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  • Rondo (thumb) out Gm 6 and unlikely for Gm 7
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo (thumb) remains out for Game 6 Friday vs. Boston and is unlikely to play in a potential Game 7.

    Advice: Isaiah Canaan will draw another start on Friday. He is averaging 13.0 points and 1.5 assists in 35.1 minutes over the last two games. With Jimmy Butler bothered by a sore knee, Hoiberg may again have to ask Dwyane Wade, and even Paul Zipser, to bring the ball up at times. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:48 am
  • Isaiah Thomas to travel to Tacoma after Gm 6
    Isaiah Thomas is expected to travel home to Tacoma, Washington, after Game 6 on Friday night to attend his sister's funeral.

    Advice: It's unbelievable that Thomas has been able to play as well as he has during this first-round series vs. Chicago considering the incredibly sad situation he and his family is dealing with. If Bulls win on Friday and force a Game 7, it would be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Boston. Or, if both the Wizards and Celtics win on Friday, then Game 1 of the Boston vs. Washington series would be played on Sunday. Thus, Thomas may have to rush back east on Saturday night. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
  • Renaissance: Tony Parker scores 27 in win
    Tony Parker made 11-of-14 from the field for 27 points with two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: It was classic Parker. He made all four free throws to give him an 85.7 true shooting percentage, including three field goal makes in the final two minutes to help the Spurs advance. Excluding his goose egg in Game 3, Parker scored at least 15 points in the other five games and was able to mix in all sorts of scoring. Against Houston, Parker was above his average in scoring with 14.3 points per game, so maybe he can keep this impressive run going. Game 1 is on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 26 points in loss to Spurs
    Mike Conley scored 26 points during a season-ending 103-96 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Even in a loss, Conley's star shined as bright as ever during this series. Coach David Fizdale said he would open up Conley's game as a scorer and he did just that, averaging 24.7 points per game in efficient fashion. After Conley turned in top-15 value in fantasy during the 2017 portion of the regular season, he'll enter his age-30 season with a ton of momentum after an injury-plagued run in his previous two seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 13 points vs. Bucks
    Kyle Lowry scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block, two steals, and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He was getting some treatment on his back during this game, so he's still not all the way back. With the Cavs already set to face them in Cleveland, Lowry will get three full days off before Game 1 on Monday. Lowry hasn't been close to the offensive weapon he was with only a 19.2 usage rate in these playoffs, which is way down from his 24.9 during the regular season. Although, he'll get a much better matchup against Kyrie Irving. For what it's worth, Lowry had a 28.6 usage rate in his six games vs. Kyrie in the playoffs last year and a 26.0 in the four regular-season games. If his back allows it, Lowry could look like a superstar in the next round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Cory Joseph hits a big shot
    Cory Joseph scored five points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been pretty bad for basically the entire series, but Joseph may have hit the biggest shot of the game with a 3-pointer at the 1:27 mark in the fourth to break an 82-82 tie. He has made an impact against the Cavs before, so maybe not going against a team like the Bucks could get him going again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:25 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
  • Jason Terry comes up big late in loss
    Jason Terry scored eight points with four rebounds, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: The JET almost saved the day with eight points in the final eight minutes of this game. He had some bright spots throughout the year and somewhat surprisingly logged 1,365 minutes during the regular season. Terry is going to turn 40 in September and there's a good chance his career is over. The 2009 Sixth Man of the Year had several years with strong fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon scores just six points
    Malcolm Brogdon scored six points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover in just 23 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: The rookie didn't make a major impact on the offensive side in four of the six games as the Bucks just leaned more on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton to run the offense. Brogdon is better off the ball and he made his money on catch-and-shoot attempts, so he's a great fit next to those guys. He should be looking at a role with minutes in the low 30s, but he won't be producing much offense, especially when Jabari Parker (knee) can make it back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Jamal Murray has core muscle-related surgery
    Jamal Murray (groin) had successful surgery to repair core muscle-related injuries.

