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  • Kerr: Stephen Curry won't play in Game 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) won't play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The team will list him as doubtful "just to give people something to chew on," according to Kerr. The Warriors certainly didn't need him on Sunday in an easy win. They would probably like to hold him out for the entire series, but there is a chance he can suit up in Game 3 or 4. Shaun Livingston will get another start for Curry. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • Walton thinks Russell has All-Star potential
    New Lakers coach Luke Walton believes D'Angelo Russell has the potential to be a "perennial All-Star."

    Advice: "He has very high potential. To me, he can be a perennial All-Star," he said. "He has the vision that you want your point guard to have. He sees the floor. Once they put him in the starting lineup, he naturally got a little more aggressive." The new lead man likes how Russell can score from both three-point range and the post, and you can be sure Walton will emphasize both of those qualities in his first year on the job. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:53 am
  • Vogel drips praise all over Myles Turner
    After their season ended on Sunday, Frank Vogel was effusive in his praise for Myles Turner.

    Advice: "Myles Turner emerged," he said. "Myles Turner showed what he’s made of by having a great series in his first go around in the NBA playoffs, he just had a great series. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight but he played well, had dominant defensive stretches and learned to read and trust the pass. There’s a lot of reasons to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid." Rotoworld.com Today, 9:20 am
  • Clifford: Kaminsky a 'big key' going forward
    Coach Steve Clifford called Frank Kaminsky "a big key" going forward.

    Advice: "He's got courage, wants to be out there. I think he'll make a big step this summer." Frank the Tank's fantasy outlook is directly connected to what the Hornets do in free agency with Marvin Williams, Al Jefferson and Nicolas Batum all set to hit the open market. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 am
  • Nicolas Batum open to re-signing with Hornets
    Nicolas Batum, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he's open to re-signing with the Hornets.

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

    Advice: "I just think that he’s got a burst that is pretty unique," Stevens said. "He’s still learning how to do things, but he’s making good progress, and his attitude’s really good. I mean, he’s a non-stop worker. He wants to be really good, and that’s a great trait for a young guy whose minutes are inconsistent." Rozier's fantasy outlook will depend on Boston's roster (re)construction, but he'll have a tough time getting consistent minutes so long as Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart remain ahead of him. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:30 am
  • Griffin: Channing Frye is helping locker room
    Cavs GM David Griffin praised Channing Frye for being a "huge, huge plus" in the locker room.

    Advice: "We needed someone who was truly joyful to be part of the process to remind everybody how blessed we are to be together," Griffin said. It's a little odd that a Cavs team filled with talent needed a reminder to enjoy the chance to achieve greatness, but it speaks volumes that Frye, Dahntay Jones and James Jones have such an impact on team chemistry for a roster that includes LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 am
  • Marvin Williams wants to return as free agent
    Marvin Williams, who will become an unrestricted free agent, made it clear that he wants to remain with the Hornets.

    Advice: "There's no question," Williams said. "I want to return. I'll let it be known right now this is the most fun I've had in a season." The veteran enjoyed a year in which he finally found consistency under Steve Clifford, averaging 11.7 points while posting career-high marks in rebounds (6.4), blocks (1.0), 3-pointers made (1.9) and 3-point percentage (40.2). Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
  • Al Jefferson calls Hornets 'best situation'
    In stating his desire to return to Charlotte in free agency, Al Jefferson called the Hornets his "best situation."

    Advice: Jefferson also revealed he'd be okay with continuing to come off the bench if he returns and it gives the Hornets their best chance to win, something the front office has to be happy about hearing. Big Al cited the team's potential ceiling with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder surgery) as another reason to be back, but as always, it will come down to dollars and sense. For what it's worth, Jefferson expressed a desire to end his career in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 am
  • Jeremy Lin wants to be back with the Hornets
    Jeremy Lin expressed his desire to return to the Hornets next season.

    Advice: "I definitely want to play with these guys and for this coach. No question in my mind that I'm interested in coming back," he said. Lin holds a player option for a shade over $2 million for next year, but hinted he may choose to opt out in search of a larger average annual salary and multi-year security. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:54 am
  • Evan Turner praises Brad Stevens in big way
    Evan Turner said that Brad Stevens "rekindled my fire for the game."

    Advice: "Brad's definitely helped me grow as a player in regards to seeing things in a bigger-picture format," Turner said. "I think he's definitely helped us all becoming better pros and doing the little things. Everybody in this locker room he's always trying to put in positions to succeed so I definitely appreciate that and most importantly off the court he's a great friend and a great guy." Despite holding a treasure chest filled with assets, there's little doubt Brad Stevens is Boston's most valuable chip in a growing stack. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:29 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis will not play for Latvia
    Kristaps Porzingis has announced that he will not play for Latvia in the Olympics this summer.

