    J.J. Redick (heel) was spotted getting up some jumpers following Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Redick's nagging heel injury appeared to affect his play during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blazers, but it's a good sign that he was able to go through Tuesday's practice. With Chris Paul (hand) and Blake Griffin (quad) done for the remainder of the postseason, Redick is going to be asked to step it up in a big way on the offensive end. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:58 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) expected to play Tuesday
    Frank Vogel said that while Ian Mahinmi is still experiencing some soreness in his back, he's expected to play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Mahinmi will continue to fight through the pain, and after putting up 22 points with a full line during Game 4's win, he'll be someone to consider as a potential DFS target. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:36 pm
  • Deron Williams will have surgery for hernia
    Deron Williams said that his sports hernia has gotten worse, and he will undergo surgery to correct the issue in about one month.

    Advice: Williams is going to give his adductor a month of rest before going under the knife to correct the hernia, but his timetable is expected to be set at 6-weeks once he undergoes his procedure. Williams said that he hopes to return with the Mavs next season, but he hasn't officially decided whether or not to pick up his player option worth $5.6 million. After injuries again limited Williams to just 65 games played during the 2015-16 season, it's unlikely he could secure a better deal on the open market. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:29 am
  • Hassan Whiteside hoping to heal by Game 6
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is hoping he'll be more agile for Game 5.

    Advice: Whiteside said the thigh injury limited his explosion on Monday night, but is planning to play through the pain. "It bothered me, but there's nothing I could do about it, so I just played through the pain," he said. "I couldn't explode on it like I normally can." Whiteside has a day to recover before Wednesday's Game 5, so he should have better production as the Heat head back home. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • Damian Lillard scores just 12 points vs. LAC
    Damian Lillard scored 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Things are going to be a little easier on Lillard now that Chris Paul (hand) is out. CP3 has pretty much had his number in every game against him with the exception of Game 3. Lillard should bounce back on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Mason Plumlee turns in another gem
    Mason Plumlee scored two points with 14 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: That's two huge games as the Blazers are running a ton of offense through Plumlee right now. He is coming off a 21-board, nine-dime game in Game 3. Plumlee was losing some playing time to Ed Davis to end the regular season, but he's cleared the 30-minute mark in each of his last three games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:48 pm
  • 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
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points vs. Blazers
    Jeff Green scored 17 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely headed for a bigger role in Game 5. Chris Paul (hand) won't be playing while Blake Griffin (quad) could miss some action, as well. Green does a lot of scoring in isolation, so he shouldn't be affected negatively with the loss of CP3. He's on the radar as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan grabs 15 boards
    DeAndre Jordan scored seven points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He's been terrible at the line in his last three, making just 5-of-22 (22.7 percent). Jordan is not really capable of scoring on his own, so losing Chris Paul (hand) is bad for his offensive output. He's probably not someone you'll want to use in DFS on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:36 pm
  • Austin Rivers headed for more run
    Austin Rivers scored four points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He's probably going to start Game 5 in Los Angeles with Chris Paul (hand) likely out for the postseason. Rivers did turn in some decent starts this year, averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 treys in seven games. He'll be on the radar in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 pm
  • J.J. Redick plays through heel injury
    J.J. Redick scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He was clearly in some discomfort for this game. It looked like Redick's heel injury was going to be the biggest concern for the Clippers in this game, but Chris Paul (hand) and Blake Griffin (quad) getting hurt changed that. Even with more offensive responsibility, it is tough to count on Redick for DFS while he's hurting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 21 points in win vs. Heat
    Jeremy Lin scored 21 against the Heat on Monday, adding three assists, two steals, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets have not missed Nicolas Batum (ankle) at all and most of it has to do with Lin. He was marvelous in Game 3 and has carried the Hornets second unit while getting 26 minutes next to Kemba Walker tonight. There's a chance Batum can make it back for Game 5, so that would likely hurt Lin. Although, he's been too good and coach Steve Clifford might have to find a way to get him more minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Whiteside turns in worst game of series
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) did not play well in his 25 minutes against the Hornets on Monday, scoring eight points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: He got off to a good start, but fell off due to foul trouble. Miami really struggled on the glass down the stretch with Whiteside just in unfortunate positions. Whiteside was a game-time call with his bruised thigh, but didn't show much discomfort during this game. He'll be better in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi is questionable for Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is listed as questionable to play against the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was on the injury report for Saturday and exploded for a 22-point gem in a win. Mahinmi likely won't be as good in Game 5, but he's certainly on the radar as a DFS center with his cheap price tag. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:29 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside will play on Monday night
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) will play on Monday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: He is not likely going to have a minutes cap during this game. Whiteside should be getting minutes slightly above 30 with plenty of stats headed his way. We'll see how the Heat respond to their Game 3 loss on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside warming up, intends to play
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is warming up with the intention to play on Monday.