    Advice: The surgery was performed on Thursday in Philadelphia and general manager Tim Connelly said it was for a "couple" injuries. Murray will resume basketball related activities this summer and is expected to be at full strength when the Nuggets open training camp this fall. There is no word on if Murray will be at Summer League, but it's possible he won't be all the way back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Rajon Rondo listed as out for Game 6
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) is listed as out for Game 6 against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise after Rondo said his thumb was still broken before Game 5. Assuming there are not any changes, Isaiah Canaan will look to build off his 35.0 minutes per game over his last two, scoring 13 points in each. Wade's time at the point has also gone way up, but the Bulls really need to get Jimmy Butler going. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Dwyane Wade liked his point guard role
    Dwyane Wade said he felt better as a point guard in Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Isaiah Canaan started and played off the ball to allow the extra touches for Wade. "Now that I'm the point guard, it has to be led by me," Wade said. He's not kidding either. In Game 5, Wade had a time of possession with the ball of 6.4 minutes. In the first 4 games, it was just 3.1 minutes. Wade also went off in Game 5 with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists during his 35 minutes. While his defense wasn't really there, he should have ample opportunity to have another strong offensive game on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:52 pm
  • Celtics win Game 5, Avery Bradley scores 24
    Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 24 points during Wednesday's Game 5 home win, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Bradley shot 8-of-13 in the first half tonight, doubling the made field goals of Boston's other four starters combined. He finished 11-of-19 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers -- he didn't attempt any free throws, but that was fine since his teammates were a flawless 23-of-23 at the line tonight. Bradley was scuffling along in the first four games, at 38.3 percent shooting, so hopefully tonight's game will build some momentum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Terry Rozier plays well in 18 bench minutes
    Terry Rozier stepped up in 18 minutes off the bench on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: "We thought we needed to be a little bit quicker," Brad Stevens said, explaining his decision to deploy Rozier this series. "Playing multiple point guards at once, I thought would be more beneficial than not. And you know Terry will fly in and get rebounds." Rozier shot just 2-of-6 from the field tonight but his impact goes beyond the boxscore, and he looks like a lock for 12-18 minutes a night -- at least during this first-round series vs. Chicago. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • Dwyane Wade's 26/11/8 not enough in Game 5
    Dwyane Wade went off for 26 points (7-of-18 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during Wednesday's tough road loss in Boston.

    Advice: Wade has never triple-doubled in the playoffs, and his near-miss tonight wasn't enough for the Bulls to avoid falling into a 3-2 hole. Rajon Rondo is a "longshot" to return this series due to his fractured thumb, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, so the Bulls will be relying even more on Wade's playmaking. They simply can't afford to play him fewer than 32+ minutes per game, which buoys his DFS value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Jerian Grant gets healthy DNP-CD in Gm 5
    Jerian Grant was a healthy DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grant was awful in five minutes during Chicago's Game 4 loss, and he didn't play in the second half, so his disappearance tonight is no surprise. The Bulls wound up giving heavy minutes to starter Isaiah Canaan while running without a pure PG when he was off the court -- Michael Carter-Williams lasted just two scoreless minutes before getting yanked from the rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:32 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan plays 36 minutes in road loss
    Isaiah Canaan started Wednesday's Game 5 defeat in Boston and finished with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Canaan was the Bulls' best PG during Game 4, with Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams both struggling in limited minutes, so this was an obvious lineup tweak from the Bulls. Fred Hoiberg said he started Canaan for defensive purposes, and Isaiah Thomas did struggle early with Chicago's physicality, finishing 6-of-17 from the field, but the Celtics' star turned it up late. All signs point to Canaan playing a similarly big role during Friday's must-win home game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Dennis Schroder double-doubles in Game 5 loss
    Dennis Schroder posted his first double-double of the playoffs on Wednesday with 29 points, 11 assists and two steals, making 10-of-18 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with a 5-of-6 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Schroder was huge down the stretch and he committed just one turnover tonight, compared to his regular-season average of 3.3 per game. He's thriving in the postseason spotlight, which is critical since Atlanta's alternatives are 35-year-old Jose Calderon and undrafted rookie Malcolm Delaney. "All year we’ve expected so much of Dennis and he may have tried to do too much on occasion," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Right now he’s being very aggressive, getting people involved, moving the ball, making good decisions." Expect more of the same in a must-win Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:29 pm
  • Hoiberg Canaan starting for his defense
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said the decision to start Isaiah Canaan has to do with defense against Isaiah Thomas.

