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  • Damian Lillard feels fine after battling cold
    Damian Lillard said that he feels 100 percent healthy after battling a chest cold for the past week.

    Advice: Lillard needs to have a strong Game 3 for Portland to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole vs. the Warriors, and improved efficiency would be a start -- the Blazers' two-time All-Star is shooting a mere 36.6 percent in the postseason. He'll have a few more days to prepare before Saturday's crucial home game. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:50 pm
  • Steph Curry (knee) doubtful for Game 3
    Stephen Curry (sprained right knee) didn't practice on Thursday and Steve Kerr doesn't expect him to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Curry did some on-court work after practice but his status for Saturday's Game 3 remains doubtful. Warriors GM Bob Myers said earlier in the week that Curry needs to play "a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5" before returning to action, which he's yet to do. We'll have a better feel for his status after Friday's practice. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:38 pm
  • Dwyane Wade will play in Game 2 on Thursday
    Dwyane Wade (knee) will play against the Raptors in Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Wade was a full participant in shootaround on Thursday and said he felt fine afterwards. Wade scored 24 points in Game 1 and should be a solid DFS play in Game 2 on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:44 am
  • John Wall undergoes procedure on both knees
    John Wall (knee) has undergone a successful procedure on both of his knees, according to the Washington Wizards.

    Advice: Wall's procedure was to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon in order to eliminate pain and he will begin the rehabilitation process immediately."I am determined to lead this team back to the playoffs and getting healthy is the best way for me to accomplish that," said Wall. "I can promise the fans, my teammates and the organization that I will be focused on that goal throughout the summer and it will drive me to do everything I can to be ready for next season." Wall also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee in order to remove loose bodies, according to the team, and is expected to be available for the start of the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:22 am
  • Dwyane Wade probable for Thursday vs Raptors
    Dwyane Wade (knee) is probable for Thurdsay's Game 2 against the Raptors.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Wade said his left knee was fine after Game 1. His bone bruise may slow him down a tad, but there's no reason to think Wade won't be a productive DFS target as long as he's on the court. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:29 am
  • Jeff Teague held to 14 points in 23 minutes
    Jeff Teague finished Wednesday's ugly defeat with 14 points (3-of-10 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs), six assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nearly 19 percent of Teague's offensive plays this postseason have come in isolation, higher than ball-dominant point guards like Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving, which probably isn't how coach Mike Budenholzer drew it up. Teague is in the 27th percentile in isolation, averaging a mere 0.75 points per possession, and he'll need to keep the ball moving for Atlanta to rally for a much-needed Game 3 victory. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Dennis Schroder plays 18 minutes in Game 2
    Dennis Schroder logged just 18 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, posting 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: Schroder led the Hawks' comeback charge in Game 1 of the series but he never got the chance tonight, as Atlanta found themselves on the wrong side of a history-making 3-point barrage. There was no defense for many of the Cavs' 3-point makes in the first half, particularly from J.R. Smith, but the Hawks clearly need to adjust their defensive approach for Game 3. Expect a better showing from Schroder, Teague and Co. at home on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Mario Chalmers walking without crutches
    Mario Chalmers (Achilles) is walking without crutches.

    Advice: It's progress since his Mar. 15 surgery. Chalmers was walking very slowly in the video posted below and chances are he won't be ready for the start of the season. The timing is also terrible for Chalmers as he heads into free agency. He'll be signed, but the injury might cost him some money given how tough it is to come back from a torn Achilles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Dwyane Wade gets treatment on Wednesday
    Dwyane Wade (knee) received treatment on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is no concern of him missing Game 2. Wade was terrific down the stretch to help the Heat get a Game 1 win with 24 points. For now, he is unlikely to be limited and should be a prime DFS target for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Wade praises Goran Dragic for aggressive play
    Dwyane Wade praised Goran Dragic's aggressive play following Tuesday's Game 1 overtime win over the Raptors.

    Advice: "He’s just being very aggressive, and to be successful in these playoffs, we need that," said Wade of Dragic. "I’m not saying he has to score 25-plus every night, but we need Goran on the attack. It makes everyone’s job easier and it makes us a better team." Dragic has been phenomenal over his past two outings, owning averages of 25.5 points, 6.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.5 triples and 2.5 turnovers on 56.8 percent shooting. If he can keep playing like this, he'll give Miami an excellent chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 am
  • Steve Blake says he has one more year left
    Steve Blake said that he feels he can play one more year in the NBA, and he'd like to be back with the Pistons next season.

