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  • NBPA releases statement on Chris Bosh
    The NBPA has released a statement on Chris Bosh (blood clots), saying that their top priority is Bosh's health and well being.

    Advice: "Our top priority is Chris' health and well being," read the statement. "We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation." Bosh is trying to force his way back onto the basketball court, and has reportedly found a doctor outside of Miami's medical staff that may clear him. However, Miami will have the final call in this situation, and given that he hasn't practiced since hitting the sidelines back in February, it would be surprising to see Bosh back on the court this postseason after yet another blood clot scare. Rotoworld.com 31 minutes ago
  • Anderson Varejao assessed Flagrant Foul 1
    Anderson Varejao has been assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 for tripping Gerald Henderson during Game 1.

    Advice: On the flagrant foul points scale, a Flagrant 1 is one point and a Flagrant 2 is two points. During the postseason, a player must accumulate four points in order to receive a one-game suspension. While Varejao did say that the play was completely unintentional, he acknowledged after looking at the tape that it looked bad and he understood why Henderson responded in the way he did. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:02 pm
  • Chris Bosh not in Toronto for Game 1
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) did not travel to Toronto with the Heat in advance of Tuesday's Game 1.

    Advice: Bosh will travel to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison, but was not present at shootaround on Tuesday. While Bosh has been rumored to be pushing for a return, the Heat are going to be careful not to rush things so it would be a bit of a surprise to see Bosh take the court against the Raptors in Round 2. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:12 am
  • Kevin Love feeling fine after Game 1 win
    Kevin Love said his left shoulder is fine after Monday's Game 1 win against the Hawks.

    Advice: Love hurt his "bad" shoulder after Kent Bazemore jumped into him on Monday, but said he felt fine after the game. "Can't catch a break on that shoulder," Love said. "I'm fine. It was just one of those plays." Love scored 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers on Monday and shouldn't have any shoulder concerns for Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:03 am
  • Anthony Tolliver wants to return to Pistons
    Anthony Tolliver would like to return to the Detroit Pistons in free agency.

    Advice: Tolliver didn't have a big role with the Pistons in 2015-16, but it sounds like there is mutual interest in his return. "I would love to stay here. I’ve been bouncing around a lot in my career," Tolliver said. "I feel comfortable here, and I feel like what I bring to the table fits what this team needs." The 30-year-old average 5.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers in 18.6 minutes in 2015-16 and isn't a fantasy option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:46 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 28 points vs. Spurs
    Kevin Durant scored 28 points in 42 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 1 win on Monday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was much better in this game even though Kawhi Leonard guarded him more in this game than on Saturday. Durant and Westbrook scored 57 of the 98 points and handed out 14 of the 16 assists in this game. This series is off until Friday, so the Thunder will have some confidence after they were blown out in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scored 12 points in win
    Serge Ibaka scored 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: He needs some help on defense because LaMarcus Aldridge is killing him. Ibaka has played well on the offensive side with a 19-point effort on Saturday and has his jumper working. He struggled against the Spurs during the regular season, but he's off to a nice start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 41 points in loss
    LaMarcus Aldridge was on fire during a 98-97 loss to the Thunder in Game 2 on Monday, making 15-of-21 from the field for 41 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: He is lighting it up with his jumper and in the post-up game. Aldridge has scored 79 points in the last two games with an absurd 80.9 true shooting percentage. The Spurs have to give him a touch on basically every possession right now, especially with his teammates not clicking. Expect him to have a huge series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores just two points
    Tim Duncan made 1-of-8 from the field for two points with nine rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 28 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: The future Hall of Fame big man hasn't been a force on offense in the postseason. Duncan hasn't scored more than eight points in any 2016 playoff game and averaged just 6.2 points per game in his previous five. He's tough to trust in DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • LeBron James scores 25 points in Game 1 win
    LeBron James scored 25 points during a 104-93 Game 1 win over the Hawks on Monday, adding seven rebounds, nine assists, five steals, one block, four turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Cavs lost an 18-point lead, but they finished strong to earn the home win. James picked up his 120th playoff victory in this win, which passed Michael Jordan's 119. He was hit in the face in the fourth quarter and remained down for about 15 seconds, but he didn't miss time after that. The Cavs will look to go 6-0 in the postseason on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Tristan Thompson grabs 14 boards
    Tristan Thompson scored eight points with 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: After a quiet first round, Thompson looked like the 2015 playoffs version of himself. His seven offensive boards were huge and might have been the difference. The Hawks haven't rebounded well all season, so expect several big rebounding outings from Thompson in this series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Kevin Love gets another double-double
    Kevin Love scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: He briefly hurt his right shoulder after Kent Bazemore jumped into him -- Love's "bad" shoulder is his left one. Love also turned his ankle in the last minute, but he looked to be fine after the game. Love has double-doubles in all five games in the playoffs and his defense hasn't been as bad as expected either. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Al Horford scores 10; Hawks drop Game 1
    Al Horford made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points during a 104-93 loss to the Cavs in Game 1 on Monday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like the Hawks were going to pull off an amazing comeback after they erased an 18-point deficit. As for Horford, he was 2-of-10 from beyond three feet and is really struggling with his jumper. Perhaps his groin injury is limiting him, but his defense has been fine. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 17 in full line
    Paul Millsap made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 40 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He saw some minutes at the five, but he was on LeBron James for most of this game. Millsap's rim protection was outstanding yet again, but he's struggled on offense in the postseason. He only has a 50.0 true shooting percentage in the seven games, which is down from 55.6 during the regular season. He's still going to be a huge part of the offense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Bosh pressuring the Heat to play
    Chris Bosh (blood clot) has been pressuring the Heat to play, according to ESPN's Dan Le Batard.

