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  • Evans posts 16-10-7 line despite knee issues
    Tyreke Evans played through a knee injury in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors, scoring 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 7-of-12 FTs) with 10 rebounds, seven assists and one block in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Considering the injury, Evans played very well even if he had some of his trademark drive-into-nowhere forays toward the hoop. His knee injury should be a point of concern for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Cole the man for the job defending Curry
    Norris Cole scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench in Monday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Cole made some key buckets but really his importance is on the defensive end, where he's the only guy that can stay in the same zip code as Stephen Curry. If the Pelicans are going to keep pushing the Warriors, they'll need to increase both Cole and Dante Cunningham's minutes (18) to match up with this Warriors squad. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong after bad start
    Derrick Rose scored all 15 points in the second half against the Bucks on Monday, adding seven boards, nine assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great out there, but his shot selection was not where it should be in the first half. Rose looks as athletic as ever and his passing was much better tonight, too. Additionally, his 38 minutes are a great sign for him and he might be at 40 minutes by the time the Cleveland series comes around. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) won't play on Monday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: There should be more minutes going to Norris Cole with Jrue out of the lineup. The Pelicans gave Holiday 21 minutes in Game 1, so they're probably regretting that. Holiday should be considered questionable to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 pm
    Injured
  • Zach LaVine needs to get stronger to play SG
    Coach Flip Saunders said Zach LaVine will have to get stronger to play shooting guard next season.

    Advice: LaVine also said that's a focus for him in the offseason. He was outstanding around the rim and from deep to close the season, so he'll be someone worth watching in the offseason. For now, he's not someone most fantasy owners will want to target in a standard fantasy draft. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Devin Harris questionable to play in Game 2
    Devin Harris (toe) is questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Harris aggravated his toe injury in Game 1, and then later admitted the tape job was an issue for his second toe, so it's unlikely to be a pretty picture inside of his shoe right now. Regardless, Harris' availability is obviously up in the air, and if he sits, J.J. Barea would see more action off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
    Injured
  • Lou Williams wins Sixth Man of the Year
    Lou Williams was named the NBA's 2014-15 Sixth Man of the Year on Monday.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas finished second in the voting, and Jamal Crawford rounded out the top three. There was a darkhorse case to be made for Andre Iguodala, but he finished fourth in the voting. It's been a pretty good year for Sweet Lou after being traded for John Salmons and Lucas Nogueira last summer. Williams finished the regular season with averages of 15.5 points, 1.1 steals and 1.9 triples on 40.4 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play Monday vs. Bucks
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Bucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Hinrich was also ruled out of Game 1, and although he was thought to be improving, he hasn't made enough progress to get back into action. With Derrick Rose hooping and Aaron Brooks backing him up, Hinrich's availability doesn't seem to matter much anyway. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
    Injured
  • Cho: Kemba Walker needs to improve shooting
    Hornets GM Rich Cho said Kemba Walker needs to improve his midrange and three-point shooting.

    Advice: Walker shot a career-wost 30.4 percent from downtown this season, a number that's unacceptable for a point guard who relies on volume shooting in order to get himself going. A surgical procedure on Walker's knee didn't help anything this season, but Kemba needs to show improvement in a big way after inking a lucrative four-year, $48 million extension in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Van Gundy wants Jackson to work on defense
    Stan Van Gundy wants Reggie Jackson to improve on the defensive end of the court.

    Advice: "Defensively, he's still got a long, long way to go, but on the offensive end of the floor, I mean, he can certainly score and he can create shots for other people." The Pistons are expected to re-sign Jackson, and it will be interesting to see at what number after the point guard reportedly rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from Oklahoma City prior to being traded. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Mike Conley plays through pain in Game 1 win
    Mike Conley (foot) admitted that it felt like a golf ball was at the bottom of his shoe in the Game 1 victory over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley scored 16 points in 24 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting, but he's nowhere near 100 percent healthy. Despite a successful Game 1 effort, we simply can't be expecting the usual Mike Conley as he deal with this injury. Beno Udrih will be a very important player for Memphis in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:21 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams vows to be aggressive
    Michael Carter-Williams vowed to be more aggressive in Game 2 vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: MCW shot just 4-of-13, including 1-of-4 from the free-throw line, in the Game 1 loss. "I'm looking to be more aggressive to the basket, getting into the lane and finding the open guy," Carter-Williams said. "We've got to look to move the ball better. That starts with me. Just be unselfish." One thing former Buck Brandon Jennings never lacked is confidence, something Milwaukee could use in abundance right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Jamal Crawford drops 17 points on 7-of-10 FGs
    Jamal Crawford scorched the Spurs on Sunday for 17 points with three 3-pointers, shooting 7-of-10 overall in 23 minutes off the Clippers' bench.

