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  • Beno Udrih (ankle) ruled out for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He tried to warm up, but never really had much of a chance to play. Udrih will likely be ready for Game 4 while Nick Calathes will be the backup to Mike Conley tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:50 pm
  • Beno Udrih now warming up for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is warming up for Saturday, but is still not expected to play.

    Advice: He's likely just going to see if he's suddenly feeling a lot better. Udrih said earlier today that he's likely just going to rest up for Game 4. We'll have an update soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 pm
  • Jared Dudley scores 13 off the bench
    Jared Dudley played 29 minutes off the bench during a 92-90 Game 4 victory over the Bulls on Saturday, scoring 13 points with two rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Jared hit Jerryd Bayless for a backdoor layup on an inbounds pass to get the Bucks a buzzer-beater to win it. It was a slightly dangerous pass, but Dudley deserves a lot of credit for executing it perfectly. The Bucks second unit was great with 47 points, which was more than the starters' 45. The Bucks also capitalized on the Bulls' 28 turnovers with 39 points off those mistakes. As for Dudley's extra playing time, he earned his minutes from Ersan Ilyasova, who scored just nine points on 3-of-11 from the field in 17 minutes. Both could wind up being around 24 minutes in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:28 pm
  • Beno Udrih unlikely to play on Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

    Advice: He didn't even try to warm up and said he'd rather sit out tonight to get ready for Game 4. Udrih also said playing in Game 2 set him back. Nick Calathes will be the backup point guard tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:24 pm
  • Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo scores 18 points
    O.J. Mayo was terrific on the wing against the Bulls during a Game 4 win on Saturday, scoring 18 points with three rebounds, four assists, four steals and four 3-pointers on 6-of-11 from the field in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He hit some clutch shots down the stretch and coach Jason Kidd continues to trust Mayo when it counts. That certainly wasn't the case with Larry Drew last year. He's obviously nowhere near being in the conversation for Most Improved Player, but Mayo's improvement from the disastrous 2013-14 campaign is worth noticing. Expect him to have a similar role with less efficiency in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:05 pm
  • Jimmy Butler's 33 points aren't enough
    Jimmy Butler was the best player on the court during a Game 4 92-90 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: In four 2015 playoff games, he's set a new career high for scoring three times, which is crazy considering he played in 20 postseason games before last week. Butler made 12-of-17 from the field and was red hot in the third quarter, but the Bulls didn't lean on him nearly as much as they should have in the fourth. That may change in Game 4 on Monday. He's shaping up to be a top-20 pick in fantasy next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) plays 20 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic returned from a one-game absence and played 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at small forward, which continues to be a problem area for him. Mirotic has made just 33.3 percent from the field in the playoffs and is scoring just 6.0 points per game. The good news is that he didn't look hurt today. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:44 pm
  • Taj Gibson still gets 25 minutes
    Taj Gibson played 25 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic didn't take much of his minutes with Taj only losing four from his 29 in Game 3. He'll continue to get minutes in the upper 20s in this series and may even be more important in the next round against the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:38 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles, turns it over 8 times
    Derrick Rose couldn't keep his momentum going on Saturday against the Bucks, making 5-of-13 from the field for 14 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He also turned the ball over on the Bulls' last possession and fell asleep on the last play of the game to give up an easy basket to Jerryd Bayless at the buzzer. Rose still had his explosion, but he was careless with his ball handling and shot selection. He didn't quite undo his progress coming from the 34-point game on Thursday, but this game was pretty bad. We'll see what happens on Monday at home. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:29 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 22 points with 13 boards
    Brook Lopez controlled the paint during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 22 points with 13 boards and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He was a little more traditional with his scoring and played in the post more than in the first two games. After only posting a usage rate of just 11.8 in Game 1, he's basically doubled it to 23.3 in the last two games. If the Nets are going to make this a six- or seven-game series, there will need to be more 20-10 games from Bro-Lo. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:19 pm
  • Deron Williams doesn't play in the fourth
    Deron Williams made 1-of-8 from the field for three points against the Hawks on Saturday with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a really bad game from Deron. He didn't play in the final 16 minutes. Williams did suffer a minor lower back injury and there was something wrong with his right leg, but there's been no indication of those injuries being the reason he sat the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:11 pm
  • Jarrett Jack closes out Game 3 on Sat
    Jarrett Jack played down the stretch against the Hawks on Saturday, finishing with five points on 1-of-3 from the field, five boards, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Deron Williams was a shell of himself, so it was up to Jack to carry the load at point guard. He's playing with much more confidence than Deron and only taking three shots from the field is a positive for the Nets when other guys like Brook Lopez have been better options. Jack will likely come off the bench again in Game 4, but it wouldn't be a shock to see a change. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:07 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic turns in a terrific game
    Bojan Bogdanovic was fantastic on both ends against the Hawks on Saturday with 19 points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He guarded Kyle Korver and did a great job on him to keep Korver at just 1-of-8 from the field. Bogdanovic seemed to always have one eye on Korver and rarely helped on defense, which worked out nicely. As for the offensive side, he had a very nice array of catch-and-shoot makes to go with some isolation scores. It's obvious he's going to be a key part of the rotation with a usage rate close to 20 -- it was 18.4 today. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:04 pm
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 18 & 11
    Thaddeus Young looked reinvigorated during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He apologized for his poor play in Game 2 and his actions spoke much louder than those words. Young was very aggressive with the ball, which is the opposite of what happened Wednesday when he only had one shot attempt in the restricted area. Young set up much closer to the basket than usual, so expect that to continue. He's played at least 40 minutes in two of the three games in this series and should be around that amount going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:59 pm
  • Paul Millsap fills the stat sheet in a loss
    Paul Millsap picked up a playoff career-high five steals during a 91-83 loss to the Nets on Saturday with 18 points, 17 boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Millsap terrorized the Nets on defense and none of his teammates had even half of Millsap's rebounding total -- Al Horford had eight. The Nets continue to leave him open for 3-pointers and he's now made six in his last two games. He is coming off a 19-point, seven-board game from Wednesday and should have another big line in Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:56 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 22 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll made 9-of-12 from the field for 22 points against the Nets on Saturday with six rebounds, one steal, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: None of his teammates had an effective field goal percentage above 50.0 and Carroll was really the only reason the Hawks were able to get over 80 points today. Carroll only had two points on Wednesday, so expect him to be somewhere in between for Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:50 pm
  • Al Horford makes just 3-of-12 from the field
    Al Horford made just 3-of-12 from the field for seven points against the Nets on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't play down the stretch with Pero Antic getting his minutes. There is no word of an injury and the Hawks probably just wanted a 3-point threat out there in a comeback attempt. Horford is making just 35.9 percent from the field in this series and is being outplayed by Brook Lopez. He'll look to turn it around on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:44 pm
  • Jeff Teague turns in an awful performance
    Jeff Teague had one of his worst games in a long time during a Game 3 loss to the Nets on Saturday, making 4-of-13 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: This was not a great game from the ATL point guards with Dennis Schroder also scoring just three points on 1-of-9 from the field with two assists and two turnovers. Teague was extremely sloppy and the ball slipped out of his hands numerous times. He'll need to play better if the Hawks want to make a run. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:40 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just two points
    Kyle Korver managed to score just two points against the Nets on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 1-of-8 from the field.