    Advice: Bosh could be looking to the NBPA to get help to play again. He has been taking some shots and could be looking for a different doctor to clear him. Obviously, the Heat want to be very, very careful with the former All-Star. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Paul Pierce thinks he still has another year
    Paul Pierce said he thinks he has another year left.

    Advice: After the Clippers were knocked out, Pierce said he is about 50-50 to play next year. After playing 15 seasons in a row with the Celtics, Pierce has played for three different teams in three years. His minutes dropped to 18.1 per game last year and he would likely see even fewer minutes next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Walton a 'big fan' of what Larry Nance brings
    Luke Walton said he is a "big fan" of Larry Nance.

    Advice: "I'm a big fan of Nance," Walton said. "You're going to have superstars that end up on 'SportsCenter' every night, but you need guys that are going to be into doing the little things and making the right plays. Defensively, he seems to always be in the right place, getting his hands on loose balls and getting second and third opportunities on the offensive glass." Nance's role will be dependent upon what the Lakers do in the offseason, and it's not a lock Walton has the same interest in playing him alongside Julius Randle that Byron Scott previously showed. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Walton praises Julius Randle's rebounding
    Luke Walton praised Julius Randle's ability to rebound the basketball.

    Advice: "That kid averaged 10 rebounds a game as pretty much a rookie? That’s insane. This is a grown-man league," he said. Randle's ability to attack the boards is not in question, but several other areas of his game are and those are the things that will be under Walton's microscope in his first season as the Lakers new head coach. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Update: Dirk Nowitzki confirms he'll opt out
    Updating a previous item, Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Mavericks.

    Advice: Nowitzki did reiterate his plan to remain in Dallas, so this isn't about to be a free agent bidding war. What this does mean, however, is that the Mavs will now face some very real pressure to construct a winner around their most important player, and it's very possible that Dirk won't be as kind with a discount this time around after playing for far less than market value in each of the last two seasons. The third-year option Nowitzki is set to decline is worth approximately $8.7 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Vogel drips praise all over Myles Turner
    After their season ended on Sunday, Frank Vogel was effusive in his praise for Myles Turner.

    Advice: "Myles Turner emerged," he said. "Myles Turner showed what he’s made of by having a great series in his first go around in the NBA playoffs, he just had a great series. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight but he played well, had dominant defensive stretches and learned to read and trust the pass. There’s a lot of reasons to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 am
  • Clifford: Zeller has to improve outside shot
    Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller needs to improve his shot from the perimeter.

    Advice: Zeller shot a career-high 52.9 percent from the field this season, but he doesn't have the size or strength to bang around with the bigger bodies in the league on a consistent basis down low. Developing a perimeter jumper would help Zeller stretch the floor while potentially taking advantage of any mismatches, something that could help his game further grow. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Clifford: Kaminsky a 'big key' going forward
    Coach Steve Clifford called Frank Kaminsky "a big key" going forward.

