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  • No. 1 goal is to get Parsons healthy
    Mike Conley said the No. 1 goal for the Grizzlies is to get Chandler Parsons (knee) healthy.

    Advice: "Chandler Parsons is a major piece. We can't overlook that," Conley said. After getting the max, Parsons played just 34 games at just 19.9 minutes per outing with the Grizzlies. His injuries led to some fellow NBA players calling him out on Twitter for his contract not exactly looking great. Parsons will be coming at a heavy discount next year in drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:39 am
  • Zach Randolph's goal is to stay
    Unrestricted free agent Zach Randolph said his goal is to stay with the Grizzlies next season.

    Advice: After Z-Bo hopped around on four different teams from 2007 to 2009, he's been with the Grizzlies since 2009. Randolph's style play has become part of the culture in Memphis and he's very active in the community. He also has a good rapport with coach David Fizdale, so the 35-year-old big man is likely staying put. He won't be worth drafting in standard leagues next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:36 am
  • Tony Allen is confident he'll be back
    Unrestricted free agent Tony Allen (calf) is confident he will stay in Memphis next season.

    Advice: "I'm not trying to break the bank," Allen said. In other words, it sounds like Allen is willing to give a hometown discount. Up until the last game of the year, Allen was fairly healthy this season with 71 games played. His calf string in the regular-season finale cost him a playoff run, but he'll be healthy before summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:29 am
  • Vince Carter wants to keep playing
    Vince Carter said he wants to keep playing and staying in Memphis is up to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "It's a pleasure coming to work here with the fans, atmosphere," Carter said. He's a free agent and is 40 years old, but he did show he can still play with 12 points in 32 minutes during Game 6. If Chandler Parsons (knee) can stay on the court, Carter likely wouldn't play too much in Memphis. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:26 am
  • Sam Dekker (hand) says he can play Monday
    Sam Dekker (hand) said that he will be available to play in Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: Dekker underwent surgery to repair his fractured left hand back on April 3rd. He is on schedule, as he was expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks. Dekker averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest during the regular season. However, Houston played well in the first round, eliminating the Thunder in five games. It will be difficult for Dekker to squeeze his way into coach Mike D'Antoni's eight-man rotation after the success Houston had in round one. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:34 am
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) to play in Game 6
    Jimmy Butler (knee) only "did a little" at shootaround but, as expected, will play in Game 6 Friday night vs. Boston.

    Advice: Butler and the Bulls have acknowledged that he's dealing with some soreness in his left knee. It is believed the injury was initially suffered during a collision last Sunday. After getting to the free throw line 23 times in Game 4, Butler attempted only one free throw in Game 5. Also, he had just two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Chicago will likely need Butler to be extra aggressive if they want to stay alive. The question is whether or not the knee issue is hampering his ability to attack. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:35 am
  • Jason Smith (calf) remain GTD for Game 6
    Jason Smith (calf) says he is "feeling good" and went through shootaround but remains a game-time decision for Game 6 Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Smith exited Game 5 on Wednesday due to a left calf contusion and is attempting to work his way back. He told reporters after shootaround Friday morning: "Hopefully I'll be to go tonight." If Smith is unable to suit up, Marcin Gortat will likely be asked log close to 40 minutes, just as he did in Game 5. Markieff Morris and Bojan Bogdanovic might also see an uptick in playing time if the Wiz choose to go small. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:03 am
  • Pascal Siakam named MVP of D-League Finals
    Pascal Siakam was named MVP of the D-League Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Toronto's affiliate, the Raptors 905, beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to win the title. Siakam averaged 23 points (on 55 percent shooting), nine rebounds & two blocks in the series. Bruno Caboclo (31 points and 11 rebounds) and Fred VanVleet (28 points and 14 assists) also played well in the championship-clinching contest. All three players are under contract for next season, giving the Raps solid depth heading into the 2017-18 campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:02 am
  • Zhou Qi in Houston to train with the Rockets
    Zhou Qi is in Houston to train with the team and would like to sign a contract to play for the Rockets next season.