    Advice: He was forcing shots and the Nets clearly went into today with a plan to keep Korver in check. He only had one 3-point attempt in the first half and a lot of credit should go to Bojan Bogdanovic. Expect the Nets to keep a guy on Korver throughout most possessions in Game 4 like they did today. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:35 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through a warmup session and was moving around pretty well. This comes as a surprise because Mirotic didn't even run at practice on Friday. Since Derrick Rose has been back and Joakim Noah was active, most of Mirotic's minutes have been at small forward during the regular season, but he's shifted to the four more in the postseason. He'll take away some playing time from Tony Snell and Taj Gibson. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:03 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) iffy for Game 4
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:50 am
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) expected to play
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday, but is listed as questionable.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the first quarter and was able to return. Felton played just 13 minutes and didn't score. J.J. Barea was by far the best point guard for the Mavs and he could wind up starting. Felton is not likely to play more than 20 minutes in any game the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:47 am
  • Cory Jefferson will be inactive on Saturday
    Cory Jefferson will be replaced on the active list by Earl Clark.

    Advice: Jefferson hasn't played in the opening two games of the playoffs, so his absence won't have an impact on the rotation. Clark may only see the floor if the game gets out of hand. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:12 am
  • Earl Clark will be active for Game 3
    Earl Clark will be active for Game 3 against the Hawks on Saturday, while Cory Jefferson will move to the inactive list.

    Advice: Jefferson was active for Game 2 and Clark was not, so the team is simply shaking things up. Neither player will likely be in the rotation for the playoffs, so this news shouldn't impact your plans in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:09 am
  • David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4
    David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4 against the Pelicans after looking good in a 3-on-3 scrimmage on Friday.

    Advice: This doesn't necessarily mean that he will play, but it's a good sign that his back is making progress. Lee won't have a big role in the postseason as long as Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut are healthy, so owners in daily leagues should continue to ignore him. Lee is a former All-Star, but he has almost no shot at stealing minutes away from Green as the playoffs progress. That isn't a knock on Lee in the slightest, but it speaks to how good Green has been on both sides of the floor. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:04 am
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Thaddeus Young apologizes for his performance
    Thaddeus Young apologized to his teammates for his performance in Game 2 v. the Hawks in which he scored just two points in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said on Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." It's admirable that Young is placing most of the blame on himself, but the Nets have been simply overpowered so far and they will look to clinch their first win in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:40 am
  • LeBron James showers praises on J.R. Smith
    LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

    Advice: "He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:04 am
  • Trevor Booker hoping to remain with the Jazz
    The Jazz have a $4.8 million team option on Trevor Booker next season, and Booker is hopeful that he will return to Utah.

    Advice: "Of course I want to be back," Booker said. "I got the sense that they want me back, so I feel it's mutual. But, you know, at the end of the day, it's still always a business, so we'll see." Booker emerged as the primary big off the bench once Enes Kanter bolted town, and he proved to be a quality backup behind Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors down the stretch. Booker finished the season with averages of 7.2 points, 5.0 boards and 1.1 assists in just under 20 minutes per game, so he won't be a viable option in standard fantasy leagues next season with the way the Jazz are currently constructed. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:24 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Jefferson leaves with mysterious ailment
    Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