    Advice: "He's got courage, wants to be out there. I think he'll make a big step this summer." Frank the Tank's fantasy outlook is directly connected to what the Hornets do in free agency with Marvin Williams, Al Jefferson and Nicolas Batum all set to hit the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • Report: Dirk Nowitzki to opt out of contract
    Dirk Nowitzki plans to opt out of the final season of his contract, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Advice: Nowitzki has repeatedly said that he intends to honor the three-year contract he signed, so take this report with a large grain of salt. This story states Nowitzki's new deal would likely be a two-year contract with a player option in year two, but we're going to have to hear Nowitzki saying he's opting out from his own mouth before we're inclined to believe it. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • Griffin: Channing Frye is helping locker room
    Cavs GM David Griffin praised Channing Frye for being a "huge, huge plus" in the locker room.

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

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

    Advice: Jefferson also revealed he'd be okay with continuing to come off the bench if he returns and it gives the Hornets their best chance to win, something the front office has to be happy about hearing. Big Al cited the team's potential ceiling with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder surgery) as another reason to be back, but as always, it will come down to dollars and sense. For what it's worth, Jefferson expressed a desire to end his career in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:08 am
  • Chandler Parsons expected to opt out of deal
    Chandler Parsons is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Parsons has a $16M option, but it looks like it's just a matter of time until he officially declines it. CP's tenure (to date) has not gone according to plan in Dallas, and it's nowhere near certain that he'll return to the Mavs. Despite knee issues hampering his two-year run with the Mavs, Parsons figures to be a desired commodity on the open market and could command more money than Mark Cuban's team feels comfortable paying. In what has become an annual tradition, Dallas could be looking at some serious roster shuffling around Dirk Nowitzki this summer. We think Dirk deserves better for everything he's done and every sacrifice he's made for this franchise, but that's another story entirely. For what it's worth, President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson has been non-committal about a potential Parsons return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis will not play for Latvia
    Kristaps Porzingis has announced that he will not play for Latvia in the Olympics this summer.

    Advice: The Knicks were clear that their strong preference was for Porzingis to eschew international competition, so that's exactly what he's deciding to do. Instead of playing in the Olympics, Porzingis will utilize the summer to make sure his shoulder is right and train with the team, which will include an effort to work on his post game. Additionally, Porzingis hopes to add about 12 pounds and enter next season weighing around 245 pounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:53 am
  • Report: Bernard James leaves Galatasaray team
    Bernard James has left Galatasaray to tend to his ailing father, according to international basketball scribe David Pick.

    Advice: We wish James and his family the best in a trying situation. As for his NBA career, James is likely destined for international competition at this stage of the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:00 am
  • Myles Turner quiet in season-ending defeat
    Myles Turner's shot wasn't falling on Sunday as he went just 2-of-11 from the field for four points during a season-ending loss in Toronto.

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

    Advice: He was arguing with Gerald Henderson after he tripped the Portland guard and he picked up his second technical when he started talking to him while on the bench. Varejao played just seven minutes with four points, two boards, one assist, two blocks and one steal. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 12 points
    Frank Kaminsky was benched at halftime in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Heat, finishing with 12 points, six boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a lot of easy looks around the rim and shot just 3-of-15 from the field, and his defense wasn't great either. The rookie didn't make a significant impact this season due to the emergence of Marvin Williams, but he could have a larger role next season depending on what the Hornets do with Al Jefferson and Williams in free agency. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:07 pm
  • Marvin Williams played through an elbow issue
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Marvin Williams played through an elbow injury during the series against the Heat.

    Advice: That explains a lot. Williams scored just five points on 1-of-3 shooting in Sunday's Game 7 loss with five rebounds in 33 minutes, and he was averaging just 5.2 points on 27.1 percent shooting in the previous six games. Williams deserves a pass for playing through the injury, but it would've been nice to get a heads up from the Hornets a lot earlier. Regardless, Williams was one of the most improved players in the NBA this season and could get a significant raise when he hits free agency this summer. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:54 pm
  • SVG would like to re-sign Tolliver
    Stan Van Gundy is open to re-signing Anthony Tolliver and Steve Blake in free agency.