    Advice: "I feel like I have one more year in my body and then I’ll be ready to be home with my family," Blake said. "It was great playing for [Van Gundy], and I really love playing with these guys. If they wanted me back, I’d be thrilled, but you never know in this league." While Blake would like to remain in Detroit, Van Gundy acknowledged during exit interviews that he's seeking to upgrade the backup point guard position, so the feeling may not be mutual. Blake won't be a fantasy option regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Dwyane Wade says that his left knee is 'fine'
    Dwyane Wade said that he believes his left knee will be "fine" for Thursday's Game 2 in Toronto.

    Advice: "I hit the bone and I’m sure it’s bruised," Wade said. "I’ll be fine. I’ve played with it before, so I will do it again." Wade banged the inside of his left knee during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter of Game 1's overtime win, but he played through it, and it would be surprising to see the injury force him to miss any time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Kyle Lowry trying to rediscover his rhythm
    Kyle Lowry acknowledged that he has not been "playing well at all" for Toronto this postseason.

    Advice: "[I'm] trying to just get the touch back," said Lowry, who spent 90 minutes after Game 1's loss getting up shots. "I don't know where it's at, it's kind of mind-boggling right now. It's frustrating, but I'm not going to shy away from the criticism or anything. I want to continue to be aggressive, shoot shots and take the onus." Lowry is currently in a horrid shooting slump, connecting on just 30.6 percent of his shot attempts through eight playoff games, but it sounds like he's going to try and shoot his way out of it. He'll need to be better in Game 2 on Thursday if the Raptors hope to even up their second-round series vs. the Heat. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:59 am
  • Stephen Curry (knee) receives PRP injection
    Stephen Curry said on Tuesday that he underwent a platelet-rich plasma treatment on his sprained right knee as part of his recovery process.

    Advice: PRP injections have been shown to speed up the recovery process, and Curry reportedly underwent the treatment one day after initially suffering the injury. The Dubs are hopeful that Curry will be able to get back on the court for either Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4, and we'll have a better idea on his status following Thursday's practice. However, given that the Dubs are currently up 2-0 in their second-round series, it wouldn't be surprising to see Curry spend at least one more game on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:05 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 22 in loss Tuesday
    C.J. McCollum scored 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting in Tuesday's 110-99 loss to the Warriors in Game 2.

    Advice: Other than the scoring, McCollum was pretty quiet in the box score with just two assists, two boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes. He scored 12 points in Game 1 and was just 5-of-17 from the field, so at least he took a step in the right direction. McCollum and Damian Lillard will need to be special in Game 3 on Saturday to get their team back in this series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:03 pm
  • Damian Lillard drops 25 points in Game 2 loss
    Damian Lillard (chest cold) looked much better in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors, scoring 25 points on 8-of-20 shooting with six assists, four boards, two steals and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He took over the game in the third quarter with 17 points, but cooled off down the stretch and failed to score in the fourth quarter. To be fair, the whole Portland team cooled off as they scored just 12 points in the fourth compared to 34 by Golden State. The Blazers have lost the first two games but will try to get back on track with the series shifting to Portland for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:57 pm
  • Shaun Livingston scores 14 points in win
    Shaun Livingston scored 14 points (6-of-15 FGs) with four assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 33 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The 15 shot attempts were a season high, as the Warriors are trying to utilize his size in the post against Portland's smaller guards. Livingston has filled in admirably for Stephen Curry (knee) and has now scored 10 or more points in all five of his starts this postseason. Curry is progressing, but his status for Game 3 is still up in the air. If the MVP sits, Livingston is a nice option in DFS if you're trying to save a few bucks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Kyle Lowry held to seven points in loss Tuesday
    Kyle Lowry scored just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's 102-96 overtime loss to the Heat in Game 1.

    Advice: He did hit a halfcourt buzzer beater to send the game to overtime, but other than that Lowry was pretty awful tonight. He didn't have a single point at halftime and finished the game with six assists, four boards, three steals and three turnovers in 43 minutes. Lowry didn't talk to reporters after the game because he immediately went to the practice court to get up some extra shots, so hopefully he will bounce back in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 24 points in win
    Dwyane Wade scored 24 points in Tuesday's win over the Raptors, adding six boards, four assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 10-of-21 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line in what was arguably his best all-around game of the postseason. With just a few seconds left in overtime, Wade stole the ball from DeMar DeRozan and finished a driving and-one layup to secure the win. He was holding his left knee at the end of regulation after a fall, but it obviously didn't seem to bother him in overtime. He should be fine. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 26 in overtime win
    Goran Dragic led the Heat to a 102-96 overtime win in Game 1 vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, scoring 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: He was coming in hot with 25 points in Game 7 vs. the Pacers on Sunday, so the Raptors are going to have their hands full if Dragic stays this hot. He added six boards, two assists and three 3-pointers with three turnovers in 41 minutes. Game 2 will be in Toronto on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Stephen Curry could return Saturday or Monday
    Warriors' GM Bob Myers said that Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4.