    Advice: Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • David Lee (back) not on the injury report
    David Lee (back) is not listed on the injury report for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was expected to play 3-on-3 today and it apparently went well. Lee may not be in the rotation and he would only be Draymond Green's backup at best. Green has at least 40 minutes in all three playoff games this season while Andrew Bogut is also getting 29.7 minutes of playing time. Don't expect much out of Lee in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:02 pm
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Derrick Rose says he's fine after Game 3
    Derrick Rose said he's feeling good heading into Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a minor tweak to his back in the second half and also was fouled very hard late in the game, causing him to remain on the floor for around 15 seconds. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was in attack mode and the Bulls will want that to continue in their upcoming series against the Cavs. With Jimmy Butler busting out, the Bulls have the ammo to give the Cavs some competition. If Rose has another big game, the buzz for that series will be as high as any. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) still not running yet
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) was not able to run at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Game 4 on Saturday. With Mirotic out, his minutes at small forward went to Tony Snell while his minutes at the four went to Taj Gibson. The Bulls have plenty of depth at both forward spots and they'll have four chances to finish off the Bucks, so don't expect the rookie to play in the next couple games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Taj Gibson laboring through injuries
    Taj Gibson is dealing with injuries to his left ankle and left shoulder, but that won't keep him off the court during the Bulls' first-round series with the Bucks.

    Advice: "It's tough," Gibson said of his injuries. "But you still have to go out there and do your best... It's the playoffs. You can't worry about injuries right now. I'm just trying to be there for my teammates any way I can." After struggling through 11 minutes of action during Game 2, Gibson returned as a key piece to the Bulls' rotation during Game 3, playing 29 minutes and hauling in 10 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic's status is still up in the air for Game 4 on Saturday, so Gibson could again be forced to log significant minutes for the Bulls. He's a low-end option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:36 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic get another start in Game 3
    Bojan Bogdanovic will remain in the starting lineup for Game 3 against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic replaced Markel Brown in the starting lineup for Game 2, but he failed to do much on the stat sheet, putting up just eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block through 34 minutes of action. Brown picked up a DNP-CD during Wednesday's Game 2 loss, and nothing is suggesting he'll be back in the rotation during Game 3, rending him a negligible option in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • He's Back! Derrick Rose nets 34 points in win
    Derrick Rose was in MVP form during Thursday's double-overtime 113-106 win over the Bucks, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most minutes he's played since 2011 and the most points he's had in any game since 2012. Rose also had a playoff career-high five treys tonight and played with a ton of confidence. On top of the offense, Rose was tremendous on defense. All the "He's Back" talk is certainly justified and his body language was like nothing we've ever seen since his first knee injury. The Bulls are just a different team when he's out there right now. In fact, their net rating is 30.8 greater when Rose is on the court compared when he's off. If the Bulls get this kind of Rose the rest of the way, they're certainly going to give the Cavs trouble. The Bulls will look to sweep this series on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Jimmy Minutes: Butler logs 53 mins, scores 24
    Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes during a double-overtime win against the Bucks on Thursday with 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well today, making 8-of-20 from the field. The Bulls clearly had an outside-in approach to their game with Butler and Derrick Rose taking seven of the first nine shots from the field. Considering how unbelievable Rose looked today and the vast improvement from Butler as an isolation scorer this season, the Bulls backcourt may have suddenly become one of the best in the NBA. Butler has averaged 26.7 points per game in this postseason and will likely be in that neighborhood again in Game 4 on Saturday. He'll likely be off the board in the top 20 picks for fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Taj Gibson gets 29 minutes vs. Bucks
    Taj Gibson played 29 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: His energy was big time and the Bulls did not miss Nikola Mirotic (knee), especially with Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy hitting eight treys combined. With Mirotic likely out for Game 4, expect Gibson to see a similar allotment of playing time as the Bulls look to close out this series. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:36 pm
  • David Lee (back) will go through 3-on-3
    David Lee (back) is progressing and is expected to play 3-on-3 at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to play tonight and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is playing some of the best defense of anyone right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:03 pm
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • David Lee (back) spotted running on the court
    David Lee (back) was spotted running on the court on Thursday.

