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  • Patrick Beverley (knee) to have MRI on Monday
    Patrick Beverley will have an MRI on Monday after spraining his right knee during Sunday's game.

    Advice: Beverley tore his right meniscus on March 27 but he was able to avoid surgery and return to action just two weeks later, and there is reportedly "a great deal of fear" that he's seriously aggravated his injury. He's questionable to play on Wednesday and if he can't suit up the Rockets will shift Jeremy Lin into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 46 points in OT win
    LaMarcus Aldridge set a Blazers franchise record with 46 points on Sunday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a thrilling OT road victory in Game 1.

    Advice: Aldridge averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds vs. the Rockets this season and he clearly has their number, as neither Terrence Jones nor Dwight Howard could contain him defensively. He made 17-of-30 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs and even sank both of his 3-point attempts, despite having made just three during the entire regular season. The Rockets' official Twitter account summed things up late in the game, saying, "We finally stopped LaMarcus Aldridge. He fouled out." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Blazers win despite poor bench production
    Mo Williams scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting in Sunday's comeback, as the Blazers won in OT despite their bench combining for seven points on 14.3 percent shooting.

    Advice: Portland's bench averaged a league-low 24.7 points per game during the regular season, so the lack of production is nothing new, but to come back in the series they'll need to get some production from Williams, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Joel Freeland. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Damian Lillard dominates in NBA playoff debut
    Damian Lillard was kneed in the thigh by Dwight Howard on Sunday, but he kept playing and finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists in his first NBA playoff game.

    Advice: Lillard didn't seem bothered by the injury, catching fire down the stretch and sinking a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game with 29 seconds remaining, en route to a thrilling OT victory. He'll probably be stiff and sore in the morning but with Game 2 scheduled for Wednesday the Blazers' dynamic second-year PG should be ready to go. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 24 points on Sunday
    Chandler Parsons made 10-of-21 shots including three 3-pointers to score 24 points in Sunday's overtime loss to Portland.

    Advice: The Rockets were led by Parsons, James Harden (27 points) Dwight Howard (27 points) and an almost manic effort from Patrick Beverley, whose nine points and six rebounds are a poor reflection of his impact on Game 1. The Rockets will look to regroup and even the series in Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Terrence Jones can't check LaMarcus Aldridge
    Terrence Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Rockets' heart-breaking OT loss in Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: Jones made 6-of-10 FGs while chipping in two assists and two blocks but he struggled defensively in a tough matchup vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, who blew up for 46 points in the road win. Rockets coach Kevin McHale used an eight-man rotation and gave DNP-CDs to both Donatas Motiejunas and Omri Casspi. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Robin Lopez struggles vs. Dwight Howard
    Robin Lopez struggled in his matchup with Dwight Howard on Sunday, posting six points on 2-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and one block.

    Advice: The Blazers didn't give Lopez any help in the post defensively and Dwight made them pay, though Portland's decision to intentionally foul Howard led to four straight missed FTs and turned the momentum around with five minutes remaining. Lopez had a +/- rating of -15, which was easily the worst of any player, and it will be interesting to see if Portland alters their defensive approach on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Joakim Noah (personal) double-doubles in loss
    Joakim Noah (personal) finished the Bulls' Game 1 loss with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Noah played well but he had a tough time against the size, quickness and passing of Nene, who pitched in a game-high 24 points, and the Bulls may have to tweak their defensive strategy in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Gary Neal plays 28 minutes off bench Sunday
    Gary Neal played 28 minutes off the bench against the Heat on Sunday, scoring 17 points with three boards and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He ate into Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's playing time, which is not really a surprise. MKG doesn't bring much on the offensive end and didn't score in the first half before putting in five after halftime, so this probably going to be a trend in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play on Sunday night
    Joakim Noah (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday night in Game 1.

    Advice: He said he couldn't talk about the passing of his former coach, Tyrone Green, and it looks like he'll do his talking on the court. The Wizards have struggled quite a bit against centers all season, so obviously Noah is going to be a focus of their defensive game plan. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Devin Harris scores 19 points off bench
    Devin Harris scored 19 points off the bench in Sunday's loss to the Spurs to go with three rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was the only Maverick in double-figure scoring at halftime and was also the only player on the team with more than 11 points to end the game. Harris gave the Mavericks a lot of life and may have earned even more minutes than his 32 today. The Mavericks have been managing his minutes for much of the season, so they're apparently going to let him loose. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Tony Parker takes over late, scores 21 points
    Tony Parker put the Spurs on his back in Game 1's 90-85 win over the Mavericks Sunday, scoring 21 points with four boards, six assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Spurs just took over late to win this game. They were getting all sorts of easy buckets and almost doubled up the Mavs in the points-in-the-paint battle 56-32. Parker had a big hand in that with four of his assists leading to layups while eight of his nine makes were layups. He's a marvel with respect to efficiency while he and coach Gregg Popovich are on the same page like few others. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Danny Green puts up a goose egg Sunday
    Danny Green did not score against the Mavericks on Sunday, adding five boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He only attempted two shots today and the Spurs didn't get him involved much. Green had a good season against the Mavericks on the year, making 3.0 triples per game on a pristine 78.6 effective field goal percentage in four games. He'll likely have his inconsistencies throughout the playoffs, but he's a good bet for a big game in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Roy Hibbert: 'I'm the weak link on defense'
    A dejected Roy Hibbert stated, "I'm the weak link on defense," following Saturday's game one loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has been unrecognizable for the past few months, and the last two weeks have been particularly awful. Since being benched versus Atlanta on April 6, Hibbert has shot 7-of-37 (18.9percent) from the field totaling 17 points through five games. To make matters worse Hibbert is being forced out towards the perimeter as he's tasked with guarding Atlanta's Pero Antic, and that has clearly made him uncomfortable. Hibbert is in jeopardy of being benched in favor of Luis Scola or Ian Mahinmi, and that's not exactly what you'd want from a guy who pulled in $14.2 million this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:21 am
  • Mike Conley plays well in loss to Thunder
    Mike Conley hit just 6-of-16 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Thunder, but finished with 16 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and three steals.