    Advice: "In just a very general sense, I like the idea of having both of them back," Van Gundy said. "But, and I was honest with them, there are priorities ahead of re-signing them. I told Steve flat-out that we'll look to upgrade that position with a guy who's more of a long-term answer." Tolliver averaged 5.3 points, 3.2 boards and 1.4 3-pointers in 18.6 minutes per game this season, so it's hard to imagine his role growing if he does re-sign with the Pistons. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:38 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 38; Spurs crush OKC
    LaMarcus Aldridge put on a shooting clinic in a 124-92 win over the Thunder on Saturday, making 18-of-23 for 38 points with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's his third-best scoring game of his playoff career. The Thunder completely forgot Aldridge led the NBA in mid-range makes in three of the last four seasons. He was wide open all game and also had a number of easy buckets near the rim, as well. LMA has been fantastic since January and had success against OKC this season, so he'll be dialed in as a high-end DFS play. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 16 points in loss
    Kevin Durant scored 16 points during an ugly loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like he caught a break for this game with Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook, but this was just a bloodbath. Considering how successful Kawhi on Westbrook worked out for the Spurs, it's likely going to continue. That bodes well for Durant to have some productive games in this series, especially if the Spurs will continue to put guys like Kyle Anderson on him. While he was disappointing against Dallas in the first round and in this one, expect him to be better in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points in bad loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He was really the only offensive bright spot for the Thunder in this game. On the other hand, Ibaka was roasted perhaps for his worst defensive game all year. He struggled against the Spurs during the regular season on the stat sheet, so don't overreact to this terrific outing on paper. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Paul Pierce is contemplating retirement
    Paul Pierce said he is "50-50" on whether or not he will retire.

    Advice: The Truth has two more years left on his deal with the Clippers, but he will be 39 years old in October and just had the worst season of his career by far. He averaged just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards and 1.0 assists in 18.1 minutes per game during the regular season, so he won't be a fantasy option next season if he decides to keep playing. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:37 am
  • Marvin Williams puts up another goose egg
    Marvin Williams missed all seven shots from the field against the Heat on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

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

    Advice: It was his best game of the series. Turner played most of his minutes at center in Game 5, but he was much more comfortable away from the basket at the power forward spot tonight. Plus, his rim protection was superb during this game. The Pacers stole him in the draft as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Al Horford scores 15 points; Hawks advance
    Al Horford scored 15 points to help the Hawks advance in a Game 6 104-92 win in Boston on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The blocks were the story with the Hawk putting up 12 of those to shut down the Celtics offense in the first three quarters. Horford was terrific on defense in this series, but he didn't bring it on the stat sheet. In the six games, he averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.7 blocks and 1.0 treys. His groin injury looks like it's behind him as he gets ready for a tougher matchup against the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 17 points vs. Boston
    Paul Millsap scored 17 points in a series-clinching win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't the best series for Millsap, but he put a stamp on this series with his defense. It'll be very interesting to see what happens in the series against the Cavs because coach Mike Budenholzer will likely put him on LeBron James quite a bit. The stats will obviously be there. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) expected to play in Game 6
    Cody Zeller (knee) is expected to play in Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: Zeller tweaked his right knee during Game 5, but it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. He should play around 20 minutes off the bench, which isn't enough floor time for him to put up a meaningful stat line. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Chris Bosh wants to play in 15-16 postseason
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) would like to return for the 2015-16 postseason.

    Advice: While Bosh would like to return, the Heat continue to insist that he is out indefinitely. Bosh has been traveling with the Heat, but hasn't played since February 9 and would likely have a bit of rust to shake off. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but it doesn't look as though a return is imminent for Bosh. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Paul Pierce starts, scoreless in 10 minutes
    Paul Pierce was an unexpected starter for the Clippers on Wednesday, but he failed to score in just 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's 3-point shooting may have been the difference in Doc Rivers' thinking, as well as the fact that Jeff Green could provide some much-needed scoring for a depleted second unit. The 18-year veteran shot 0-of-3 in limited minutes tonight, however, and there are no guarantees that he'll start over Green and Wes Johnson during Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Cody Zeller returns despite right knee injury
    Cody Zeller (right knee) scored four points in 21 minutes during Wednesday's road win, adding three boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Zeller headed into the Hornets' locker room during the second quarter with a knee injury, and he occasionally favored that leg during the second half. It's a pre-existing injury and we'll include him on the injury report as a precaution for Game 6 -- if he can't suit up there will be more minutes available for Frank Kaminsky, Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Marvin Williams heats up w/ 17 points in Gm 5
    Marvin Williams found some traction in Game 5 with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, three steals, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