    Advice: He's still going to be out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans, but it sounds like he's moving in the right direction. Draymond Green has been logging major minutes for the Dubs, and that likely won't change when Lee returns to the rotation. Marreese Speights will pick up most of Lee's reserve minutes for however long he's sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:19 pm
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • David Lee ruled out for Thursday's Game 3
    David Lee (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Lee had already been listed as doubtful. Draymond Green has averaged 42 minutes per game over the first two games of the series and he and Marreese Speights will continue to see a boost in playing time while Lee is out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:21 am
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Nikola Mirotic questionable for Game 4
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) said he's unsure if he'll be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Mirotic has already been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 and will head into Saturday's Game 4 with a big question mark over his head. If the Bulls head into Saturday with a 3-0 over the Bucks, that would likely cause them to take a cautious approach with the rookie, but we'll keep an eye on his status. Taj Gibson will pick up most of Mirotic's minutes in the meantime, with Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, and Tony Snell also seeing an extra minutes boost. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:53 am
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:19 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Beno Udrih returns after ankle sprain
    Beno Udrih returned to action after leaving with an ankle injury on Wednesday and finished with 10 points, one rebound and one assist on 4-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Udrih caught fire in Game 1 and torched the Blazers for 20 points and a full stat line on 9-of-14 shooting, but it was a different story tonight. Courtney Lee, Tony Allen and Mike Conley all played reasonably well, so Udrih just wasn't able to get into a groove. The ankle injury didn't help his cause, but it looks like he avoided a serious injury. He'll probably have another big game at some point in the playoffs, but trying to figure out when it will happen, as long as the aforementioned teammates are healthy, will be next to impossible. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 19 points, Hawks lead 2-0
    Paul Millsap scored a team-high 19 points during a 96-91 win over the Nets on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Nets left him open from deep and Millsap made them pay. He did have a shoulder injury heading into the postseason, but he ditched the protective padding for this game. Based on the line tonight, he won't be using a protective padding on his shoulder again. The Hawks will take their 2-0 lead to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Al Horford flirts with a triple-double in win
    Al Horford flirted with a triple-double against the Nets during a win on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a finger injury heading into this game and only made 6-of-15 from the field. Besides the poor shooting, Horford was absolutely fantastic in the win. He has two double-doubles in this series and he's done a very good job on defense, too. He'll get a couple days off before Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll has a bad game
    DeMarre Carroll made 1-of-8 from the field against the Nets on Wednesday with two points, eight boards, five assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: While his offensive game wasn't great, Carroll was effective everywhere else. He's likely looking at a big contract in the offseason with the Knicks reportedly interested in picking him up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets into foul trouble
    Thaddeus Young struggled against the Hawks during a 96-91 loss on Wednesday, scoring two points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, three turnovers and four fouls in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It comes as a surprise that he played just 24 minutes after playing 40 in Game 1, but it was a bad game from Thad and Paul Millsap dominated on both ends. He made just 1-of-7 from the field and missed both free throws. At least one positive is that he had six assists, which is the most he's had in a playoff game. Young will look to improve on Saturday in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Deron Williams suffers a hand injury vs. ATL
    Deron Williams suffered a hand injury in the first half of Wednesday's game against the Hawks, finishing with two points, 10 boards, eight assists, two steals and three turnovers on 1-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: The Nets said he was fine at halftime and he did start the second half. Coach Lionel Hollins said after the game that he's not worried about Deron heading into Game 3. As horrible as his shooting line was, Williams was solid in the other areas tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Brook Lopez gets more shots in a loss
    Brook Lopez made 8-of-15 from the field against the Hawks on Wednesday during a Game 2 loss, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: At least he had more shots than his seven from Game 1. The Nets really forced the ball into the post quite a bit and some credit should go to the Hawks for making it tougher on him. He'll need a massive game on Saturday in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:01 pm
  • Jarrett Jack's big game isn't enough
    Jarrett Jack made 9-of-13 from the field for 23 points against the Hawks on Wednesday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: It's the most points scored from a bench player all postseason and Jack almost helped the Nets pull of a major comeback. He was really struggling before today and usually the Deron Williams-Jack combo has been ineffective. We'll see if he can carry over some momentum into Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic gets 34 minutes in Game 2
    Bojan Bogdanovic took over as the starter against the Hawks during a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring eight points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played 34 minutes and was a bit of a letdown in his start. Bogdanovic saw his usage rate drop a little more than expected, so the increase in playing time wasn't able to offset that. He should have a better line in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Beno Udrih goes to the locker room
    Beno Udrih went to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hobbled back to the locker room under is own power with what looked like an ankle sprain. He could be getting it re-taped or he could be out. If he is out, Nick Calathes will be the second string point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • David Lee (back) doubtful to play in Game 3
    David Lee (back) is doubtful to play in Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's not a surprise and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is on his way to his second outstanding run in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Bojan Bogdanovic starting, Brown benched
    Bojan Bogdanovic will start against the Hawks on Wednesday and Markel Brown will move to the bench.

    Advice: The Nets are looking to add more punch to their starting unit and also make Kyle Korver guard someone on the defensive end. Bogdanovic was already playing minutes in the lower 30s, so he could get in the mid 30s neighborhood. Brown is very likely to see his minutes drop, so he'll probably play in the teens or even less. Give Bojan a look if you're looking for a risk-reward guy tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Jared Dudley has a foot issue, will play
    Jared Dudley is dealing with some foot soreness and will play against the Bulls in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's dealt with knee and back issues since the All-Star break and this foot issue has bothered him since Game 1. Dudley played 14.5 minutes per game in the first two games of the playoffs, making a combined 2-of-8 from the field. He'll likely be around that amount of playing time again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:52 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play in Game 3
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play against the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: There's also a decent chance Mirotic won't play in Game 4. The good news for the Bulls is that they have plenty of depth. Expect Taj Gibson to absorb most of Mirotic's minutes. Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell will all pick up some scraps, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:46 am
  • Nikola Mirotic 'most likely' out for Game 3
    According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) is "most likely" out for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He was able to ride the bike and get some set shots up at Wednesday's practice, but Thibodeau said that Mirotic still isn't able to do much despite the fact that he is feeling a little better. We will consider him highly doubtful to play on Thursday, meaning Taj Gibson could see a few extra minutes off the bench. We should have another update on Mirotic after shootaround on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:27 am
  • Paul Millsap will ditch his shoulder pad Weds
    Paul Millsap will play without his protective shoulder pad in Game 2 vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Millsap also participated in practice on Tuesday and this is a great sign that his shoulder injury is progressing well. He struggled in Game 1 with just six points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block, but it will be interesting to see how he fares tonight without the shoulder pad. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:52 am
  • Richard Jefferson starts at SF w/ Parsons out
    Richard Jefferson started Game 2 with Chandler Parsons (knee) unavailable, but he finished with seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Parsons' status going forward is uncertain and Rick Carlisle suggested that he might miss more games, thrusting the 34-year-old Jefferson into a critical role. RJ didn't rise to the challenge tonight, failing to record a single rebound, assist, steal or block, and the Mavs are in serious trouble whether or not Parsons can play again in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • J.R. Smith shoots poorly, still makes impact
    J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

