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  • DeMarre Carroll solid Sunday w/ Korver out
    DeMarre Carroll logged 41 minutes on Sunday to finish the Hawks' road loss with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His lone block came on a LeBron James post-up, which is impressive enough, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- the Hawks as a team only had seven. Carroll's knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent but he's giving Atlanta everything he has in a tough matchup vs. LeBron, and his free agent value has steadily risen throughout the postseason. There's no reason to think he's at risk of missing Tuesday's must-win Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • LeBron gets 37-18-13 as Cavs win Game 3 in OT
    LeBron James fought through injury and exhaustion to finish Sunday's overtime Game 3 victory with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, moving Cleveland to the brink of a Conference Finals sweep.

    Advice: LBJ began 0-of-10 from the field, his worst ever start in a playoff game, but he overcame the rough start as well as a knee injury suffered early in overtime. In the process he passed Karl Malone to become the sixth-leading scorer in NBA playoff history with 4,779 points, he passed Jason Kidd for second place on the postseason triple-double list, and he became the only player in NBA postseason history to record at least 37-18-13 in a game. LeBron is leading his team with 27.2 points per game in the postseason, in addition to the 21.3 points he's creating off assists, and will need to carry a similar load if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't able to return in Game 4. We'll pass along updates on his knee injury but there's no reason to think he won't start Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Al Horford ejected after Flagrant-2 in Game 3
    Al Horford was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday's game after a Flagrant-2 foul when he dropped an elbow on Matthew Dellavedova's neck.

    Advice: The play was reminiscent of Taj Gibson's highly-questionable Flagrant-2 vs. Dellavedova in the second round of the playoffs. Dellavedova appeared to intentionally undercut Horford to prevent a rebound as he fell to the ground, and Horford used his elbow when he subsequently fell atop Dellavedova. The play didn't warrant an ejection but it fits the league's definition for a Flagrant-2 and will be automatically reviewed for a potential fine or suspension. It's a devastating turn of events for Atlanta as they seek to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals. Mike Muscala will start the second half and Pero Antic will also be asked to play an expanded role with Horford temporarily out of commission. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • Dwight Howard says Rockets will keep fighting
    With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

    Advice: "There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 am
  • Julius Randle continues to show improvement
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that it looks like Julius Randle (leg) "has recovered completely".

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for Randle, and it appears that his recovery is going very smoothly. All signs point to him playing during the Las Vegas Summer League, and it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long time on the shelf. Randle could potentially be the starting power forward next season if he impresses this summer, so we will be sure to track his progress very closely. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:49 am
    Injured
  • Jared Sullinger says everyone doubts him
    Jared Sullinger, who has been working out at Ohio State with Evan Turner and Greg Oden, believes that everyone is doubting him.

    Advice: "Right now, everyone is doubting me," Sullinger said. "I get everything, 'He’s not this, he’s not that. He’s not the guy that we thought he was going to be, potentially.' I’ve heard it all. I use it as motivation. Nothing is going to change, I’m going to keep working, working as hard as possible." Sullinger has been heavily criticized for his weight and conditioning, but it sounds like he is motivated to improve this summer. The Celtics won't approach him about a contract extension until next summer when he can become a restricted free agent, so next season will be crucial for him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • Draymond Green puts up a big line in easy win
    Draymond Green was outstanding as per usual during a 115-80 win over the Rockets on Saturday, making 8-of-16 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is doing everything and turned in his best offensive game since April. The Warriors are now 55-0 in the regular season and playoffs when they have a 15-point lead. As much credit as their offensive gets, that stat probably wouldn't be true without their shut-down interior defense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Harrison Barnes goes scoreless in win
    Harrison Barnes missed all nine shots from the field and didn't score against the Rockets on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes has really been great in the postseason, but he regressed back to some of his regular-season ways. He should be able to bounce back on Monday night. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Kevin Love gets a light workout in on Sat
    Kevin Love (shoulder) did a light workout on Saturday.

    Advice: It is likely just some work on a bike and he is still nowhere near close to a return. The jury is still out Love and whether or not he'll return to Cleveland, but the Lakers will undoubtedly be making a push. With Love out, Tristan Thompson has really stepped up at both the center and power forward spots. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:54 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
  • John Wall hopeful that Paul Pierce returns
    John Wall is hopeful that Paul Pierce will be back with the Wizards next season.