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

    Advice: Jeff Green was the odds-on favorite to start in place of Griffin, and either way Green should earn more playing time than Pierce tonight. Wes Johnson is also in the mix for playing time and all three guys have significant risk as DFS targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Cody Zeller heads to locker room Wednesday
    Cody Zeller (knee) headed into the locker room during the second quarter of Wednesday's game, but he has since returned.

    Advice: We should have more details about Zeller's injury after the game, but it doesn't sound like it will be an issue going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:54 pm
  • Westbrook: I'll always have Durant's back
    Russell Westbrook said he'll always have Kevin Durant's back.

    Advice: "He's always going to have my back and I'm always going to have his," Westbrook said. Just another wrinkle to throw into the mix of the Durant free agency saga. Durant called owner Mark Cuban an idiot for saying Westbrook isn't a superstar and also called Charlie Villanueva an idiot for trying to get in Westbrook's head. The two will kick off arguably the best series of the second round on Saturday when they travel to San Antonio. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Budenholzer says Horford's groin a non-issue
    Mike Budenholzer said on Wednesday that Al Horford (groin) is not dealing with any health issues.

    Advice: The injury has not forced Horford to miss any time, and he's certainly not looking to use it as an excuse for his lack of scoring as of late. While Horford has been struggling on the offensive end over the past two, he's still managed to produce meaningful stat lines with solid contributions to the rebounding (8.5), assists (4.5), steals (1.5) and shot blocking (1.0) categories. Perhaps he can get going on the offensive end during Thursday's Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Paul Millsap scores 10 points in blowout win
    Paul Millsap scored 10 points in Tuesday's blowout win over the Celtics, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He obviously would've played a lot more, but the game was over after the Hawks scored 42 points in the third quarter. This was Millsap's second excellent game in a row after scoring 45 points with 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in Game 4, so his slow start to the series is no longer a concern. The Hawks could clinch the series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Al Horford is quiet in win vs. Boston
    Al Horford was quiet in Tuesday's 110-83 win over the Celtics, scoring six points on 2-of-11 shooting with eight boards, four assists, one block and two steals in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to say that his groin isn't an issue, but he hasn't scored in double digits since Game 2. The good news is that he's still getting it done in other areas of the box score, so hopefully he finds his rhythm on the offensive end in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Myles Turner plays well in Game 5 loss
    Myles Turner looked good in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. Toronto, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie has been the most consistent big for Indiana in this series apart from a dud in Game 4, so his role as the starting PF is safe. His price should still be relatively low in DFS, so he's worth a long look for Game 6 in Indiana on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Chandler Parsons hints he'll be back w/ DAL
    Chandler Parsons spoke like a man planning on returning to the Mavs next season when discussing his upcoming free agency.

    Advice: "Dallas is home to me. I loved it here," said Parsons. "I came here to be a great player and to win a lot of games, and I've yet to do that here. So I feel that I have a lot of unfinished business here that I'd love to continue and grow into the player that I saw myself being when I signed here." Parsons added that he plans to recruit Dwight Howard to Dallas once his own contract situation is worked out, and with these quotes, it would be surprising to see Parsons go somewhere else. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:55 am
  • Al Horford on track to play in Game 5 on Tues
    Al Horford (groin) is experiencing no issues ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday, according to Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: Horford is listed as probable, but his status for Tuesday night was never in doubt. He hasn't been involved in the Hawks offense much in the series, but is still a solid DFS play at home on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki not thinking retirement yet
    Dirk Nowitkzi isn't thinking about retiring and is planning to finish his career with the Mavericks.

    Advice: While Dirk said he's not looking to be part of a rebuild, he made it clear he'd like to retire in Dallas. "I signed on for three years a couple years ago," Dirk said. "My intention was always to finish this contract. I always said I wanted to retire [with] the Mavs, especially after we won the championship a few years ago." Nowitzki isn't the player he once was, but he's still able to contribute to fantasy rosters and will be a solid mid-round pick in his 19th season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 33; OKC wins series 4-1
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Mavs on Monday.

