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  • TOR GM says James Johnson needs consistency
    Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said James Johnson is a great talent, but still needs to improve upon his weaknesses.

    Advice: Ujiri said that Johnson had an up-and-dowon 2014-15 season and needs to build trust with head coach Dwane Casey. While the 28-year-old has potential, his regular season averages of 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.0 blocks leave a bit to be desired from fantasy owners. Johnson could be worth rostering in standard fantasy leagues if he plays up to his potential, but we'll need to see more consistency out of him before recommending him beyond deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    42 minutes ago
  • Trevor Ariza says Rockets ready for Game 5
    Trevor Ariza promised the Rockets would have a bounce-back effort in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a lackluster effort in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, Ariza promised there would be no Game 5 repeat. "They played harder than we did," Ariza said. "Tuesday, that won't happen again." Ariza has seen his numbers dip in the postseason as he's only averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers on 29.7 percent shooting from the field, so we'll look for him to fulfill his promised breakout against the Mavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:23 am
  • Raptors will explore extending Valanciunas
    The Toronto Raptors will reportedly explore an an extension with Jonas Valanciunas.

    Advice: Valanciunas will enter the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2015-16 and the Raptors have until October 31 to sign him to an extension. While the 22 year-old hasn't developed as as quickly as the Raptors would have liked, he's still a rare skilled big man and will likely be kept in the fold. While inconsistent, JV averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 57.2 percent from the field this season, so he's well worth a mid-round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:55 am
  • Elton Brand interested in New York Knicks
    Elton Brand said he'd be interested in playing for the New York Knicks if he decides to play another season.

    Advice: Brand said he almost signed with the Knicks last season before deciding to return to the Hawks, but hope the Knicks will pursue him again this summer. "I got to make a decision if I’m going to play and come back,’’ Brand said. "[The Knicks] are definitely on the radar for sure. Yeah, I’m thinking about it. Moving on to something else, but I still also love to play and still feel good. I’m going to look at both options." We'll keep an eye on Brand's situation once his Hawks are out of the playoffs, but the 36-year-old doesn't offer much for fantasy owners no matter where he plays next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Rival execs say Nets will re-sign Brook Lopez
    Several NBA executives think Brook Lopez will be back with the Nets next season.

    Advice: Lopez can opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer by declining his $16.7 million option, but rival executives think the Nets will make every effort to retain him if that happens. "If he leaves, then they are starting all over again," an NBA executive said. "He has proven he is healthy. There’s no question he’s always been a good basketball player. The question was ‘Can he come back from the injury?’ He’s shown he can, especially the last two months." Lopez will have plenty of suitors if he opts out of the last year of his contract, but the Nets can offer him the largest contract, so there's a good chance we see Bro-Lo back in Brooklyn net season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 32, Blazers get a win
    Damian Lillard carried the Blazers to get a Game 4 win on Monday, scoring 32 points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Blazers pulled out a 99-92 win thanks to outscoring the Grizzlies 31-17 in the fourth. Lillard's trey was a four-point play to help Lillard alone match the Grizzlies scoring in the final 8:48 of this game (12 points each). It was Lillard time. The Blazers are now down 3-1 and will head to Memphis for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has an awful game
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 6-of-22 from the field for 18 points with 12 boards, one assist and no turnovers in 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: It was a really bad game and he was defended very well by Zach Randolph. This could have been Aldridge's last game at the Moda Center and the fans gave him a nice reception. The team will look to extend its season on Wednesday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • The Legend Continues: Meyers Leonard nets 13
    Meyers Leonard picked up 35 minutes of playing time against the Grizzlies on Monday with 13 points, 13 boards, two assists one steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 108.3 and Leonard took playing time away from Robin Lopez, who played just 21 minutes with six points and three rebounds. The Blazers have gained more confidence in Leonard since the break and he could have a bigger role next season. A lot of that will have to do with LaMarcus Aldridge. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • C.J. McCollum has another big game
    C.J. McCollum looked good again on Monday with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 8-of-12 from the field in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He played the entire second and fourth quarters tonight. McCollum is really emerging as a shooting guard this season and most of it has to do with his dribbling. He is coming off a 26-point game on Saturday and will carry some momentum into the offseason. He's a darkhorse for Sixth Man of the Year next season and is on the radar in the later rounds of fantasy drafts. Arron Afflalo didn't score in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 19 on sub-par shooting
    Marc Gasol made 7-of-16 from the field for 21 points during a Game 4 99-92 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