    Advice: Houston selected Zhou with the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 draft. He spent last season in China, where averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds and helped lead his team to the CBA championship. According to his agent, Zhou is "looking forward to sitting down and talking and seeing what might happen in the future. His dream is to one day play in the NBA." The 7'2" forward/center would provide som depth along the Rockets frontline if they decided to bring him stateside for the 2017-18 campaign. They could also choose to stash him overseas for another season. It is unknown if Zhou will play with Rockets' summer league team. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:57 am
  • Clippers hope to re-sign Blake Griffin
    The Clippers are committed to signing Blake Griffin to a long-term contract this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Despite a rash of injuries in recent years that have derailed him in the postseason, Griffin is still just 28 years old and supremely skilled. The current core of Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan has yet to get over the hump; however, losing a player as talented as Griffin in his prime and having nothing to show for it would be devastating to the franchise. The safest course of action may be re-signing Blake and then trading him down the line if the results remain unsatisfactory. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:19 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 29 points to beat MEM
    Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points during a series-clinching 103-96 win over the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: As you might expect, he got some serious praise after this win. Coach Gregg Popovich called Kawhi the best player in the NBA, and coach David Fizdale also talked about Robot Kawhi. "He actually just told me he does bleed antifreeze. He admitted to it. We're getting him checked out," Fizdale said. Moving to the next round, Leonard was already above average against the Rockets and was below average against Memphis during the regular season, so Playoff Kawhi could be in for some massive output in this series. Plus, Leonard only had an 87.9 pace against the Grizzlies in this series, which is nowhere near the 98.4 pace he had against the Rockets this season. There's a very good chance he can increase his 2017 playoff averages of 31.2 points, 6.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 13 points in 38 minutes
    Zach Randolph played 38 minutes in the starting lineup during a loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: After Randolph played just 24.5 minutes per game in the regular season, coach David Fizdale leaned heavily on his guy a ton during this series with 32 minutes per game. Randolph is going to be a free agent this summer, but the Grizzlies have to be a heavy favorite to bring him back. He may even have a statue outside of FedEx Forum one day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Vince Carter scores 12 points in 32 minutes
    Vince Carter scored 12 points in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had the unenviable task of guarding Kawhi Leonard for some key minutes and had a big steal against him. Carter is 40 years old, but he showed he still has plenty left in the tank. Carter is a first-ballot Hall of Fame player as one of the league's best players over the last two decades. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points to win series
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points in a series-clinching 92-89 win over the Bucks on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, five steals and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: After the Raptors looked to have it locked up with a 25-point lead, they actually blew it and were trailing due to a 20-3 Bucks run. The Raptors put together a 9-0 run after that and were able to ice this game in the final minute. DeRozan went 8-of-9 from the line while the Bucks went just 18-of-28 from the line as a team. Moving on, DeRozan did only score 23.0 points per game against the Cavs in the postseason last year, but he increased that to 29.7 during his three games against them this season. Considering the massive problems on defense for the Cavs, DeRozan could be feasting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Norm Powell gets 31 minutes, scores eight
    Norman Powell scored eight points with three rebounds, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: Is he ever going to miss from three as a starter again? Powell has gone 9-of-9 in his three starts, which is part of the reason Kyle Lowry said he changed the series. Powell's defense was a weakness heading into this series, but he fared well matched up with the likes of Khris Middleton. Considering how well he played, he should be able to carve out a role in the 24-32 minute range against the Cavs. Although, there could be much more P.J. Tucker against Kevin Love and LeBron James. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 34 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points in a season-ending 92-89 loss to the Raptors on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He was extremely aggressive early in this game, going 5-of-5 from the field with all of those shots coming in the paint. The Bucks offense was not very successful outside of the Giannis drives in the first half, making just 3-of-17 outside of the paint in the first 24 minutes. Antetokounmpo also only checked out with 6:26 left in the second, sat out for 81 seconds, and played the rest of the game. He reached superstardom this season and he'll be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in drafts next year. He's still just 22, so he could get even better. Let your imagination run wild with how good he could be. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 19 points vs. Raptors
    Khris Middleton scored 19 points with four rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He had another slow start in this game and was part of the reason why the Bucks were in a hole at half. After making his season debut on Feb. 8 for a torn hamstring, Middleton was able to get to 33.0 minutes per game in March and didn't miss any of those 18 games in that span. He was also handling the ball much more than expected despite some talk of him being more of a shooter. Things are certainly looking up for Middleton as he heads into his age-26 season. He'll be an early-round pick in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Thon Maker blocks five shots
    Thon Maker blocked a career-high five shots against the Raptors on Thursday, adding two points, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 13 minutes.

    Advice: The rim protection has been the story for Maker, who had 1.8 blocks per game in his previous five postseason outings. Considering he was one of the most raw players to be taken in the lottery in quite some time, the Bucks have to be pleased with his development. He had a couple eye-opening games at Summer League last year, so maybe he'll be back there again. Maker will be on the radar in the last couple rounds next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Stevens happy with Amir taking DNP-CDs
    Coach Brad Stevens said Amir Johnson has been a "total team guy" for picking up two DNP-CDs in a row.

    Advice: Stevens told Johnson before the games that the plan was to DNP-CD him, and Johnson said he understood. Much like the Raptors, the Celtics have gone with more small-ball lineups to lock up the perimeter better on the defensive end while helping the spacing on offense with their Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford PNR pet plays. Johnson will almost certainly be a DNP-CD again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • Stevens intends to start Green again
    Coach Brad Stevens said he intends to start Gerald Green in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He played just 12 minutes in Game 5 and 23 minutes in Game 4 during his two starts. Stevens talked up Terry Rozier before the game, and the backup came through with some big plays in 18 minutes. Expect to see a similar distribution in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Porzingis wants NYK coaches in Latvia
    Kristaps Porzingis wants Knicks assistant coach Joshua Longstaff as an assistant with the Latvian national team this summer.

    Advice: Longstaff has been an assistant coach since the Derek Fisher days and he also worked with Porzingis last summer. Porzingis has said he will try to come back to NY when he can, but he won't be setting a date. The Carmelo Anthony drama will be the main story for the Knicks this summer, but there will be plenty of KP rumors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Khris Middleton will start in Game 6
    Khris Middleton (illness) will start in Game 6 against the Raptors.