    Advice: This usually means Whiteside will be ready to roll -- there was an exception on this with Justise Winslow earlier this season. Whiteside did miss practice on Sunday and he might be slightly limited. Still, he's the elite center for DFS tonight and is likely going to be worth his high salary. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Allen Crabbe looking to bounce back vs. LAC
    Allen Crabbe admitted that he hasn't had the first round he'd like to vs. the Clippers to date.

    Advice: "Pretty self explanatory: I haven’t really had the series that I’ve wanted to," Crabbe said. "But we still have more games to play, so there’s no reason for me to dwell on what’s been done. Just go into tonight with a better attitude and change the things I haven’t been able to do." Terry Stotts isn't going to go away from his struggling player, saying "we need (Crabbe’s) minutes." Crabbe, who will be looking for other ways to contribute, has made just 2-of-12 shots for a total of six points through Portland's first three playoff games. Both of his made shots and all six points came in Game 1, so there's nowhere to go but up for a guy who has been scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting over his last two contests. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:10 am
  • J.J. Redick expects heel to be ongoing issue
    J.J. Redick said that he expects his heel to be an ongoing issue for the remainder of the postseason.

    Advice: Redick may play a little less than usual when allowable, but the Clippers ride their starters hard and Doc Rivers will play his sharpshooter as many minutes as he can handle. If Redick is forced into limited action or not playing at any juncture, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers would see some additional playing time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:47 am
  • Stevens hints Olynyk's role could be limited
    Brad Stevens hinted that Kelly Olynyk's role could be limited for the remainder of the first round.

    Advice: "Time will tell. ... We aren't in a position where if a guy has rust you're going to be able to play much," Stevens said. The head coach added that he'd evaluate Olynyk in shootaround to gauge his playing time moving forward, but it's worth noting that Jonas Jerebko has really come on strong vs. Atlanta and looks like the better option right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:16 am
  • Kelly Olynyk scoreless in four minutes Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) failed to score in four minutes on Sunday, and he did not play in the second half.