    Advice: The Grizzlies fell apart late and lost the fourth quarter 31-17. Gasol hasn't been as efficient in this series, entering this game with just 18.3 points on 35.4 percent from the field in his previous three. He's still making 28-of-32 from the line (87.5 percent), so the poor shooting from the field is offset a little. The Grizzlies will look to end the series on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores 12 points in start
    Nick Calathes scored 12 points in his first postseason start on Monday to go with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-10 from the field and did a decent job on the defensive side. Beno Udrih wasn't at 100 percent and that may have been why Calathes drew the start. The pair will likely be looking at a close to a 50/50 split again in Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Beno Udrih plays 24 minutes off bench
    Beno Udrih returned to action on Monday with 13 points, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Blazers.

    Advice: He looked good on offense and split the playing time right now the middle. Udrih arrived to the arena in a walking boot, but he still seemed fine and was doing more than just catch-and-shoot stuff. Udrih should feel a little better for Game 5 on Wednesday. Although, Nick Calathes was no slouch either, so the pair will likely split the playing time again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 19 points on 11 FGAs
    Courtney Lee made 8-of-11 from the field for 19 points against the Blazers on Monday with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: That's a very efficient game with so much playing time. The Grizzlies are even drawing up plays for Lee down the stretch now due to how well he's playing. In his last three, he averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.3 treys on 70.0 percent from the field. He won't be this good and it's still hard to count on him based on his somewhat small usage rate this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Brook Lopez dominated against the Hawks on Monday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and is using his size extremely well on offense in this series. Lopez continues to be a force in the postseason with 20 points in nine out of his 11 postseason games (3-of-4 this year). He's been outstanding since the break and the Nets will have at least one more game at home with the series tied. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start at point guard
    Nick Calathes will start at point guard against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Beno Udrih arrived in a walking boot to the arena, so he's not at 100 percent. Based on that information, it's hard to like either guy with so much uncertainty. The two might split the minutes down the middle, but it could go either way depending on Udrih's ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play on Monday night
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will play against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and there's been no indication he'll be limited. Udrih will likely see around 26-32 minutes tonight while Nick Calathes backs him up. Udrih is a decent option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • Casey: Lowry needs to get weight back down
    Dwane Casey said that Kyle Lowry has to get his "weight back down this summer."

    Advice: This comes minutes after Lowry failed to endorse Casey as the head coach, so things are going well in Toronto. Casey said that Lowry came into the season in great shape, but struggled to regain that form after his injury late in the season. We don't have any reason to doubt Lowry will be motivated heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Lowry fails to endorse Casey as head coach
    Kyle Lowry failed to endorse Dwane Casey as Raptors head coach on Monday.

    Advice: It sure sounds like Lowry is throwing his coach under the bus. "There is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed," Lowry said. And when asked for his opinion about Casey, Lowry said, "I respect Casey as a man." Casey is skating on thin ice, and his meeting with GM Masai Ujiri promises to be an uncomfortable one. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:30 pm
  • Kyle Lowry's 21 pts not enough in Game 4 loss
    Kyle Lowry navigated more foul trouble during Game 4 to finish a season-ending blowout with 21 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and a game-high six turnovers.

    Advice: Toronto's terrific run after Rudy Gay's departure was almost too good to be true, and they've finished the season with more questions than answers. The good news is that GM Masai Ujiri has multiple routes to fortify the roster this summer -- in addition to the draft and trade options, Toronto will have only nine players with guaranteed contracts. They won't have to worry about Lowry, as their All-Star point guard remains under contract through 2016-17. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:00 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play in Game 4 on Mon
    Beno Udrih (ankle) said that he will play in Game 4 against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Udrih sat out on Saturday, but with Mike Conley (face) going down, Memphis really needs all they can get from Udrih. He'll likely start with Conley unavailable, so he'll be someone to consider as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:23 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge's future is up in the air
    ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Saturday that when he asked LaMarcus Aldridge if Portland will be his No.1 choice in free agency, Aldridge said "we'll see".