    Advice: "I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is it going to be Monday?" said Meyers of Curry's timetable. "It's in that range, but it's hard to say. But those games [3 and 4] are so close together... He's got to play a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5. He hasn't done any of that stuff yet." Steve Kerr is hopeful that Curry can go through a full scrimmage on Thursday, and if he can get through that scrimmage, it sounds like he has a decent chance of suiting up for Game 3. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:24 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could scrimmage Thursday
    Steve Kerr said that he's hopeful Stephen Curry (knee) will be able to scrimmage with the team during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: "Thursday, we will definitely get up and down and hopefully he'll be able to take part, but we don't know yet," Kerr said. "I don't know how it'll play out here. It's not like if we're 2-2 or something we're not going to bring him back. We can't let the series score determine whether we bring him back, it's really based on his health and his rhythm." Curry is set to spend Tuesday's Game 2 on the sidelines, but the Dubs are holding out hope that he can return for Saturday's Game 3. Kerr also added that Curry's minutes will likely be limited upon his return, but he wouldn't put an exact figure on the potential minutes cap. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:27 pm
  • Tyler Johnson working on his conditioning
    Tyler Johnson said that his conditioning still isn't quite where it needs to be.

    Advice: "It's obviously not where I would want it to be," Johnson said of his conditioning, "but I don't think it's too far behind. I don't think it's anything that I can't get back." It's not surprising at all that Johnson still needs to work on his conditioning as he just returned from a three-month absence. He'll likely be used sparingly during Miami's second-round series against Toronto, and with Josh Richardson healthy, Johnson can't be considered a viable target in most settings. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:04 pm
  • Damian Lillard (chest cold) feeling better
    Damian Lillard (chest cold) said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's feeling "a little better."

    Advice: Lillard acknowledged after Game 1 that he's been dealing with a bit of a chest cold, but there's no way a minor illness will force Lillard to the sidelines for Tuesday's Game 2. Lillard went just 8-of-26 from the field during Game 1, so he'll need to have a much more efficient outing on Tuesday night if the Blazers hope to secure a Game 2 upset over the Dubs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:18 pm
  • D.J. Augustin would like to stay with Nuggets
    D.J. Augustin would like to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets.

    Advice: Augustin will be in demand as a backup point guard this summer after averaging 11.7 points and 4.7 assists off the bench with Denver. "I was in a tough situation in Oklahoma," Augustin said. "It wasn't working out. I did the right thing, my agent did the right thing, and talked to those guys and they were kind enough to trade me, trade me to a good situation. Everything worked out." We'll keep an eye on Augustin's free agency destination, but his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues as he's unlikely to find a starting job. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:26 am
  • Russell Westbrook scores 29; OKC wins Game 2
    Russell Westbrook scored a team-high 29 points during a 98-97 Game 2 victory over the Spurs on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This game had a wild finish with Dion Waiters elbowing Manu Ginobili on an inbound pass. Before that, Westbrook picked up a lot easier buckets with the Thunder scoring 21 points in fast break -- they only had 12 in the 124-92 Game 1 loss. Westbrook didn't have to deal with Kawhi Leonard as much as Game 1, so that was huge for him. Coach Gregg Popovich will probably try to put Kawhi on Westy more in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 21 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored 21 points during a win over the Hawks on Monday, adding one rebound, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He led the Cavs in scoring in the first round and was aggressive again, making 8-of-18 from the field. Irving's defense has been an interesting storyline in these playoffs with some improved play on that end. The Hawks have been tough on defense against point guards this season, but Irving did score 27.5 points per game against them this year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores eight, gets benched
    Jeff Teague scored eight points in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Monday, adding two rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: He lost some run to Dennis Schroder because the German point guard shot the ball well in the first three quarters. Teague should get minutes in the upper 20s his next time out, assuming Schroder doesn't get hot again. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:08 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores playoff career-high 27
    Dennis Schroder scored a playoff career-high 27 points against the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, six assists, five 3-pointers and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer went with Schroder in the fourth quarter due to his strong shooting in the first three quarters, but it kind of backfired. Schroder is one of the most Jekyll and Hyde players in the NBA due to how careless he can be at times. He likely won't play this much in Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:02 pm
  • Keith Appling arrested with AK-47
    Keith Appling was arrested over the weekend at a strip club in Dearborn, Michigan with a loaded AK-47, according to Justin Rose of WXYZ in Detroit.