    Advice: Makes sense. Michael Carter-Williams was brought on for his defense, but IT has turned him into a pretzel throughout this series. Canaan did come in at 80 on defensive real plus minus for the 91 qualifying point guards during the season, and he's certainly had some bad runs in Chicago and in Philly. Canaan played 34 minutes in Game 4 and should be looking at decent minutes again today. He's an obvious DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:10 pm
  • Cam Payne inactive again
    Cameron Payne is inactive again for Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bulls will go with Isaiah Canaan as the starter and coach Fred Hoiberg will have to figure out what to do after that. Considering how bad Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have been, Payne not getting a shot isn't the best sign. The Bulls will probably roll with some no-PG lineups. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:04 pm
  • Connelly: Jamal Murray will have surgery
    General manager Tim Connelly said Jamal Murray will have surgery for a couple of different injuries.

    Advice: Presumably, one of those injuries is going to be his sports hernia he played through for most of his rookie season. Even with the injuries, Murray busted out in April, averaging 15.1 points, 3.6 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.6 treys on 44.9 percent from the field and perfect free throw shooting. Assuming these surgeries won't affect him in a couple months, Murray is going to be a popular target in drafts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:16 pm
  • Brad Stevens likes Rozier out there
    Coach Brad Stevens said he wanted to play Terry Rozier more to help handle the ball.

    Advice: Stevens also mentioned he liked the combo with Rozier and Marcus Smart. The Celtics bench has thrived with Rozier, who has averaged 6.0 points, 1/7 boards, 0.7 assists and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in this series. Among the 13 Celtics with at least four minutes played this round, Rozier ranks first in net rating, including his 37.6 net rating next to Smart in 43 minutes of this series. He'll be a possible punt in DFS. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:50 pm
  • Kyle Lowry says his body is fantastic
    When asked about his back injury, Kyle Lowry said his body is "fantastic right now".

    Advice: He wasn't quite as aggressive in Game 5, driving the ball just nine times compared to the 14 per game in the first four games of the series. Lowry's time with the basketball is also down compared to the regular season and he's also made just 32.4 percent of his jumpers. The All-Star getting an extra day off before Game 6 on Thursday should help him, so maybe he has one of those "Kyle Lowry Over Everything" explosions. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:43 pm
  • Austin Rivers vows to be better in Game 6
    Austin Rivers vowed to be more aggressive in Game 6 in Utah on Friday.

    Advice: "All I needed was that one game just to get my rhythm back," Rivers said. "I’m not going to be out there trying to figure stuff out next game. I’m going to be aggressive." The rust was very apparent in his return from an 11-game absence on Tuesday, as he missed all four of his shots and brought very little to the box score in his 18 minutes off the bench. He should be able to flirt with 20 minutes again in Game 6, but given the matchup, he's not a great guy to target in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 am
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) ruled out for Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) said he will not suit up for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Rondo really wants to get out there, but the fact remains that he's dealing with a pretty badly fractured right (shooting) thumb in addition to a torn ligament in his wrist, and according to him: "the slightest fall on the floor might further damage it." Rondo's next opportunity to play will come in Game 6 on Friday, but tonight, it'll be Isaiah Canaan starting at point guard with Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams backing him up. Daily Slant: Canaan isn’t a great fantasy player but considering how poorly Grant and MCW played, he could push towards 30 minutes again tonight. During the season, he produced 0.71 FD ppm when he shared the court with Butler and Wade, so his $1,800 price tag on FD seems like a great deal. He received 24-31 minutes in ten games this season and he eclipsed 15 FD points in five of them while taking at least nine FGAs and/or five threes in eight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:16 am
  • Williams feeling more comfortable in CLE
    Deron Williams said he's starting to feel more comfortable in the Cavs' system.