    Advice: The Knicks were clear that their strong preference was for Porzingis to eschew international competition, so that's exactly what he's deciding to do. Instead of playing in the Olympics, Porzingis will utilize the summer to make sure his shoulder is right and train with the team, which will include an effort to work on his post game. Additionally, Porzingis hopes to add about 12 pounds and enter next season weighing around 245 pounds. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:53 am
  • George runs out of gas as Pacers season ends
    Paul George admitted that he "ran out of gas a little bit" in Indiana's Game 7 loss vs. Toronto.

    Advice: I definitely was winded late in the game,," he said. It's not hard to understand why after George played 81 of 82 regular season games and finished with 40-plus minutes in four of his last five playoff contests, but the good news is that PG-13 illustrated showed us he can still routinely transform into the R-rated version. George also said "the game just really slowed down" for him, something that undoubtedly eased his transition back into familiar territory. It will cost you a top 15 selection to nab George in fantasy drafts for next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
  • Carmelo Anthony uncertain for Team USA roster
    Carmelo Anthony is uncertain if he will play for Team USA in the Olympics this summer.

    Advice: Melo and the Knicks are entering a critical offseason together as the team looks to find a clear direction, and Anthony isn't sure he wants to "put his body through that grind" at this stage of his career. As for his commitment to New York, despite reiterating his desire to have a say in the coaching search, Melo hasn't yet been consulted. "I would want to be involved," he said. "I hope I'm involved. Just to have my opinion heard. But I've already laid out how I feel and put everything out there on the table. Now, it's just on them." Additionally, Anthony wants the Knicks to acquire a "competing attitude" rather than settling for "being mediocre." Phil Jackson's next head coach will set the stage for what comes next between New York and their supposed franchise building block. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:18 am
  • Tyler Johnson ready to step up when needed
    Tyler Johnson said he's now "comfortable" heading into the second round.

    Advice: Johnson got back on the floor on Sunday for the first time after shoulder surgery, and now that he's been in the fire he's ready to step up when his number is called. Despite the confidence, Johnson is unlikely to have a significant role and there should be better second round DFS options. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:07 am
  • Paul George's 26 & 12 not enough in Gm 7 loss
    Paul George finished the Pacers' tense 89-84 defeat in Game 7 on Sunday with 26 points (8-of-18 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, four 3-pointers, three steals and one assist.

    Advice: George got off to a torrid start, including a 360 dunk in the first quarter, but Toronto zeroed in on him defensively (forcing seven turnovers) and his singular brilliance wasn't enough tonight. It was nevertheless a tremendous year for PG-13, who bounced back from a lost season to average 23.1 points, 2.6 threes, 7.0 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals while playing in 81 games during the 2015-16 regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Myles Turner quiet in season-ending defeat
    Myles Turner's shot wasn't falling on Sunday as he went just 2-of-11 from the field for four points during a season-ending loss in Toronto.

    Advice: Turner was visibly frustrated after missing shots and he didn't fare too well on the boards either, grabbing six rebounds as his team lost the battle 49-38. Nerves may have played a role in Turner's Game 7 struggles, but his rookie season was nevertheless a triumph, as he displayed all the skills the Pacers could have asked for when drafting him No. 11 overall. "He just had a great series," coach Frank Vogel said after the game. "There's a lot of reason to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Stephen Curry thinks he might play in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (knee) said that there is a "pretty good" chance that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: His chances of playing in Game 2 on Tuesday are reportedly pretty "slim," but it sounds like he's making good progress and coach Steve Kerr said that he might start scrimmaging later this week. There are going to be a ton of updates on the MVP all week, so expect another one on Monday. Shaun Livingston will hold down the fort at point guard until Curry can return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 12 points
    Frank Kaminsky was benched at halftime in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Heat, finishing with 12 points, six boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a lot of easy looks around the rim and shot just 3-of-15 from the field, and his defense wasn't great either. The rookie didn't make a significant impact this season due to the emergence of Marvin Williams, but he could have a larger role next season depending on what the Hornets do with Al Jefferson and Williams in free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) plays 29 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (foot) played 29 minutes on Sunday vs. the Heat, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

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

    Advice: That explains a lot. Williams scored just five points on 1-of-3 shooting in Sunday's Game 7 loss with five rebounds in 33 minutes, and he was averaging just 5.2 points on 27.1 percent shooting in the previous six games. Williams deserves a pass for playing through the injury, but it would've been nice to get a heads up from the Hornets a lot earlier. Regardless, Williams was one of the most improved players in the NBA this season and could get a significant raise when he hits free agency this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returns to action
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returned to action on Sunday vs. the Hornets after nearly three months on the sidelines, finishing with five points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in six minutes.

