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  • Kevin Love said he hurt his knee
    Kevin Love (knee) said he hurt his knee stepping on an official's foot at the end of the third quarter on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Ty Lue said he thought it wasn't fair to put Love back in the game, so that's two straight fourth quarters without any Love. Lue added Love not playing in the fourth didn't have to do with his injury. The former All-Star should still be in the starting lineup and heading back home figures to help, too. Many were concerned about Love's inconsistent play and now it's coming to fruition. As long as he can make shots, he'll get time. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 points in Game 4 loss
    LeBron James couldn't carry his team to victory during a 105-99 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 29 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like the Cavs were going to pull off a huge comeback with 11 consecutive makes in the fourth quarter. James' fourth quarter numbers alone were eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he didn't score in the final five minutes. James' 46 minutes tonight were his most of these playoffs, but the Cavs were smoked in the two minutes without him with a minus-60.0 net rating. The fourth quarter was the story with the Cavs with LeBron playing the entire fourth while none of the other starters played more than 6.3 minutes. After destroying the Raptors in the Game 1 and 2, this series is all tied up at two. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Channing Frye picks up 21 minutes
    Channing Frye played 21 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Monday with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played down the stretch and was a big reason for a fourth quarter charge. The Cavs are using him at center to help open things up and keep Bismack Biyombo away from the rim. Plus, Kevin Love isn't making shots and can't rebound right now. Frye might hit 25 minutes in Game 5. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Tristan Thompson scores two points
    Tristan Thompson scored two points with nine rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 29 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: His return to his hometown of Toronto has not gone well. The Cavs went with Channing Frye more at center in the last two games because Thompson is being outworked by Bismack Biyombo on every level. After being the breakout player of the 2015 playoffs, he's not having a good run this time around. He only played 0.3 minutes in the fourth quarter. Not good. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • No Love: Kevin doesn't play in fourth again
    Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Raptors on Monday, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He did look to hurt his left leg at the end of the third. Love didn't go to the locker room, so we'll be looking for an update. After Game 3, coach Ty Lue said it wasn't fair to play Love down the stretch, so maybe it was the same story. He hasn't played well at all in this series and is losing playing time to Channing Frye. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Anthony Bennett working out with Nets
    Anthony Bennett is expected to work out at the Nets' minicamp this week.

    Advice: This would be arguably the best spot for him, so he's going there to impress. The Nets have some major depth issues at power forward behind Thaddeus Young and they don't have a first-round pick either. Obviously he'll have to show strong conditioning at the workout and likely would have to have a monster summer league. For what it's worth, the UNLV product typical been great at Vegas. Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Draymond Green not suspended for Game 4
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was fined $25,000 and the foul has been upgraded to a flagrant 2. The NBA likely ruled that Green didn't intend to kick Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's blowout. Green has a knack for kicking his leg out to draw a foul, so the NBA likely thought it was just unlucky for Adams as Green tried to sell the foul too hard. He'll be in the starting lineup in a huge game at Oklahoma City. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Kerr: Draymond Green must re-focus himself
    Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green needs to re-focus himself.

    Advice: "He needs to re-focus a little bit. He'll admit it. It was not one of his best games. In fact, it was one of his worst," Kerr said. After a total dud in Game 3 with six points, four rebounds and three assists on 1-of-9 shooting, Green has to be a whole lot better in Game 4 assuming he avoids suspension. Yesterday, 9:33 am
  • G. Antetokounmpo desires to play for Greece
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is hopeful to play for Greece this summer.