    Advice: "Any time you go to another team in the middle of the season, it’s going to be an adjustment," Williams said. "Add to it, it’s the defending champs, a lot of pressure, and it was a different situation for me than I had ever been in in my career. Coming off the bench, playing short minutes... I feel like I’ve had a little bit over two months now and I’ve adjusted and figured things out." Williams has brought some nice playmaking to Cleveland's second unit, but he's not getting enough minutes to warrant consideration in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:51 am
  • Westbrook could sign another extension w/ OKC
    Russell Westbrook will be eligible to sign an extension with the Thunder this summer worth roughly $220 million over five years.

    Advice: Should Westbrook accept that deal, he'll become the highest paid player in the NBA with a $40 million annual salary, but he also could just play out his current contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, but Westbrook is guaranteed to spend at least one more season in OKC, so he'll make for a fine top-5 pick in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 18 minutes in return
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) returned to action in Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Jazz, scoring two points with two boards and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers was only expecting him to play around 12 minutes and the rust was obvious as the SG missed all four of his shots from the field. With that said, he did play some solid defense and his minutes will likely be in the 20s for Game 6 in Utah on Friday. He will be tough to trust in fantasy leagues until his restrictions are lifted. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 28 points w/ nine assists
    Chris Paul's 28 points weren't enough in Tuesday's 96-92 Game 5 defeat, as the Clippers fell to 2-3 against the Jazz.

    Advice: He has a lot on his plate with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs, but his impressive fourth quarter effort wasn't enough -- he scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth and sparked an 11-0 run at the beginning of that quarter. CP3 finished 10-of-19 from the field in 38 minutes with nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers, but the Clippers will need even more magic from him if they hope to avoid elimination on Friday for Game 6 in Utah. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • George Hill struggles, but hits late FTs
    George Hill hit just 3-of-12 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers, but also hit 5-of-5 free throws to finish Tuesday's big Game 5 win with 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists in a 96-92 win to take a 3-2 lead with Game 6 coming in Utah on Friday.

    Advice: Hill didn't play all that well, but knocked down four clutch free throws with the game on the line and sent Chris Paul packing for a trip to Utah with the series on the line. CP3 dominated Hill tonight, but Hill came through from the free throw line when it mattered. The Jazz have a chance to put the Clippers out of their misery on Friday, and Hill will likely have to have some big plays in order for it to happen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 20 w/ five triples
    Patty Mills went off for 20 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's capable of offensive explosions like this one, but he was held in check during the previous four games of this series with averages of 7.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 triples. Mills hit 7-of-10 shots with five 3-pointers, two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes, but he will be a volatile fantasy asset going forward because Tony Parker has found his legs during the playoffs. Parker finished with 16 points, six assists, two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Mike Conley plays well again in Game 5 loss
    Mike Conley hit 10-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, two rebounds, six dimes, four steals and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's 116-103 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: The Spurs took a 3-2 lead tonight with Game 6 set to take place at Memphis on Thursday night. Conley has finally been playing up to his massive contract in these playoffs, averaging 27.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last four games. He'll have to bring his A game on Thursday at home to force a Game 7 in San Antonio on Saturday, but the odds are stacked against the Grizzlies advancing out of this series, despite Conley's heroic play of late. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • Westbrook drops 47 points, Thunder eliminated
    Russell Westbrook scored 47 points in a 105-99 Game 5 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday as the Thunder were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

    Advice: Westbrook played 42 minutes and was a +12 during his time on the court, but once again the Thunder melted down when he went to the bench. He finished 15-of-34 from the field with 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven turnovers. Westy was absolutely gassed by the end of the game and finished just 2-of-12 in the fourth quarter, and he also forced too many perimeter shots -- he hit 5-of-18 shots from beyond the arc. The MVP candidate had an epic season and broke Oscar Robertson's record with 43 triple-doubles, posting averages of 31.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 2.5 triples and 4.2 turnovers on 42.2 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • James Harden's Rockets close out Thunder
    James Harden hit just 8-of-25 shots, 2-of-13 3-pointers and 16-of-17 free throws for 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in Tuesday's 105-99 win over the Thunder to win their first-round series 4-1.

