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  • Klay Thompson scores 21 points in Game 1
    Klay Thompson scored 21 points against the Pelicans on Saturday with one rebound, three assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He missed two clutch free throws late, which statistically only has a 1.4 percent chance of happening based on his season free throw percentage of 87.9. The Warriors only made 61.8 percent from the line today, which is well below their season average of 76.8 percent. Thompson didn't have a great game, but his teammates picked him up. It'll be the other way around at some point in this postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:08 pm
  • Shaun Livingston gets in the rotation
    Shaun Livingston played 13 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday with two points and one turnover.

    Advice: Most of the talk heading into this game was that Livingston wasn't going to be in the rotation while Marreese Speights would be, but coach Steve Kerr gave the versatile perimeter guy some minutes. We'll see if that continues, but he obviously won't play more than 20 minutes unless there is a lot of garbage time. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:03 pm
  • Norris Cole plays 34 minutes vs. Warriors
    Norris Cole played 34 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, six assists, one block and no turnovers.

    Advice: Tyreke Evans (knee) said he felt a little pop in his knee, so the Pelicans might have to roll with Cole a little more going forward. He had a few good games with the Heat in the postseason, but Cole hasn't exactly been reliable. The Pelicans will have an update on Evans on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:36 pm
  • Jrue Holiday gets 21 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 21 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with four points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Pelicans needed a little more out of Holiday today because Tyreke Evans could not return from a knee bruise. Holiday didn't play in the final five minutes of this game, so the team likely went into today's game with a minutes restriction in mind due to his leg issues. He'll likely be in the 22-25 minute range in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:24 pm
  • John Wall scores just 10 points in win vs TOR
    John Wall scored 10 points with six boards, eight assists, one block and one turnover against the Raptors on Saturday in his 44 minutes of action.

    Advice: He missed a 19-foot contested jumper at the end of regulation and the Wall isolation plays were coming early and often. They didn't really work because he made just 5-of-18 from the field today. Wall hasn't been settling for jumpers nearly as much these days and the Wizards are at their best when he's breaking down defenses. Wall and Bradley Beal had bad games today and they were still able to win, so the Wizards have to be happy about that. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:26 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 16 points in 48 minutes
    Bradley Beal made 6-of-23 from the field for 16 points against the Raptors during an overtime 93-86 win on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 48 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman went to a Beal pick-and-roll quite a bit in this game, but it wasn't really a productive play for them. He really struggled down the stretch today and that's been a problem for him in his career. On the lighter side, Kyle Lowry fouled Beal for Lowry's sixth foul and Beal waved goodbye to Lowry. Beal might play off the ball a little more should he have another off game like this one. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:22 pm
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes vs. Raptors
    Otto Porter played a surprising 34 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: It's taken two years for coach Randy Wittman to trust Porter with important minutes and he didn't disappoint with impressive defense on DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards went small for several parts of this game with a forward combo of Porter next to Paul Pierce. They hardly played well in this game, but Porter should see close to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Lou Williams' late surge isn't enough
    Lou Williams made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had just two points going into the fourth quarter and helped get this game to overtime. Williams was also guarding John Wall in this game, which created some problems for the Raptors late and caused some defensive breakdowns. Williams will struggle with consistency going forward, but he'll likely have a huge game or two in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:53 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores just 6 points in 11 FGAs
    Terrence Ross scored just six points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Wizards on Saturday with three rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: He missed all six attempts from deep and didn't get to the free throw line. Ross is a fairly big liability when his shot isn't falling and he'll wind up losing minutes with another game like this one. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:42 pm
  • C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum are probable
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: They're both already practicing in full and have said they're definitely playing. With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) not expected to play, these two will be the primary wing options for the Blazers. The bad news is that Tony Allen (hamstring) will be ready to roll, so it won't be easy for the Blazers to score from the perimeter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:29 pm
    Injured
  • Alonzo Gee (foot) questionable for Sunday
    Alonzo Gee (foot) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) doubtful, Gee would likely have been looking at some minutes in the playoff game. If he's out, there should be more time available for C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum and Allen Crabbe. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:26 pm
    Injured
  • Pelicans sticking with Pondexter as starter
    Quincy Pondexter will start against the Warriors on Saturday and Jrue Holiday will come off the bench.