    Advice: Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • David Lee (back) expected to miss Game 3
    David Lee (back) is not expected to play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is listed as "out" on the Warriors' injury report as he continues to rest his strained lower back. It's an easily-aggravated injury so his absence isn't surprising, especially with Draymond Green and Marreese Speights ably handling the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:00 pm
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Derrick Rose says he hasn't felt any soreness
    Derrick Rose said that he is feeling good physically, and he hasn't experienced any soreness after logging 38 minutes during Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: This would be a non-story with any other player, but because it is the oft-injured Rose, any story regarding his health (positive or negative) will make the headlines. For what it's worth, Rose has looked fantastic health-wise through the first two games of the playoffs, and hopefully he can finally put all his injury woes behind him. A long and healthy playoff run will do a lot to prove the doubters wrong. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:00 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) likely doubtful Thurs
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that they will wait to see how Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) responds to treatment before giving an official timetable on his return.

    Advice: Thibodeau added that if the Bulls had a game tonight, Mirotic would not play, but he did not want to speculate on his availability for Thursday. Mirotic will be getting treatment on his left quad strain and swollen knee 2-3 times a day, and he was spotted moving around very gingerly during Tuesday's practice, with his left leg heavily wrapped. On a positive note, Thibodeau said that Mirotic does not have a concussion, but it's looking like he's not going to be available for Game 3. Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary if Mirotic is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Bulls bracing for serious Mirotic injury
    Early indications on Nikola Mirotic's left quad strain are that it is serious, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: While we're still awaiting updates, it's sounding like Mirotic could end up missing some time with his left quad strain. The good news for Miro and the Bulls is that he'll have two days to rest before Thursday's Game 3, but we'll be scouring news reports for updates on the situation. If Mirotic is forced to miss time, TaJ Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Mike Dunleavy would all see a boost in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Paul Millsap able to practice on Tuesday
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) was able to take part in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Millsap is dealing with a right shoulder sprain and contusion, but was able to practice without the compression shirt or the pad he has worn in the past two games since his return to the lineup. While he did have kinesiology tape on his shoulder, the lack of compression shirt should be a a good sign as Millsap attempts to get healthy for what the Hawks hope is a long playoff run. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 am
  • Al Horford says he's ready for Game 2
    Al Horford (finger) said he will play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Nets.

    Advice: After dislocating his finger in Game 1 on Sunday, Horford left no doubt regarding his status for Game 2. "I’m playing," Horford said Tuesday. "I’m playing. I feel fine. I practiced today." Horford said he must still have his pinky and ring fingers taped together and added that the taping affected his shooting in Game 1. We'll update his status prior to tipoff on Wednesday, but it sounds like owners in daily leagues can safely roster Horford on Wednesday.. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Nikola Mirotic awaiting evaluation Tuesday
    Nikola Mirotic (left quad strain) will be re-evaluated on Tuesday morning.

    Advice: Mirotic left Monday's game following multiple scuffles with Zaza Pachulia and is dealing with a swollen left knee and potentially a concussion. "Hopefully it won't be anything serious," teammate Pau Gasol said. "I think Zaza had a couple of bad plays, not basketball plays. He got penalized with technicals, but just got to protect players." Mirotic will have two days to rest up before Game 3 on Thursday, but Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy, and Jimmy Butler would all see a boost in minutes if Miro is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:58 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) has a limp following game
    Nikola Mirotic (left quad strain) had a limp following Monday's game against the Bucks

    Advice: He also had swelling in his knee and may have suffered a concussion. Mirotic had treatment and was able to limp around under his own power. He said he's a little concerned about his leg, but the good news is that the Bulls are off until Thursday. If he's out, Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler will play a little more. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 31 points in Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler put the Bulls on his back during a 91-82 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 31 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Nobody else on the Bulls played well for the entire game on offense, but Butler came to the rescue. He put the whole arsenal on display tonight and the Bucks had no answer for him. Also, the Bulls played Nikola Mirotic at the four more, so that gave Butler more minutes compared to his 35 in Game 1. He'll likely log over 40 in Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays just 11 minutes
    Taj Gibson played just 11 minutes against the Bucks on Monday with one rebound, three blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: It wasn't his best game at all and coach Tom Thibodeau went with Nikola Mirotic at the four. If Mirotic's leg injury is going to cost him time, there should be more minutes going to Gibson. For now, it's tough to expect more than 20 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:01 pm
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong after bad start
    Derrick Rose scored all 15 points in the second half against the Bucks on Monday, adding seven boards, nine assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great out there, but his shot selection was not where it should be in the first half. Rose looks as athletic as ever and his passing was much better tonight, too. Additionally, his 38 minutes are a great sign for him and he might be at 40 minutes by the time the Cleveland series comes around. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:55 pm
  • Jared Dudley will play on Monday night
    Jared Dudley will play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable, but coach Jason Kidd said he can play. Kidd also said rebounding was very important today, so maybe the Bucks won't go with a lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo. Dudley has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:12 pm
  • Millsap could ditch protective shoulder pad
    Paul Millsap said he could ditch his protective shoulder pad in Game 2.

