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  • Kevin Love said he hurt his knee
    Kevin Love (knee) said he hurt his knee stepping on an official's foot at the end of the third quarter on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Ty Lue said he thought it wasn't fair to put Love back in the game, so that's two straight fourth quarters without any Love. Lue added Love not playing in the fourth didn't have to do with his injury. The former All-Star should still be in the starting lineup and heading back home figures to help, too. Many were concerned about Love's inconsistent play and now it's coming to fruition. As long as he can make shots, he'll get time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points again in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points for the second straight win over the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: A big story for the Raptors was their free throw shooting. They became the first Conference Finals team since 2001 to not have a free throw in the first half with a 15-plus point lead, but then they went to the line 19 times in the second half as a team. As for DeRozan, he continues to thrive on contested shots and even fared better against LeBron James as the game went on -- he scored 12 in the fourth quarter on 5-of-6 from the field. We'll see how he handles playing in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 points in Game 4 loss
    LeBron James couldn't carry his team to victory during a 105-99 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 29 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like the Cavs were going to pull off a huge comeback with 11 consecutive makes in the fourth quarter. James' fourth quarter numbers alone were eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he didn't score in the final five minutes. James' 46 minutes tonight were his most of these playoffs, but the Cavs were smoked in the two minutes without him with a minus-60.0 net rating. The fourth quarter was the story with the Cavs with LeBron playing the entire fourth while none of the other starters played more than 6.3 minutes. After destroying the Raptors in the Game 1 and 2, this series is all tied up at two. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • J.R. Smith loses some clutch minutes
    J.R. Smith scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He only played two minutes in the fourth quarter. Coach Ty Lue is going with more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately approach, which may have cost Smith some run. He should play more back in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Richard Jefferson plays all 12 4Q minutes
    Richard Jefferson played all 12 fourth-quarter minutes and 15 total minutes on Monday against the Raptors, finishing with eight points, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He played down the stretch as coach Ty Lue got a bit desperate. Lue continues to say it's not "fair" to Kevin Love to play in the fourth, so maybe Jefferson plays key minutes again. He's not a fantasy option, of course. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Channing Frye picks up 21 minutes
    Channing Frye played 21 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Monday with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played down the stretch and was a big reason for a fourth quarter charge. The Cavs are using him at center to help open things up and keep Bismack Biyombo away from the rim. Plus, Kevin Love isn't making shots and can't rebound right now. Frye might hit 25 minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Tristan Thompson scores two points
    Tristan Thompson scored two points with nine rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 29 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: His return to his hometown of Toronto has not gone well. The Cavs went with Channing Frye more at center in the last two games because Thompson is being outworked by Bismack Biyombo on every level. After being the breakout player of the 2015 playoffs, he's not having a good run this time around. He only played 0.3 minutes in the fourth quarter. Not good. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Anthony Bennett working out with Nets
    Anthony Bennett is expected to work out at the Nets' minicamp this week.

    Advice: This would be arguably the best spot for him, so he's going there to impress. The Nets have some major depth issues at power forward behind Thaddeus Young and they don't have a first-round pick either. Obviously he'll have to show strong conditioning at the workout and likely would have to have a monster summer league. For what it's worth, the UNLV product typical been great at Vegas. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:25 pm
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  • Draymond Green not suspended for Game 4
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was fined $25,000 and the foul has been upgraded to a flagrant 2. The NBA likely ruled that Green didn't intend to kick Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's blowout. Green has a knack for kicking his leg out to draw a foul, so the NBA likely thought it was just unlucky for Adams as Green tried to sell the foul too hard. He'll be in the starting lineup in a huge game at Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Sam Dekker has no restrictions
    Sam Dekker (back) said he is 100 percent and has zero restrictions.

    Advice: Dekker added on his Twitter account he has been playing basketball over the past month. Dekker played a grand total of six minutes in his rookie season and failed to score on a 0.0 usage rate. Even with a new coach, Dekker won't be a fantasy factor in his sophomore season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Courtney Lee would like to re-sign w/ Hornets
    Courtney Lee said that he'd like to re-sign with the Hornets.