    Advice: Harden was easily outplayed by Russell Westbrook tonight, who hit 15-of-34 shots and 5-of-18 3-pointers for 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but the Rockets were able to hold on for the win, helped by a 14-4 start to the fourth quarter in a close game. Most of Harden's help came from Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Nene and Clint Capela, while Westbrook didn't have the same support system in place, which was the case for most of the season. Harden's Rockets will advance to face the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, and it looks like the Spurs will take a 3-2 lead tonight, as of this writing. Either way, Harden's arch nemesis (Westbrook) is out of the way and he can now focus on trying to lead his team to a championship, without all the triple-double and MVP talk getting in the way of his ultimate goal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has a 'chance' to play Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) is "preparing to attempt to play" in Game 5 vs. Boston on Wednesday according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: This is a huge surprise because Rondo was initially ruled out. He was spotted getting up some shots at Tuesday's practice, but we should have a better idea of his status after the morning shootaround. If he plays, he will obviously be limited. Expect Isaiah Canaan to be the starter if Rondo can't get clearance. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:18 pm
  • Austin Rivers to see more than 12 minutes
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play about 12 minutes in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Additionally, Rivers will come off the bench and Mo Speights will remain in the starting lineup. If Rivers' hamstring holds up well tonight, his minutes should quickly trend up and he will eventually have some nice DFS appeal with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:14 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) is feeling 'better'
    Coach Dwane Casey said Kyle Lowry's back was feeling better on Tuesday.

    Advice: Here's the full quote from Casey: "Not much better, but better". Casey also added he hopes that Lowry's back will continue to loosen up with time and treatment. Game 6 in the in the Raptors vs. Bucks series is not until Thursday night, so Lowry has a couple of days to heal. Lowry is fully expected to suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:53 am
  • Rondo (thumb) able to shoot around Tuesday
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) was able to get some shots up after the Bulls practiced on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was the first time Rondo has touched a basketball since injuring his thumb in the second half of Game 2. Rondo will not play in Game 5 on Wednesday. When asked if Rondo could possibly return later in the series, coach Fred Hoiberg said it's a "longshot," but "we'll see." Hoiberg also added that Rondo "winced every time the ball came to him." Isaiah Canaan will start in place of Rondo in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 34, Blazers eliminated
    Damian Lillard scored 34 points in a 128-103 blowout loss as the Blazers were swept 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs against the Warriors.

    Advice: Lillard predicted that the Blazers would win the series in six games, but to his credit, he certainly did his part. He played 42 minutes and shot 12-of-24 from the field with six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples, outscoring the other four Portland starters 34-15. Lillard finished the regular season as a top-20 player in standard fantasy leagues, averaging 27.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.9 triples on 44.4 percent shooting. Barring some roster moves, Portland's core will be intact next season, so expect a similar role for Dame in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:15 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 18 as Hawks tie series
    Dennis Schroder scored 18 points to lead the Hawks to a 111-101 Game 4 win over the Wizards on Monday to tie the series 2-2, adding three rebounds, one assist and two triples in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up three fouls in the first quarter and didn't even play in the second, but he won this game for the Hawks. Schroder notched all 18 of his points after the break including 10 in the fourth quarter, and he hit a few huge daggers down the stretch to put this one out of reach. These playoffs have been his coming out party so far, as he was averaging 25.0 points and 8.0 assists in his previous three games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon scores 19 points
    Malcolm Brogdon scored a playoff career-high 19 points in Monday's Game 5 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: An obvious Rookie of the Year candidate, Brogdon finally got himself going tonight after averaging 7.3 points on 34.3 percent shooting in the first four games of this series. He logged 33 minutes and shot 7-of-11 from the field, adding three assists, two rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers. Tony Snell notched nine points on three triples with two assists and Matthew Dellavedova added four points in 21 minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:23 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
  • Cory Joseph plays 20 minutes in win
    Cory Joseph played through an illness in Monday's Game 6 win over the Bucks, finishing with 10 points, three boards, one assist and a triple.