    Advice: According to the report, the police are still investigating and his intentions were unclear. Appling was with the Magic last year, but this will hurt his chances of staying in the league. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:49 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry won't play in Game 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) won't play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The team will list him as doubtful "just to give people something to chew on," according to Kerr. The Warriors certainly didn't need him on Sunday in an easy win. They would probably like to hold him out for the entire series, but there is a chance he can suit up in Game 3 or 4. Shaun Livingston will get another start for Curry. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:36 am
  • Walton praises Jordan Clarkson's athleticism
    Luke Walton praised Jordan Clarkson's athleticism, saying that the young guard is "constantly in attack mode."

    Advice: Assuming he returns to the Lakers—which is a virtual certainty with Clarkson entering restricted free agency—it will be interesting to watch how Walton utilizes the dynamic athlete in his inaugural season as head coach. The 36-year-old also praised Clarkson's work ethic, which is arguably his most valuable asset at this stage of his young career. There are a lot of long-term uncertainties in Los Angeles, but Clarkson shouldn't be considered one of them. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:57 am
  • Walton thinks Russell has All-Star potential
    New Lakers coach Luke Walton believes D'Angelo Russell has the potential to be a "perennial All-Star."

    Advice: "He has very high potential. To me, he can be a perennial All-Star," he said. "He has the vision that you want your point guard to have. He sees the floor. Once they put him in the starting lineup, he naturally got a little more aggressive." The new lead man likes how Russell can score from both three-point range and the post, and you can be sure Walton will emphasize both of those qualities in his first year on the job. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:53 am
  • Seth Curry does not want to sign w/ Warriors
    Seth Curry, who is expected to decline his $1 million player option in favor of restricted free agency, said that he does not want to play with his brother Stephen on the Warriors.

    Advice: Seth cited a desire to compete against Steph rather than team up with him, which makes a lot of sense since he'll always be "Steph's brother" if he were to play on the same club. Seth added that he's not sure if he'll re-sign in Sacramento or move on elsewhere, but there's no doubt he'll target an opportunity for playing time after proving he deserves a real shot toward the end of the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:18 am
  • Stevens sees big potential in Terry Rozier
    Brad Stevens sees a lot of potential in Terry Rozier.

    Advice: "I just think that he’s got a burst that is pretty unique," Stevens said. "He’s still learning how to do things, but he’s making good progress, and his attitude’s really good. I mean, he’s a non-stop worker. He wants to be really good, and that’s a great trait for a young guy whose minutes are inconsistent." Rozier's fantasy outlook will depend on Boston's roster (re)construction, but he'll have a tough time getting consistent minutes so long as Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart remain ahead of him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:30 am
  • Jeremy Lin wants to be back with the Hornets
    Jeremy Lin expressed his desire to return to the Hornets next season.

    Advice: "I definitely want to play with these guys and for this coach. No question in my mind that I'm interested in coming back," he said. Lin holds a player option for a shade over $2 million for next year, but hinted he may choose to opt out in search of a larger average annual salary and multi-year security. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:54 am
  • Tyler Johnson ready to step up when needed
    Tyler Johnson said he's now "comfortable" heading into the second round.

    Advice: Johnson got back on the floor on Sunday for the first time after shoulder surgery, and now that he's been in the fire he's ready to step up when his number is called. Despite the confidence, Johnson is unlikely to have a significant role and there should be better second round DFS options. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:07 am
  • George Hill shoots well in season-ending loss
    George Hill made 8-of-11 shots on Sunday to finish with 19 points and three 3-pointers, but he added just one rebound and two assists during the Pacers' Game 7 defeat in Toronto.

    Advice: "For this basketball team to succeed, we need to run," Frank Vogel said before the game. "Forcing turnovers is a part of that." Indiana wound up with only eight points in transition, while committing five more turnovers than Toronto. They used a 15-2 surge to come within three points late in the fourth quarter, but ultimately it wasn't enough for Hill and co. to advance past the first round. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:03 pm
  • Ty Lawson's lost season ends with a whisper
    Ty Lawson's season ended on Sunday with just one point, one rebound and one assist in five minutes off the Pacers' bench.

    Advice: Lawson's decline has been precipitous and he finishes with averages of 5.7 points, 3.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 66 regular-season games with the Rockets and Pacers. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but given his struggles on and off the court, he's a long-shot to reclaim a starting job in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:02 pm
  • Cory Joseph shines in harrowing Game 7 win
    Cory Joseph had another terrific game on Sunday, posting eight points, three rebounds, four assists and one block in the Raptors' series-clinching 89-84 home victory.

    Advice: Joseph is shining in the national spotlight, and his two-way play off the bench is a big reason Toronto won their first playoff series since 2001. His penetration helped Toronto win the fastbreak battle for the first time all series, 12-8, and he was even more critical with Kyle Lowry (11 points on 5-of-14 FGs) struggling for most of the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:48 pm
  • Damian Lillard says he has a chest cold
    Damian Lillard said that he's been battling a chest cold for the past few days.