    Advice: Amir Johnson posted nine points, nine boards and three blocks, while Jonas Jerebko double-doubled, but Olynyk and Jared Sullinger combined for just two points off the bench. Boston will need more from their second unit to wrest control of the series in Game 5, as Marcus Smart accounted for more than 90 percent of their bench points tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:16 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 28 points in comeback
    Isaiah Thomas followed up his career game on Friday with 28 points during Game 4, making 11-of-23 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Better yet, Thomas committed only one turnover in 43 minutes. The Hawks couldn't keep him out of the paint on Friday, and although he wasn't as successful tonight (4-of-8 from within four feet) he still made critical shots when Boston needed a lift. The All-Star guard is giving Atlanta all they can handle and more this series, averaging 28.3 points and 3.0 triples through four games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:15 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will play on Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He may provide some shooting in the second unit now that Jonas Jerebko is starting, but Olynyk's minutes should be pretty limited if he even plays at all. Most fantasy owners will want to ignore him for now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:11 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) is out for the season
    Deron Williams (hernia) will not play again this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along and the move makes sense because D-Will has been struggling to play through the issue for weeks now. Raymond Felton should benefit the most following this news, while J.J. Barea (groin) will have to step up as well even though he isn't 100 percent. Additionally, there should be more minutes available for both Devin Harris and Justin Anderson. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:11 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 32 points in win vs. LA
    Damian Lillard matched his playoff career-high 32 points during a 96-88 win over the Clippers in Game 3 on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Finally. Lillard was not at his best in the first two games in these playoffs, averaging just 19.0 points, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys. Chris Paul had Lillard's number for most of the season, making just 32.4 percent from the field during the regular season against the Clippers. Still, Lillard should be ready to roll in Game 4 as the Blazers try to tie this thing up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:42 pm
  • Mason Plumlee grabs 21 boards with nine dimes
    Mason Plumlee grabbed 21 boards against the Clippers on Saturday, adding six points, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: His 21 boards are the highest total in this playoffs. His nine assists are the highest total among Blazers centers since Arvydas Sabonis in 1989. That's also two great games in a row with a 17-point, 10-board, seven-dime game on Wednesday, so Plumlee looks like a nice DFS target right now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:32 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan struggles at the line
    DeAndre Jordan made 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-10 from the line for 11 points with 16 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts did go with the Hack-a-DJ in this game and it worked. Stotts famously used this strategy more than anyone this year back when Jordan went 12-of-34 from the line on Nov. 30. It'll be interesting to see how Stotts goes after Jordan in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:22 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 Saturday, 10:18 pm
  • Deron Williams is likely out for playoffs
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Deron Williams (hernia) is likely out for the rest of the postseason.

    Advice: He lasted just 89 seconds in Game 4 before tapping out, so there's really no chance Williams can make it through a game. With Williams out, it'll be a team effort of J.J. Barea, Raymond Felton, Justin Anderson and Devin Harris stepping up. Felton and Anderson look to be the most appealing based on their prices in DFS. Plus, Barea was hurting on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 18 off bench; Hornets win
    Jeremy Lin propelled the Hornets to a Game 3 96-80 victory on Saturday with his 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench, adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 13 points in the first half to get the Hornets going early. Lin played close to mistake-free ball with no turnovers and his defense was better than usual, as well. This was huge for the Hornets because Kemba Walker didn't have it with only 17 points, three rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes. Lin did log 10 minutes as the backup point guard to go with his 16 minutes on the wing. The Hornets won their first playoff game since 2002 and will look to get another win on Monday to tie up the series. Lin should be in the mix yet again now that Nicolas Batum (ankle) is likely out for the series. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) out for game
    Deron Williams went to the locker room with 10 minutes left in the first quarter on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Well, that's not a good start. Williams is likely done for the series here with his lingering sports hernia issue. He might get treatment, but expect him to be limited the rest of the year. We'll see more Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Deron Williams in the starting lineup
    Deron Williams (hernia) will start on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs will be watching him closely all game due to his sports hernia. His status makes J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton less appealing here. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:52 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi dominates for 22 points in win
    Ian Mahinmi turned in the playoff game of his life during a Game 4 win over the Raptors on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. It was the first double-double of his playoff career, as well. Mahinmi had been pushed around all series by Jonas Valanciunas while his back injury kept him limited until this gem. The move of Myles Turner playing next to him may have helped him, too. DFS owners might not want to chase this one too hard, but it certainly puts him on the board. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • Paul George scores 19 points in win
    Paul George scored 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He kept his word to trust his teammates more in this game. George wasn't terrible with efficiency, making 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line in this win. He should be a decent DFS play almost any night, but his price has really been on the rise. It won't be easy for him to match his expectations after Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Rick Carlisle thinks Deron Williams will play
    Coach Rick Carlisle thinks Deron Williams (hernia) will play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He doesn't know for sure and Carlisle said it will be a challenge to manage his minutes. Williams is still a game-time call and we might not know anything concrete until just before tip. For now, DFS owners might want to look to use their salary elsewhere in late-swap formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores eight points
    Patrick Patterson scored eight points with one rebound, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Luis Scola is just wasting minutes right now and coach Dwane Casey needs to find a away to Patterson in the 33-36 minute range. While Patterson is key for the second unit, something has to change at their starting power forward spot. Even though Two-Pat hasn't been good in his last two, he's still a fine punt while his price is around $4,000 in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Cory Joseph goes scoreless in loss
    Cory Joseph did not score in 14 minutes on Saturday with one rebound, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was one of the better bench players in the playoffs, but he just didn't have it today. Joseph didn't get as many minutes at off guard in this game and it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does going forward. It'll be tough to use him in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk still up in the air for Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is "questionable at best" for Sunday with no new update.