    Advice: He was pulling at his shirt in warmups and looked exhausted at times, and he's reportedly been dealing with this illness for most of the series. He was able to log 20 minutes in his usual role off the bench and finished 4-of-8 from the field, and he will be relieved to know that Game 6 isn't until Thursday. Kyle Lowry played through a back issue and seemed fine, so CoJo likely won't have a major impact in most fantasy leagues for now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:49 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) scores 16 in Game 5 win
    Kyle Lowry (back) scored 16 points (4-of-9 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with 10 assists, three boards, three steals and two triples in 36 minutes in a 118-93 Game 5 win over the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He deserves a ton of credit for playing because he was clearly hurting out there. Lowry would try to avoid sitting down during his trips to the bench and was frequently stretching out his back on the baseline. He asked out of the game in the first couple minutes of the fourth quarter, but quickly returned and was able to hang in there. Lowry will now be able to rest up for a couple days for Game 6 on Thursday as the series shifts back to Milwaukee with the Raptors leading 3-2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:43 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will play in Game 5 vs. MIL
    Kyle Lowry (back) is a go for Monday's Game 5 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Lowry was never in any real danger of sitting this one out, and it's unlikely he'll have any sort of minutes limit for tonight's pivotal Game 5. Joining Lowry in the starting five will be DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:17 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) a game-time decision
    Kyle Lowry (back) said he is feeling much better, but he remains a game-time decision for Monday's Game 5 matchup with the Bucks.

    Advice: Lowry was limited at shootaround, but all indications are that he'll take the court tonight for a crucial Game 5 in Toronto. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:21 pm
  • Rivers will play with minutes limit in Game 5
    Doc Rivers confirmed that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will play with a minutes limit in Game 5 against the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rivers hasn't taken the court since March 29, so his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton will likely lose some minutes with Rivers back in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:15 pm
  • James Harden (ankle) says he'll play in G5
    James Harden (ankle) said that he will play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Thunder.

    Advice: "Got some treatment and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden said before Monday's practice. "It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games. For me, it's not necessarily scoring, I don't have to score a certain amount of points as long as I'm making the right plays and guys are getting shots everybody is in a good rhythm that's all that matters." Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:07 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) ruled out for Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) will not play in Game 5 against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rondo has shed his cast, and Fred Hoiberg hasn't yet ruled him out for the series, but he won't be taking the court on Wednesday night. Isaiah Canaan will get the start in Game 5, and he'll be someone to consider in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:58 pm
  • Jerian Grant will come off the bench for G5
    Jerian Grant will return to the bench for Wednesday's Game 5 vs. Boston.

    Advice: Over the past two games as Chicago's starter, Grant only managed to contribute averages of 3.0 points, 2.0 turnovers and not much else on 25.0 percent shooting, so he might not play at all on Wednesday. Michael Carter-Willians and Cameron Payne will likely split the backup minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:55 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan will start at PG on Wednesday
    Isaiah Canaan will replace Jerian Grant in the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Grant wasn't giving Chicago anything as their starting point guard, so he might fall out of the rotation entirely on Wednesday night. As for Canaan, he looked pretty good through 34 minutes on Sunday, posting 13 points, three triples, three dimes, two boards and two steals, so he might be someone to consider as a potential punt play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:49 pm
  • Austin Rivers says he'll play in Game 5
    Austin Rivers said his hamstring has made "significant improvement," and he will return to the court for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

