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  • Tony Allen insists he's 1st-team All-Defense
    Tony Allen racked up four steals during Tuesday's impressive win at Golden State, adding nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Few things in the NBA are better than the Grindfather in playoffs-mode. Throughout the game, Allen followed up key defensive plays by turning to the TNT announcers and yelling, "First-Team All Defense!" It's hard to argue after tonight's display and Allen has even picked up the pace offensively in the second round, averaging 12.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in two games vs. the Warriors. When asked if he'd prefer to defend Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Allen replied, "It really don't matter. I'm paid to be a defender, and I'm ready to defend." Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
  • Klay Thompson struggles in rare home loss
    Klay Thompson suffered through a brutal game on Tuesday, going 6-of-15 from the field to finish with 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

    Advice: Tony Allen's smothering defense deserves enormous credit, as he and Courtney Lee took Klay out of rhythm before a minor flurry in the fourth quarter. The Warriors hadn't lost on their home court since late January and this may have been a mere hiccup for the league's top-seeded team, but the Grizzlies confirmed tonight that they won't be an easy out. Rotoworld.com
    46 minutes ago
  • Draymond Green proving bona fides vs. Memphis
    Draymond Green played admirable defense during Tuesday's home loss, which he finished with 14 points (3-of-10 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Green's personal Mission: Impossible is to provide one-on-one defense vs. Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, depending upon matchups. The runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year was awesome again tonight, using his strength and speed to check bigger players on possession after possession, and his versatility is a huge reason the Warriors hadn't lost at home in over three months. Green and his teammates will be out for revenge in Memphis on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    53 minutes ago
  • Paul Pierce hushes crowd w/ five 3-pointers
    Paul Pierce sank five 3-pointers en route to 15 points in Game 2, adding five rebounds and one assist, but his clutch play wasn't enough to avoid defeat.

    Advice: The fans in Atlanta routinely changed "Paul Pierce sucks!" but the veteran thrives on such antagonism, and at one point he even shook his head and shouted to the hostile crowd, "No, I don't." TNT's David Aldridge reported during Tuesday's game that Paul Pierce hopes to stay with the Wizards for "the next couple of years" -- he's a great fit in D.C., so don't be surprised if the veteran opts in for 2015-16 or negotiates a new two-year deal. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:57 pm
  • Otto Porter scores 15 points w/ full line Tue
    Otto Porter's impressive postseason play continued with 15 points, eight boards, five assists, three steals and zero turnovers in 31 minutes vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Porter drained a pair of 3-pointers and was 6-of-12 from the field overall, and his length once again gave the Hawks trouble defensively. He's been something of a revelation in the playoffs and has emerged as a reliable sixth-man, averaging 11.6 points, 1.8 threes, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals over the Wizards' past five games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:54 pm
  • Nene without a field goal in second round
    Nene, who went scoreless in 17 minutes on Sunday, finished the Wizards' Game 2 loss with two points, four rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and zero defensive stats.

    Advice: His disappearing act was even more problematic with Marcin Gortat (10 points, nine rebounds) in foul trouble, eventually fouling out with five minutes left. Nene has yet to make a field goal in the series (a combined 0-of-9) and the Wizards desperately need him to get going, as reserve big men Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin can't consistently make up for a void of production at the starting PF spot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:53 pm
  • Al Horford impressive in Tuesday's home win
    The Hawks earned a 106-90 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday, aided by Al Horford's 18 points, four rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Horford started out slow in the postseason but over the past five games he's averaging 18.0 points, 10.0 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks, all while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 87.5 percent at the FT line. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:52 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll w/ team-high 22 pts in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll led the Hawks with 22 points in Tuesday's Game 2 win, hitting 9-of-16 shots with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: Carroll has been phenomenal in the postseason. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and he's ensured himself a massive raise from this year's $2.4 million salary. Amazingly, Carroll is now the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in six straight games since Dominique Wilkins accomplished the feat in 1988. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:51 pm
  • LBJ hints he'll be more aggressive in Game 2
    LeBron James said he might have to change his mindset a bit for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday with Kevin Love (shoulder) out.

    Advice: "I've never kind of went into a game saying, 'OK. I'm going to be ultra aggressive to start a game,'" James said. "I've always had that feel-out thing, but [during Game 1] it was little bit too much feel-out. I think I only had two shots at one point. I just was not [as aggressive] offensively as I was defensively." James shot just 9-of-22 from the field during the Cavs' Game 1 loss to the Bulls, and also turned the ball over six times. Cleveland will need a more aggressive and efficient LeBron James in order to have a chance at evening up the series during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:54 pm
  • Thibodeau says Mirotic a 'situational player'
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Nikola Mirotic will be a "situational player" for Chicago's second-round series against Cleveland.