    Advice: He is feeling better and was able to play through his illness from Game 5 on Monday. Middleton didn't look right on both ends of the court on Monday, playing 36 minutes with eight points, six assists, five steals and one turnover. He's only made 38.5 percent from the field with 0.8 treys per game in this series, so his offense isn't as good as it was during the regular season. He'll see a lot of Norman Powell and could have a bounce-back game. Daily Slant: Although he’s had some issues with his shot, he’s been able to improve as a facilitator this postseason. His assist rate is up 5.7% to 23.2% and he leads the team with 5.4 assists per game. He took at least 13 shots in the first four games and dropped 20 points twice. His price has dropped a bit across the industry and if he can put together a complete game as a passer and scorer now that he’s feeling better, he could be a huge asset. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • The Truth could start Game 6?
    Coach Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce or Marreese Speights will start Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: If Pierce does start, he has played 35 of his 58 postseason minutes next to Chris Paul. The Truth has not been very good in that small sample as far as fantasy performance goes with only a 10.5 usage rate and a 30.0 true shooting percentage, but the Clippers do have a +6.7 net rating -- also a snail's pace of 84.8. Even if Pierce does start, he's still a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call
    Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call for Game 6 in Atlanta on Friday.

    Advice: He suffered a left calf contusion during Wednesday's Game 5 and wasn't able to return. He's considered day-to-day and received treatment on Thursday instead of practicing. We'll have a better idea of his status after Friday's morning shootaround. If he's out, Marcin Gortat will have to play more and the Wizards may have to use smaller lineups with Markieff Morris logging some center minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Domantas Sabonis will play summer league
    Domantas Sabonis said he will play in the Orlando Summer League.

    Advice: He said he has a "specific schedule" with the Thunder for improving his game and he's also planning to suit up for the Lithuanian National Team. Sabonis had a decent role with the Thunder in 2016-17, but his minutes trailed off following the arrival of Taj Gibson. It's worth noting that Gibson is a free agent this summer, so Sabonis' role for 2017-18 hinges on the status of his 31-year-old teammate. Sabonis finished the season with averages of 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.5 steals and 0.6 triples in 20.1 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Andre Roberson would like to re-sign w/ OKC
    Andre Roberson said he would "definitely" like to stick with the Thunder this summer.

    Advice: The 25-year-old defensive stopper averaged 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 0.6 triples in 80 regular-season games, but played the best basketball of his career in the playoffs. In the first-round series vs. Houston, Roberson averaged an impressive 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.4 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.4 triples. Those defensive stats are intriguing, but fantasy owners are still waiting for his offensive game to come around. He should be looking at a significant raise this summer and hopefully he expands his game during the offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Jimmy Butler playing through a knee issue
    Jimmy Butler has been playing through a left knee issue.

    Advice: He reportedly picked up the injury in Game 4 when he collided with a Celtics player. "I'm good. Everyone's a little nicked up," Butler said. "I'll be all right." Butler seemed fine in Game 5 on Thursday up until the fourth quarter, as he only attempted two shots in that frame and didn't have his usual lift. He has been playing 41.4 minutes per game in this series, but with Chicago's season on the line, expect another massive workload in Game 6 on Friday even if he's less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • Joakim Noah undergoes successful surgery
    Joakim Noah had surgery to repair his rotator cuff in his right shoulder on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was reported over two weeks ago that Noah would need surgery, but after evaluating other treatment plans, he listened to the doctors and finally opted for surgery. According to head coach Jeff Hornacek, his recovery time will be approximately five months which means he will be targeting a return around training camp. Even if he's ready to go for opening night, the oft-injured big man still has to serve the remainder of his suspension for a drug violation back in March -- he has 12 games left on his initial 20-game suspension. Willy Hernangomez is the center that fantasy owners will want to spend a draft pick on in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Nuggets 'hope' Hernangomez will play w/ Spain
    The Nuggets are "hopeful" that Juancho Hernangomez will play with the Spanish national team this summer, according to GM Tim Connelly.

    Advice: Hernangomez played three seasons in Spain's professional league, culminating in 2015-16 averages of 9.7 points, 1.0 threes, 5.7 boards, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in 23.7 minutes. The 21-year-old is on a rookie-scale contract, with Denver owing him no more than $3.3 million per season through the 2019-20 season, so it makes sense that they'd want to see him develop and compete at a high level. We'll keep a close eye on his progress this offseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Tyronn Lue: LeBron could play 48 minutes
    Cavs coach Tyronn Lue dismissed criticism about his decision to play LeBron James 43.8 minutes per game during Cleveland's first-round sweep of the Pacers.

    Advice: "I don’t understand why people make a big deal out of his minutes," Lue said. "He had a week off before the series started. We won four straight games and then he had a week off again. So next [game] he might play 48 minutes." Lue also said that giving LeBron heavy minutes during the regular season "has helped him in the playoffs ... Now he is able to play those 42, 43 minutes." It's music to the ears of anyone relying on LBJ for fantasy purposes in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Gerald Green starts, plays only 11 minutes
    Gerald Green started Game 5 on Wednesday but he played only 11 minutes, finishing with two points on 1-of-3 shooting and one rebound.

    Advice: Boston's starters came out flat and both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier provided welcome energy off the bench. The result was Green sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters, to the chagrin of everyone who gambled on him in DFS tonight. He contributes almost nothing beyond scoring, which makes him a risky option even if his role weren't so precarious. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Jason Smith (bruised calf) exits Wednesday
    Jason Smith didn't return after exiting Wednesday's game in the second half with a left calf contusion, finishing with five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Smith crashed into the basket stanchion prior to exiting. He jogged into the locker room but had his left leg iced when he returned to the bench, and we'll have to wait for updates before determining his status for Game 6 on Friday. If he misses more time, Marcin Gortat's minutes should increase and the Wizards will be forced to run plenty of small lineups. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:29 pm
  • Norm to the rescue
    Kyle Lowry said Norman Powell changed the series against the Bucks.