    Advice: In other words, he's doubtful to play. The Celtics tightened up their rotation with Jonas Jerebko really stepping up, posting a double-double in 37 minutes. Jerebko and Amir Johnson have gained enough trust and playing time to be factors in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) will play on Saturday
    Ian Mahinmi (lower back sprain) will play in Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Pacers aren't just calling it a sore back anymore and have diagnosed him with a lower back sprain. Mahinmi hasn't played well in this series and is averaging just 4.3 points, 4.0 boards and 0.7 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game, so most fantasy owners should ignore him. If he struggles again on Saturday, Myles Turner will have to step up and Jordan Hill could enter the rotation as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:54 am
  • Deron Williams (hernia) is a game-time call
    Deron Williams (hernia) will be a game-time call on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle simply said that there's a "chance" that D-Will play, but it will depend on how he feels during pre-game warmups. Williams was in "excruciating pain" prior to Game 3 which is why he sat out of that contest, so it's a good sign that he even has a shot to play tonight. He will be a risky player to use in DFS, but if he does play that will also dampen the fantasy appeal of Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:21 am
  • Deron Williams (hernia) questionable for Sat
    Deron Williams (hernia) is questionable to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play in Game 3 and he may be the most likely player to miss this game. If he is out, Devin Harris, Raymond Felton and possibly Justin Anderson (shoulder) would play more. J.J. Barea is also expected to play, but may be limited. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) questionable for Game 4
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) is questionable for Game 4 on Saturday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: His back has been an issue in this series and he's only averaging 4.3 points, 4.0 boards and 0.7 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game. There has already been some talk that Jordan Hill could see some minutes in Game 4, while Myles Turner would also benefit if Mahinmi is held out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:39 am
  • Evan Turner scores 17 points in win
    Evan Turner got the start on Friday against the Hawks, scoring 17 points with two rebounds, seven assists, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He played some more minutes at the two with the Celtics going bigger thanks to the output from Jonas Jerebko. Turner's play-making has been a big part of the offense and his defense has vastly improved this season as well. Expect a sizable role the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will not play on Friday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: That means Tyler Zeller will be in the rotation again tonight. Jonas Jerebko is also a very appealing guy in the starting lineup. There is also a lot of pressure on Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger at the five spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:03 pm
  • Evan Turner getting the start
    Evan Turner will get the start at shooting guard on Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He's logged the vast majority of his minutes at small forward in this series with even the occasional minutes at power forward. The starting lineup of Turner, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson have not played together at all in this series and have played only 33 possessions during the regular season. This is good news for Turner to get a new avenue for minutes at a new position. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:29 pm
  • J.J. Redick (bruised heel) is feeling better
    J.J. Redick said his bruised heel felt better after Game 2 than it did in Game 1.

    Advice: He is going to play in Game 3, but there is some talk of his minutes taking a small hit. If that is true, there should be a few minutes going to Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford. There really isn't much fantasy fallout from this news. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:09 pm
  • J.J. Redick (heel) could see reduced minutes?
    Clippers coach Doc Rivers may try to reduce J.J. Redick's workload because his heel is still bothering him.