    Advice: He didn't have a voice after the game, but he's obviously not going to miss any time. Lillard scored 30 points on 8-of-26 shooting in Sunday's loss with five assists, four 3-pointers and four steals with just one turnover, so maybe the illness explains his struggles from the field. Hopefully he will feel better prior to Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:38 pm
  • C.J. McCollum shoots 5-of-17 in Game 1 defeat
    C.J. McCollum shot just 5-of-17 from the field on Sunday to finish a Game 1 defeat with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors' length and ability to switch pick-and-rolls was once again a deciding factor, as it helped to limit McCollum and Damian Lillard to combined 30.2 percent shooting in Game 1. He had a quiet Game 1 vs. the Clippers in the first round, before heating up throughout that series, so ideally he'll make a few adjustments to get himself going for Tuesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:34 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 30 points on 26 shots
    Damian Lillard needed 26 shots to score his 30 points during Game 1, finishing 8-of-26 from the field and 10-of-10 from the line with five assists and zero rebounds in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors had the league's fourth-most-efficient defense during the regular season and that hasn't changed in the playoffs, as they're allowing a mere 89.2 points per 100 possessions. Lillard's free throw shooting was impressive, and he added four 3-pointers and four steals with just one turnover, but Portland's hopes in the series may hinge on Lillard's ability to get going -- he came in shooting 37.4 percent in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • Stephen Curry thinks he might play in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (knee) said that there is a "pretty good" chance that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: His chances of playing in Game 2 on Tuesday are reportedly pretty "slim," but it sounds like he's making good progress and coach Steve Kerr said that he might start scrimmaging later this week. There are going to be a ton of updates on the MVP all week, so expect another one on Monday. Shaun Livingston will hold down the fort at point guard until Curry can return. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returns to action
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returned to action on Sunday vs. the Hornets after nearly three months on the sidelines, finishing with five points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in six minutes.

    Advice: He has technically been "available" for a few games now, but he was finally able to get some minutes due to garbage time. Josh Richardson is ahead of him on the depth chart, so Johnson likely won't have a significant role in round two of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:33 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 25, Heat wins Game 7
    Goran Dragic scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead the Heat to a 106-73 win over the Hornets in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Dragon had a quiet series prior to Sunday with modest averages of 12.3 points, 4.3 boards, 4.3 assists, and 0.8 steals, but he picked the perfect moment to erupt. Dragic was arguably the best player on the court today, adding six rebounds, four assists and one block in 32 minutes. The Heat will now move on to face the winner of Sunday's Game 7 between the Raptors and Pacers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:23 pm
  • Stephen Curry has a 'slim' chance for Game 2
    Stephen Curry (knee) has a "slim" chance to play in Game 2 vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He obviously won't play in Game 1 on Sunday, but Curry was able to do some stationary shooting on Saturday and coach Steve Kerr is open to the idea of allowing the MVP to start scrimmaging early next week. With Curry out on Sunday, Shaun Livingston will draw the start and Draymond Green will spend a lot of time running the offense. Andre Iguodala will have more responsibility as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:54 am
  • Kawhi Leonard locks up Russell Westbrook
    Russell Westbrook made 5-of-19 from the field for 14 points during a 124-92 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: Not a good start. The Spurs put Kawhi Leonard on Westbrook for most of this game and it totally took the Thunder offense out of rhythm. In fact, Westbrook was just 1-of-7 from the field against Kawhi in this game. He was also a disaster on defense during this game with OKC having a seemingly non-existent perimeter defense. Westbrook did have a good run against the Spurs during the season, but this is a terrible start with the Spurs approach to start the series. Leonard being on Westbrook is bad news for his DFS value as the most expensive player in most formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Kerr: Not much of a chance Curry in for Gm 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) doesn't have much of a chance to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is good news because Kerr did not rule him out. Curry is still not doing on-court work and he's obviously not going to play in Game 1. The MVP is doing some work in the training room and has said he's hoping to return before May 9. Shaun Livingston will be running the point while basically every other player steps up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Scott Brooks praises John Wall
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that John Wall has the ability to become one of the best players in the league.