    Advice: The move would be designed in order to improve his range of motion. Millsap struggled offensively in Game 1 as he shot just 2-of-11 from the floor, and he also admitted that he's being extra cautious with the shoulder right now. The Hawks are now dealing with injuries to both of their starting bigs with Al Horford suffering a dislocated finger. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:31 am
  • Al Horford says he's not certain for Game 2
    Al Horford (finger) said there is still "some question" as to whether or not he'll be available for Game 2 vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He's getting "treatment galore," but it would be a major surprise if Horford were forced out of the lineup. Although the big man said it was "very uncomfortable" to shoot with his fingers taped, Horford should be able to get out there so long as he doesn't have any setbacks. It's a situation to monitor closely, and we're putting him on the injury report now that he's said he's unsure of his availability. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:21 am
  • Kawhi Leonard's +/- rating a team-worst -21
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points during a Game 1 loss on Sunday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with six boards, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: Kawhi also turned the ball over four times and missed three of his six FT attempts, finishing with a team-worst +/- rating at -21. That might be a first. The No. 6 seed Spurs lack homecourt advantage and they trail 0-1 in the series with Game 2 looming on Wednesday. The Rockets in 1995 were the last No. 6 seed to win an NBA championship, with a roster that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:58 pm
  • Beno Udrih blows up for 20/7/7 in Game 1 win
    Beno Udrih caught fire vs. the Blazers, making his first six shots to finish with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds and seven assists in only 24 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Grizzlies roared out to a 19 point lead at halftime and never looked back, aided by Udrih's huge night -- he's the first bench player since Nick Van Exel in 2003 to notch at least 20 points, seven boards and seven assists in a playoff game. A superior regular-season record gave Memphis home-court advantage despite being the No. 5 seed vs. the No. 4 seed Blazers, and they could take a commanding 2-0 series lead if they win again at the FedEx Forum on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:52 pm
  • ATL wins, Kyle Korver scores team-high 21 pts
    Kyle Korver lit up the Nets on Sunday for a team-high 21 points on 6-of-12 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, making five 3-pointers with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The entire league has Korver highlighted in scouting reports, but knowing what he does and being able to stop him are completely different things. His off-ball movement and the Hawks' passing are both exemplary, but Brooklyn will need to cool him off to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:34 pm
  • Paul Millsap (shoulder) shoots 2-of-11 Sunday
    Paul Millsap (sore shoulder) struggled offensively on Sunday, scoring six points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: ''Anybody coming off an injury, they kind of favor their injury," Millsap said before the game. "They don't want it to get hit. I'm going to try not to think about it, but it's tough.'' The Hawks' offense shot a relatively poor 43.0 percent from the field, but they knocked down 21-of-22 free throws to escape with a 99-92 win. Millsap should be ready to play heavy minutes in Game 2 whether or not his shoulder is 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:33 pm
  • Jeff Teague's late spurt lifts ATL over BKN
    Jeff Teague scored the Hawks' final six points on Sunday to finish with 17 points (6-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), one 3-pointer, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Teague's clutch play helped the Hawks hang on for the series lead with a 99-92 home win. The Hawks finished the season ranked No. 6 in offensive efficiency (106.2) and No. 7 in defensive efficiency (100.7), part of the reason they're overwhelming favorites to make it to the second round. One area they'd like to clean up is turnovers, however, as Teague and backup Dennis Schroder combined for eight turnovers and only five assists on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:31 pm
  • Al Horford 'fine' after dislocating finger
    Al Horford returned to Sunday's game after dislocating his right pinky finger, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks went 29-0 at home when leading after three quarters this season and they were up by 12 points after three frames today, but a late surge from Brooklyn forced them to sweat out a narrow home victory. Horford said that it was "very uncomfortable" to shoot with his finger taped up, but X-rays were negative and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Wednesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:30 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic starts over Markel Brown
    Bojan Bogdanovic started ahead of Markel Brown in the second half of Sunday's loss in Atlanta, but he shot 2-of-8 to finish with five points, four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Bogdanovic was averaging 14.4 points and 2.2 triples on 52.6 percent shooting in April, but he struggled tonight due to a combination of poor shot selection and the Hawks' tight defense. Atlanta ranked seventh in the NBA in 3-point defense this season, holding opponents to 34.1 percent shooting beyond the arc, so Bogdanovic and the Nets have their work cut out for them. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:29 pm
  • Nets lose Gm 1 despite Brook Lopez's 17 & 14
    Brook Lopez led the Nets with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 36 minutes on Sunday, hitting 6-of-7 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws.

    Advice: BroLo averaged 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds after the All-Star break and he'll need to have a huge series for Brooklyn to hang with the top-seeded Hawks. His offense was even more critical tonight with backup center Mason Plumlee going scoreless without any field goal attempts in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:28 pm
  • Nets commit 17 turnovers w/ 18 assists Sunday
    Deron Williams scored 13 points with two 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists in a losing effort vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets committed 17 turnovers vs. 18 assists and their offense struggled when it wasn't flowing through Brook Lopez, who only attempted seven field goals. Backup PG Jarrett Jack chipped in 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench, but he had only two assists with five turnovers. They'll look to regroup in a must-win road game on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:23 pm
  • Al Horford returns after dislocating finger
    Al Horford exited Sunday's game after appearing to dislocate his right pinky finger, though he has since returned.

