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  • Josh Smith catches fire, scores 23 pts Sunday
    Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    Advice: Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu excels as starter in Game 4
    Al-Farouq Aminu started Sunday's must-win Game 4 and made a career-high three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries forced Rick Carlisle to start Aminu tonight but it was a logical move, as Aminu had been playing far less than his excellent per-minute production warranted. Tonight's 3-point accuracy seems like a fluke but Aminu should have locked down a starting job for Game 5 with this performance, as Chandler Parsons (knee) is done for the season and Richard Jefferson is best utilized in short spurts off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) logs six minutes
    Raymond Felton played through a mild hamstring injury on Sunday but he finished with only two points and one rebound in six minutes.

    Advice: Felton didn't have any assists or defensive stats and he's unlikely to play more than 10-15 minutes on Tuesday even if his hamstring is 100 percent healthy. Even with Rajon Rondo unavailable, Felton is buried on the depth chart behind J.J. Barea and Devin Harris at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Mavs win Game 4 behind J.J. Barea's 17 & 13
    J.J. Barea thrived as a starter on Sunday with 17 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal, helping the Mavericks stave off a season-ending loss by beating the Rockets 121-109.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle pulled the right strings tonight, enabling his short-handed squad to avoid a first-round sweep. When asked about Barea's excellent postseason play during his Mavs career, Carlisle said, "He's relished playoff opportunities ... I think that's how he's wired." Dallas will need Barea at his disruptive best when they try to extend the series to six games in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) quiet in 10 minutes
    Richard Jefferson (calf) came off the Mavs' bench on Sunday to finish with five points, one 3-pointer and one turnover in only 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: RJ didn't contribute any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks. His calf injury may have been the cause of tonight's dud but either way he's likely to play a reserve role again in Game 5, since Al-Farouq Aminu exploded tonight for 16 points and 12 rebounds as a starter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 31 pts in must-win Game 4
    Monta Ellis dropped a game-high 31 points to help the Mavericks win at home on Sunday, hitting 13-of-21 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws with two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Ellis turned the ball over five times but he also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He looked very comfortable as the Mavs' unquestioned go-to offensive player with both Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons out of commission, and his usage rate (28.1 percent on Sunday) should be through the roof again during Tuesday's Game 5 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Tyson Chandler snares 14 rebounds in Gm 4 win
    Tyson Chandler was on a mission during Sunday's win vs. the Rockets, piling up 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, 14 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: He made only 2-of-6 free throws and Dallas as a team was an abysmal 9-of-21 at the line, but they still racked up 121 points to make it a 3-1 series vs. the heavily-favored Rockets. Chandler's double-digit scoring is a bonus for the Mavs, who could live with zero points as long as the former Defensive Player of the Year stays active on the glass -- Dallas won tonight's battle of the boards 52-38. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Devin Harris quiet in 16 minutes on Sunday
    Devin Harris played only 16 minutes off the Mavs' bench on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls.

    Advice: This isn't what we expected to see from Harris with Rajon Rondo out, but he took a backseat to the effective starting duo of Monta Ellis (31 points) and J.J. Barea (17 points, 13 assists). Considering how much success the Mavs had with that backcourt tonight, owners in daily leagues may want to shy away from Harris during Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Terrence Jones held to 18 minutes in Game 4
    Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 14 pts w/ two 3-pointers
    Lou Williams' terrific 2014-15 season ended on Sunday, as he racked up 14 points, two 3-pointers and one rebound in 25 minutes during a Game 4 loss in D.C.

    Advice: Williams beat a tough field to earn Sixth Man of the Year honors and he'll have plenty of suitors when he hits free agency this summer. The 28-year-old combo guard averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season with 1.9 three-pointers, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in only 25.2 minutes per game. He's a solid fantasy target in the late rounds, though his value depends largely on his decisions as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Kendrick Perkins may be facing a suspension
    Kendrick Perkins may be facing a suspension from the league for his Flagrant 1 foul against Jae Crowder on Sunday.

    Advice: Perkins hit Crowder with a hard screen during the game, which resulted in an altercation, and Perkins threw a semi-jab at Crowder's face. It was a bit shocking to see him only get a Flagrant 1 for his actions, and the league may want to step in and dish out some additional punishment here. However, Perkins has only logged a mere six minutes of action throughout the Cavs' entire first-round series, so a potential suspension would have a negligible impact on Cleveland's rotations. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Chris Paul drops 34 points in Game 4 win
    Chris Paul bounced back in a big way during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, putting up 34 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, one steal and two turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: After going just 3-of-11 from the field during Friday's Game 3 loss, Paul sank 11-of-19 of his shots while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in a crucial Game 4 win for the Clippers. The Clippers will now head back to Los Angeles with the series tied up at two a piece, and they'll need Paul to keep the momentum going if they hope to take the 3-2 lead over the defending champs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) probable for Game 4
    Chris Kaman (ankle) is being listed as probable for Game 4 against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Kaman will likely see his minutes in the teens, but he's not going to do enough on the stat sheet to matter in fantasy leagues. Kaman's minutes will come at the expense of Meyers Leonard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play in Game 4 on Mon
    Beno Udrih (ankle) said that he will play in Game 4 against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Udrih sat out on Saturday, but with Mike Conley (face) going down, Memphis really needs all they can get from Udrih. He'll likely start with Conley unavailable, so he'll be someone to consider as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Thibodeau says Kirk Hinrich fully healthy
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich is fully healthy, and that his playing time has been a matchup based decision.

    Advice: Apparently Thibodeau doesn't like that matchup, as Hinrich has been a negligible part of the Bulls' rotations through the past two games. With Derrick Rose, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell all healthy and ahead of him in the rotation, he's not going to earn enough minutes to matter in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) available for Game 4
    Gregg Popovich said that everyone will be available to play for Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Baynes spent Friday's Game 3 on the sidelines with a sprained ankle, but he'll return to action on Sunday. With the rest of the Spurs healthy, Baynes doesn't offer much fantasy value at all. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Brandon Bass will remain with the first unit
    Brandon Bass will keep his spot in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: jonas Jerebko practiced with the first unit on Saturday and actually started the second half of Game 3, but it looks like head coach Brad Stevens will continue to roll with Bass. However, Bass has been playing poor and is averaging just 5.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 boards and 1.0 block per game through the first three games of the series, so owners in daily leagues should probably ignore him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
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