    Advice: "He has the ability to be one of the best players in the game," Brooks said. "He can fill up the stat sheet. He can score at a high level, and he’s improved his 3-point shooting. I like his ability to make plays for others. Always been a high-assist guy. His rebounding is good, solid for that position." Brooks did say that he wants Wall to get to the free throw line more, saying that he and Bradley Beal should combine for 12 attempts per game. Still only 25 years old, Brooks could help Wall realize his full potential. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:00 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 28; Blazers win series
    Damian Lillard scored 28 points in a series-clinching 106-103 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Blazers were not supposed to be in the second round after losing four starters this past summer. Well, now they get a taller task against the Warriors. Lillard wears 0 for his hometown of Oakland and he'll be headed back home for Game 1 on Sunday. He was absolutely awesome in his four games against them this year, averaging 36.5 points, 2.0 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 5.8 treys. After a somewhat down round against the Clippers, most DFS owners should have high hopes in the second round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:42 pm
  • Flash Back: Dwyane Wade scores 23 in win
    Dwyane Wade torched the Hornets during a 97-90 win on Friday during Game 6 to tie the series 3-3, scoring 23 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have any 3-pointers since December 2015, so his two 3-pointers in the final 200 seconds of this game were extraordinarily clutch. Wade also had a block on Kemba Walker with 14 seconds left and hit a vintage contested fadeaway two with 19 seconds left. He will look to get a Game 7 win at home on Sunday. He's playing more minutes and should be ready to roll for DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Jeremy Lin struggles in a loss
    Jeremy Lin scored eight points with one rebound, one assist and three turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: It was a bad game, but Nicolas Batum (foot) got hurt again. Expect to see more Lin with a better outing in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 10 with 10 dimes
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer during a loss to the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: While he has been playing well on defense and as a passer, the efficiency issues are really hurting the Raptors. In his previous five games, Lowry only turned in a 44.5 true shooting percentage. He had better efficiency at home during the season, so maybe that'll help him out in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Cory Joseph scores 15 points vs. Pacers
    Cory Joseph scored 15 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He's arguably been the best Raptor of the series. Joseph has hit value in DFS majority of the time in this series, so he's on the table as a punt on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:31 pm
  • Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9
    Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

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

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

    Advice: Johnson was an "emergency option" in Game 5, but he never left the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Johnson will see minutes Friday, but keep in mind that he will likely be pretty limited. His return could push Gerald Green completely out of the rotation and he might take a couple of Josh Richardson's minutes as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:50 am
  • Kemba Walker praises Jeremy Lin
    Kemba Walker said that Jeremy Lin's aggression has forced the Heat to shift their defensive philosophy.

    Advice: "[When] me and Jeremy [Lin] are in attack mode, getting into the lane, we’re able to dish the ball out and get some [open] 3s," Walker said. "It’s definitely helped us, especially last game." Walker and Lin have combined for 59 free throws in this series as a result, and Lin has arguably been one of the biggest surprises of the postseason with averages of 14.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 0.6 3-pointers on 44.7 percent shooting. Despite the return of Nicolas Batum in Game 5, Lin still played 35 minutes so he should have a significant role the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 am
  • Jeff Teague tweaks troublesome left ankle
    Jeff Teague tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter on Thursday and did return, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, five assists and four turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He couldn't really shake his left ankle issue and had to go to the locker room a couple times. Teague will have a few days off before he gets Kyrie Irving on Monday, but he might not need it anyway because it looks minor. The former All-Star will be one of the most important players in the entire second round. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:57 pm
  • Teague (ankle) to locker room to be re-taped
    Jeff Teague (left ankle) went to the locker room to be re-taped and has returned

    Advice: This is the same left ankle that caused him problems for most of the season. He played for a few minutes, went to the bench, came back out to play, and went to the locker room after all that. Teague has suffered a couple minor tweaks before and usually goes to the locker room right away, so this one is very minor. He'll be back on the court soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:34 pm
  • Livingston will be more aggressive sans Curry
    Shaun Livingston said that he'll be more aggressive on the offensive end for however long Stephen Curry (knee) is sidelined.

    Advice: "I have to be more aggressive just because of the production that's out," Livingston said. "I don't expect to make all of that up — this guy leads the league in scoring. But it's really important we all remain aggressive and confident." Livingston knocked down 7-of-8 shots during Wednesday's series clinching Game 5 win over Houston, on his way to 16 points, three boards, three assists and just one turnover. Curry likely won't be ready for the start of the second-round, so Livingston could make for a nice low-budget DFS play when the Dubs second-round series begins. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson was available to play for Game 5, but didn't actually step foot on the court. He'll likely again be available for Game 6, but he won't play enough minutes to matter in any setting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Shaun Livingston shoots 7-of-8 in Game 5 win
    Shaun Livingston made 7-of-8 shots for 16 points during the Warriors' Game 5 victory, adding three boards, three assists and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Livingston is a savvy defender whose offense is underrated -- he's not a 3-point threat, but he's a great passer who consistently uses his 6'7" frame to shoot over smaller guards from the paint out to 20 feet. Steph Curry (sprained knee) has an uncertain return date, so Livingston could earn at least a few more starts at PG in the second round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • C.J. McCollum leads victorious Blazers w/ 27
    C.J. McCollum led Portland with 27 points during Wednesday's Game 5 win in L.A., making 9-of-18 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with four boards, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: He committed just one turnover in 38 minutes, and he knocked down two 3-pointers while joining Damian Lillard in a second-half surge that led to a double-digit road victory. Portland is one win away from advancing to a second-round matchup with the Warriors, and their odds are looking good with a home game looming and both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out of commission. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Damian Lillard heats up in 2nd half of Game 5
    Damian Lillard got hot late vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 7-of-20 from the field with five 3-pointers for 22 points, five assists and three steals in a 108-98 road victory.