    Advice: After a productive first round, it's going to get awfully tough against Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs in the next round. After this game, Durant was asked about owner Mark Cuban saying he is the only superstar on OKC. "He's an idiot," Durant said after he covered Russell Westbrook's microphone. Durant also called Charlie Villanueva an idiot for interrupting the Westbrook dance last week. KD is not nice after all. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Serge Ibaka turns in a bad line vs. Dallas
    Serge Ibaka scored two points with three rebounds, two steals and one block in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Monday.

    Advice: He's had way too many games like this one this season. Ibaka will be fine and he might have to do more on offense if Enes Kanter (chest) is out. It would appear Kanter is OK, though. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 24 points in loss to OKC
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points during a season-ending 118-104 loss to the Thunder on Monday, adding three rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: There is a decent chance Nowitzki played in his final playoff game. Nowitzki moved past Scottie Pippen to No. 14 on the NBA's postseason scoring list during this game. His knee injury was an issue late in this series after only missing seven regular-season games. Coach Rick Carlisle ran Dirk into the ground during this season with 38 minutes in Game 2 and 40 in Game 4. Hopefully, he'll be suiting up for his 19th season next year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:27 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky gets 25 minutes, scores four
    Frank Kaminsky scored four points in 25 minutes against the Heat on Monday with four rebounds and one block.

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

    Advice: He had a nice double-double in Game 3, but he's been terrible in the other three games. In fact, Williams has made just 1-of-22 from the field and missed both free throws to give him a microscopic 4.8 true shooting percentage. The minutes are there, so he's a decent tournament option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Chandler Parson coming along in rehab
    Chandler Parsons (knee) can do some light shooting now and has increased the work in his rehab.

    Advice: He could possibly make it back for the second round, but there's almost no chance the Mavs will be able to get past OKC. Parsons looks like he will be able to have a somewhat normal offseason. Last summer, he had a procedure on his knee and didn't lose his minutes cap until January. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:17 pm
  • Al Horford is probable for Tuesday
    Al Horford (groin) is probable to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's fine and the Hawks called him probable for Game 4. Horford hasn't been involved in the offense much, which should probably change. He'll be a solid contrarian play in DFS on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 2:11 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky could get more shots?
    Coach Steve Clifford said the Hornets might use Frank Kaminsky more in post-up plays.

    Advice: Both assistant coach Patrick Ewing and owner Michael Jordan have mentioned to Clifford how posting up Kaminsky could be a good move. He's coming off a productive 15-point game on Saturday and should get minutes in the 30s for Monday. He makes a good case as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 11:13 am
  • Dirik Nowitzki doesn't go through shootaround
    Dirk Nowitzki (rest) stayed behind at the team hotel during the Dallas Monday shootaround.

    Advice: Dirk played 40 minutes in Game 4, so he's just getting a little extra rest—and perhaps treatment—before a do-or-die showdown vs. OKC. Despite his morning absence, Nowitzki is fully expected to take the court in what could be his final contest of the season. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 9:06 am
  • Kevin Love shoots 3-of-15, Cavs win anyway
    Kevin Love shot just 3-of-15 from the field on Sunday but he still finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Cavs advance to the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Love was coming off an efficient 7-of-10 shooting performance and he double-doubled in all four games vs. Detroit. He added two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer tonight, without any turnovers in 35 minutes, and collected four of his boards on the offensive glass. Cleveland's star power enables them to win even when Love has an off-night, a luxury he must relish after six seasons as the Wolves' go-to guy. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 8:32 pm
  • LeBron James earns another first-round sweep
    LeBron James posted 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals on Sunday to help the Cavs sweep the Pistons in the first round.

