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  • Report: Shumpert and Miller will start
    Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller will start against the Bulls on Monday, according to Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

    Advice: It's not a surprise whatsoever to see Miller get the start over Tristan Thompson. LeBron James played a lot of power forward in Game 4 against the Celtics, so expect that to continue going forward. Shumpert will get minutes, but his usage rate will be very tiny in the next two games. Miller is not a great fantasy option either. With Love out, the biggest beneficiary might be Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    38 minutes ago
  • Wittman: Brad Beal should be fine for Game 2
    Coach Randy Wittman said Bradley Beal (ankle) should be fine for Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Beal is getting treatment on his right ankle, but the good news is that he didn't need an MRI to check for damage. He may be listed as questionable for Tuesday, but it sounds like he'll be able to go. Beal was terrific with 28 points on Sunday. If he's out, expect Otto Porter, Garrett Temple and Martell Webster to get more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:23 am
    Injured
  • Report: J.J. Barea hoping for $3M annually
    J.J. Barea is hoping to sign with the Mavs on a multi-year deal that pays $3 million annually, a source told ESPN Dallas.

    Advice: Barea said it would be easier for the Mavs to keep him this time, and that translates to the fact that Dallas won't have to overpay him to keep him now that his free-agent stock is significantly lower. It would be a surprise if Barea got more than a two-year offer from any team, including Dallas, so he may have to be a little more realistic about his contract desires. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:18 am
  • John Wall wearing protective wrist wrap Mon.
    John Wall (wrist) was wearing a protective wrap at practice on Monday.

    Advice: Wall has already vowed to play in Game 2 and finished Game 1 without issue, so we don't expect the concern to slow him down. After sustaining the injury, Wall played with both hands and had no trouble utilizing his left, indicating that he wasn't playing compromised like Kobe Bryant did earlier in the season when he played one-handed basketball. Expect Wall to start Game 2 as usual. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:10 am
  • Chris Paul does shootaround, still game-time
    Chris Paul (hamstring) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision on Monday for Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: When asked for a CP3 update, Doc Rivers said, "Uh, he's alive." Paul is expected to test his hamstring to see if he can give it a go, and Doc Rivers will rely on the training staff to make the call. If CP3 sits, Austin Rivers could draw the Game 1 start. That's a weird sentence. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:06 am
    Injured
  • Stephen Curry officially crowned NBA MVP
    Stephen Curry has officially been named the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

    Advice: Chef Curry is indeed cooking with the pot. After unofficial word slipped out on Sunday, the league wasted no time in making the announcement official on Monday. James Harden finished second, LeBron James finished third and Russell Westbrook finished fourth with Anthony Davis (fifth) and Chris Paul (sixth) rounding out the order. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 am
  • Report: Mike Conley unlikely to play Game 2
    Mike Conley (face, eye) is unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

    Advice: The Grizzlies and Warriors don't square off until Tuesday night for Game 2, but with Conley still being bothered by noise and bright lights in addition to continued facial swelling, it would be miraculous if we saw him before Game 3 at the very earliest. It's also unclear if Conley will have to go through the NBA's concussion protocol, which could potentially push his return date back further. Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to try and fill in for Conley. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:32 am
    Injured
  • Jerel McNeal to play summer league w/ Suns
    Jerel McNeal is expected to play in summer league with the Suns.

    Advice: "I'll probably end up doing Summer League with Phoenix and just use that as another opportunity to show what I can do and go do what the coaching staff asks. I'll do whatever I need to do to stick around," he said. McNeal is conditionally under contract next season, but he'll have to make an incredible impression this offseason to last beyond training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:25 am
  • Crabbe facing uncertain future w/ Blazers
    Alan Crabbe's contract for next season with the Blazers is non-guaranteed.

    Advice: Although Crabbe is expected to play in summer league for the Blazers, it's not clear if he'll be on the roster next season. He's been a mostly disappointing player at the pro level, but he hasn't really received an extended opportunity to showcase his skills, either. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:12 am
  • Mirza Teletovic leaving future up to agent
    Mirza Teletovic said he'll leave his future up to his agent.

    Advice: Teletovic will be an unrestricted free agent if the Nets don't extend a qualifying contract offer, but that seems unlikely. After returning from blood clots on his lungs this season, Teletovic's future in Brooklyn is a question mark. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:09 am
  • Anderson offers lukewarm Nets endorsement
    When asked about his impending free agency, Alan Anderson offered a lukewarm endorsement of his future with the Nets.