    Advice: Lillard's usage rate has dropped since the regular season, and he came in shooting a mere 36.5 percent in the Blazers' first-round series. Much of that can be attributed to Chris Paul's individual defense, however, and Lillard shook off a very quiet first half to erupt for 19 points in the third and fourth quarters. He's poised for a huge line vs. Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni in Friday's home game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Dwyane Wade gets 25 points in tough home loss
    Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in a losing effort on Wednesday, making 11-of-19 shots, but he couldn't convert a potentially game-tying attempt down the stretch.

    Advice: The loss snapped a 13-game home win streak in the playoffs, and Wade was livid after failing to draw a foul call when he attacked the basket in the waning seconds of a two-point game. He picked up steam after a quiet first quarter tonight and should be firing on all cylinders when Miami seeks to extend their season on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) picks up DNP-CD
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) was available to play in Game 5 on Wednesday but he didn't leave Miami's bench.

    Advice: Johnson was available in case of emergency but wound up getting a DNP-CD. We're taking him off the injury report but it's unlikely that he'll crack the rotation in a critical Game 6 at Charlotte on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Tyler Johnson active as emergency option
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is available as an emergency option Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Basically, two guards would have to get hurt in this game for coach Erik Spoelstra to get Johnson in there. For now, it looks like Johnson won't be ready until the second round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Brooks: John Wall could still improve
    Coach Scott Brooks said John Wall could hit another level or even two or three more.

    Advice: Wall sort of plateaued last season with more turnovers, only an 0.2 assists per game increase and a dip in true shooting percentage despite more 3-pointers. Brooks is known for his somewhat simplistic offense, but he's done a decent job of developing some players. Wall will likely be worth a look in the second round of a standard-league draft and a late first in eight-category leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:44 am
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) ruled out for Game 5
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson is inching his way closer to a return, has gone through a full contact practice, and he's reportedly targeting a return to the court for Game 6 on Friday. While Johnson will take some minutes away from Josh Richardson upon his return to the court, it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to matter in most formats, particularly with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • George Hill scores 15 in loss Tuesday
    George Hill scored 15 points with three assists, two boards, one block, one steal and four 3-pointers on Tuesday in Game 5 vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Other than Paul George, Hill might be the Pacers' most reliable player right now. He was 5-of-9 from the field tonight and didn't have any turnovers, and he continued to pick up the slack on offense with Monta Ellis struggling. Hill had 22 points with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Game 4, so he's on the radar in DFS while he's hot. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 14 points in win
    Kyle Lowry scored 14 points in Tuesday's 102-99 win over the Pacers, adding five assists, four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He still can't find his shot, finishing just 3-of-11 from the field after shooting 32.2 percent in his previous four games. Lowry said that his elbow is a non-issue, so he's basially just struggling to get out of a shooting slump. "We’re going to ride or die with DeMar [DeRozan] and Kyle [Lowry]," Dwane Casey said. "They haven’t shot the ball great, but it’s still basketball. We’re going to go with them, they’re our star players, they’re all-stars for a reason and we’re trying, as a coach and as a staff, to try to put them in the best position to be successful." DeRozan got on track in Game 5, so hopefully it's Lowry's turn in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • Dennis Schroder ready to go for Game 5 Tues
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be ready to go for Game 5 on Tuesday, according to head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: Schroder is dealing with a balky ankle, but isn't in danger of missing Tuesday night's Game 5 against the Celtics. He had a bit of a letdown in Game 4 with just seven points and is a risky DFS play as long as Jeff Teague is healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:54 am
  • Tyler Johnson could be an option for Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is getting closer to a return and could potentially play in Game 6.