    Advice: To make this story even more interesting, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey gave his team the option of flying home separately after their Game 2 defeat in Memphis, and Aldridge was the only player to take a separate flight from the team. This certainly doesn't bode well for Aldridge's future in Portland, and it's already being reported that teams such as the Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks will pursue him hard this summer. The Blazers have lost the first three games of the series to the Grizzlies, so an early-round exit likely won't help Portland's chances of retaining their star power forward. We will continue to pass along updates as necessary. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:50 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge shoots 6-of-18 from field
    LaMarcus Aldridge struggled from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, shooting just 6-of-18 from the field to finish with 21 points, seven boards, five assists and two blocks.

    Advice: His shot was way off for most of the night and he was never able to establish a rhythm. Rumors were swirling around Aldridge for the entire game about potential destinations when he hits free agency, and an early first-round exit likely won't sit too well with him. Aldridge will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Monday as the Blazers try to avoid getting swept by the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:18 pm
  • C.J. McCollum explodes for 26 points Saturday
    C.J. McCollum exploded off the bench for 26 points in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, adding four boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Finally. McCollum was awful in his previous two outings against the Grizzlies, scoring a combined eight points on just 4-of-21 shooting. McCollum is starting to make a name for himself with the Blazers, and even though he got a few extra minutes tonight due to Arron Afflalo getting into some foul trouble, he looks destined for a larger role heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:58 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 in win on Saturday
    Courtney Lee scored an impressive 20 points vs. the Blazers on Saturday, adding five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lee was an efficient 5-of-8 from the field tonight and also connected on all nine of his free throws. He was coming off an 18-point performance in Game 2 on Wednesday, and it looks like he chose the right time to hit his stride with a potential matchup with the Warriors on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • Marc Gasol drops 25 in win, Grizzlies lead 3-0
    Marc Gasol scored 25 points with seven boards, four assists and three blocks in a decisive win over the Blazers on Saturday to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 series lead.

    Advice: Gasol shot just 6-of-17 from the field, but he was a bully in the paint and held Robin Lopez to just four points and four boards on the night. The Grizzlies will look to sweep the series on Monday in Portland, but it might be a lot tougher than they think if Mike Conley (eye) is unable to suit up for that one. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores 13 points in win on Sat
    Nick Calathes stepped up for the Grizzlies down the stretch during their Game 3 win over the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with four boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Conley was forced to leave the game with an eye injury and Beno Udrih was held out tonight because of his ankle, so it was up to Calathes to close out the game and he certainly didn't disappoint. There is no word on whether or not Conley will have to miss time, but Beno Udrih is expected to return for Game 4 on Monday. Owners in daily leagues should keep a close eye on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:31 pm
  • 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
    Saturday, 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
    Saturday, 6:38 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
    Saturday, 6:24 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
    Saturday, 3:19 pm
  • Lowry hits just 5-of-22 shots in Game 3 loss
    Kyle Lowry hit just 5-of-22 shots in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three treys in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry came into the game with an illness, a shin contusion and a bad back. He hasn't been himself all series long and it's a big reason the Raptors have yet to win a game in the series. It's hard to see him getting back to 100 percent before Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Howard grabs career-high 26 rebounds in win
    Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Howard has looked great so far in the playoffs and owners can deal with his long-term knee issues over the summer at this rate. Terrence Jones went for 12 and six, Corey Brewer scored 15 points, and Josh Smith added 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and two triples in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Kyle Lowry dealing with an illness, will play
    Kyle Lowry is dealing with an illness in addition to his shin contusion, but he's expected to be in uniform for Friday's Game 3 in Washington.

    Advice: Lowry didn't do much on the court during Friday morning's shootaround, but all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go in a must-win game for the Raptors. He hasn't played very well at all through the first two games of the series, and while he's not going to make any excuses, his health has certainly been a factor in his less-than-stellar performances. He's a risky daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:41 am
  • Raptors understand Game 3 is a must-win game
    The Raptors are embracing a must-win mentality for a crucial Game 3 against the Wizards in Washington on Friday.