    Advice: He has technically been "available" for a few games now, but he was finally able to get some minutes due to garbage time. Josh Richardson is ahead of him on the depth chart, so Johnson likely won't have a significant role in round two of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Batum starts 2nd half, Kaminsky to bench
    Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

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

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

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

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

    Advice: "Coach [Stevens] definitely said [he wants me back]," said Turner. "He said he’ll be pushing for me and everything like that. And that’s pretty much it. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on right now. I understand it. And I understand what’s going to occur, with the draft picks and the young guys trying to develop and trying to get a superstar, stuff like that. I definitely comprehend it." The Celtics may try to land a star this summer and have a stockpile of draft picks to use, so Turner won't be their top priority even though they want to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Kerr: Not much of a chance Curry in for Gm 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) doesn't have much of a chance to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

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

    Advice: He did not play in the second half on Friday due to aggravating his injury from Game 2. The Hornets went 2-0 without Batum thanks to Jeremy Lin stepping up in a big way, so this might not be a huge loss. If Batum can't go, there will be more minutes for Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. The Hornets and Heat have the first game of the day, so we'll have word for DFS lineup lock. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Marvin Williams puts up another goose egg
    Marvin Williams missed all seven shots from the field against the Heat on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: After turning in his best year of his career, Williams is falling on his face in the playoffs. He's made just 27.1 percent from the field in this series as one of the most disappointing players in the postseason. He's turned in worse fantasy output on the road, so it won't be easy to trust him in DFS in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:17 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Myles Turner drops 15 points with four blocks
    Myles Turner was awesome in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: It was his best game of the series. Turner played most of his minutes at center in Game 5, but he was much more comfortable away from the basket at the power forward spot tonight. Plus, his rim protection was superb during this game. The Pacers stole him in the draft as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

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

    Advice: It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:25 pm
  • 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 Friday, 2:58 pm
  • Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9
    Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

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

    Advice: He is not doing on-court work yet and preview reports suggest he's shooting to start that next week. Curry is likely going to miss the first two games of the second round and will likely be rooting for the Clippers tonight to push back Game 1 to Tuesday. It'll be Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala stepping up the most with more Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:56 am
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will be in the rotation for Game 6 on Friday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson was an "emergency option" in Game 5, but he never left the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Johnson will see minutes Friday, but keep in mind that he will likely be pretty limited. His return could push Gerald Green completely out of the rotation and he might take a couple of Josh Richardson's minutes as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:50 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 6:15 am
  • 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
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson was available to play for Game 5, but didn't actually step foot on the court. He'll likely again be available for Game 6, but he won't play enough minutes to matter in any setting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Nicolas Batum will come off the bench Friday
    Nicolas Batum will again come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: The Hornets have now won three in a row, and Batum doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the first-unit. His ankle still isn't quite 100 percent, so expect his minutes to be in the 25 range. Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson will start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • 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
  • Stephen Curry to test knee on court next week
    Stephen Curry (knee) will begin testing his knee on the court next week, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

    Advice: Spears reports that Curry is feeling better, according to sources, and is targeting next week to test his knee as he attempts to get back on the court. The Warriors are still awaiting a winner from the Clippers-Trail Blazers series, so he'll have some extra time to recover from his Grade 1 sprain. Shaun Livingston will continue to start as long as Curry is out, but we'll undoubtedly have updates before Golden State's next series starts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 am
  • 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
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) picks up DNP-CD
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) was available to play in Game 5 on Wednesday but he didn't leave Miami's bench.