    Advice: Holiday isn't quite ready for his usual role, but he should play minutes in the high 20s. That means there will be less minutes for Pondexter in this huge game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:09 pm
  • Kyle Lowry fouls out with seven points
    Kyle Lowry fouled out in 33 minutes of action against the Wizards on Saturday, making 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with eight boards, four assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: What an horrible game from Lowry. His fouls were lazy at times and he didn't do a good job on the offensive end whatsoever. He was 1-of-8 on his shots from beyond three feet today and he'll need to attack better. Of course, John Wall is a better defender than most people give him credit for. If the Raptors get this kind of Lowry in the playoffs, they'll be extinct after the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:54 am
  • Brandon Knight had surgery on ankle Friday
    Brandon Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Friday and he is expected to make a full recovery.

    Advice: We don't have many details on the surgery, but it's likely a minor procedure and he will probably be on the shelf for about 3-4 weeks. Knight missed the final 11 games of the season because of his ankle, so it will be interesting to see if this has an impact on his market during restricted free agency. Knight is "optimistic" about returning to Phoenix, and it seems unlikely that they would let him walk after giving up so many assets to acquire him this season. We will provide further details as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:15 am
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (foot) thinks he will play Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) continues to make progress, and he believes he will hear his name announced in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley returned to practice on Friday, and it's clear that the time on the shelf sped up his recovery. He added that his foot is still sore every morning, but he does feel better when he moves around. It sounds like he will be a game-time decision, but we should have an official update after the team's shootaround on Sunday. Beno Udrih will move back to the bench if Conley plays. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:10 am
    Injured
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) plans to play Sunday
    Tony Allen (hamstring) plans to play on Sunday vs. the Blazers despite not being 100 percent.

    Advice: "I feel alright," Allen said. "I'm getting better day by day. I'm far from where I want to be, but I can tolerate the little pain I'm having." Allen is a warrior and it will take a lot for him to miss Sunday's game, so we expect to see him out there. We will consider him a game-time decision for now, but we should know more after shootaround. If Allen continues to sit out, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green will have to step up. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:58 am
    Injured
  • Darius Morris (illness) returns to practice
    Darius Morris (illness) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks like he will be ready for Game 1 on Sunday, but he won't see more than a few minutes as long as Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams are healthy. We should have another update after shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:41 am
    Injured
  • Jerryd Bayless, Jared Dudley will play on Sat
    Jerryd Bayless (sore neck) and Jared Dudley (back) will play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Bayless missed Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Celtics because of his sore neck, but he has since returned to practice and was never in danger of missing this contest. He averages over 22 minutes per game off the bench, and his return will likely push rookie Tyler Ennis out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:46 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks, and it is unclear if he will be able to play in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: He has reportedly "plateaued" in his rehab, so it looks like he could miss more time. With Hinrich out of commission, Tony Snell will see some minutes in the rotation Saturday. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:24 am
    Injured
  • Rich Cho says Lance Stephenson must improve
    Hornets General Manager Rich Cho said that Lance Stephenson must improve after his disappointing performance this season.

    Advice: "Like I told Lance yesterday, I didn’t think he played well," Cho said. "He’s got to improve. In the 2013-14 season he shot 35 percent from [3-point range]. This year it was 17 percent. He’s got to improve that. He knows he had a bad year. I think he’s committed to getting better this summer." There is no denying that Stephenson is loaded with upside, but his stock is going to be really low heading into fantasy drafts next season. The Hornets may also continue to look for trade partners over the summer, so a move away from Charlotte could potentially give him a boost. That being said, It's probably best to let another owner deal with him next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:44 am
    Injured
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