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  • 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 Today, 3:50 pm
    Not Active
  • Heat rule out Chris Bosh for playoffs
    The Heat ruled out Chris Bosh for the remainder of the postseason, according to a team statement.

    Advice: The statement said the team, Bosh, doctors and medical staff have been working together through this process. Bosh has reportedly been trying to get clearance, including seeing other doctors to do so. However, the team likely feels there is just too much risk involved here. It'll be Luol Deng manning the power forward spot the rest of the way this year. Bosh's status for next year is undetermined. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:52 pm
    Injured
  • Hassan Whiteside getting treatment
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) received treatment on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play without limitations for Game 2. Whiteside logged a whopping 39 minutes in Game 1, but he was dominated by Jonas Valanciunas in the low post. Still, Whiteside should be ready to roll for a big line in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:06 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 Today, 12:04 pm
    GTD
  • Rumor: LAL will make push for Paul George
    The Lakers would reportedly like to try and trade for Paul George this summer, according to sources of Bill Simmons.

    Advice: If the Lakers are able to secure a top-3 selection in the 2016 draft, they would reportedly like to use that pick among other assets (likely D'Angelo Russell) to try and lure PG-13 away from Indiana. While anything is possible, it would be extremely shocking to see Larry Bird deal away a top-15 player entering his prime in order to go through a full rebuild with unproven talent. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:01 am
    New Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF,PF
  • Ainge undecided on team option for Jerebko
    Danny Ainge said "nothing has been decided" regarding the team option on Jonas Jerebko.

    Advice: The Celtics have a team option worth $5 million on Jerebko for the 2016-17 season, but he's likely the least of Boston's concerns with guys like Kevin Durant, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford and Dwight Howard all set to hit the open market this summer. Jerebko is unlikely to land in a situation where he'll be able to establish himself as a standard league option in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:45 am
  • No decision yet on team option for Johnson
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he's not yet made an official decision on whether or not to pick up Amir Johnson's option for next season worth $12 million.

    Advice: Johnson played very well during his first year with the Celtics, but what Boston does during the draft and free agency will likely determine whether or not they decide to commit another $12 million to Johnson next season. Johnson was little more than a late-round guy in 9-cat leagues this year, and his value will be dependent upon his landing spot and the construct of the Celtics' roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:39 am
  • 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 Today, 10:25 am
  • CHA will make Batum No. 1 priority during FA
    Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that he will make re-signing Nicolas Batum as an unrestricted free agent this offseason Charlotte's No. 1 priority.

    Advice: "[Batum] is a huge piece. He’s number one in our offseason priority," said Cho. "Overall he did a great job on both ends of the floor and in the locker room." Batum had a solid season in Charlotte, putting up steady mid-round value with averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 triples, 0.9 steals, 0.6 swats and 2.9 turnovers per contest. Batum's ability to space the floor and run an offense also really helped Kemba Walker up his efficiency, and it sounds like Charlotte will do everything in their power to retain him on the open market. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:27 am
  • Melo wants 'process' in NYK coaching search
    Carmelo Anthony again restated his desire for Phil Jackson to go through an all-encompassing search when hiring the Knicks' next head coach.

    Advice: "I’ve said this and I’ll continue to say it; there needs to be a process," Anthony said of the Knicks' coaching search. "As long as there’s a process and you go through the proper channels to figure out exactly what you need to do, I don’t have no problem with that. But if you don’t go through that process and at least look to see what’s out there, then we have a problem with that." Kurt Rambis remains the favorite to land the Knicks' head coaching gig, a move that Anthony has yet to fully endorse. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:40 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 Today, 7:28 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:05 am
    Injured
  • Mason Plumlee struggles in Game 2 loss
    Mason Plumlee struggled in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring six points with 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and six turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was just 2-of-6 from the field tonight after going 0-of-7 in Game 1. Plumlee's playmaking ability has improved tremendously, but he was forcing the issue too much tonight. He should be much better in Game 3 in Portland on Saturday, but Plumlee has quickly learned that the Warriors' interior defense is no joke. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:17 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 Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Andre Iguodala scores 15 points in win
    Andre Iguodala scored 15 points with five boards, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight, shooting 6-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. It sounds like Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Game 3 or Game 4, but the Warriors might be cautious considering they have a commanding 2-0 series lead. Iguodala will continue to benefit if Curry misses more time, but keep in mind that he had just six points with four boards and three assists in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Draymond Green double-doubles in win
    Draymond Green double-doubled in Tuesday's win over the Blazers, scoring 17 points (7-of-20 FGs) with 14 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four blocks and two turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors got off to a rough start and were trailing by 11 points at the end of the third quarter, but they won the final quarter by 22 points. The Warriors' defense, led by Green, held the Blazers to 12 fourth-quarter points which tied a franchise record for the fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era. Green is a superstar and it's even more obvious with Stephen Curry (knee) on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Patrick Patterson plays 18 minutes in loss
    Patrick Patterson moved to the bench and played 18 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, scoring two points with three boards and one assist.

    Advice: With the Raptors going small to match up with the Heat, Patterson may not have a significant role in this series. Despite averaging 26.7 minutes in round one of the playoffs, fantasy owners should shy away from Patterson until further notice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 24 w/ 14 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas was dominant vs. the Heat on Tuesday with 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 41 minutes.

    Advice: J-Val was the best player for the Raptors tonight and it wasn't close either. Valanciunas usually only sees around 26 minutes per game, but coach Dwane Casey couldn't take him off the floor tonight and he was also giving Hassan Whiteside some problems down low. Bismack Biyombo was invisible tonight with three rebounds in 11 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 22 points in Game 1
    DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-22 from the field with six boards, four assists and one steal in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 31.9 percent from the field in round one of the playoffs, so at least he's trending in the right direction. Kyle Lowry was ice cold tonight, so DeRozan may be asked to do even more on offense moving forward. He also had a 29.1 usage rate tonight which is a fair expectation for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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