    Advice: The Raptors lineup of Lowry, Powell, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Serge Ibaka didn't play a second together before their start in Game 4, but that combo has played outstanding defense to get them to a +19.3 net rating in 32 minutes over the last two games. As for Norm, his star has shined the brightest in the last two games with 18.5 points per game on an 84.2 true shooting percentage. Norm is free. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:55 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) probable for Game 6
    Khris Middleton (illness) did not practice on Wednesday, but Jason Kidd expects him to play in Game 6 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Middleton played through the illness in Game 5 on Monday, but he didn't look quite right going 3-of-8 from the field, so hopefully, with some extra rest he'll be able to get closer to 100 percent for Game 6. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Leonard scores 28 as Spurs take 3-2 lead
    Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Leonard has now scored in double digits in 25 straight playoff games which is the longest streak by a Spur since Tim Duncan's 26 from 2011-2013. He finished 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line (his first FT miss of the series), adding six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples. The Spurs can close out this series with a Game 6 win in Memphis on Thursday and the Grizzlies still have no answer for Leonard. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Raps assign Caboclo and Siakam to D-League
    Raptors have assigned Bruno Caboclo, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: The Raptors D-League team, the 905, is currently playing in the D-League Finals, so expect these three players to be shuffled back and forth. It should not have any fantasy impact. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:45 am
  • Sam Dekker (hand) increasing rehab activity
    Sam Dekker (hand) received approval from team doctors to increase his rehab activity.

    Advice: Dekker had surgery to insert six screws and a plate in his left hand back on April 3. He began shooting last week and has now been cleared to start using his left hand in drills. "I can't play yet, but they said I can start being more aggressive, ball-handling, catching and trying to get comfortable doing that," Dekker said. He is still without a timetable, but Dekker said he was hopeful to play in the second round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:35 am
  • Khris Middleton (illness) struggles in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) struggled in Game 5 vs. the Raptors with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't seem like himself and wasn't looking for his shot tonight, but he was able to salvage his line with six assists, three rebounds, five steals and one turnover in 36 minutes. To make matters worse, he was torched on the defensive end by Norman Powell. "You got to know how it feels to get your [butt] kicked," coach Jason Kidd said. "And that’s what happened tonight." With their season on the line, the Bucks will look to even the series up in Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Giannis' 30 points not enough in Game 5 loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's 30 points weren't enough in a 118-93 loss to the Raptors in Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: He was coming off a 6-of-19 FG performance in Game 4 and got off to a nightmare start in the first quarter by hitting 1-of-6 shots, but he finally got things going in the second quarter when he hit all six of shots. Giannis finished the night 12-of-19 from the field in 41 minutes with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks, but simply didn't have enough help -- only two of his teammates scored in double digits. The Bucks now trail the Raptors (3-2) for the first time in this series and will look to save their season in Game 6 on Thursday at home. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:12 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 25 points w/ four treys
    Norman Powell started for the second game in a row in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday and scored a playoff career-high 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Despite playing a total of six minutes prior to Game 3, Powell will likely end up being the biggest X-Factor in this series. He got off to a hot start tonight with 11 points in the first quarter and never looked back, adding four rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and four triples to go with his 25 points. DeMar DeRozan said Powell's aggressiveness in the first unit spaces the floor for the Raptors and coach Dwane Casey praised him for staying ready, so expect him to keep seeing big minutes going forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Middleton skipped shootaround, but he was never expected to miss tonight's game. Jason Kidd will stick with the same starting group tonight featuring Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:40 pm
  • Middleton (illness) going through warmups
    Khris Middleton (illness) is currently going through his pregame routine.

    Advice: Middleton sat out shootaround with the illness, but he's fully expected to play in Game 5 tonight. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:10 pm
  • Raptors recall Siakam
    The Raptors have recalled Bruno Caboclo and Pascal Siakam from the D-League.

    Advice: Neither player has been in the rotation lately, so there are no fantasy implications here. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:46 am
  • Khris Middleton (illness) misses shootaround
    Khris Middleton missed the Monday morning shootaround due to a sore throat.

    Advice: To be clear, he's still fully expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Raptors on Monday. Through the first four games of the series, Middleton has posted averages of 15.0 points, 5.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples, but he's only shooting 38.6 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis wants to remain in NY
    Kristaps Porzingis vaguely hinted that he could eventually leave the Knicks if the team isn't performing.

    Advice: "Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,’’ Porzingis said. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best." Porzingis will become a restricted free agent in 2018, so Knicks fans will be hoping for a quick turnaround so they can keep their franchise big man in town. Porzingis also announced that he will play for Latvia at Eurobasket this summer, so that's an indication that he's healthy after missing the final five games of the season with a back issue. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:56 am
  • DeRozan praises Norman Powell
    DeMar DeRozan said that Norman Powell's presence in the first unit helps to space the floor.

    Advice: "With Norm out there, he’s extremely aggressive so you’ve got to honour that," DeRozan said. "With that, the floor is spaced a little bit more, I was able to find spots, push the ball up. I know Norm’s going to find his spots. It just gives us another option with a perimeter guy out there." While coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to Powell starting in Game 5 on Monday, he praised him for staying ready and called him a true professional. Assuming he starts again, he will be on the DFS radar after scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:45 am
  • Jimmy Butler hits 19-of-23 FTs, scores 33 pts
    Jimmy Butler drained 19-of-23 free throws en route to a 33-point game on Sunday, adding a playoff career-high nine assists with five rebounds, one steal, and only one turnover in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Butler's efforts weren't enough tonight despite the impressive free throw shooting, which has been a staple of his value all season. His 8.9 attempts per game crushed his previous career-high and ranked fourth in the NBA behind James Harden, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins. He looked gassed down the stretch tonight, after getting a mere two minutes of rest and playing the entire second half, so it's good news that he gets two days off before Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:42 pm
  • Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller get DNP-CDs
    Amir Johnson picked up a DNP-CD during the Celtics' Game 4 win in Chicago on Sunday.