    Advice: "Who wouldn’t want to have a Hall of Fame guy back on this team? He meant so much to us," Wall said. "Just his leadership, his work ethic, being a mentor, talking to us, and giving us those words of encouragement and that extra grit and fight. He has to do what’s best for him and his family, and that’s taking time off and deciding whether he wants to come back and play." Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he will likely take his time before making a decision. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers in the playoffs and hit several big shots in clutch situations, so he obviously still has a lot to offer. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:58 am
    Player Note
    Paul Pierce Was - SF,PF
  • Millsap whooped up on in Game 2 loss to Cavs
    Paul Millsap struggled mightily in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap has lost his offensive confidence and in every other aspect of the game he was lacking tonight. He flashed some good defense against LeBron James in Game 1, but wasn't called upon in that department tonight. Instead, he was a big reason that Tristan Thompson was able to get all he could eat. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Thompson too much to handle down low
    Tristan Thompson was too much to handle for the Hawks in the Cavs' Game 2 win on Friday, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven points and two boards in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson had a big-time block on Kent Bazemore as a signature play and his play in the playoffs has earned him a big payday. He has rendered Paul Millsap useless and the Hawks don't appear to have the muscle to keep him off the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Kris Humphries looking to become a stretch-4
    Kris Humphries stated during a recent interview that he will be looking to expend his range to beyond the 3-point arc this offseason.

    Advice: "I never really worked on shooting threes and stuff. I started working on it this year," said Humphries. "I had a lot of success in the last month [practicing] or so I really working on it every day, continue to work on it next year, add to my game." Wizards' head coach Randy Wittman has been gravitating towards playing smaller and faster with shooters at the four-spot, and current starting center Marcin Gortat has expressed a desire to play alongside a stretch-four, so if Humphries wants more consistent minutes this is a part of his game he'll need to develop. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 am
  • Parsons (knee) may not be ready for camp
    Chandler Parsons (knee) would not commit to being ready for next year's training camp during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I hope so," Parsons said regarding being ready for training camp. "Something like this, you never know. I think it’s very beneficial that I’m not going to be playing any games and practicing or anything like that. I’ll just be working out [with the Mavericks’ athletic training staff]. I think so." Parsons would also not say whether he had arthroscopic or microfracture surgery, and the recovery timetables on those two procedures are significantly different. While arthroscopic surgery typically takes around 4-6 weeks to get back to basketball activities, microfracture surgery involves an 8-month recovery process. If he did indeed undergo microfracture surgery, he'll lose some value heading into next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:19 am
    Injured
  • Terrence Jones scores 12 in Game 2 loss
    Terrence Jones came off the bench and hit 6-of-12 shots for 12 points, two rebounds, a steal and a three blocks in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Josh Smith was awful tonight and it would have made sense for Kevin McHale to pull the plug on him and roll with Jones in Game 2, but that didn't really happen. If Jones wants more minutes, he's going to have to do a better job of crashing the boards than he did tonight, but if Smith struggles early in Saturday's Game 3, don't be surprised if McHale turns to Jones earlier in that must-win game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:27 pm
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
  • Capela likely to start if Dwight Howard's out
    Clint Capela will start at center if Dwight Howard is out with his left knee injury on Thursday night, according to Craig Ackerman.

    Advice: Capela could make for a sneaky daily play, but loses quite a bit of his luster if Howard plays. He had nine points, four boards, a block and a steal in Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:07 pm
  • BOS again makes it clear Crowder a priority
    Celtics' president Rich Gotham stated on Thursday that signing Jae Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason will be a "priority" for the Celtics.

    Advice: "[Crowder] added toughness, energy and confidence," said Gotham. "I think he gave our guys a swagger." Multiple executives from Boston's front offices have openly stated their desire to retain Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see just how high they go in order to keep him in a Celtics' jersey. Crowder had a nice run down the stretch, posting averages of 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game during the month of April, so he'll be a nice low-end option in deep leagues if he does indeed remain in Boston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 pm
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Mike Scott says he's 100 percent healthy
    Mike Scott said that he's 100 percent healthy, and ready to go if his number is called.

    Advice: Scott has now picked up five consecutive DNP-CD's, but his health doesn't appear to be the culprit for his absence. Head coach Mike Budenholzer said that he doesn't believe DeMarre Carroll's (knee) injury will affect Mike Scott much, because he views Scott as a power forward, so it doesn't sound like his minutes will be trending upward despite the injury to Carroll. Mike Muscala has stepped into an increased role, and it appears his ascension into the rotation is coming at the expense of Scott. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:36 am
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