    Advice: "It's a must-win for us," said Kyle Lowry. "Going down 3-0 would be very disheartening. One win. That's what we've got to focus on. One win, one game, one possession at a time." Lowry is clearly playing at less than 100 percent, but all signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for tonight's game. While the series won't end with a loss during Game 3 for the Raptors, it will essentially be over. Out of the 110 teams in NBA history that have dug themselves into a 0-3 hole, none have emerged victorious. Lowry will need to step up in a big way for the Raptors to have any shot at swinging this series in the other direction. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) says he'll play in Game 3
    Kyle Lowry (shin) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he said he will play in Game 3 on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for a crucial Game 3 in Washington, and hopefully he can turn the corner after a rough first two games in which he averaged just 6.5 points, 4.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 25.0 percent shooting from the field. He's clearly not playing at 100 percent, but the Raptors simply need more from him if they hope to have any chance of advancing past the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:36 am
  • Texas teams interested in LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs and Mavericks will pursue LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency this summer, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: While the Lakers and Knicks are thought to covet Aldridge, Stein reports that both the Spurs and Mavericks think they have a shot at signing the Texas native. Aldridge will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will have no shortage of suitors, so we'll have to revisit this topic over the summer. No matter where he ends up, Aldridge is coming off a top-25 fantasy season and should be a late-second round pick in fall drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:40 am
  • 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
  • Marc Gasol shoots poorly, fills stat sheet
    Marc Gasol hit just 4-of-15 shots against the Blazers on Wednesday, but still finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and three blocks in the 97-82 win.

    Advice: He's one of the best centers in the league and despite the poor shooting tonight, still rewarded his fantasy owners. He looks like a good bet to keep playing well, and should also continue on to Round 2 as the Grizzlies hold a 2-0 lead over the Blazers in Round 1. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Aldridge's 24-14-4 not enough for Blazers
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 7-of-20 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-10 free throws to finish with 24 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and four blocks in Wednesday's 97-82 Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Blazers now trail 2-0 in the series, and the future doesn't look very bright in Portland. Damian Lillard added 18 points, but just one assist, and also hit just 5-of-16 shots in the process. With Arron Afflalo and Wesley Matthews both out, the Blazers started Allen Crabbe, who hit just 1-of-2 shots for three points. Games 3 & 4 are in Portland, so the Blazers have a chance to get back into the series, but they'll need everyone to play well in order for that to happen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:43 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
  • 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
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) expected to play on Friday
    Kyle Lowry (shin contusion) is fine according to head coach Dwane Casey, and he is expected to play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Lowry was getting some treatment on his shin Wednesday and is also expected to practice on Thursday, so all signs point to him playing in Game 3. The Raptors have lost their first two games at home and the series now shifts to Washington, so expect Lowry to do everything he can to keep the Raptors alive in what is a must-win game. Expect an update on Lowry's status after practice on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Kyle Lowry is dealing with a shin contusion
    Kyle Lowry left Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards due to a shin contusion, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

    Advice: We should know more details on his injury soon, but it doesn't sound serious and it would be really surprising if he had to sit out Game 3 on Friday. Lowry has been picking up careless fouls and has been vasty outplayed by John Wall so far, so hopefully he can turn things around soon. If Lowry is forced to miss any action, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams will have to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Dwight Howard leads Rockets to Game 2 win
    Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Kyle Lowry sputters before ankle injury in 4Q
    Kyle Lowry had a disastrous Game 2 with only six points, two rebounds and four assists in 27 foul-plagued minutes, and he sat out late in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.

    Advice: Lowry fouled out of Game 1, causing him to watch forlornly as his team fell in overtime, but he once again picked up needless fouls by gambling defensively. Suffice to say, the Raptors' All-Star point guard must play far better to make this a close series. Lowry was kicked in the ankle and we'll keep an eye on his injury over the next few days but it would be surprising if he sits out a must-win Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 7:57 am
  • Rumor: Aldridge could bolt in free agency
    The Blazers are fearful LaMarcus Aldridge could bolt in free agency this offseason, according to The Oregonian.