    Advice: Johnson's role has steadily decreased throughout the series. With Gerald Green playing well as a starter, coach Brad Stevens had no incentive to keep the veteran big man in the rotation tonight. Tyler Zeller was also a DNP-CD and this trend is likely to continue with Boston tying up the series behind a slew of small lineups. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:34 pm
  • Gerald Green w/ playoff career-high 18 points
    Gerald Green scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers during Sunday's Game 4 win in Chicago, adding seven rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls left Green wide open early in the game and he made them pay dearly, helping Boston roar out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. Green said that his goal was simply to bring "energy" to the first unit, but he brought much more than that tonight. He'll likely be a popular DFS option during Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:31 pm
  • Andre Roberson racks up the defensive stats
    Andre Roberson racked up the defensive stats during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, recording five blocks and two steals through 38 minutes of floor time.

    Advice: Roberson also added 13 points, one triple, four boards and three turnovers to his stat line, and he did an excellent job of making life difficult for James Harden. Unfortunately, Billy Donovan refused to pull Roberson late when the Rockets started going with a hack-a-Roberson strategy, and Roberson proceeded to go just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe, which was a misstep that certainly factored into OKC blowing their fourth-quarter lead. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • LeBron James nets 33 points; CLE sweeps IND
    LeBron James helped the Cavs complete their first-round sweep of the Pacers on Sunday with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: James has now won 21-straight first-round games, which is the longest streak by any player since 1984, and this was also his 10th sweep in a Best-of-7 playoff series which amounts to the most sweeps by any player in NBA history. He basically got whatever he wanted all game long, had an incredible chase-down block during the third quarter, and hit a dagger 3-pointer during the closing minutes; so, par for the course for King James. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:30 pm
  • Gerald Green looking to give Boston energy
    Gerald Green said his job is to bring some energy and pace to the first unit.

    Advice: "I was just trying to bring energy. I think that was most important," Green said after logging 20 minutes in the starting lineup in Game 3 vs. Chicago. "I feel like my energy was there early on in the game. So that’s what I’m going to try to do [in Sunday's Game 4]: just try to come out with a lot of energy and just try to play up-tempo basketball, try to just bring it on both ends." Green played through a mild ankle tweak and scored eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers, and he's on the radar as a DFS play in tournaments because of his boom-or-bust appeal. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:49 am
  • Vince Carter hurt knee late in the game
    Vince Carter looked to have banged knees late in Saturday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: He hobbled off the court and hopefully he'll be able to recover for Tuesday. If not, there will be more minutes going to James Ennis, Andrew Harrison and Troy Daniels. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 43 points in OT loss
    Kawhi Leonard was incredible during a 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 43 points with eight rebounds, three assists, six blocks and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: His fourth quarter was one for the ages, scoring the Spurs' final 16 points in regulation. The Grizzlies were throwing doubles at him for most of his halfcourt sets and coach David Fizdale mentioned he pulled out all the stops to try and stop him. "I'm taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale said after the game. Leonard's offense has been unreal in this series as he matched his playoff career-high 32 in Game 1, set a new career high in Game 2 with 37, and followed that up with this explosion. He did struggle a bit in overtime with some offensive mistakes, so maybe he is human after all. Regardless, this is Exhibit A for anyone who wants to argue Kawhi is the best player in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan bounces back in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points during an 87-76 Game 4 victory over the Bucks on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It was vintage DeRozan with nine makes at the line while going to work in isolation, being assisted just twice to get to his 33 points today. DeRozan didn't have as much defensive responsibility and perhaps the extra space on offense with the small-ball lineup helped him. Maybe, just maybe DeRozan and the Raptors can stay hot in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:22 pm
  • Norman Powell gets 34 minutes in start
    Norman Powell started in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Norm is freed. He was basically out of the rotation in the first two games and was thrust into added minutes during Thursday's blowout loss. Powell likely just started as an offensive spark and to allow the Raptors to go with several small-ball lineups, but he held his own on defense against guys like Khris Middleton. There's little doubt that Norm will get another start on Monday, so he'll be an obvious cheap DFS option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:23 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo struggles in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made just 6-of-19 from the field for 14 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers during an 87-76 loss to the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides his 10 points in the second quarter, Giannis was not the 2016-17 version of himself during this game. Antetokounmpo was just 3-of-10 on jumpers in this game and was even worse on layups at just 2-of-8. He was also pressing a bit to cause those seven turnovers, as well. You could say Giannis was just due for a bad game after he dominated this series perhaps more than any other player has done so in the past week. He'll be better on Monday in Toronto as this series has now become just a best of three. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores just 10 points
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Not only did he struggle on making shots, Middleton just didn't seem locked in during this game. The Raptors didn't put DeMar DeRozan on Middleton as much, so maybe coach Dwane Casey gets some credit for that adjustment. Middleton is still going to get big minutes and the off game was more about just not being in a rhythm. Expect a bounce-back game in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • Report: TOR expected to start Powell over JV
    The Raptors are expected to start Norm Powell against the Bucks with Jonas Valanciunas coming off the bench for Game 4.