    Advice: "I want to play for the national team," he said. "The Bucks know it. We have not talked yet for this matter. Even if they are negative, I would try to convince them to let me play". Milwaukee will likely want their franchise building block to rest this summer in order to prepare for the workload coming his way next season, but it sounds like he's intent on being allowed to play. Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • Draymond Green struggles, earns Flagrant-1
    Draymond Green struggled badly during Sunday's loss in Oklahoma City, finishing with six points on 1-of-9 shooting, four boards, three assists and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors looked unusually rattled after Green picked up a Flagrant-1 foul in the second quarter, letting a close game to turn into a 25-point deficit heading into halftime. They gave up 117 points through three quarters, the most allowed in a playoff game since 1987, and compounded their defensive struggles with lackadaisical shot selection. The league will likely review Draymond's flagrant, which he earned for kicking Steven Adams in the crotch, so DFS owners should double-check that he's available for Game 4. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Harrison Barnes awful in blowout loss vs. OKC
    Harrison Barnes was invisible during Sunday's ugly road loss, posting seven points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won the rebound battle in Game 2, including 15 offensive boards, but the script flipped tonight with the Thunder winning 52-38. Golden State also failed to match OKC's aggression, settling for quick shots and finishing just 3-of-4 at the FT line in the first half, compared to 23-of-25 for the Thunder. Steve Kerr will assuredly have a long film session prior to Game 4 on Tuesday. Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Serge Ibaka plays well as small-ball center
    Serge Ibaka posted 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Sunday, helping the Thunder earn a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

    Advice: He shifted to center for long stretches, an interesting wrinkle from Billy Donovan, and the move seemed to spark Ibaka as he finished the first quarter alone with seven points -- matching his average from Games 1 and 2. He's a staple of the rotation, whether the Thunder are going big or small, though limited usage makes it hard to trust him in DFS. Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant has 33 pts in Game 3 blowout win
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points during OKC's blowout Game 3 home win, making 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Billy Donovan said KD needed to make "quick reads" with "sharp and crisp [passes]" to counter the Warriors' flood of double- and triple-teams. He did all that and more to help his team reclaim the series lead while maintaining home court advantage. His DFS owners went home nearly as happy as OKC's fans, as he rounded out his line with eight boards, two assists, three blocks and just one turnover. Durant appeared to tweak his right calf in the third quarter but it didn't cost him much time and we're leaving him off the injury report for Game 4. Sunday, 7:41 pm
  • Lue wants LeBron James more involved in Gm 4
    Tyronn Lue said that he should have called more plays for LeBron James during Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: "I think I should have called more plays to make [James] dominant," Lue said. "I should have put the ball in LeBron's hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams. So that was more on me." James only attempted 17 shots during the Game 3 loss, and his usage rate dipped to 17.5 through the fourth quarter, which is a trend that's unlikely to continue. Expect James to take on a more dominant role on offense for Monday's Game 4. Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Pacers likely won't re-sign Jordan Hill
    The Pacers likely won't re-sign Jordan Hill this summer.

    Advice: Hill fell out of the rotation down the stretch and was stuck behind Ian Mahinmi and Myles Turner on the depth chart. A move away from Indiana would likely be a good thing for his fantasy value, but it all depends on where he lands in free agency. Hill averaged 8.8 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game for the Pacers this season. Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Vogel says Vucevic's defense can improve
    Magic head coach Frank Vogel believes he can help Nikola Vucevic on the defensive end.

    Advice: "It's really mostly about body position in today's NBA," Vogel said. "It's angles and anticipation. I feel like I can work with him to improve him. But anybody that's going to be caught in that center position has got to be the anchor of your defense. We work diligently on teaching the angles, teaching the anticipation, teaching the coverages for when there's help." Vucevic obviously isn't known for his defense, but Vogel's had some success getting the best out of guys like Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi, so he should be great for Vucevic's development. Sunday, 7:10 am
  • Carmelo Anthony approves of Jeff Hornacek
    Carmelo Anthony is excited to play at a faster pace next season under new head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: "I played against him a couple of times when he was the head coach out there in Phoenix," Anthony said. "Everybody knows he likes to play an up-tempo pace of game, likes to get out in transition, likes to speed the game up a lot. So from that standpoint, I'll definitely be looking forward to that." The Knicks ranked in the bottom third of the NBA in pace the past two seasons, so hopefully that changes under Hornacek. Anthony wasn't consulted during the Knicks' coaching search, but it sounds like he approves of his new coach. Sunday, 6:16 am
  • Luis Scola starts, doesn't score
    Luis Scola started again on Saturday with no points, no rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes.