    Advice: Johnson was available in case of emergency but wound up getting a DNP-CD. We're taking him off the injury report but it's unlikely that he'll crack the rotation in a critical Game 6 at Charlotte on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) plays 25 mins off bench
    Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle) came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Batum didn't have his normal agility and he was tentative early, but he knocked in some huge jumpers down the stretch, helping the Hornets hang on for a tough 90-88 victory. He'll get just one day to rest before returning to action for Friday's Game 6 in Charlotte, so it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent in the Hornets' potential closeout game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Marvin Williams heats up w/ 17 points in Gm 5
    Marvin Williams found some traction in Game 5 with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, three steals, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets came into the playoffs as the league's fourth-leading team in 3-pointers per game, but in Games 1-4 vs. Miami they were a collective 16-of-67 from downtown. They finally found the range tonight and that was the difference in the game, as they hit 50.0 percent of their 3-pointers including a late barrage in the fourth quarter. Williams was having a nightmare series prior to this game, shooting 19.4 percent from the field, so hopefully this eruption will carry over to Friday's game in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Tyler Johnson active as emergency option
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is available as an emergency option Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Basically, two guards would have to get hurt in this game for coach Erik Spoelstra to get Johnson in there. For now, it looks like Johnson won't be ready until the second round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) ruled out for Game 5
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson is inching his way closer to a return, has gone through a full contact practice, and he's reportedly targeting a return to the court for Game 6 on Friday. While Johnson will take some minutes away from Josh Richardson upon his return to the court, it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to matter in most formats, particularly with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Evan Turner scores 15 points in loss
    Evan Turner scored 15 points in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Hawks, shooting 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He was the best player on the floor for the Celtics tonight, as Isaiah Thomas (ankle) couldn't get anything to go on the offensive end. Turner added five rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes, and he's still a must-start player in all formats until further notice. If Thomas is unable to play in Game 6 on Thursday, expect Turner to run the offense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Myles Turner plays well in Game 5 loss
    Myles Turner looked good in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. Toronto, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie has been the most consistent big for Indiana in this series apart from a dud in Game 4, so his role as the starting PF is safe. His price should still be relatively low in DFS, so he's worth a long look for Game 6 in Indiana on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:59 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
  • Tyler Johnson could be an option for Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is getting closer to a return and could potentially play in Game 6.

    Advice: While Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson is close to forcing some discussions, the Heat guard said he's feeling much better. "The biggest thing is I made progress today without having pain," Johnson said. "This was the second day where I had a good workout or practice and didn’t feel anything. If this continues, I think we can start working towards maybe getting in there." Johnson's return while cut into Josh Richardson's minutes a bit, but he'll likely be eased back into action once he's able to suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • 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
  • Frank Kaminsky gets 25 minutes, scores four
    Frank Kaminsky scored four points in 25 minutes against the Heat on Monday with four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: He could not follow up his 15-point gem from Saturday. The Hornets wanted to get Kaminsky the ball in the post more, but they had a lot of success with their three-guard lineup during this game. Kaminsky will likely fall between this line and Saturday's, assuming Nicolas Batum (ankle) can't go. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Marvin Williams doesn't score in 37 minutes
    Marvin Williams missed all five shots from the field and didn't go to the line for a scoreless game against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He had a nice double-double in Game 3, but he's been terrible in the other three games. In fact, Williams has made just 1-of-22 from the field and missed both free throws to give him a microscopic 4.8 true shooting percentage. The minutes are there, so he's a decent tournament option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could miss two weeks
    The MRI on Stephen Curry's knee was negative and showed no damage with a diagnosis of a Grade 1 sprain.

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

    Advice: This doesn't really say much except that Curry likely received his diagnosis. Curry said "all things considered" in his tweet, so it does sound like he might have at least something wrong. We'll have a clearer update soon. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 12:09 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky could get more shots?
    Coach Steve Clifford said the Hornets might use Frank Kaminsky more in post-up plays.

    Advice: Both assistant coach Patrick Ewing and owner Michael Jordan have mentioned to Clifford how posting up Kaminsky could be a good move. He's coming off a productive 15-point game on Saturday and should get minutes in the 30s for Monday. He makes a good case as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 11:13 am
  • Johnson (shoulder) progressing toward return
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is progressing toward a return, but he will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson said it's "the best he's felt" in his rehab, and even the normally cryptic Erik Spoelstra said that the guard is "pushing us into some discussions." It's hard to envision Johnson getting back out there before he goes through a full contact practice—which he has yet to do—but it's clear the guard is on the comeback trail after being pain/soreness-free for the first time this weekend. While Johnson has been ruled out of Game 4 and does not expect to play in Game 5 vs. Charlotte, he could be available after that. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 8:22 am
  • Report: Steph Curry could have MCL sprain
    The Warriors "early fear" is that Steph Curry sustained a right MCL sprain, a source told Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: San Francisco sportscaster Mike Shumann of ABC 7 reported the same thing late on Sunday evening, so there is certainly some smoke behind this potential fire. We won't have an official diagnosis until the Warriors release Curry's MRI results, and his timetable to return will be dependent upon on the severity of the sprain if the early intel is proven accurate. We'd expect him to miss at least the remainder of the first round with the very real potential for more time off. Without Curry, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and every other member of the team will be forced to step up. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 6:24 am
  • Myles Turner will start in Game 5 Tuesday
    Myles Turner will start in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The rookie didn't have a great stat line in Game 4 with four points (2-of-13 FGs) with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes, but the Pacers still got the win. The good news is that his price should still be low in DFS due to his sub-par performance, so he's worth a long look. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 10:46 am
  • Hornets will use same lineup on Monday
    Steve Clifford said that the Hornets will use the same starting lineup on Monday in Game 5 vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum's (foot/ankle) status is still up in the air, but this means that the Hornets are expected to deploy Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson as their starting frontcourt again. Jefferson only played 21 minutes in the starting lineup and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block, so he's still not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 10:01 am
  • 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 Apr 23, 6:02 pm
  • Marvin Williams finally shows up
    Marvin Williams snapped out of a putrid slump during a win on Saturday, making 5-of-9 from the field for 12 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was 1-of-17 from the field and missed both free throws in the first two games, which gives him an unfathomably bad 5.6 true shooting percentage. However, Williams pulled down a playoff career-high 14 boards and looked better as a small forward on offense. He might be back now. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:54 pm
  • Al Jefferson gets the start Saturday
    Al Jefferson scored 10 points in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Heat, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't really see his production, usage, or minutes change in this game. The move of Jefferson is likely just to put a bigger body in the paint after the Heat beat them up inside in Game 1 and 2 -- Jefferson is not a good defender, of course. He'll likely be hit and miss the rest of the way with a decent floor. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:50 pm
  • Tank Topped: Kaminsky scores 15 in W over MIA
    Frank Kaminsky shined in his first playoff start on Saturday, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 35 minutes against the Heat.