    Advice: It's not as surprising as the Gerald Green move, but Powell starting over Valanciunas is a surprise. The Raptors just can't have a first half like they did in Game 3, so that likely explains this offense-first approach. Powell hasn't done well in his starts when DeMar DeRozan is active, but he's still in play as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:33 am
  • Blake Griffin (toe) to miss rest of playoffs
    Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe.

    Advice: The Clippers simply can't catch a break, as this is yet another postseason in which they have to deal with a debilitating injury to one of their star players. Griffin injured the toe late in the first half on Friday. Marreese Speights started the second half in place of Blake and will continue to see an uptick in minutes going forward, but Speights may still come off the bench if Austin Rivers (hamstring) is healthy enough to return. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will be asked to shoulder the offensive load going forward. CP3's usage rate will spike, just as it did in the second half of Game 3. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:36 am
  • Blake Griffin (toe) status uncertain for Gm 4
    Blake Griffin (bruised right big toe) underwent an MRI and his status for Game 4 on Sunday is unknown.

    Advice: Griffin injured his toe after making a layup over Rodney Hood with just under four minutes left in the second quarter. He limped back on defense and slammed his fist into a chair when he got back to the bench, before heading to the locker room. He was subsequently ruled out for the second half. Fortunately, the X-rays were negative, but Griffin may still miss time. We're still waiting to hear word on the result of the MRI. "We should have more news [Saturday]," coach Doc Rivers said. "So we don’t know [how he is doing] is the answer." Check back soon for an update. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:47 am
  • Blake Griffin (bruised big toe) out for game
    Blake Griffin (bruised right big toe) will not return to Friday's game.

    Advice: The good news is X-rays were negative, so hopefully it's only a day-to-day thing. Griffin himself also reportedly said the injury was worse than he thought, so this could be a multiple-game issue. Marreese Speight started the second half and will have to step up in a big way. Plus, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul will have to bring their A game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Blake Griffin (leg) goes to the locker room
    Blake Griffin (leg) went to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday.

    Advice: He looked to have a tweak to his lower leg after a drive to the basket. A report from Jazz radio says Griffin looked to say it's "worse than I thought" as he went back to the locker room. We'll see if he starts the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Gerald Green scores eight points in start
    Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a mild left ankle tweak in the first half, but he did return and looked fine after getting re-taped. Even if Green is going to start, he's going to be the fourth guard at best in the rotation for total minutes behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart -- Terry Rozier played 23 minutes, as well. Green is only going to be a tournament play in DFS because we've seen him get hot at times. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Amir Johnson gets just six minutes off bench
    Amir Johnson came off the bench for Game 3 on Friday, scoring two points with one assist in just six minutes against the Bulls.

    Advice: He was in the first half rotation, but he didn't really do much to earn more playing time in Game 4. The Celtics guards did a fine job on crashing the glass, so giving up that size wasn't too big of a loss with the added output on 3-pointers. Johnson likely won't play too much in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:46 pm
  • Jimmy Butler gets held in check vs. Boston
    Jimmy Butler made just 7-of-21 from the field for his 14 points against the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, no assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics made it very tough on Jimmy today. Only eight of his shots came inside of the paint, so a ton of credit goes to Avery Bradley here for keeping Jimmy in check to limit defensive breakdowns. Also, Butler did not go to the line in this game, so take that for data. The Bulls will have to come up with some more inventive ways to get Jimmy some better looks, but he absolutely should fare better in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:36 pm
  • Gerald Green starts the second half
    Gerald Green started the second half on Friday.

    Advice: His left ankle tweak doesn't look like it'll be an issue for coach Brad Stevens' rotation, which has been very odd and perhaps too deep. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Sam Dekker (hand) will see doctor Monday
    Sam Dekker (hand) will see a doctor on Monday.

    Advice: He has been getting some shots up, but he's not catching passes with his left hand. Dekker suffered his hand fracture three weeks ago, so there's a chance he could have a timetable to return after his appointment. He is almost certainly out for the entire first round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:17 pm
  • Gerald Green goes to the locker room
    Gerald Green went to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday and he is available to return.

    Advice: He just went to go get re-taped and came running out from the locker room about 10 minutes later in real time. If he's limited, the Celtics may go with more Marcus Smart because of how the small-ball lineup worked early. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:56 pm
  • Amir Johnson is coming off the bench
    Amir Johnson will come off the bench against the Bulls for Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Based on how coach Brad Stevens talked up Jonas Jerebko's rebounding style, it's possible Johnson goes from starter in Game 2 to a DNP-CD in Game 3. Although, he may shift to being more of a straight backup to Al Horford. DFS players may want to steer clear of Amir and Jerebko here. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:44 pm
  • Gerald Green starting over Amir Johnson
    Gerald Green is starting for Amir Johnson in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Wow. This is basically uncharted waters for the Celtics with the Green, Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Al Horford lineup playing together for just 16 minutes this season -- they had a +1.8 net rating, for what it's worth. Coach Brad Stevens stressed rebounding, but he looks like he'll try to go with a smaller, faster lineup to offset that issue. Green will be a risky DFS play, but the four-fingered assassin has shown he can get hot in a hurry. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:35 pm
  • Tony Allen out of a walking boot
    Tony Allen (calf) is out of his walking boot and is conditioning on a stationary bike.