    Advice: While he wasn't great on the offensive end, he didn't kill the Raptors on defense. It did help to see Kevin Love miss most of his shots while Scola was on him. He's not really a fantasy option even in the starting lineup. Saturday, 8:24 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24; Cavs lose Game 3
    LeBron James scored 24 points during a 99-84 loss to the Raptors in Game 3 on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He did not get much help tonight as the Cavs failed to score 100 points for the first time this postseason. James was fouled throughout the game, but one of the most talked about plays will how he fell down after Tristan Thompson hit him (video in link below). The Cavs also lost their first postseason game with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Lil' Kev: Love scores three points in loss
    Kevin Love made just 1-of-9 from the field for three points against the Raptors on Saturday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really off night and didn't even close this game out. Love has played above expectations for basically the entire postseason, so he gets a pass for this one. Expect him to be better in Game 4 and closer to his 33 playoff minutes per game. Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Luis Scola starting again on Saturday
    Luis Scola is starting again on Saturday against the Cavs.

    Advice: Why? The Game 2 starters had a minus-28.4 net rating while the starters in Game 1 only had a minus-2.0 net rating. Scola should be on a short leash tonight. He'll join Bismack Biyombo, DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan We should still see plenty of Patrick Patterson off the bench. Saturday, 5:12 pm
  • Adams says Green has peaked with annoyingness
    Steven Adams said Draymond Green has "peaked with annoyingness" on defense.

    Advice: Adams and Draymond are quote machines and are also known for their physical styles on the defensive end on the court. Green has also gone through practices to prepare for bad calls and said he'll try to lure Adams into a technical foul. The Warriors have used Green on Andre Roberson at times to use him as more of a roaming defender. Additionally, the Warriors didn't use Green at center too much in Game 2 with only two minutes of their death lineup. Friday, 1:14 pm
  • Report: Heat expect Bosh to play next season
    According to Dan Le Batard of ESPN, the Heat are expecting Chris Bosh (blood clots) to be available next season.

    Advice: We've heard conflicting reports on this for a while now and it doesn't help that the Heat haven't been very transparent. Pat Riley recently refused to put a timetable on Bosh's return and there have even been some reports that the Heat fear that Bosh might not be able to play again. Hopefully we will get some more clarity on the situation soon. Friday, 9:56 am
  • McMillan compares Turner to Aldridge
    Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said Myles Turner is "exactly" like LaMarcus Aldridge.

    Advice: "It was almost like those guys were cloned," McMillan said. " ... the one thing that I loved about LaMarcus was the fact that he worked extremely hard. He stayed in the gym after practice, he was early to practice, and he really worked on developing his game. Myles Turner is exactly the same type of player. This kid loves to play." McMillan added that Turner is further along in his development than Aldridge was at this point and he believes he can become an All-Star, so it sounds like he has big plans for him next season. Friday, 9:21 am
  • Pat Riley says Haslem can return to Miami
    Pat Riley said that Udonis Haslem can return to Miami next season if he wants to.

    Advice: The Heat won't be in a hurry to re-sign him this summer as they will have more important priorities, but it sounds like the veteran will likely sign a minimum deal with the Heat for at least one more season. Haslem averaged just 7.0 minutes in 37 appearances this season and isn't close to being on the fantasy radar. Friday, 6:30 am
  • LeBron James triple-doubles in 108-89 victory
    LeBron James triple-doubled during a 108-89 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: It's his 15th playoff triple-double of his career and he also passed Shaquille O'Neal for fourth on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. James continues to get to the rim at will and he's now 17-of-19 on his shots from within three feet. On the other hand, he's struggled at the line and is just 11-of-21 from there in these two games. The Cavs are 10-0 in this postseason and have won 17 straight playoff games against the Eastern Conference over the last two postseasons. Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 15 points in win
    Kevin Love scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. Love was on a stationary bike during this game, but he didn't appear to have any interaction with his medical staff. The Cavs have not lost any playoff games with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Expect Love to flirt with 20 points in Game 3 on Saturday. Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll doesn't look right
    DeMarre Carroll scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He was one of the better defenders on LeBron James over the past couple seasons, but not this time around. Carroll's knee injury may be limiting him with two really bad games in this series. Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Pat Patterson moves to the bench
    Patrick Patterson scored six points with one rebound, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Raptors bench continues to get thumped. Patterson will likely move back into the starting lineup or the Raptors could go with Norman Powell or even Terrence Ross as a starter. Patterson is still on the table as a DFS punt. Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Luis Scola starts, Patrick Patterson to bench
    Luis Scola will start on Thursday with Patrick Patterson moving to the bench.

