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  • LaMarcus Aldridge has an awful game
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 6-of-22 from the field for 18 points with 12 boards, one assist and no turnovers in 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: It was a really bad game and he was defended very well by Zach Randolph. This could have been Aldridge's last game at the Moda Center and the fans gave him a nice reception. The team will look to extend its season on Wednesday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • The Legend Continues: Meyers Leonard nets 13
    Meyers Leonard picked up 35 minutes of playing time against the Grizzlies on Monday with 13 points, 13 boards, two assists one steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 108.3 and Leonard took playing time away from Robin Lopez, who played just 21 minutes with six points and three rebounds. The Blazers have gained more confidence in Leonard since the break and he could have a bigger role next season. A lot of that will have to do with LaMarcus Aldridge. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 19 on sub-par shooting
    Marc Gasol made 7-of-16 from the field for 21 points during a Game 4 99-92 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

    Advice: The Grizzlies fell apart late and lost the fourth quarter 31-17. Gasol hasn't been as efficient in this series, entering this game with just 18.3 points on 35.4 percent from the field in his previous three. He's still making 28-of-32 from the line (87.5 percent), so the poor shooting from the field is offset a little. The Grizzlies will look to end the series on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Pau Gasol scores 25 points in Monday loss
    Pau Gasol scored 25 points during a Game 5 94-88 loss to the Bucks in Chicago on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This is a really bad loss for the Bulls. Their offense vanished in the fourth and coach Tom Thibodeau still doesn't seem to have the right frontcourt combination. Joakim Noah was everywhere on Monday with 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks in 32 minutes. Taj Gibson played just 15 minutes with 12 points and three boards because Nikola Mirotic played more power forward today. Mirotic was also quiet with three points and one rebound. The Bulls have lost all of their momentum and will take their 3-2 lead to Milwaukee on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Brook Lopez dominated against the Hawks on Monday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and is using his size extremely well on offense in this series. Lopez continues to be a force in the postseason with 20 points in nine out of his 11 postseason games (3-of-4 this year). He's been outstanding since the break and the Nets will have at least one more game at home with the series tied. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Al Horford has pinkie issue, returns to game
    Al Horford played 31 minutes against the Nets on Monday with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He had a minor pinkie injury and had to leave the game, but he just needed to be re-taped. Horford didn't play too much down the stretch in favor of Pero Antic, which marks the second consecutive time that's been an issue. He did have some foul trouble and maybe the pinkie injury was a factor. He'll be in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk suspended one game
    Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game for his incident with Kevin Love.

    Advice: He was tangled up with Love and now won't play in the opening game of the 2015-16 season. Olynyk doesn't have a history of dirty play, but it was a little more physical than most loose-ball incidents. HIs fantasy value will be tied to whether or not the Celtics keep Brandon Bass or draft another big man. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    Suspended
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) out for second round
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not be able to play in the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The team is calling it "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." In simpler terms, he suffered damage to several parts of his shoulder and has tearing, so he is likely out beyond the second round, as well. Love is undergoing treatment while other opinions are being considered. For now, there will be a combination of Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Iman Shumpert getting more run. The Cavs also used LeBron James at the four a lot on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:04 pm
    Injured
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Patrick Patterson wants to be a starter
    Patrick Patterson revealed that he'd prefer to start, but he's happy to play any role the Raptors ask of him.

    Advice: "Of course I'd love to start. What NBA player wouldn't want to start?" Patterson's reiteration that he's willing to play any role for the Raptors so long as it's consistent is going to save him here, and with Amir Johnson's impending free agency, it's very possible Patterson gets his wish as soon as next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Brandon Bass wants to return to Celtics
    Brandon Bass expressed a desire to return to the Celtics next season.

    Advice: Bass is entering unrestricted free agency, and he admitted he doesn't know what to expect next. Bass also admitted that he didn't play well in the playoffs, citing a mental issue, and noted that his "mental game" is something he plans to work on during the offseason. He's likely to be wearing a different uniform for 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • David Lee expected to return for second round
    David Lee is expected to return for the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: "It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said. Lee was actually available for Game 4 on an emergency basis, but now he's good to go in any capacity. The team's highest-paid player will continue to play a support role as the rest of the club has taken off without him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Report: Asik expected to return to Pelicans
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, "initial signals" suggest Omer Asik will return to the Pelicans next season.

    Advice: Asik, an unrestricted free agent, should have no shortage of interest on the open market considering what he brings to the table. With a looming max extension also in the picture for Anthony Davis along with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans all on the roster, the Pelicans are going to have to make some interesting decisions this offseason as the team looks to improve its ceiling. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Nerlens Noel wants to add weight in offseason
    Nerlens Noel wants to use the offseason to add weight to his frame.

    Advice: Along with "continuing to work on my skillset," Noel identified adding weight as his primary goal. He didn't specify a certain weight or how many pounds he'd like to gain, but he said he eats at least four times per day, a lot of heavy calories and "a lot of shakes." Noel is never going to be confused for Big Baby Davis, but building out his frame will continue to be a priority for the Sixers' prized prospect. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:43 am
  • 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
    Sunday, 9:30 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
    Sunday, 9:20 pm
  • Marcin Gortat double-doubles with 21 & 11
    Marcin Gortat lit up the Raptors for 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block on Sunday, despite playing only 29 minutes.

    Advice: He thoroughly dominated Toronto's frontcourt and shot 8-of-9 from the field, bringing his series average to 16.0 points on 70.0 percent shooting. The Wizards had their ups and downs this season but they're firing on all cylinders after decimating the Raptors in Round 1. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:59 pm
  • Amir Johnson enters free agency on downbeat
    Amir Johnson scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked one shot in 26 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 defeat vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Johnson heads into unrestricted free agency this summer and there's a good chance he won't return to Toronto, where he's spent six of his 10 seasons in the NBA. He was limited by nagging injuries for most of the 2014-15 season but still played in 75 games this season, one reason he was able to crack the top-100 in 8-cat and 9-cat fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:51 pm
  • Tim Duncan's 22 & 14 aren't enough in Game 4
    Tim Duncan had 22 points (8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in a losing effort on Sunday, as the Spurs fell at home 105-114.

    Advice: Duncan got off to a slow start but he was as terrific as ever today, and he racked up a few more records that highlight his longevity -- he's the only player to log 9,000+ minutes in the NBA playoffs, and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for third place in most postseason appearances (trailing only Robert Horry and Derek Fisher). Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:51 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov double-doubles w/ three blocks
    Timofey Mozgov played very well during Sunday's Game 4 win over Boston, scoring 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting (4-of-5 from the line), with 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks through 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: Mozgov really racked up the blocks through the Cavs' first-round series, swatting away 12 shots in four games. His scoring comes and goes, but he's pretty consistent in the rebounding and shot-blocking department. The Cavs will really need his size in what will likely be a second-round matchup against the Bulls. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:33 pm
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