    Advice: While Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson is close to forcing some discussions, the Heat guard said he's feeling much better. "The biggest thing is I made progress today without having pain," Johnson said. "This was the second day where I had a good workout or practice and didn’t feel anything. If this continues, I think we can start working towards maybe getting in there." Johnson's return while cut into Josh Richardson's minutes a bit, but he'll likely be eased back into action once he's able to suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 19 points vs. Clips
    C.J. McCollum scored 19 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Damian Lillard didn't have it tonight and McCollum carried the backcourt for scoring. He didn't turn the ball over at all in this game after turning it over twice in each of the previous three games. Expect him to flirt with 20 points the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:55 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores just 12 points vs. LAC
    Damian Lillard scored 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Things are going to be a little easier on Lillard now that Chris Paul (hand) is out. CP3 has pretty much had his number in every game against him with the exception of Game 3. Lillard should bounce back on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Superstar: Russell Westbrook drops 36-12-9
    Russell Westbrook was tremendous during a series-clinching 118-104 win over the Mavs on Monday, scoring 36 points with 12 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Before the game, owner Mark Cuban said Kevin Durant is the only superstar on the Thunder. After the game, Dirk Nowitzki said he'd take Westbrook and coach Rick Carlisle said the Thunder have two superstars. Westbrook was also asked about Charlie Villanueva. "Now he gets to go home and get ready in the offseason to sit and watch 82 more games like he did this year," Westbrook said. Westbrook will get a tough matchup against the Spurs in the next round, which figures to be the best series of the second round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 21 points in win vs. Heat
    Jeremy Lin scored 21 against the Heat on Monday, adding three assists, two steals, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets have not missed Nicolas Batum (ankle) at all and most of it has to do with Lin. He was marvelous in Game 3 and has carried the Hornets second unit while getting 26 minutes next to Kemba Walker tonight. There's a chance Batum can make it back for Game 5, so that would likely hurt Lin. Although, he's been too good and coach Steve Clifford might have to find a way to get him more minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 12 points in loss
    Dwyane Wade scored 12 points during a Game 4 89-85 loss to the Hornets on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat offense was a well-oiled machine on Game 1 and 2, but they've really been held in check. They didn't have a single fast-break point in this game with only 30 points in the paint, as well. As for Wade, he's played 33 minutes in each of his last two, but he made just 11-of-31 from the field in those two losses. The Heat head back home for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Dennis Schroder is probable again
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) is probable for Tuesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He may not be 100 percent, but Schroder should be out there for Game 5. He cooled off in Game 4 with just seven points after a 20-point Game 3. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 2:14 pm
  • Vogel adjusts to get Hill the ball more often
    Frank Vogel made a subtle adjustment in Game 4, allowing George Hill to have the ball in his hands at the top of the key.

    Advice: The result? Hill felt that the tweak allowed him to be more active in the offense, resulting in 22 points without a single turnover. "Anytime you can feel the ball a bit more and you feel like you’re a little bit more involved, it’s all about confidence," he said. "If you’re sitting for more of the majority of the game and you really don’t get a lot of touches, maybe every once in a while your confidence and your rhythm is probably out of sync." In addition to serving as the primary defender against Kyle Lowry vs. Toronto, the Pacers need Hill's offense to keep showing up if Indiana wants to upset Toronto and move on to the second round. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 10:30 am
  • Johnson (shoulder) progressing toward return
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is progressing toward a return, but he will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson said it's "the best he's felt" in his rehab, and even the normally cryptic Erik Spoelstra said that the guard is "pushing us into some discussions." It's hard to envision Johnson getting back out there before he goes through a full contact practice—which he has yet to do—but it's clear the guard is on the comeback trail after being pain/soreness-free for the first time this weekend. While Johnson has been ruled out of Game 4 and does not expect to play in Game 5 vs. Charlotte, he could be available after that. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 8:22 am
  • Kyle Lowry says elbow injury is a non-issue
    Kyle Lowry said his elbow injury is a non-issue and unrelated to his current shooting slump.

    Advice: "Nope. I’m just missing shots. I get some good looks, but I’m just missing shots," Lowry said. Until if and when K-Low starts making shots, he'll continue to get questions about whether or not his elbow is hampering his play. Through his first four playoff games in 2-16, Lowry is shooting just 19-of-59 (25.4 percent) from the field. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 7:08 am
  • Tyronn Lue praises Kyrie Irving's recent play
    Tyronn Lue praised Kyrie Irving's play in the first round, saying "that's what we needed from him."

    Advice: "He was aggressive and in attack mode the whole series," Lue added. "I knew that during the regular season it was going to be peaks and valleys and I really just had to come to grips with it," Irving said. "I knew that the preparation was for the postseason." The Cavs will need this version of Kyrie to show up regularly if they want to make a deep playoff run. In the opening round, Irving averaged 27.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.0 3-pointers to go with just 1.5 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 6:59 am
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