    Advice: The Raptors starters were actually OK on Tuesday, but their bench was destroyed. Scola will likely only play minutes in the teens, so he's not a great fantasy option. Thursday, 5:22 pm
  • Myles Turner named to All-Rookie Second Team
    Myles Turner was named to the All-Rookie Second Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Turner showed a ton of promise during his rookie campaign with his best month coming in February when he produced averages of 13.4 points, 6.6 boards and 1.8 blocks per game on 51.0 percent shooting. Joining Turner on the Second Team will be Justise Winslow, D'Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay and Willie Cauley-Stein. Thursday, 11:19 am
  • Porzingis named to All-Rookie First Team
    Kristaps Porzingis was named to the All-Rookie First Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Porzingis was a unanimous First Team selection after an impressive rookie campaign in which he produced top-50 value behind averages of 14.3 points, 7.3 boards, 1.1 triples, 1.3 assists and an elite 1.9 swats per contest. Joining Porzingis on the All-Rookie First Team will be Karl-Anthony Towns (also a unanimous First Team selection), Devin Booker, Nikola Jokic and Jahlil Okafor. Thursday, 11:15 am
  • Dwight Howard thought about contract opt-out
    Dwight Howard said he has thought about opting out of his contract this summer.

    Advice: Howard can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and appears to be leaning towards making the decision to opt out of his contract. "To be honest, I have had some conversations with close friends on what would happen if I do opt out," Howard said. "But I haven't really come out and said, 'I'm going to opt out and do this and that.' I just can't focus on that right now." The Rockets are close to signing Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, which would all but guarantee an opt-out for Howard. Thursday, 9:38 am
  • Pau Gasol open to free agency options
    Pau Gasol said he'd like to return to the Bulls in free agency, but is open to other offers.

    Advice: While Gasol said he'd like to return to the Bulls, he also said he'd like to be in a position where he can win. "I have to wait for offers," Gasol said. "I try to keep an open mind about this. The good thing is this summer the offers can be very attractive and there’s going to be a lot of teams that can pitch interesting proposals." With the Bulls potentially rebuilding, it's very possible that we see Gasol with a new team next season. Thursday, 7:03 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 pts, commits eight TOs
    Kevin Durant racked up a game-high 29 points during Wednesday's loss, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, but he also committed eight turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire as a shooter in the first half, but atypically careless turnovers prevented the Thunder from building any significant momentum. Credit is due to Golden State's swarming defense, and OKC will need to get more from their supporting players to earn a Finals berth -- Serge Ibaka scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting tonight, and non-Durant players combined to shoot just 40.0 percent from the field. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Pat Riley: Luol Deng is part of Heat 'core'
    Pat Riley referred to impending free agent Luol Deng as part of Miami's "core," and said the Heat will do "everything [they] can do to keep him."

    Advice: "He's a great leader, high character guy," Riley said. "We love him. I consider him one of our core people." Deng is 31 years old and coming off a mostly healthy, productive season with 74 games played and averages of 12.3 points, 1.2 threes, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and only 1.1 turnovers. He said he hopes to re-sign with Miami, and the interest is mutual. Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • No timeframe on Chris Bosh
    Pat Riley said there is no timeframe on Chris Bosh (blood clot).

    Advice: "It's going to have to be done in a way that we all feel good about," Riley said. This isn't a big update for a team that didn't even list a reason for Chris Bosh being out on their injury report. Bosh and Heat are trying to work on a plan to get him back, but none of their team doctors look to be willing to clear him while playing on blood thinners. His career could be in jeopardy. Wednesday, 12:53 pm
  • Draymond Green ready to bounce back in Game 2
    Draymond Green said he's ready to show everyone what the Warriors are made of with a Game 2 bounce back performance.

    Advice: "When you can bounce back from something like this, it makes it all the more sweeter," said Draymond of the Warriors conceding Game 1 to OKC. "I’m relishing this opportunity. This is where you see what you’re really made of. This is where you bounce back and everybody is against and don’t think you can do it and... This is where it gets fun for us." The Dubs have the right mindset going into Game 2, but they'll need to do a better job of executing on offense if they hope to even up the series at one a piece on Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • LeBron James not worried about complacency
    LeBron James said he's not worried about the Cavs getting complacent after dominating their first nine games of the postseason.