    Advice: The Hawks were leading by double-digits in the fourth quarter at the time of Horford's injury, but X-rays were negative and his return confirms that he's fine. Crisis averted. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:33 pm
  • J.R. Smith limited by foul trouble in Game 1
    Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:52 pm
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 2 on Monday
    David Lee (back) will remain sidelined for Game 2 against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will play extended minutes with Lee unavailable, with Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. However, Ezeli and Speights combined for a total of four minutes during Game 1, so there are no guarantees they play significant minutes during Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:18 pm
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Taj Gibson (knee) says he is fine for Game 2
    Taj Gibson said his right knee is "fine," and he's expected to play in Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Gibson added that he could have returned to action on Saturday if needed, but the game was already in hand. All signs are pointing towards Gibson being available for Game 2 on Monday, so those in playoff fantasy leagues can go ahead and plan on having him active. Nikola Mirotic won't log quite as many minutes with Gibson in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:37 am
  • Thibodeau praises Derrick Rose Saturday
    Head coach Tom Thibodeau praised Derrick Rose and said that all of his injuries have just made him stronger.

    Advice: "Obviously, we're a much better team with Derrick," Thibodeau said. "He has been through a grind. We're very pleased to have him back. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long run of health for him. Time does go by quickly. You're talking about a guy who is sort of now in the middle of his career. He has been through a lot. Early on, you're 22 and the MVP of the league and there weren't many bumps in the road. He has hit a few bumps and gotten through those. The fact he has, I think, has made him stronger." Rose was excellent in a win vs. the Bucks on Saturday with 23 points, seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers, and it didn't look his knees were an issue at all. He will look to to keep building momentum in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:33 am
  • Derrick Rose scores 23 points in win vs Bucks
    Derrick Rose looked 100 percent during a 103-91 win over the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 23 points with seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made 9-of-16 from the field and made the most of the Bucks not bringing double-teams to him. Rose said multiple times in the post-game interview on ESPN that he had open looks because the Bucks didn't double, so expect that message to be received loud and clear in Game 2 on Monday. Of course, Rose looking great tonight is a top-five story from the day. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:11 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 25 points in 35 minutes
    Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Saturday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't in foul trouble and the Bulls having some depth in their frontcourt may have taken away a couple minutes from Butler. Of course, his increased efficiency and usage rate offset the decrease in playing time. The Bulls are going to be a dangerous team with Butler making his case for the Most Improved Player this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:08 pm
  • O.J. Mayo plays 24 minutes vs. Bulls
    O.J. Mayo made 1-of-7 from the field for five points against the Bulls on Saturday with seven boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had some momentum coming in with three consecutive games of scoring in the teens and making 51.7 percent from the field in his eight April games. Mayo does play noticeably worse on the road and he just didn't get many clean looks tonight. He'll be a hit-and-miss player in this series and isn't someone most fantasy owners should count on. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:49 pm
  • Taj Gibson suffers strained knee on Saturday
    Taj Gibson suffered a strained left knee on Saturday night and did not return.

    Advice: He was riding a stationary bike towards the end of the game and said he's fine. At this point, Gibson should be ready to go against the Bucks on Monday. If for some reason he's not, Nikola Mirotic would likely shift over to the power forward spot more often. Gibson finished with eight points, 11 boards, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:30 pm
  • Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday
    Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: The Bucks rested him for the final two games of the season, so he should be fresh for the playoffs. Dudley is a seasoned veteran, and his experience will be a huge boost for the young Bucks. Expect Dudley to see minutes in the mid 20s tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:46 am
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday vs. the Bucks as expected.

    Advice: He was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks early because of soreness in his shoulder, but he practiced in full on Saturday and is ready to go. Gibson will move back into his role as the sixth man now that Joakim Noah is active, but he will still see minutes in the high 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:25 am
  • Rose, Noah, Gibson all good to go Saturday
    Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Taj Gibson (shoulder) are good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Rose scared the Bulls when he left Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Hawks with knee soreness, but he made it clear that he sat out as a precaution. Rose made it through a full practice on Friday and his minutes could be on the rise in the playoffs. We will let you know how he holds up after the game. For what it's worth, this will be his first playoff series since the 2011-12 season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:21 am
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 1 vs. NO
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:40 pm
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) practices in full Fri
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) went through a full practice on Friday, and he will play Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: Gibson was unable to finish Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks after injuring his shoulder, but he was never really expected to miss any time during the playoffs. He'll be in his usual Sixth Man role off the bench, and he should see his minutes in the high 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:10 am
  • Derrick Rose (knee) practices on Friday
    Derrick Rose (knee) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Rose will take the court in a playoff series for the first time since the 2011-12 season on Saturday, and it appears that the minor left knee soreness that caused him to miss the second half of Wednesday's regular-season finale will be a non-issue going forward. Any news regarding Rose's troublesome knees is going to make the headlines, but a deep playoff push behind a healthy Rose will at least temporarily silence the critics. Tom Thibodeau said that Rose will play around the same amount of minutes he did towards the end of the regular-season, so it sounds like he'll still be with a minutes limit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:55 am
  • Deron Williams responds to slight by Pierce
    Deron Williams said he wasn't "bothered at all" by Paul Pierce's recent comments that the pressure from the New York media "really affected" Williams' game.

    Advice: "Being here, I got pretty thick skin," Williams said. "He has his opinions, and that's fine. It's what it is. I can't change his opinions. So just leave it at that." Williams’ numbers are down significantly from his days in Utah when people would debate who was better, Williams or Chris Paul, but that could also be attributed to the fact that Williams has dealt with some pretty serious ankle issues over the years. Until Williams can carry his team on a deep playoff run, criticism will continue to find the point guard and his massive contract. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:30 am
  • Derrick Rose dealing with left knee soreness
    Derrick Rose is dealing with minor left knee soreness.