    Advice: He's still very doubtful for the series against the Spurs. Coach David Fizdale went with James Ennis in the starting lineup and it worked to get a win after two blowup losses. Wayne Selden, Vince Carter and Ennis figure to take on most of the minutes on the wings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 21 points in win
    Zach Randolph scored 21 points in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale loved what he got out of Z-Bo and he called him "fantastic" after the game. "It just matters so much to him," Fizdale said. He added he was very happy he was able to coach Randolph, and he mentioned that Z-Bo never really asked him to start despite how Randolph came off the bench for 68 games during the regular season. It looks like Z-Bo is headed for 30 minutes in Game 4, so he's a viable DFS play. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:37 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores just 18 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard scored just 18 points during a 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-11 from the field and all four free throws, so he was still efficient. The Grizzlies were more aggressive on Kawhi when he was on the perimeter, which somewhat explains the dip in usage. Luckily for coach David Fizdale, they were able to keep Kawhi from getting to the line, so we won't get a "take that for data" rant today. Even the best robots have off days, so expect Kawhi to get a software upgrade for Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 in Game 3 win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made an impact all over the court during a 104-77 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's easily the best player in this series and he continues to run the offense. Antetokounmpo's defense has been just as good as his offense as he's often been the last line of defense. The Bucks kept the Raptors to just 30 points in the first half to help them coast to a 2-1 lead. They'll look to take a bigger lead on Saturday in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 20 points vs. Raptors
    Khris Middleton scored 20 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back 20-plus scoring games for the first time since his hamstring tear. Middleton's defense was fantastic in this game and he's turned it up a notch as a creator on offense. He played 41 minutes in each of the first two games and didn't play in the final 5:56 of this game due to garbage time, so he was headed for minutes north of 40 again. Clearly, his breakout season last year was no fluke. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan goes 0-of-8 from field
    DeMar DeRozan missed all eight attempts from the field and made all eight from the line for eight points in a brutal loss to the Bucks on Thursday, adding two rebounds and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, not great. The Raptors managed just 30 points as a team in the first half thanks to having their nine turnovers top their seven field goals. The extra length on the Bucks has been a problem for DeRozan, so he may have to not count on his difficult shot selection. It'll be back to the drawing board for Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:52 pm
  • LeBron James dominates Pacers with 41 points
    LeBron James had one of his signature moments during a 119-114 win over the Pacers in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 41 points with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the Cavs giving up 74 points in the first half and trailing by 26 points at one point, LeBron led an incredible comeback with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. He played the entire fourth quarter to help him get just the seventh 40-point triple-double in NBA playoff history -- it was the 17th triple-double of LeBron's playoff career. The King also has a 20-game winning streak in the first round of the playoffs, so he'll look to make it 21 and sweep the Pacers on Sunday. Sure, there are some major defensive concerns, but is it really that big of a problem when LeBron is locked in? Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 pm
  • Zach Randolph, James Ennis starting vs. SA
    Zach Randolph and James Ennis will start for JaMychal Green and Wayne Selden in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale said there could be lineup changes coming, and he's not messing around this time. The Grizzlies did have some luck with their Z-Bo lineups and really any change makes sense after they were thumped in the first two games. Expect Randolph to see minutes in the upper 20s. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:52 pm
  • David Fizdale calls Kawhi Leonard a robot
    Coach David Fizdale said coach Gregg Popovich found a way to get a robot on an NBA roster with Kawhi Leonard.

    Advice: "He stood beside me and wasn't breathing," Fizdale said of Leonard. "He bleeds antifreeze." The Kawhitron 2000 is a learning computer with a neural-net processor sent to planet earth to dominate basketball games. Kidding aside, Kawhi is absolutely ridiculous so far in these playoffs, scoring 34.5 points per game on a pristine 85.6 true shooting percentage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:35 am
  • Kidd hopes to speed up Maker's development
    Jason Kidd is hopeful that having Thon Maker in the starting lineup during the playoffs will help speed up his development.

    Advice: "This is a great opportunity for him to go through the process," Kidd said. "Being a starter can hopefully help him grow faster. He's going against All-Stars or he's going to go against quite a few talented players out on the floor when you go against the other starting group. So hopefully this speeds up the process." Through the first two games of Milwaukee's first-round series, Maker has put forth averages of 4.5 points, 3.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.5 blocks per contest. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:00 am
  • Fizdale says he will tweak starting lineup
    Grizzlies' head coach David Fizdale confirmed that he will tweak his starting lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against the Spurs.

    Advice: Fizdale wouldn't say exactly who will be moving into the starting five, but both James Ennis and Zach Randolph are the most obvious potential candidates considering JaMychal Green and Wayne Seldon haven't done much of anything as starters. Randolph also started the second half of Game 2, and finished with 18 points, 10 boards, one assist and three steals in 36 minutes, so he could be on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS option tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:18 am
  • Porzingis 'of course' wants to stay w/ Knicks
    Kristaps Porzingis said he "of course" wants to play for the Knicks next season, despite recent friction between himself and the team.

    Advice: "I love New York. I love New York," said Porzingis, who recently skipped his exit interview with Phil Jackson due to the "drama" surrounding the team. He plans to play for the Latvian national team this summer, contrary to the Knicks' desire, but at the end of the day he's still under a guaranteed deal until hitting restricted free agency in 2018. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Jason Smith (knee) plays well in 28 minutes
    Jason Smith (knee) looked good in 28 minutes during Game 2, posting eight points, eight boards, two blocks, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Ian Mahinmi (calf) is out at least one more game, which leaves Smith with an expanded role as the Wizards' primary backup big man. He failed to score in 13 minutes during Game 1, however, and there should be more reliable DFS options available on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Celtics could make a lineup change?
    Coach Brad Stevens hinted he could make a lineup change for Game 3.