    Advice: "I don't think we have complacency on our minds right now," James said. "We have a goal, and our goal was not nine wins... And as the leader of this team, I'm going to continue to make sure that these guys understand what our goal is, and they know." The Cavs have made a mockery of the Eastern Conference, but James will consistently remind his teammates that a championship is the ultimate goal. Wednesday, 9:29 am
  • Report: Thomas Robinson expected to opt out
    Thomas Robinson is reportedly expected to opt out of his deal this offseason in order to become an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Robinson figures to see a nice pay raise after putting in averages of 14.6 points and 12.3 rebounds through seven games as a starter, and it'll be interesting to see if he seeks a change of scenery as a free agent. The Spurs could be an option for him with reports suggesting that San Antonio may be ready to move on from Boris Diaw, and David West potentially set to hit the open market as he has a player option on Year-2, but the Spurs would basically present Robinson with zero opportunity to establish himself as a standard league asset in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 8:46 am
  • Terry says Dwight Howard could work in DAL
    Jason Terry said that Dwight Howard would be a "great fit" in Dallas, but he would have to accept Rick Carlisle's coaching style and system.

    Advice: "It would be a great fit. I think the key cog in that wheel is Dwight," Terry said. "Are you willing to come in and accept Carlisle's style of coaching? He has a great offensive system... But the big guy really doesn't touch it a lot on the inside." Given how much Howard complained this past season about his lack of touches, it would be surprising to see him go somewhere like Dallas. The Mavs have also stated that they're not willing to pay the max to sign D-12, which is likely what Howard will be seeking on the open market. Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • DeMarre Carroll struggles in Game 1 vs. CLE
    DeMarre Carroll struggled mightily in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting with one rebound, one assist, one block and two steals in 20 minutes.

    Advice: You could argue that this was his worst game of the season. He was repeatedly torched on the defensive end by LeBron James and got into some foul trouble, and he also failed to connect on any of his three 3-point attempts. Coach Dwane Casey admitted this week that he still hasn't fully recovered from his in-season knee surgery, but the Raptors will need much more from Carroll for them to have a chance in this series. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 14 points in Game 1 win
    Kevin Love scored 14 points with four boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Raptors in Game 1.

    Advice: He didn't play much due to the blowout, so his streak of eight games in a row with a double-double ended. Love shot 4-of-8 from the field tonight and is now shooting 44.8 percent from deep in the postseason, so he's peaking at the perfect time for the Cavs. "That’s what we all hoped we would see in Kevin," Coach Tyronn Lue said of Love's recent play. "He’s a great player. I believe he’s a top-10 player in this league and he knows it." Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24 in Game 1 win
    LeBron James scored 24 points in Tuesday's 115-84 win over the Raptors in Game 1, shooting an efficient 11-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll was the primary defender on him tonight, but James couldn't be stopped and had his way on the offensive end. He added six boards, four assists, one block and two steals, and he didn't even touch the floor in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score. The Cavs are still undefeated in the postseason and look like a serious force right now. Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Cauley-Stein takes a shot at George Karl
    Willie Cauley-Stein said that he felt George Karl didn't utilize him correctly during his rookie season.

    Advice: Despite being a high lottery selection on a team with a losing record, Cauley-Stein wasn't given significant run in the Kings' rotation through much of the season, often losing minutes to Quincy Acy. However, when WCS did manage to earn 30-plus minutes a night through seven games in April, he responded with averages of 9.0 points, 6.1 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.3 swats per contest, which was good enough for mid-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. His ability to rack up the defensive statistics will make him an intriguing late-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
  • Green says he needs to be better in Game 2
    Draymond Green said that he needs to put forth a better defensive effort for the Warriors during Game 2.

    Advice: "I don't think I was myself on the defensive end last night," said Green. "I wasn't flying around like I normally do. I've got to be better." Additionally, Green said that the Dubs need to do a better job of keeping Russell Westbrook off the free throw line, but acknowledged that it's something easier said than done because OKC's All-Star point guard is such an athletic force. Draymond will also likely be conceding some touches on the offensive end to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson during Game 2. Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Luol Deng would like to stay with Miami
    Luol Deng would like to re-sign with the Miami Heat this offseason.