    Advice: The soreness is in the knee in which Rose tore his ACL back in 2012 and not the one needing surgery for a torn meniscus. "It's nothing serious at all," Rose said. "I'm just being cautious. I'm used to knee injuries and my knees being sore. It's just that it was the last game and we didn't want it to linger into a couple of more days." The Bulls are downplaying the issue, which isn't a surprise. Still, Rose should be good to go for Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Trevor Booker would like to remain w/ Utah
    Trevor Booker said he would like to return with the Jazz next season.

    Advice: The Jazz have a team option on Booker for next season, so it'll be interesting to see if they pick that up. He does fit well in Utah's system, and he is a quality reserve to have, so there's a chance he remains in Utah. However, as long as Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are healthy, Booker will have zero fantasy value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:26 pm
  • Dudley (back), Bayless (neck) practice Thurs
    Jared Dudley (back), and Jerryd Bayless (neck) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley missed the final two games of the regular-season with a sore back, while Bayless missed the regular-season finale with a sore neck. Neither of these injuries sounds serious, so these guys should be ready for Game 1 against the Bulls on Saturday. That being said, both players will likely have their minutes trimmed down a bit for the postseason, and they're unlikely to do much on the stat sheet with the guys ahead of them in the rotation fully healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • David Lee (back) questionable for Game 1 Sat
    David Lee (lower back strain) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: If Lee can't go on Saturday, expect Draymond Green to get all the run he can handle with Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Warriors don't necessarily need Lee available to dispatch the Pelicans in their first round playoff series. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:04 pm
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Brook Lopez scores 14 with three blocks
    Brook Lopez played well in a win over the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with seven boards, one assist, four steals and three blocks.

    Advice: The Nets won themselves the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference tonight, but they don't have time to celebrate as they will be taking on the Hawks in the first round on Sunday. Joe Johnson also did his part with 16 points, seven boards, six assists and two 3-pointers, while Thaddeus Young contributed 16 points, nine boards, three assists, two steals and one block. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores 28, Nets clinch No. 8 seed
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting to help the Nets clinch the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference in a win over the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was absolutely on fire tonight and added three boards, two assists and four 3-pointers to his name in 34 minutes. Bogdanovic has been steadily earning the trust of head coach Lionel Hollins, while rookie Markel Brown struggled again with two points in 10 minutes. The Nets will play the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, so they will probably want to go ahead and start focusing because Atlanta is the real deal this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Jared Dudley likely to be ready for playoffs
    Jared Dudley sat out for a second straight game due to a sore back in Wednesday's finale against the Celtics.

    Advice: However, he's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks in the playoffs, which start Saturday against the Bulls. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Trevor Booker doesn't play on Wednesday
    Trevor Booker had some knee issues on Wednesday and did not play.

    Advice: He had a really good run heading into tonight, but it's important to remember Booker is a little injury prone. Still, he's been a nice little addition this season for the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 5 points in 27 minutes
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) returned to action on Wednesday vs. the Bulls and scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting with six boards and four assists in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He managed to save his line by adding four steals and two blocks, but he looked really rusty tonight and the Hawks probably should have rested him. Millsap said that there was still some soreness in his shoulder, so it looks like the issue could linger into the playoffs. The good news is that Millsap should be able to play through the injury, but we will pass along additional details if we hear anything else. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Taj Gibson says he will be ready for playoffs
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) said that he will be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs after being forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gibson revealed that he received a cortisone shot at halftime, and it's pretty obvious that his shoulder was an issue as he was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action. Gibson is a warrior and it doesn't sound like he will miss any time, but we will update his status when we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) will not return Weds
    Taj Gibson left Wednesday's game against the Hawks with a shoulder strain and will not be able to return.

    Advice: Gibson was dealing with soreness in his shoulder prior to the game, so hopefully the Bulls are just being cautious. The Bulls were already without Joakin Noah for this game, meaning Nikola Mirotic will have to step up. We will update Gibson's status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • J.R. Smith not starting second half
    J.R. Smith will not start the second half against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's probably done for the night, checking out with no points, three assists and one turnover. Smith also had a zero-point game on Apr. 10, but he did have a huge game on Monday with 28 points. Needless to say, he's happy to be with the Cavs on the basketball side of things. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:34 pm
  • Hawks to start usual lineup in season finale
    The Hawks will begin Wednesday's game with a typical lineup of Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Al Horford.

    Advice: Mike Budenholzer is likely to hold their minutes in check, but this at least gives Atlanta one game to keep their rhythm going into the postseason. Teague has looked good since recovering from an ankle injury in late March, Millsap is returning from a shoulder ailment, and the Hawks are healthy with the exceptions of Mike Scott (back), Pero Antic (illness) and Thabo Sefolosha (leg). Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:44 pm
  • Jared Dudley out for Wednesday
    Jared Dudley will rest against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: There could be more rested players on the way for the Bucks. Plus, the Bucks will likely limit some of their guys. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Paul Millsap (shoulder) will start Wednesday
    Paul Millsap (shoulder) will be in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shoulder was still a little tender on Tuesday, so it's a surprise to see Millsap active when the Hawks have nothing to play for. Millsap has missed the last five games, so his minutes will likely be held in check tonight. If anything, the Hawks will just be glad to have him back with playoffs right around the corner. Mike Muscala will move back to the bench, but he could get some decent minutes with Mike Scott on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:40 am
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