    Advice: "Yeah, it definitely has an impact, I think with his movement, for sure," Rivers said. "I think as the game goes on I’m trying to figure out how to rest him." Redick will be held out of practice prior to Game 3 on Saturday, and he admitted that his heal is very sore. "It’s something that I have to continue to monitor and take care of. To be honest, it’s very sore. And after Sunday’s game it was pretty sore the last few days. So it’s just something that, hopefully, will heal. But it’s going to take time." Redick scored 17 points in both Game 1 and Game 2 and played around 27 minutes in each, so it will be interesting to see how Rivers handles his minutes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:17 am
  • Carmelo Anthony doesn't show up to seminar
    Carmelo Anthony didn't attend Phil Jackson's two-day seminar of the triangle offense.

    Advice: There are conflicting reports on whether or not the camp was mandatory, and one player even claimed that not everyone on the roster was invited. Regardless, it's not a good look for the franchise and it's no secret that Anthony wasn't happy last week following his meeting with Jackson and it doesn't sound like he's confident in the direction of the franchise. There is going to be a lot of talk this summer about the possibility of Melo waiving his no-trade clause. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:26 am
  • Carlisle unsure if Deron Williams will play
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is unsure if Deron Williams (hernia) will be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: "I don't, no," Carlisle said when asked if he knew D-Will's status. "I would say it's possible. But I don't have an answer. But we didn't lose the game because D-Will didn't play. He's a great player, and he would help us." Williams didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked, saying that he didn't feel like he could even run prior to Game 3. "It hurt pretty bad the last game, to the point where I didn't feel like I could run [in Game 3]," Williams said. "But we'll see how it is Saturday. We're taking it day by day." If D-Will misses another game, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will handle the majority of the workload in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:01 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (sore back) plays 24 minutes
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) played 24 minutes on Thursday vs. the Raptors, scoring seven points with four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: He didn't look right and his back was clearly giving him some problems. To make matters worse, Mahinmi took a really hard fall tonight as well. Mahinmi will likely try to keep fighting through the pain, but he's a little too risky to use in most formats due to his sore back. If he continues to be limited, Myles Turner could take some of his minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:34 pm
  • Paul George scores 25 w/ 10 rebounds in loss
    Paul George scored 25 points with 10 rebounds in Thursday's 101-85 loss to the Raptors, adding six assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers are now losing the series 2-1, so Game 4 on Saturday in Indiana is basically a must-win game. As for PG-13, he's feasting against the Raptors and was coming into tonight's game with averages of 30.5 points, 4.0 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers in the first two games of the series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (sore back) will start in Game 3
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Mahinmi is still experiencing some soreness in his back, but not enough to withhold him from a playoff game. He could be limited, so he's not the best DFS target tonight. George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George and Lavoy Allen will join Mahinmi in the starting five for Game 3. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:53 pm
  • J.J. Redick won't practice prior to Game 3
    Doc Rivers said that J.J. Redick (bruised left heel) will not practice prior to Game 3.

    Advice: It's not uncommon for guys to take a practice off here and there during the postseason to rest, and there's currently no reason to believe Redick is in any danger of spending Saturday's Game 3 on the sidelines. Redick has been solid for the first two games of the Clippers' first-round series, owning averages of 17.0 points and 2.0 triples per game on 55.6 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:46 pm
  • Stevens says he's contemplating lineup change
    Brad Stevens said that he's contemplating making a change to his starting lineup for Game 3 on Friday, but he's not yet made a final decision.