    Advice: This falls in line with an earlier report from Adrian Wojnarowski that stated Rivers was expected to play on Tuesday, so we should get official confirmation following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With Rivers back in action, Raymond Felton won't play as much. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:36 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) expected to play
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:06 am
  • Cory Joseph dealing with an illness
    Cory Joseph is feeling a littler under the weather prior to Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Joseph was at the morning shootaround and said he was "fine," so it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of sitting this one out. Kyle Lowry (back) did not go through shootaround and is probable to play, but CoJo would have a lot of DFS appeal if the All-Star PG is unable to give it a go. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:25 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back) expected to play Game 5
    Kyle Lowry (back) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Lowry arrived to shootaround with some stiffness in his back, so the Raptors gave him some treatment and sent him home instead of having him go through practice. It sounds like he's fully expected to play, but there's now some added risk if you're planning on using him in DFS. We'll be on the lookout for more updates as we approach the 7:00 ET tip-off. If he's unable to play, Cory Joseph and Delon Wright will pick up minutes, while DeMar DeRozan would see a huge bump in usage. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:18 am
  • Clippers lose despite Chris Paul's 27/12/9
    Chris Paul did it all during Sunday's tough Game 4 defeat, posting 27 points, 12 assists, nine rebound, one steal, one 3-pointer and just two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers need CP3 to be extra aggressive with Blake Griffin (toe) done for the postseason, and he obliged tonight with 10-of-21 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs. He was particularly effective in pick-and-roll sets, for which Utah had few answers, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder is sure to throw new wrinkles at him in Game 5. Paul has seen it all, of course, so we're anticipating another big game from the future Hall-of-Famer on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Jerian Grant falls out of rotation Sunday
    Jerian Grant started Game 4 on Sunday but he lasted just five minutes and was replaced by Isaiah Canaan to begin the second half.

    Advice: Grant is now averaging 3.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in two games as a starter with Rajon Rondo (thumb) out of commission. He was a liability during his limited action tonight and quickly fell out of the rotation, burning DFS owners who rolled the dice on him as a dirt-cheap option. Nothing suggests that he'll bounce back in Game 5, especially since Canaan looked very good as his replacement. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:42 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan starts 2nd half, plays 34 mins
    Isaiah Canaan started the second half of Sunday's game, playing 34 minutes to finish with 13 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have been lousy in Rajon Rondo's absence, so coach Fred Hoiberg turned to the seldom-used Canaan tonight. Canaan wasn't on the active roster for Game 3 and he'd played just 21 minutes since March 1, but he gave the Bulls a huge boost to stay competitive tonight. Fred Hoiberg wouldn't commit to starting him for Game 5 on Wednesday, but either way we expect him to maintain a healthy role. Keep an eye on him as a DFS punt play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:41 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 33 as Celts win Game 4
    Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 33 points during Sunday's Game 4 road victory, going 10-of-21 from the field and 12-of-13 from the FT line.

    Advice: Thomas made one 3-pointer while chipping in seven assists, four rebounds and one steal, and as usual he was the Celtics' savior offensively. He dominated in the second half, despite battling foul trouble, and he earned a technical foul for accurately shouting "You can't guard me!" at Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams. He's playing freely, with MVP-like swagger, which is an ominous sight for Bulls fans. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:29 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in G4 loss
    Russell Westbrook notched his third straight triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 loss to Houston, racking up 35 points, 14 boards, 14 dimes, three triples, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Westbrook already had his triple-double by halftime, and he became the first player in NBA history to record three straight 30-plus-point triple-doubles during the postseason. He scored 18 of his 35 points during the fourth quarter while posting an unfathomable 61.5 usage rate, but he also forced up a ton of shots and finished the game with just 10 makes on his 28 attempts. He'll assuredly again be posting an insane stat line in Tuesday's Game 5, but it's looking like that might be the last game of this MVP-series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:25 pm
  • James Harden struggles, HOU still wins Game 4
    James Harden didn't look great during the Rockets' Game 4 win over the Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, zero triples and seven turnovers through 39 minutes of play.