    Advice: Mirotic only left the bench for two minutes during Game 1, and it sounds like unless there's a major injury to the Bulls frontcourt, he's not going to be a steady rotation player during Chicago's second-round series. Those playing daily leagues should probably avoid playing Mirotic. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:28 pm
  • Chris Bosh opens up about blood clot scare
    Chris Bosh opened about about his blood clot scare on a radio interview and said there were times that he couldn't breathe.

    Advice: Bosh said he couldn't breathe during a February 1 win over the Celtics, but tried to play through it. "I know, I’ll never do it again," Bosh said. "It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I wish I could go back and tell myself not to do those things, but I’m lucky to be alive. I am. I took that as a lesson to stop trying to be a tough guy all the time. That’s kinda how we’re trained, to just suck it up and throw some dirt on it and get back out there." We'll keep an eye on his status, but Bosh said he's doing well now and it sounds like he should be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:56 am
    Injured
  • Chandler Parsons reveals recruiting pitch
    Chandler Parsons (knee) revealed parts of the recruiting pitch that he will use to attempt to lure fellow players to the Mavericks this offseason.

    Advice: Parsons had previously said he wants to help attract free agents to Dallas and is "shifting into GM mode." Following arthroscopic knee surgery, Parsons revealed parts of his pitch. "We have a great organization," he said. "We have high expectations. We have the best owner in sports. We’re definitely moving in the right direction, and we have a lot of pieces that would fit well with the free agents out there right now. And we have a great coach, so I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re a championship-caliber team." Whether Parsons is successful in his recruiting remains to be seen, but he'll have plenty of targets this summer, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, and potentially Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:33 am
    Injured
  • Nic Batum not worried about trade possibility
    Nicolas Batum said he isn't concerned about rumors that have the Trail Blazers looking to trade him.

    Advice: Blazers general manager Neil Olshey promised the team would be "very active" in the offseason, but Batum isn't worried that his name has popped up in trade rumors. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." While Batum has top-25 fantasy potential, he'll need to build on his 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers or else his fantasy owners will be left disappointed for the second consecutive season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Griffin breaks the pinball machine in G1 win
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (8-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in the Clippers' 99-92 Game 1 win over the Rockets in Houston.

    Advice: Griffin looked visibly tired after a long battle with the Spurs, but with Chris Paul (hamstring) out he had a ton of responsibility tonight as you can see. Heck, DeAndre Jordan even chipped in with five assists to go with two steals, four blocks and an otherwise normal 10 points and 13 boards. Griffin has been outstanding during these playoffs and the Rockets looked like a lower class team in tonight's series opener. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Barnes all over the court in Clippers win
    Matt Barnes was everywhere in the Clippers' Game 1 win over the Rockets on Monday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes is a guy that the Clippers would love to rest up in a short series, but for now he's going to be a workhorse and especially while Chris Paul (hamstring) is out. The Rockets didn't exert any of their will on tonight's game and if they have any life in them this type of upside could vanish pretty quickly, and most certainly will when Paul returns. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Crawford goes big with 21-5-4 in Game 1 win
    Jamal Crawford stepped up with Chris Paul (hamstring) out for Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, scoring 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crawford showed a tiny bit more explosion than he had in the Spurs series and he's the team's primary ballhandler with Paul out so the numbers will be there if that's the case in Game 2. He had six turnovers but that's a tradeoff owners will take here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
    Player Note
    Jamal Crawford LAC - PG,SG,SF
  • Jones struggles in lethargic effort vs. LAC
    Terrence Jones played 16 minutes in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers, scoring just four points on 1-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Jones still doesn't appear to be in tip-top shape and while that worked against a broken Mavs team it'll be tougher against the Clippers. There's not a lot of upside here until he shows us that he can run up and down the court with energy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Ariza hits 7-of-13 shots for 17 points
    Trevor Ariza hit 7-of-13 shots (including two threes) for 17 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Ariza couldn't hit the broadside of the barn last series and it would be fairly shocking if he had two bad series in a row. Consider riding him as he heats back up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Howard goes for 22 and 10 with five blocks
    Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-9 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Howard is going to have a tough matchup with DeAndre Jordan, but there's still plenty of ways for him to get his numbers, especially with some of the lineups the Clippers are forced to play due to a lack of depth. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Smith struggles in series opener vs. Clippers
    Josh Smith hit just 3-of-12 shots and 1-of-5 treys in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers, finishing with nine points, five boards, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Simply put, these aren't the Mavs anymore. Smith is going to get big minutes to produce with, but Dallas did a great job making everybody on the Rockets look a lot better than they were. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
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