    Advice: Amir Johnson has not been good and he didn't start the second half with Tyler Zeller taking his spot. The Celtics can't rebound right now, so it makes little sense to stick with Johnson if that continues. Jonas Jerebko could make sense to add more spacing on offense while still having decent size up front. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Tony Allen out again for Game 3
    Tony Allen (calf) will not play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely with a calf strain, which usually requires a couple weeks on the sidelines. The Grizzlies have missed Allen terribly and have to figure out how to stop a red-hot Kawhi Leonard. Vince Carter, James Ennis and Andrew Harrison should pick up some wing minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:10 pm
  • Blake Griffin leads Clippers to Game 2 win
    Blake Griffin hit 11-of-21 shots and a 3-pointer for 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in Tuesday's crucial Game 2 99-91 win over the Jazz to tie the series at 1-1.

    Advice: Griffin's stat line wasn't exactly chock full of goodness, but he led his team in scoring, hit a 3-pointer and played pretty well on a night the Clippers desperately needed a win. Game 3 is in Utah on Friday and it doesn't sound like Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert is going to be likely for that one, which should mean more good things from Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Jimmy Butler drops 22-8-8 in easy Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler had 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 8-of-19 shooting in Tuesday's easy 111-97 win over the Celtics to take a 2-0 lead over the No. 1 seed.

    Advice: The Celtics are probably wishing they'd done what it would have taken to trade for Butler prior to the trade deadline, as Boston looks like a dead duck, sitting in an 0-2 hole with Games 3 and 4 in Chicago. Butler simply looks miles better than any forward in Boston and the Bulls now look like a team that could possibly emerge in the NBA Finals, despite being the No. 8 seed. Look for Butler to continue to go off in Games 3 and 4 with hopes of sweeping the favorites. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 23 in Raptors win
    DeMar DeRozan hit 9-of-18 shots for 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's crucial 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their series at 1-1.

    Advice: DeRozan's numbers were a little better in Game 1, but he hit just 7-of-21 shots in that one, so he was clearly more effective tonight. The Raptors' great backcourt has been a little stifled by the Bucks' defensive-minded backcourt and Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee should be another great battle. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Giannis scores 24 w/ 15 boards in Game 2 loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple in Tuesday's 106-100 Game 2 loss to Toronto.

    Advice: This was actually an off night for Giannis as he hit 9-of-24 shots and 5-of-7 free throws with four turnovers. The Raptors said their No. 1 priority was to slow down the Greek Freak, but it's clear that he's going to get eat no matter what and the Bucks even had a chance to steal this game -- they missed their final five shots of the contest. With the series tied up 1-1, the Bucks should be feeling good and the next two games will be in Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday. Khris Middleton added 20 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and three triples for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Casey hints young guys will play more in G2
    Dwane Casey hinted that some of the younger players on the roster could be a larger part of the rotation for Game 2.

    Advice: Norman Powell only managed to log six minutes off the bench during Toronto's Game 1 loss to Milwaukee, so he might be able to see his minutes closer to the teens tonight, which would likely come at the expense of DeMarre Carroll. Still, it's unlikely Powell will make much of an impact on the box score with the Raptors at full strength. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:38 pm
  • Jason Smith (knee) will play Wednesday
    Jason Smith (knee) practiced on Tuesday and will suit up for Game 2 on Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Smith sat out Monday's practice after he was diagnosed with a bruised left knee following Sunday's Game 1 victory. Smith didn't score and grabbed just one rebound in the 13 minutes he played in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 am
  • Porzingis would like to play for Latvia
    In an interview with FIBA.com, Kristaps Porzingis said he "absolutely" would like to play for Latvia's national team this summer.

    Advice: Latvia will compete in FIBA EuroBasket 2017, which takes place from August 31st through September 17th. When asked if he wanted to play, Porzingis responded: "Yes, absolutely. I would like to help the team get to the second round and have a great campaign." KP missed the final five games of the regular season with a back injury, but it was relatively minor. The Knicks would prefer Porzingis not play internationally this summer, but the two sides have a strained relationship, as evidenced by KP skipping his exit interview with Phil Jackson. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:18 am
  • Zach Randolph scores 18 w/ 10 rebounds
    Zach Randolph started the second half of Game 2 vs. the Spurs and double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and three steals in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Z-Bo nearly helped the Grizzlies claw their way back from a 26-point deficit and shot 9-of-18 from the field, and with his team falling into a 2-0 series hole, he may move into the starting lineup for Game 3 on Thursday. If he does, Z-Bo would be a solid low-priced option in DFS because JaMychal Green hasn't given the Grizzlies much in this series. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:07 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 37, hits 19-of-19 FTs
    Kawhi Leonard scored a playoff career-high 37 points in Monday's 96-82 Game 2 win over the Grizzlies, giving the Spurs a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: The Grizzlies really miss Tony Allen (calf). Leonard finished 9-of-14 from the field and added 11 rebounds and two assists, and he also set the franchise record for most free throws made without a miss (19-of-19) -- Tim Duncan was the previous record holder (15-of-15). Leonard had 32 points with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in Game 1, and he's now shooting 71.4 percent from the field in this series. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:24 pm
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