    Advice: "I'm free, so..." he said. "I would love to stay in Brooklyn, but I am a free agent. So I will be free." Anderson should have no problem clearing offers north of $3M annually, more than twice what he made in 2014-15. We don't expect him back with the Nets. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:07 am
  • Thad Young says Lopez decision factors in
    Thad Young admitted that Brook Lopez's free-agent decision will impact his future with the Nets.

    Advice: Lopez has a player option for next season, and Young, who has an early termination option, admitted that Lopez's decision has influence on what his next move will be. "I definitely want to see what the big fella is going to do also, but we've already been told that they expect us back next year and they want us back next year no matter if we pick up our options or opt out," Young said. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:06 am
  • Brook Lopez noncommittal about future w/ Nets
    Brook Lopez, who has a $16.7 million player option for next season, is noncommittal about his future with the Nets.

    Advice: "I like being here," he said. "I absolutely enjoyed my time with the Nets. It's been good for me." Earlier this season, the thought of Lopez opting out and leaving nearly $17 million on the table was unfathomable. Now? It's expected Lopez will opt out and command a sizable multi-year deal. For what it's worth, Lopez spoke of the Nets in the past tense. If he does hit free agency, Lopez will be a fascinating case to watch unfold. The Nets would have an incredibly tough time replacing Lopez if he walks out of Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:03 am
  • James Young expected to play in summer league
    James Young is expected to play in summer league for the Celtics.

    Advice: The C's other first-round pick this season was barely a blip on the radar screen in his inaugural campaign. Young is still incredibly raw and needs to spend extended time in the weight room before he's capable of making a real impact. Marcus Smart is expected to join him in the action in order to get increased reps at point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:54 am
  • Wesley Matthews' future undecided w/ Blazers
    Blazers GM Neil Olshey wouldn't commit to re-signing Wesley Matthews this offseason.

    Advice: "We know his value to us; we also know he's going to have market value around the league," he said. Matthews is coming off a torn Achilles, and after the Blazers absolutely fell apart without him, his free-agent case looks pretty good despite the injury. He should have no problem getting a variety of multi-year offers, and his future could very well be outside of Portland. If he leaves, the Blazers are going to have a very tough time replacing what he brings to the table. Both the player and the team have now been noncommittal about remaining together. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
    Injured
  • Kawhi Leonard struggled mightily vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard hit just 13-of-44 shots over the Spurs' final three games of the first round vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Leonard also only had eight total steals in the seven-game series, and he didn't have one over the final four games. After struggling with a ligament injury in his hand earlier in the season, Leonard was brilliant down the stretch and it helped earn him Defensive Player of the Year honors. It would be shocking if Leonard's restricted free agency ended with anything except him earning a max deal to be the new face of the San Antonio Spurs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:33 am
  • Danny Green wants to remain with the Spurs
    Danny Green said that he hopes to re-sign with the Spurs this offseason.

    Advice: Green will be an unrestricted free agent, but San Antonio also has to address Kawhi Leonard's free agency as well as a potential new deal for Tim Duncan and/or Manu Ginobili. Green should get some really solid offers in free agency after averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 2.4 triples (41.8 percent) on 43.6 percent shooting overall. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:31 am
  • Tony Allen plays great, earns boos in Game 1
    Tony Allen drew the ire of Warriors fans by accidentally interrupting a children's dance group during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, which he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Andrew Bogut fouls out in 24 minutes
    Andrew Bogut didn't do much statistically through his 24 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring just four points on 2-of-3 shooting, to go with six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: There was a point early in the game where Bogut gingerly walked to the bench after a substitution holding his lower-back area, but he continued to play through the pain, although it did seem to affect his lateral speed. The Warriors absolutely need Bogut's size to compete with Memphis' imposing frontcourt, so we'd expect him to play in Game 2 on Tuesday, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Expect another update on Bogut following Tuesday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
  • Teague struggles with shot in Game 1 loss
    Jeff Teague's postseason struggles continued on Sunday, as he scored just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting to go with seven assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover over 34 minutes.

    Advice: Teague is now shooting 37.8 percent from the field this postseason, and he'll need to turn things around for Atlanta to have a chance of evening up the series during Tuesday's Game 2. The Hawks actually had a 10-point lead heading into halftime, but they absolutely self-destructed during the second-half, connecting on just 25 percent of their shot attempts. Teague did briefly leave Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but he played through it, and we'd expect him to be fine for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
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