    Advice: The former sixth-man of the year had been shooting 27.8 percent since returning from a calf injury that caused him to miss 17 games. Doc Rivers had "zero" concern about his veteran before the game and that was borne out tonight as Crawford dipped into his sampler-pack of pull-up jumpers and dribble-drives. As coach Rivers said, "Jamal will be fine" for Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:13 pm
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    Jamal Crawford LAC - PG,SG,SF
  • Clips beat Spurs, Chris Paul scores 32 points
    Chris Paul was unguardable down the stretch of Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Spurs, finishing with a game-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting with three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists and two steals.

    Advice: CP3 started the postseason with a bang. He led the NBA with 10.2 assists per game this season, played 82 games for the first time in his 10-year career, and looks ready to step up offensively vs. the Spurs' elite defense. Paul knocked down a career-high 139 three-pointers this season and was 3-of-5 beyond the arc on Sunday, abusing every defender the Spurs threw his way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:09 pm
  • Tony Parker tweaks ankle and thigh in Game 1
    Tony Parker tweaked his ankle early in Sunday's game, but he kept playing and finished with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Chris Paul lit up the Spurs for 32 points in a lopsided battle at PG tonight. The ankle injury caused Parker to briefly head into the Spurs' locker room and we'll monitor his status as a precaution leading up to Game 2, especially since he also took a shot to his left thigh in the second quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:01 pm
  • C.J. McCollum starts for short-handed Blazers
    C.J. McCollum (sprained left ankle) returned to the Blazers' starting lineup during Sunday's road loss, going 1-of-8 from the field to finish with two points, five rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: McCollum will continue to start until Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returns, so he may earn another start at SG during Game 2. He said he "feels great" physically and logged 37 minutes tonight, though his lousy shooting was part of the reason Portland trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Jeff Teague's late spurt lifts ATL over BKN
    Jeff Teague scored the Hawks' final six points on Sunday to finish with 17 points (6-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), one 3-pointer, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Teague's clutch play helped the Hawks hang on for the series lead with a 99-92 home win. The Hawks finished the season ranked No. 6 in offensive efficiency (106.2) and No. 7 in defensive efficiency (100.7), part of the reason they're overwhelming favorites to make it to the second round. One area they'd like to clean up is turnovers, however, as Teague and backup Dennis Schroder combined for eight turnovers and only five assists on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:31 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas drops 22/10/5 in playoffs debut
    Isaiah Thomas finished Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers with a team-high 22 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 32 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: It was Thomas' first double-double with the Celtics, but more impressively he joined Oscar Robertson and LeBron James as the only players to get at least 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in their NBA playoffs debut. His acquisition was a catalyst for the Celtics' playoff push after the All-Star break, and Boston got a bargain with three years remaining on his contract at a total of $19.7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:21 pm
  • Kyrie Irving drops 30 points in playoff debut
    Kyrie Irving was fabulous in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring a game-high 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting (3-of-5 from the line), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 41 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving looked confident during his first-career playoff game, and Boston really didn't have any answers for him. He also become just the second player in Cavs' franchise history to score 30 points in his playoff debut, with the other guy to accomplish the same feat going by the name of LeBron James. This should be a relatively short series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:45 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 15 points with five dimes
    Rajon Rondo scored 15 points against the Rockets on Saturday with five assists, no rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He turned in a very nice second quarter, but Rondo was a little bashful with his shot in the paint. His defense was also a problem for much of this game. If Devin Harris' toe injury is going to cost him some games, there should be more minutes for Rondo. Even with the extra playing time, Rondo is really going to have to step it up and he'll also need to be better on the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:21 pm
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