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  • Batum starts 2nd half, Kaminsky to bench
    Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was only supposed to play seven or eight minutes in each half according to coach Steve Clifford before the game, but he's already up to 16 minutes at the half. He isn't close to 100 percent and he's not moving that well either, but the Hornets have no choice but to play him if they want to escape Miami with a win. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:22 am
  • 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 Today, 10:54 am
    Injured
  • Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) is available
    Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) is available to play in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: Originally expected to miss at least a week of action, Hawes was a late addition to the active roster and it's not a guarantee that he plays. Even if he does get some action, his minutes will likely be limited to the teens. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:36 am
  • Tyler Hansbrough (back) will not play Sunday
    Tyler Hansbrough (back spasms) will not play in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: He isn't in the rotation anyways, so this won't have any fantasy implications. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:59 am
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play Sunday
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play in Game 7 vs. the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: He cleared all tests and an MRI on Saturday came back negative, so he should be close to 100 percent. Richardson is averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in 30.5 minutes per game in this series. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:25 am
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wants to add weight
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said that he will take about a month off to heal a core muscle strain that he suffered back in February.

    Advice: KCP played through the issue down the stretch and said that he still feels it, but the month off should help him get back to 100 percent. When asked what he wants to accomplish this summer, KCP said he wants to get stronger and add about 10 pounds. He is eligible for an extension of his rookie contract this summer, but if he doesn't reach an agreement with the Pistons he will become a restricted free agent in 2017. The third-year guard averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 3-pointers this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:48 am
  • 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 Today, 7:38 am
  • Brad Stevens wants Celtics to re-sign Turner
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Evan Turner that he wants him back in Boston next season.

    Advice: "Coach [Stevens] definitely said [he wants me back]," said Turner. "He said he’ll be pushing for me and everything like that. And that’s pretty much it. But there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on right now. I understand it. And I understand what’s going to occur, with the draft picks and the young guys trying to develop and trying to get a superstar, stuff like that. I definitely comprehend it." The Celtics may try to land a star this summer and have a stockpile of draft picks to use, so Turner won't be their top priority even though they want to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:22 am
  • Belinelli discusses Kings' chemistry issues
    In an interview with Sky Sports Italy, Marco Belinelli discussed some of the problems that he saw in Sacramento this season.

    Advice: "There wasn't a group from the start of the season," Belinelli said. "[George] Karl didn't want [DeMarcus] Cousins and Cousins didn't want Karl as coach. It's pretty hard to play well in a situation like that." Belinelli added that he saw some "very bad stuff" in the locker room, but it's no secret that the Kings had some chemistry issues. As for Belinelli, he still has two more years left on his deal with the Kings, but he likely won't be anything more than a 3-point specialist in fantasy next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:45 am
  • Kris Humphries will see minutes in round two
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that he expects to use Kris Humphries in the series against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "I think we’ll need Kris in this series," Budenholzer said. "I can see us needing Kris and [Mike Muscala] and everybody. I think Kris is always ready. He’s anxious. He’s let me know he is ready to go." Humphries only made one appearance in round one vs. Boston, but Budenholzer may need Humphries for his rebounding ability because Tristan Thompson is a handful on the glass for the Cavs. To be clear, he likely won't see enough minutes to make an impact in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 am
  • Danny Green scores 18 points on 121.4 eFG%
    Danny Green caught fire in a win over the Thunder on Saturday, making 6-of-7 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and five 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Where was this all season? Green's efficiency was an unbelievable 121.4 effective field goal percentage while playing some terrific defense on the other end during the easy win. Perhaps no player turned in more duds than Green in the regular season, so we'd like to see it again. Congrats to those who started him in DFS tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 25 points in 22 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard made 10-of-13 from the field for 25 points in 22 minutes against the Thunder during a Game 1 win on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's won Defensive Player of the Year in the last two seasons, but Kawhi's offense was the story tonight. He made his first six shots from the field to help get him to 20 points in the first half. Kevin Durant simply couldn't guard him with his array of hesitation moves and he was awesome in transition. The Klaw will be dominating this series on both ends as a high-end DFS option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 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 Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Grizzlies believe they can re-sign Conley
    Memphis team officials are confident that they will be able to re-sign Mike Conley this summer according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

    Advice: Conley is obviously the Grizzlies' No. 1 priority this offseason, and they can also offer more money to him than any other team. Regardless, Conley will be the best point guard on the open market this summer, so he's going to get a max deal. A move away from Memphis could actually improve his fantasy value, but he's going to be a stud no matter what. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 am
    GTD
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:00 am
    GTD
  • DeMarcus Cousins says feet are bothering him
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his feet bother him more every year.

    Advice: This is obviously pretty concerning, but keep in mind that he will address this issue during the offseason and he's already had some shockwave treatment to relieve the tendinitis in his feet. Cousins is expected to play for Team USA this summer, so he should be in great shape prior to the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) is making progress
    Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) is expected to be cleared for basketball activities in about a month and a half.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a torn right ACL and meniscus back in January, but initial reports indicated that he will be ready for the 2016-17 season. The Nets hold a team option on him worth $6.3 million, and he could be a starter again next season unless they bring in another point guard this summer. He averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists, 4.3 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 32 games during the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:16 am
    GTD
  • Mason Plumlee looks great yet again
    Mason Plumlee scored nine points with 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He went blow for blow with DeAndre Jordan in the paint. In the last five games of this series, Plumlee averaged 8.8 points, 14.8 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers. The Blazers' trade with the Nets for basically Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has worked out nicely for them. He'll be very important against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 15 points in loss
    J.J. Redick scored 15 points in a 106-103 season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He surprisingly only had two shots from deep out of his 12 total field goal attempts. Redick's heel was a problem for him this series and it kept him down to 26 minutes in this game. It'll be interesting to see what the Clippers do this offseason, but Redick should still hold his mid-round value. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Austin Rivers gets 11 stitches, scores 21
    Austin Rivers needed 11 stitches after an Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face during a season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had four stitches above his eye and seven below it. Rivers made the offense go and the Clippers may have been blown out without him. He'll likely be getting more attention in free agency this summer with the Clippers as the favorites to sign him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:28 pm
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