    Advice: He came through for fantasy owners, but will have to play better than this if the Grizzlies are going to beat OKC. And that's a tall order. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Serge Ibaka with complete game in win
    Serge Ibaka had 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in a Game 1 win over Memphis.

    Advice: Ibaka is a very popular first-round pick in playoff leagues, as blocked shots tend to be worth a lot of points, while the Thunder have an excellent chance of getting to the Finals. Ibaka didn't disappoint in Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:33 pm
  • Roy Hibbert doesn't block a shot vs. Hawks
    Roy Hibbert hit 4-of-9 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's 101-93 Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has a terrible match up with Pero Antic (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 3-pointers) and could find himself benched for much of this series, because Antic plays mainly on the perimeter. Hibbert has been struggling for some time and this series should offer more of the same. And if the Pacers don't figure things out quickly, they're going to make an early exit and heads will likely roll in Indy. Not only did Hibbert fail to block a shot, but he had his shot blocked by Kyle Korver. Yes, Kyle Korver. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:55 pm
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) back at practice
    Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

    Advice: Noah will be ready for the Bulls' playoff opener vs. Washington on Sunday, which Chicago is heavily favored to win. Wizards center Marcin Gortat averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break, but he's unlikely to have so much success while facing Noah on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 am
  • Vogel still not sure on his rotation
    Coach Frank Vogel said he'll adjust his rotations on a game-by-game basis during the playoffs.

    Advice: "It'll vary night by night and we'll see how the flow of the game is going," Vogel said. The first player that comes to mind here is Roy Hibbert. He's been yanked from games on several occasions and has quickly become a huge liability on offense. In fact, he had the second-worst effective field goal percentage among qualifiers this season and looked as slow as his teammate Andrew Bynum. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:52 pm
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) skips practice
    Joakim Noah (personal) did not practice Friday.

    Advice: Noah was excused for bereavement reasons. He's in New York, but is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago Saturday. The Bulls open up their first-round series against the Wizards at 7pm ET on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:47 am
  • Aldridge, Mo Williams should be ready
    LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams sat out Wednesday's finale, but both should be ready to go for the playoffs.

    Advice: The Blazers will get the Rockets in Round 1 and it will be all hands on deck in what should be a thrilling playoff match up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:48 pm
  • Mike Conley plays 42 minutes in win
    Mike Conley played 42 minutes against the Mavericks on Wednesday during a big 106-105 win, scoring 22 points with four boards, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a hamstring issue on Monday and has been able to do all of his activities leading up to tonight. Conley hit a couple big free throws down the stretch, which was reassuring after he missed some clutch ones on Monday. The Grizzlies will take on the Thunder in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:31 pm
  • Roy Hibbert starts, more of the same in win
    Roy Hibbert started on a night when most other playoff regulars were sitting throughout the league, but looked about the same as he has since the All-Star break, hitting 1-of-7 shots for four points, seven rebounds and a block.

    Advice: If the goal was to improve Hibbert's confidence, or let him torch a bunch of scrubs, it didn't work. He played just 17 minutes, but it's hard to imagine a 1-of-7 shooting night doing anything for his psyche. And he's going to have to deal with Pero Antic in Round 1 of the playoffs, who will do his best to linger outside and keep Hibbert out of the paint. This may not end well. Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland led the Pacers with 19 points a piece, but you probably won't hear there name in these parts again this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Mo Williams gets night off for Blazers
    Mo Williams will rest in Wednesday's finale.

    Advice: He's been dealing with some knee issues and is no spring chicken, so it makes sense for the Blazers to give him a rest. LaMarcus Aldridge will join him in street clothes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:52 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Mo Williams out Wednesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams will rest for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Blazers certainly don't want to put Aldridge in harm's way and will keep him out in preparation for a first-round series vs. the Rockets. With Aldridge out, expect to see some of Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson and Joel Freeman. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:51 pm
  • Parker in the starting lineup
    Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Aron Baynes and Tiago Splitter are starting vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Parker went to the locker room on Monday, but coach Gregg Popovich shot down any concern about his All-Star point guard. There's a good chance his minutes will be down tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge still iffy for Wednesday
    The Blazers have still not announced who is in and out of the lineup for Wednesday, but there's a chance LaMarcus Aldridge won't play.

    Advice: If you have options, the safe route would be to find someone else to use, but there is still a chance he could play tonight. It just doesn't seem like the odds are in favor of that happening. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • Chandler Parsons out Wednesday for rest
    Chandler Parsons will rest during Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Parsons recently battled minor hip and wrist injuries but he'll have enough time to recover before the start of the playoffs. Guys like Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi will take on bigger roles with Parsons and James Harden (rest) both out on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:43 am
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) feeling better Wed.
    Mike Conley said that his right hamstring injury has improved, though his status for Wednesday's game remains uncertain.

    Advice: "I'm doing a lot of stretching and keeping heat on it, so it should be loose," Conley said. Fantasy owners relying on Conley for production in the season's final game should check back closer to tip-off for the final word on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:23 am