    Advice: James passed Scottie Pippen for career postseason rebounds tonight (1,593) and the victory gives him four consecutive first-round sweeps in the playoffs. The Cavs didn't shoot well tonight (41.9 percent), but they drained 13 threes and limited the self-inflicted damage with a mere five turnovers. They have plenty of time to rest before facing the winner of the Hawks vs. Celtics series. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 8:31 pm
  • Al Horford (groin) quiet in Hawks Game 4 loss
    Al Horford (groin) scored only five points in 38 minutes during Sunday's thrilling Game 4, shooting 2-of-8 with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Atlanta consistently out-scored the Celtics in the paint this season but that wasn't the case tonight, as the Celtics piled up 52 points in the paint vs. 40 for the Hawks. A huge run to begin the third quarter helped Atlanta build their lead to 16 points, but it quickly dwindled and they wound up losing after a lousy performance in overtime. They'll have one day to regroup before Tuesday's Game 5 rematch. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:21 pm
  • Paul Millsap's 45-point eruption isn't enough
    Paul Millsap blew up for a personal playoff-high 45 points on 19-of-31 shooting during Atlanta's tough Game 4 defeat, adding 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Millsap's offensive struggles ended in a big way tonight, as Boston simply had no answer for his versatility, though he was held scoreless in overtime. His defense has been a constant and through three games the Celtics were shooting just 34.3 percent while Millsap was on the court, compared to 48.5 percent when he was out. If he plays near this level again in Game 5 the Hawks will have a great chance to seize a 3-2 lead in the series. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:18 pm
  • Kevin Durant will not be suspended for Game 5
    Kevin Durant will not be suspended for Game 5 on Monday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He hit Justin Anderson in the face with his arm in Game 4, but it would've been very surprising if KD was suspended. Keep him locked into your lineups. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 2:30 pm
  • Al Horford (groin) will start on Sunday
    Al Horford (groin) will start on Sunday vs. the Celtics as expected.

    Advice: He was listed on the injury report as probable, so his status wasn't in any real doubt. Horford is averaging 16.3 points, 10.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 3.7 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in this series and is a must-start player in all formats. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 1:39 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubles in win
    LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He was 6-of-11 from the field and only played 26 minutes due to the lopsided score. The Spurs coasted through the first round of the playoffs, but they will have a much tougher opponent in the second round (likely the Thunder) which means that Aldridge's minutes and production should both start to trend up -- he only played more than 27 minutes one time in the first round. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 12:59 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores seven points
    Tim Duncan scored seven points (3-of-4 FGs) with two boards, two assists and three blocks in 19 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: This was his 245th playoff game, moving him past Robert Horry for second place on the all-time list with only Derek Fisher (259) left to beat. Papa Duncan had a pretty quiet series and averaged just 5.3 points, 7.7 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks in the first three games, but the Spurs will likely need a lot more from him in the second round of the playoffs (likely against the Thunder). Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 12:49 pm
  • Myles Turner will start in Game 5 Tuesday
    Myles Turner will start in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

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

    Advice: Nicolas Batum's (foot/ankle) status is still up in the air, but this means that the Hornets are expected to deploy Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson as their starting frontcourt again. Jefferson only played 21 minutes in the starting lineup and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block, so he's still not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 10:01 am
  • Chris Bosh (blood clots) has no plans to retire
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) remains out indefinitely, but he has no plans to retire according to the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Bosh hasn't spoken with the media since Feb. 13 and the Heat continue to be super secretive regarding his status. He's still using blood thinners according to this report, and most of the doctors that he's visited suggested that he keep using them for several months. Bosh is fully expected to play in the 2016-17 season and just recently started traveling with the Heat for away games as well, but it doesn't sound like he will be able to return to the court during the Heat's current playoff run. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:33 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 27 points in loss
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points against the Thunder during a Game 4 119-108 loss on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's certainly possible this was his last playoff game in Dallas. Nowitzki moved ahead of Elgin Baylor for 15th all-time on the NBA's postseason scoring list. It was pretty clear his 40 minutes were just too much as he just ran out of gas. Still, Mavericks fans won't ever forget Dirk's effort here. Expect him to play less in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:01 pm
  • Kevin Durant ejected for flagrant 2 foul
    Kevin Durant was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Saturday with 51 seconds left in the game.