    Advice: He's just the third rookie in Hornets playoff history to score at least 15 points (Tony Delk and Alonzo Mourning). Kaminsky had the best scoring quarter of his career with 13 in the third, but he we pretty quiet after that. In other words, this nice outing is likely going to be overblown. He should still get his minutes and becomes a punt play in DFS with Nicolas Batum (ankle) likely out for the series. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:39 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 Apr 23, 3:36 pm
  • Myles Turner gets the start in win
    Myles Turner made the first playoff start of his career against the Raptors on Saturday, making 2-of-13 from the field for four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: While it wasn't his best game, the Pacers had some good success while he was out there. They actually didn't use their new starting lineup at all in Game 1 and 2, but it worked extremely well in Game 3. Plus, it was solid in Game 4 with a plus-16.4 net rating in their 15 minutes together. Turner will get the start again and he should have better output, too. He'll be a nice target in DFS as long as he's under $6,000. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 3:27 pm
  • Al Jefferson starting over Cody Zeller
    Al Jefferson is starting over Cody Zeller on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: This is all about the Hornets trying to add size to stop the bleeding on the inside on the defensive end. Their offense hasn't been the problem, but losing Nicolas Batum (ankle) is dangerous territory. Jefferson gains some value as a DFS play with this news and the lineup might stick. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 1:03 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky will start for Batum (ankle)
    Frank Kaminsky will start for Nicolas Batum (ankle) on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: The Hornets will go bigger against the Heat with Batum out. Miami has killed them inside this series, making 70.8 percent from within eight feet. Plus, this move will help Jeremy Lin put up numbers in the second unit. If Kaminsky gets hot early and Marvin Williams stays cold, there might be more minutes for the rookie. Kaminsky, Lin and Courtney Lee are all in play as DFS punts Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 12:52 pm
  • Myles Turner will start, Lavoy Allen to bench
    Myles Turner will start at power forward in Game 4 on Saturday, sending Lavoy Allen to the bench.

    Advice: It's an easy decision for coach Frank Vogel after Turner erupted for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes in Game 3. Ian Mahinmi is struggling with a back issue, so Turner should see a lot of minutes tonight and is worth deploying in most formats. He's also worth a long look in DFS. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:18 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 Apr 22, 8:40 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 Apr 22, 3:29 pm
  • Tyler Johnson out for Game 3
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will not play against the Hornets in Game 3.

    Advice: He said it's too earlier to tell on Game 4. Johnson is working on his strength and it would be a surprise to see him play in the first round. Josh Richardson will continue to carry the offensive load off the bench as the Heat play their starters big minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 12:21 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky could start in Game 3
    Frank Kaminsky could start in Game 3 vs. the Heat on Saturday according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum (foot) has been ruled out for Game 3 and is likely going to miss Game 4 as well, but coach Steve Clifford said he hasn't decided who will start in his place yet. If Kaminsky does get the nod at the four, Marvin Williams would obviously move back to the three. Even if the rookie starts on Saturday, most fantasy owners should be able to do better. In three starts during the regular season, he averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:45 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 Apr 22, 7:26 am
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