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  • Draymond: Gm 1 'not as physical' as expected
    Draymond Green racked up 16 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Sunday, helping Golden State earn a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Green began the game with a barrage of 3-pointers and it took some second-half foul trouble to slow him down. He said after the game that his matchup vs. Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies' frontcourt "wasn't as physical as [he] thought it'd be," and Golden State should cruise in the series if Green can turn the matchup in their favor. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 20 points in Game 1 loss
    Zach Randolph posted 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Sunday's loss in Oracle Arena, adding nine rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Z-Bo and Marc Gasol (21 points, nine rebounds) will need to have a huge series for the Grizzlies to hang with the Warriors, especially if Mike Conley (facial surgery) misses more games. Randolph has a size and strength advantage in the post vs. Draymond Green and the Warriors' small lineups, but his difficulty defending the perimeter will be a key to the series -- Green shot 4-of-8 beyond the arc on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Harrison Barnes doesn't miss a shot on Sunday
    Harrison Barnes did not miss a single shot during Sunday's Game 1 victory over Memphis, scoring 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe), to go with three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block over 25 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes is the Warriors' X-factor, and he finished Sunday's win with a plus/minus rating of plus-18. He does a little bit of everything for Golden State, and through the first five games of the playoffs he's compiled averages of 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Those numbers, however, aren't really cutting it for ownership in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • David Lee makes playoff debut, logs four mins
    David Lee made his postseason debut during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies, logging four minutes of action and finishing with two assists with no other statistics to his credit.

    Advice: Lee missed all three of his shot attempts, and it appears he's going to be brought along slowly after sitting out their first-round series with a lower back strain. Draymond Green is running the show at the power forward position for Golden State, leaving Lee and Marreese Speights to fight for reserve minutes in the Warriors rotation. At best, Lee may be able to see around 13 minutes of action, so he's not going to be a fantasy factor throughout the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:39 pm
  • Paul Millsap flirts with triple-double on Sun
    Paul Millsap flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's Game 1 loss, scoring 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go with 12 rebounds, eight assists, one three-pointer, two steals, two blocks and four turnovers over 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Washington is one of the best teams in the league at defending the power forward position, so Millsap could be in for a rough second-round series. He's still going to play heavy minutes, as a crucial part of what Atlanta does, but when 64.7 percent of your shot attempts come with a defender within 0-4 feet of you, it's going to be difficult to shoot a high percentage. The Hawks will need a better all-around effort if they hope to even the series up during Tuesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 19 points over 31 minutes
    Paul Pierce's strong postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding three 3-pointers and three rebounds through 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's scoring and minutes have increased since the playoffs began, and he's currently averaging 16.2 points and 3.4 three-pointers per game on 54.2 percent shooting for Washington. He's brought a strong veteran presence with championship experience to the Wizards' locker room, and Otto Porter has repeatedly credited Pierce for his development. The Wizards will look to put the Hawks in an uncomfortable 0-2 hole during Tuesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points on 13 shots
    DeMarre Carroll's ridiculous postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting (3-of-5 from the stripe), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and just one turnover through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Carroll become the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in five consecutive postseason games since the great Dominique Wilkins, and he's been phenomenal over Atlanta's past five games shooting a remarkable 63.5 percent from the field, and 60.7 percent from beyond the arc. Atlanta lost Game 1, but no one will be pointing the finger at DeMarre. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Al Horford's massive double-double not enough
    Al Horford had a strong showing during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards, scoring 17 points to go with a game-high 17 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Horford's make from beyond the arc was just his second-career make from 3-point range, and while Horford did have quite the stat line on Sunday, he also shot just 7-of-19 from the field. He does have a tough matchup against Marcin Gortat, so Horford's field goal percentage may dip during Atlanta's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Nene fails to score in 17 minutes of action
    Nene missed all four of his shots during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks, coming away with just three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nene is banged up, playing through foot, shoulder, and ankle injuries, and that was perhaps the reason he struggled so mightily today. He has a tough matchup against Paul Millsap, and it looks like the Wizards will be going with a community approach to the power forward position for their second-round series. Drew Gooden played 14 minutes off the bench, putting up 12 points, five rebounds, and two 3-pointers, while Kevin Seraphin logged nine minutes of action, missing all three of his shots, and grabbing three rebounds. This three-way timeshare is something that should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • DeJuan Blair will be inactive for Game 1
    DeJuan Blair will be inactive for Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Blair hasn't played in the postseason yet, so this isn't surprising. Drew Gooden will continue to be the primary big off the bench for the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn disappointed with his season
    Kyle O'Quinn was not happy with the way he performed this season.