    Advice: Evan Turner has supplanted Jared Sullinger in the starting five to begin the second half of both Game 1 and Game 2, so if Stevens does end up going through with the change, Turner for Sullinger will be the likely switch. Sullinger has struggled in a big way during Boston's first-round series, and a move to the bench won't do his fantasy value any favors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) sits out practice
    Kelly Olynyk (right shoulder) did not go through practice on Thursday, and head coach Brad Stevens said that he'll be "questionable probably at best" for Friday's Game 3 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: "Obviously, [Olynyk's potential absence] would affect it from the standpoint of rotations because I do think Kelly's strength is something we need," Stevens said before Thursday's practice. "So, we're going to have to find that from other sources, obviously." It doesn't sound like Olynyk will be ready for Friday's game, which will translate to more minutes for Evan Turner, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:42 am
  • Cousins undergoes shockwave treatment on feet
    DeMarcus Cousins had some shockwave treatment performed on his feet on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cousins was bothered by tendinitis in his feet all season, so perhaps the shockwave treatment can help alleviate that ailment. He has a full offseason to recuperate, and there's nothing indicating he won't be 100 percent next year. He'll be an easy first-round selection in points and 8-cat formats next season, but he's more of a second-round guy in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:30 am
  • Paul Pierce having tough time with DNP-CD
    Paul Pierce said it was difficult to accept a DNP-CD in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: While Pierce isn't going to ruffle feathers, he said it was difficult to watch his team from the bench ."It is what it is," Pierce said. "It is what it is. It's difficult. As a competitor, you want to compete and help your team win." Head coach Doc Rivers said Pierce will help the team during the playoffs, but he's not worth using in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:49 am
  • DeAndre Jordan doles career-high five assists
    DeAndre Jordan scored only three points on Wednesday but he corralled 18 rebounds (five offensive) with a career-high-tying five assists and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: DJ was just 1-of-6 at the line and 1-of-4 from the field but his presence was keenly felt, helping the Clippers defend their home court for a 2-0 lead in the first round. The Clippers' rebound rate ranked 29th this season, while the Blazers ranked 10th, but through two games the Clips are winning the battle of the boards 100-92. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • Jamal Crawford accepts 3rd Sixth Man Award
    Jamal Crawford accepted his third Sixth Man of the Year award on Wednesday, going on to post 11 points, four assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Crawford has the most Sixth Man awards in NBA history, eclipsing two-time winners Kevin McHale, Detlef Schrempf and Ricky Pierce. He wasn't the only Clippers' reserve guard to merit attention tonight, as Austin Rivers aided a solid bench effort with nine points in 21 minutes, helping L.A. head into Game 3 with a wave of momentum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • J.J. Redick gets hot in 1st quarter, as usual
    J.J. Redick's bruised heel didn't seem to bother him on Wednesday as he picked up 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting with three 3-pointers and one rebound in just 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Clippers frequently look for Redick as an early scoring option but he tends to take a backseat as the game progresses -- he ranked 49th in scoring overall this season at 16.3 ppg, but was 20th in first-quarter scoring (5.6 points in the quarter). True to form, he scored 11 of his 17 points in the first frame tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Mason Plumlee scores 17 points w/ seven dimes
    Mason Plumlee scored a personal postseason-high 17 points during Wednesday's Game 2 defeat, making 5-of-7 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs with 10 boards, seven assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Plumlee also committed just one turnover in 31 minutes. He was tremendous after the first quarter and kept his team close until the fourth, but it speaks volumes that he tied Damian Lillard for the team-lead in scoring. The Blazers went 0-16 when scoring 95 points or fewer during the regular season, and they were held to just 81 points tonight, so coach Terry Stotts will go back to the drawing board for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Damian Lillard shoots 6-of-22 in Game 2 loss
    The Clippers contained Damian Lillard during Game 2, as he finished with 17 points on 6-of-22 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, four turnovers and zero 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: L.A.'s defensive gameplan is centered around stopping Lillard. "They go as Damian goes," Austin Rivers said after Game 1. "Our focus was to stop him and limit everybody else as well." He's being trapped on many possessions but the biggest issue is Chris Paul's individual defense, which forces Dame to work hard for looks he usually gets at will. Whether Portland plays him off-ball more often or finds another way to spring him loose, they need their leading scorer to heat up at home on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk is questionable for Game 3
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is questionable for Game 3 against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He was disappointed he couldn't play in Game 2 and was ruled out about 90 minutes before tip on Tuesday. Not even going through warmups is slightly discouraging for his chances, but two full days off makes a big difference. If he can't go, it'll be basically be Tyler Zeller stepping up with Jonas Jerebko becoming more important for spacing. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:13 pm
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