    Advice: Deng will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but said he would like to stay in Miami. "Obviously going forward I would love to be here," Deng said. "One thing I know is this is an organization that wants to win." The 31-year-old averaged 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists. 1.0 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers in 2015-16 and isn't anything more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues no matter where he signs. Tuesday, 10:55 am
  • DeMarre Carroll feeling better before Game 1
    DeMarre Carroll (ankle) said he's feeling better in advance of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carroll admitted that he'd do better on two days rest than one, but will be ready to play against the Cavaliers on Tuesday. Carroll will have a tough assignment guarding LeBron James, but should be able to put up solid numbers coming off 14 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two treys in Game 7 against Miami. Tuesday, 8:22 am
  • Kevin Durant not ready to celebrate yet
    Kevin Durant said he and his teammates aren't celebrating their Game 1 win over Golden State on Monday as they know they have more work to do.

    Advice: The Thunder upset the defending champs on the road to take Game 1, but Durant said the Thunder still have a lot to prove. "We're playing in the Western Conference finals against a great team," Durant said. "We got a 'W' the first game, but there is a lot of basketball to be played, so we can't be too excited. It was a good win for us, but we're not going to be jumping up and down, chest-bumping on the court. We've got a lot more basketball to play." Durant only shot 10-of-30 from the field on Monday, so we should expect a better shooting performance out of KD in Game 2. Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • Kevin Durant takes 30 FGAs, scores 26 points
    Kevin Durant made 10-of-30 from the field for 26 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: It was a sloppy first half for Durant with a few careless turnovers. Durant saw a host of different defenders with Andre Iguodala on him towards the end of the game. He also only saw five minutes at power forward in this game, which actually wasn't successful for OKC. Plus, if Durant missed 20 FGAs in most games, the Thunder would likely be losing those contests. Durant lit the Warriors up during the season with 36.3 points per game, so the Thunder have to be beyond pleased to get a win. Expect better efficiency and possibly lower usage in Game 2. Monday, 9:33 pm
  • Serge Ibaka looks a lot better vs. Warriors
    Serge Ibaka turned it around against the Warriors on Monday, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't really closing when OKC thumped the Spurs in the fourth quarter in the last series, but the Thunder really need Ibaka out there for spacing on offense and all the switching they'll need to do against the Warriors pick-and-roll plays. He did have a big game against the Warriors earlier in the year with a 15-point, 20-board line, so he's certainly capable of another productive outing in Game 2. Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Draymond Green takes 20 FGAs, drops 23 points
    Draymond Green made 9-of-20 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line for 23 points with five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: The Thunder had a somewhat similar strategy to what coach Terry Stotts did in the previous rounds. Green was left open on occasion to allow the Thunder to pressure Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson more off the ball. The Warriors should be making an adjustment here because Green having more total shots than Stephen Curry (22 field goal attempts, two free throw attempts) shouldn't happen. His four assists also tied for his worst output in these playoffs. Whatever the case, Dray will be posting big stat lines. Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 12 points in loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 12 points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Thunder during a loss on Monday.

    Advice: It was a good outing for Harry B for the most part with decent interior defense and solid shooting. Barnes has really been disappointing in this postseason, so he'll need to do it again to undo most of the damage in the past month. Monday, 8:52 pm
  • McMillan, Bird view Myles Turner as a center
    Nate McMillan and Larry Bird view Myles Turner as a center.

    Advice: Although Turner spent time at power forward during his rookie season with the Pacers, it sure sounds like the plan is to keep him in the middle moving forward. As a starter at PF, Turner averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals. As a starting center, Turner averaged 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and a steal. Monday, 10:26 am
  • Conflicting reports on Chris Bosh's future
    According to ESPN's Dan Le Batard, Miami is hopeful that Chris Bosh will be able to play next season.