    Advice: "Of course I would like to be [back]," he said. "[I] got a chance to build chemistry and friendships with the guys since I’ve been here and it’s been fun playing with them. Everybody is just playing together. There’s no egos out there at all. It’s always about making the right play and the best play to help win and that’s the kind of guys I want to be on a team with." Charlotte holds Lee's Bird rights, but that doesn't mean he's a lock to return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • G. Antetokounmpo desires to play for Greece
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is hopeful to play for Greece this summer.

    Advice: "I want to play for the national team," he said. "The Bucks know it. We have not talked yet for this matter. Even if they are negative, I would try to convince them to let me play". Milwaukee will likely want their franchise building block to rest this summer in order to prepare for the workload coming his way next season, but it sounds like he's intent on being allowed to play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • T. Antetokounmpo desires to play for Greece
    Thanasis Antetokounmpo is hoping to play for the Greek national team this summer.

    Advice: The "other" Antetokounmpo appeared on Nigeria's pre-selection roster, but he recently voiced his desire to play for Greece. "I called them and told them that I want to play for Greece. I grew up in Greece, I am feeling Greek and that’s my dream," he said. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 am
  • Harrison Barnes awful in blowout loss vs. OKC
    Harrison Barnes was invisible during Sunday's ugly road loss, posting seven points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won the rebound battle in Game 2, including 15 offensive boards, but the script flipped tonight with the Thunder winning 52-38. Golden State also failed to match OKC's aggression, settling for quick shots and finishing just 3-of-4 at the FT line in the first half, compared to 23-of-25 for the Thunder. Steve Kerr will assuredly have a long film session prior to Game 4 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Serge Ibaka plays well as small-ball center
    Serge Ibaka posted 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Sunday, helping the Thunder earn a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

    Advice: He shifted to center for long stretches, an interesting wrinkle from Billy Donovan, and the move seemed to spark Ibaka as he finished the first quarter alone with seven points -- matching his average from Games 1 and 2. He's a staple of the rotation, whether the Thunder are going big or small, though limited usage makes it hard to trust him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Andre Iguodala solid in futile bench effort
    Andre Iguodala came off the Warriors' bench on Sunday for nine points, four boards, three assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just one turnover in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Last year's Finals MVP continues to have a big impact despite having very few plays called for him -- in Games 1 and 2 he had a 13.6 percent usage rate, higher than only Shaun Livingston, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut. His efforts weren't nearly enough tonight, and his minutes were limited by garbage time, but he should resume playing 28-32 minutes on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:51 pm
  • Kevin Durant has 33 pts in Game 3 blowout win
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points during OKC's blowout Game 3 home win, making 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Billy Donovan said KD needed to make "quick reads" with "sharp and crisp [passes]" to counter the Warriors' flood of double- and triple-teams. He did all that and more to help his team reclaim the series lead while maintaining home court advantage. His DFS owners went home nearly as happy as OKC's fans, as he rounded out his line with eight boards, two assists, three blocks and just one turnover. Durant appeared to tweak his right calf in the third quarter but it didn't cost him much time and we're leaving him off the injury report for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:41 pm
  • Dahntay Jones suspended 1 game for groin hit
    Dahntay Jones has been suspended one game for hitting Bismack Biyombo in the groin region during the closing minutes of Game 3.

    Advice: Jones is a negligible part of the Cavs rotation, so his mandatory absence from Game 4 will have zero consequence in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:56 pm
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  • Pacers likely won't re-sign Jordan Hill
    The Pacers likely won't re-sign Jordan Hill this summer.

    Advice: Hill fell out of the rotation down the stretch and was stuck behind Ian Mahinmi and Myles Turner on the depth chart. A move away from Indiana would likely be a good thing for his fantasy value, but it all depends on where he lands in free agency. Hill averaged 8.8 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game for the Pacers this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Carmelo Anthony approves of Jeff Hornacek
    Carmelo Anthony is excited to play at a faster pace next season under new head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: "I played against him a couple of times when he was the head coach out there in Phoenix," Anthony said. "Everybody knows he likes to play an up-tempo pace of game, likes to get out in transition, likes to speed the game up a lot. So from that standpoint, I'll definitely be looking forward to that." The Knicks ranked in the bottom third of the NBA in pace the past two seasons, so hopefully that changes under Hornacek. Anthony wasn't consulted during the Knicks' coaching search, but it sounds like he approves of his new coach. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:16 am
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