    Advice: He hit Justin Anderson in the face with his arm, which usually results in a flagrant 1 and not a flagrant 2. The NBA might be looking at this for a suspension, but it was pretty clear it was not intentional and he should be fine. To be clear, a suspension would be a joke. Durant failed to score 20 points for the first time since his injury in November, finishing with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer and one turnover. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 7:51 pm
  • Marvin Williams finally shows up
    Marvin Williams snapped out of a putrid slump during a win on Saturday, making 5-of-9 from the field for 12 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

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

    Advice: He didn't really see his production, usage, or minutes change in this game. The move of Jefferson is likely just to put a bigger body in the paint after the Heat beat them up inside in Game 1 and 2 -- Jefferson is not a good defender, of course. He'll likely be hit and miss the rest of the way with a decent floor. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:50 pm
  • Cody Zeller looks good off the bench
    Cody Zeller looked good off the bench against the Heat on Saturday with 12 points, eight rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The move to the bench worked out very well. Zeller did kind of pad his stats late with Hassan Whiteside not wanting to foul out, so this output is slightly inflated. He will likely have a tough time repeating this effort in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:46 pm
  • Tank Topped: Kaminsky scores 15 in W over MIA
    Frank Kaminsky shined in his first playoff start on Saturday, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 35 minutes against the Heat.

    Advice: He's just the third rookie in Hornets playoff history to score at least 15 points (Tony Delk and Alonzo Mourning). Kaminsky had the best scoring quarter of his career with 13 in the third, but he we pretty quiet after that. In other words, this nice outing is likely going to be overblown. He should still get his minutes and becomes a punt play in DFS with Nicolas Batum (ankle) likely out for the series. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:39 pm
  • Deron, Ray, Wes, Dirk & Zaza starting
    Deron Williams (hernia), Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, Dirk Nowitzki (knee) and Zaza Pachulia will start on Saturday.

    Advice: Nowitzki is good to go and he should be a focal point in the offense today. Still, he doesn't have a big upside in DFS. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 4:50 pm
  • Myles Turner gets the start in win
    Myles Turner made the first playoff start of his career against the Raptors on Saturday, making 2-of-13 from the field for four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

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

    Advice: Maybe this groin injury is why the Hawks aren't going inside to him enough? Still, Horford will be out there in a huge game. Based on the flow of the game on Friday with a lot of forced shots on the perimeter, the big man should be more involved in the offense. Expect a productive game. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:05 pm
  • Cody Zeller coming off the bench on Saturday
    Cody Zeller is coming off the bench on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes sense because Zeller has been torched in the first unit. He could even lose some minutes to Spencer Hawes. Fantasy owners should be steering clear of Zeller for this game. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 1:06 pm
  • Al Jefferson starting over Cody Zeller
    Al Jefferson is starting over Cody Zeller on Saturday against the Heat.

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

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

    Advice: It's an easy decision for coach Frank Vogel after Turner erupted for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes in Game 3. Ian Mahinmi is struggling with a back issue, so Turner should see a lot of minutes tonight and is worth deploying in most formats. He's also worth a long look in DFS. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:18 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Barea are probable for Game 4
    Dirk Nowitzki (knee) and J.J. Barea (groin) are probable for Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Nowitzki got up some shots on Friday and said that his knee felt fine, so he's fully expected to be out there tonight in what is basically a must-win game for the Mavs. Nowitzki had 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting with six boards, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes in Game 3, so he's safe to start in all formats. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 8:09 am
  • Cavs GM praises Tristan Thompson
    Cavaliers GM David Griffin said that Tristan Thompson can guard any type of frontcourt player.

    Advice: "The reason he's so essential to us is that he's a Swiss Army knife type of player," said Griffin. "He can guard any type of frontcourt player. He also can cover some of the deficiencies of others in the front court because he covers so much ground. He has become an infinitely better rim-protector this season. His court awareness has improved significantly." Thompson hasn't played well in the playoffs other than a solid outing in Game 3 with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks, but he should continue to get the bulk of the center minutes the rest of the way with Timofey Mozgov in the doghouse. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 7:55 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 16 points in win
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 33 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He's been a little underwhelming in this series after destroying the Grizzlies in the regular season. Coach Gregg Popovich has been impressed with Aldridge's defense in this series as the Spurs continue to play at slower pace. Expect LMA to put up better numbers in the next round. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:17 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores six points in win
    Tim Duncan scored six points with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 14 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: It's a little odd to not see Duncan carrying his team this season. This was his 154th win in the playoffs, which ties him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for third all time. He's also going to have a chance to top Derek Fisher's record of 161 games this season, but the Spurs will have to get wins in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:13 pm
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