    Advice: One Blazers player estimated Aldridge is 50-50 to return after the season. This is more rumor than report, and we haven't seen much to suggest Aldridge is seriously considering a change of scenery. That being said, he'll be in high demand, and a first-round playoff exit could leave a sour taste in his mouth. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:13 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge gets 32 pts in blowout loss
    The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis.

    Advice: The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis. Aldridge snared 14 rebounds with four blocks, two 3-pointers and only two turnovers in 42 minutes, but it wasn't nearly enough with his teammates scoring a combined 54 points on 31.1 percent shooting. Teams that lose Game 1 of a seven-game series go on to lose 76.9 percent of the time, a trend Portland will try to reverse beginning on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:58 pm
  • Damian Lillard sputters out in Game 1 loss
    Damian Lillard sputtered in Sunday's Game 1 with 14 points on 5-of-21 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists, missing all six of his 3-point attempts without any defensive stats.

    Advice: The Blazers finished the season on a 1-5 skid with injuries decimating their already-thin depth chart and they never got going in a blowout loss tonight. Lillard launched some ill-advised shot and seemed generally out of sorts, something he'll have to fix quickly to avoid falling into the dreaded 0-2 hole with Game 2 looming in Memphis on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:57 pm
  • C.J. McCollum starts for short-handed Blazers
    C.J. McCollum (sprained left ankle) returned to the Blazers' starting lineup during Sunday's road loss, going 1-of-8 from the field to finish with two points, five rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: McCollum will continue to start until Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returns, so he may earn another start at SG during Game 2. He said he "feels great" physically and logged 37 minutes tonight, though his lousy shooting was part of the reason Portland trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:56 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
    Apr 19, 7:52 pm
  • Marc Gasol paces Grizzlies in blowout vs. POR
    Marc Gasol contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks with only one turnover vs. the short-handed Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Gasol led the NBA with 114 points created when passing to cutters out of the post this season, just one facet of the former Defensive Player of the Year's impressive skill-set. He combined with Zach Randolph (14 points, nine boards) to dominate the Blazers' frontcourt tonight, as Memphis used efficient offense and stifling defense to run away with an easy win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:51 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits two 3-pointers in blowout
    Courtney Lee made both of his 3-point attempts during Sunday's 100-86 win, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It doesn't look like much but C-Lee's perimeter shooting is critical for the Grizzlies, who averaged a mere 5.2 three-pointers made this season (29th in the NBA ahead of only the Timberwolves). When they made at least as many 3-pointers as their opponents they had a 22-1 record, but they won on Sunday partly by holding Portland to 30.8 percent shooting from deep. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:50 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
    Apr 19, 5:28 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) starting vs. Grizzlies
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) will start Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Allen Crabbe will shift to the bench as a result, leaving Portland with a starting lineup of Damian Lillard, McCollum, Nic Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:57 pm
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:37 pm
  • Trevor Ariza has a dub-dub in great game
    Trevor Ariza was a wonderful two-way player against the Mavs on Saturday with 12 points, 10 boards, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The points don't tell the story. Ariza was a terror on defense and getting a double-double with six dimes went a long way. On the injury side of things, Ariza did have some cramping in both of his calves and he did receive some treatment. There's been no indication that he'll need to miss time going forward and this hasn't been a habitual problem for him. We're expecting him to be ready for Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:33 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:49 pm
  • James Johnson gets a DNP-CD in Game 1
    James Johnson was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Wizards.

    Advice: Ouch. Coach Dwane Casey went with a nine-man rotation and went small quite a bit today. Johnson is one of the team's best defenders and he's also adapt at the hustle side of the game, which the Raptors could have really used today. Maybe Casey will change his mind for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:36 pm
  • C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum are probable
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: They're both already practicing in full and have said they're definitely playing. With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) not expected to play, these two will be the primary wing options for the Blazers. The bad news is that Tony Allen (hamstring) will be ready to roll, so it won't be easy for the Blazers to score from the perimeter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:29 pm
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