    Advice: To recap: ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that there are some within the organization who fear Bosh's career is over, while Le Batard, also of ESPN, states that there is hope within the organization that Bosh will be able to play. Unfortunately, nobody really knows the truth of the situation and we can continue to expect non-updates like these until something definitive is given on the record. It's not fair to Bosh to have this unsubstantiated information presented while he's trying to get his health in order, but that won't stop it from happening. Monday, 9:56 am
  • Draymond Green says his ankle feels 'fine'
    Draymond Green said that his left ankle feels "fine" and he's ready for the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: "My ankle is fine," he wrote. "A little sore, but it feels a whole lot better than it felt Wednesday night. I will just continue to get treatment, stay in the gym and get ready for Monday. But my ankle feels fine and it's playoff time. It is what it is at this point." Although Green is unlikely to be 100 percent at any point in the postseason, you could say that for just about everybody still participating. Monday, 7:03 am
  • Report: Heat fear Chris Bosh's career is over
    "There is a fear within the Heat organization" that Chris Bosh will never play in the NBA again, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

    Advice: Per Windhorst, Miami's fear stems from the idea that Bosh's condition "will prevent him from ever being cleared to play by team doctors." One scenario on the table is Bosh being forced into medical retirement, and the two sides will have to navigate an uncertain and uncomfortable road together moving forward. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Bosh, and nobody—including Bosh and the Heat—knows how it will ultimately play out. Monday, 6:25 am
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 14 efficient points
    DeMarre Carroll was ultra-efficient during Sunday's Game 7 win over Miami, scoring 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go with five boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: With the way he played today, you wouldn’t know that he was dealing with a sprained wrist and gimpy ankle. Carroll knocked down some clutch shots for Toronto, and he also was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, giving him a ridiculous true shooting percentage of 103.6. Carroll will likely spend a lot of time defending LeBron James during the Eastern Conference Finals, which could limit his output on the offensive end. May 15, 3:58 pm
  • Patrick Patterson double-doubles w/ two swats
    Patrick Patterson went 7-of-7 from the line and 2-of-8 from the field during Sunday's win over the Heat, producing 11 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Patterson played some solid defense against Luol Deng, and this was easily one of his better games of the postseason so far. He will be getting a slightly better matchup against Kevin Love in the Eastern Conference Finals, but don't expect him to suddenly become a double-double guy on a nightly basis. May 15, 3:51 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (ankle, wrist) starting in G7
    DeMarre Carroll (ankle, wrist) will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat.

    Advice: The Raptors will go with a starting five of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Patterson and Bismack Biyombo for Game 7. Carroll is clearly at less than 100 percent, and he only managed to get on the court for 25 minutes during Game 6, but the Raptors are going to need everything they can get from Carroll if they hope to pull out a Game 7 win today. May 15, 12:19 pm
  • Lue says burden on James has been minimal
    Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that the burden on LeBron James in the playoffs has been minimal so far.

    Advice: "LeBron is letting the game come to him," Lue said. "When he wants to be aggressive and he sees fit to be aggressive when the teams have a good run or whatever they may have, then he just takes over the game ... And with Kyrie [Irving] and Kevin [Love] playing at a high level, he can take a lot of mileage off of his body, reduce his [usage] rate and just kind of seeing and figuring out the flow of the game." James will make his sixth consecutive appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals and will take on the winner of Game 7 between the Raptors and the Heat on Sunday. May 15, 6:35 am
  • DeMarre Carroll hurt his ankle in Game 6
    Coach Dwane Casey said DeMarre Carroll hurt his ankle in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: This might explain why Carroll only played 25 minutes and didn't close out the game on Friday. Carroll should be good to go for Game 7, but he might be limited based on how he's also dealing with a bruised wrist. It'll be Cory Joseph, Terrence Ross and maybe Norman Powell possibly stepping up. May 14, 3:20 pm
  • Draymond Green practicing not getting techs
    Draymond Green said he was practicing not getting technical fouls when coaches made bad calls during scrimmages.

    Advice: This is great. Green was asked if he's preparing for Steven Adams to try and lure him into a tech. "I'm sure he'll try. I may get him one," Green said. Draymond leads the postseason with four techs, so he's on pace to be suspended after a seventh tech. This will be something to watch, but at least Green knows he has to be careful this time. After all, this comes from a guy who said he saved money before the season for his upcoming technical fines. May 14, 1:29 pm
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