    Advice: "Me personally, I don't think I played the way I should have," O'Quinn said. "It was too up-and-down for me." O'Quinn appeared in just 51 games this season after falling out of the rotation under interim head coach James Borrego and battling ankle injuries, but he is still just 25 years old and has plenty of potential. O'Quinn is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to him wearing a Magic uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. As of right now, O'Quinn won't be a target in standard fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Tim Duncan noncommittal regarding retirement
    Tim Duncan was noncommittal when asked about possibly retiring after the Spurs lost Game 7 to the Clippers on Saturday night.

    Advice: "I'm not making any statements," Duncan said. While it's hard to imagine Duncan retiring after such a remarkable performance this series, we do have to consider that he is 39 years old. Duncan also added that he could see "the light at the end of the tunnel," but it doesn't necessarily sound like he will rush into a decision. If he does decide to return to the Spurs, he will still be worthy of a mid-round selection after averaging 17.9 points, 11.1 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in the postseason. We will pass along additional updates as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • Blake Griffin posts triple-double in victory
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled against the Spurs on Saturday with 24 points, 13 boards, 10 assists and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's two triple-doubles in this series and Blake's averages are otherworldly. In the seven games, Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 13.1 boards, 7.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.7 turnovers. He's playing some of his best ball of his life and he'll have huge numbers against the Rockets as well. The series starts on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Glen Davis (ankle) plays well
    Glen Davis (ankle) played 11 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday with six points, three rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Chris Paul overshadows his injury just a bit. Davis scored on his first possession and had a nice game. He'll be ready to go on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:25 pm
    Player Note
    Glen Davis LAC - PF,C
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo suspended one game
    Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended for the first game of next season for "running over" Mike Dunleavy.

    Advice: It was an expected move and at least Giannis didn't get more than one game. Antetokounmpo joins Kelly Olynyk to get a suspension to start next season. He's expected to play in summer league where he'll likely be working on his perimeter game. Antetokounmpo is going to be pricey in drafts next season, but it might be worth it. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:36 am
    Suspended
  • Billy Donovan addresses Durant's free agency
    Thunder coach Billy Donovan's priority is to "develop a better relationship" with Kevin Durant.

    Advice: Donovan was hired on Thursday and Durant won't hit free agency until July 2016, but questions about Durant's future already loom large. "With his rehab I think we will have a chance to sit down and really spend a lot of time together," Donovan said. "I feel very, very confident in the organization and I think the organization and Kevin ... are a great match." Durant has been nothing but supportive of Donovan's hiring, and he's expected to be fully recovered from his foot surgery in 3-5 months. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:29 am
    Injured
  • John Henson aims to gain weight this summer
    John Henson will focus on gaining weight with an improved diet this offseason.

    Advice: Henson added some bulk last summer but said he burned most of it off while playing in 67 games this season, averaging 7.0 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in only 18.3 minutes per game. He has tantalizing per-minute fantasy potential but his role is complicated with starters Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova both set to return for Milwaukee next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:08 am
  • Kings not interested in DeMarcus Cousins deal
    The Kings are not interested in trading DeMarcus Cousins, according to CSN California.

    Advice: This comes in the context of a rumor that the Celtics hope to pry Cousins away from the Kings with a package of draft picks and young talent, and there isn't a team in the league that would balk at acquiring him for the right price. Sacramento endured a rocky season including a mid-season coaching change that didn't sit well with Cousins, but for now, "The Kings want to make a playoff run next season with Cousins as the centerpiece of the franchise." Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Blazers GM optimistic about retaining FAs
    With LaMarcus Aldridge poised to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, Blazers GM Neil Olshey said the league's collective bargaining agreement "is favorable for teams that want to retain their players."

    Advice: Olshey has "contingencies in place" no matter what happens in free agency, and he readily concedes the obvious -- "When you have a franchise player who is unrestricted, that will dictate a great deal of what [the Blazers] do this summer." Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez are also headed for free agency, as is Dorell Wright, and there's a chance that well see a very different Portland team in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:32 am
  • Thaddeus Young may opt for free agency
    Thaddeus Young could enter the free-agent market by exercising his early-termination option for 2015-16.

    Advice: Young would make $10.2 million if he doesn't terminate his deal, and may prefer to hold out one more season to cash in on the expected salary-surge tied to the league's new TV revenues in 2016-17. No matter what he decides, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports that Brooklyn aims to retain Young as their starting power forward. He ended his tumultuous season on a poor note, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game during losses in Games 5 and 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:25 am
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