    Advice: Harden struggled with his shot for most of the game, going 5-of-16 from the field, and he summed up his play as "terrible" during his postgame interview. He also said that he tweaked his ankle during Game 3, which may have factored into his less-than-stellar stat line, but considering the Rockets are off until Tuesday and he still managed to get on the floor for 39 minutes, it would be shocking to see him miss any time with this minor injury. We're expecting a bounce-back performance in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4
    Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: Payne was on the floor for just four minutes of garbage time in Game 3, so his absence from the active roster won't have any consequence in fantasy hoops. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will pick up most of the point guard minutes while Rajon Rondo (thumb) is on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:03 pm
  • Jerian Grant will remain a starter for Game 4
    Jerian Grant will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 matchup with the Celtics.

    Advice: Grant wasn't very good at all in Chicago's Game 3 loss, but Fred Hoiberg likes that he can space the floor with his 3-point shot (something Michael Carter-Williams is incapable of doing), so he'll keep him in the starting five tonight. Joining Grant in the starting unit will be Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:58 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) fined $25k
    The NBA has fined Rajon Rondo $25,000 for his sideline antics during Game 3.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Rondo was sitting on the bench and stuck a leg out in an attempt to trip Jae Crowder, though he still maintains that he was just stretching. Rondo currently doesn't have a timetable to return to action because of his fractured thumb and hinted that he could miss a couple weeks. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Maximum Effort: Mike Conley scores 35 in win
    Mike Conley scored a playoff career-high 35 points during a thrilling 110-108 overtime victory over the Spurs in Game 4 on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe his contract was a bargain after all. Conley just continues to cause defensive breakdowns, including a beautiful drive with five seconds left in regulation to send this one to overtime. As you might expect, coach David Fizdale had some thoughts about his guy. "I don't think we'll be talking about how much money he makes anymore," Fizdale said. Conley always gets the "underrated" tag, but his fantasy owners know that Conley has been absolutely crushing for months. We have a series and Game 5 will break this 2-2 tie on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Tony Parker looks good again in Game 4
    Tony Parker bounced back in Game 4 against the Grizzlies, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Those 37 minutes were by far the most he's played all season and in the playoffs. Parker hasn't hit the 32-minute mark since Jan. 10, so coach Gregg Popovich went into uncharted waters. After his zero-point, 19-minute game on Thursday, the Spurs have to be satisfied Parker was able to produce. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 27 points
    Dennis Schroder scored 27 points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer said he wanted Schroder to be more like Kawhi Leonard and try to avoid the trash talk, but it's going to be really tough for him now. When Schroder found out that Markieff Morris called Paul Millsap a crybaby, Schroder had a hilarious reaction to the comment (video in link below). He plays with a lot of confidence and he'll likely have a little more after this game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:32 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 18 points in 43 minutes
    Kyle Lowry scored 18 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in a Game 4 win against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a ghost in the first half with only four points and one assist in his 21.2 minutes before halftime, but Lowry busted out in the third for eight points on a 133.3 effective field goal percentage to help the Raptors pull away. Lowry still hasn't really exploded like he was for basically the first three months of the year, so maybe there's a rust factor here. He'll have the home folks behind him for Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Cory Joseph gets just eight minutes
    Cory Joseph played just eight minutes with three missed attempts from the field and two turnovers against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Yeah, five ended possessions and no other stats isn't a great showing. He has been pretty bad in his 69 minutes during this series and eight minutes was probably too much today. In fact, his -22.3 net rating in that time is dead last while Norman Powell and Delon Wright are above the team average. Basically, Joseph's minutes should be going to Norm and Delon. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:02 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
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) still out for Sun
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) remains out for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Clippers could've used him now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs. With Rivers out, the Clippers will use more small-ball lineups with Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Paul Pierce soaking up minutes at the four. We should see more Brandon Bass and three-guard lineups, as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Jerian Grant says he expects to start
    Jerian Grant said he is expecting to start in Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: He probably doesn't deserve it after a brutal Game 3, scoring six points with four turnovers and terrible defense. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he still has some confidence in Grant and that he is still evaluating his options. Grant will be a risky DFS play regardless. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:48 am
  • Rivers (hamstring) unlikely to play Sunday
    Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that he doesn't think Austin Rivers (hamstring) will be able to play Sunday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Rivers has been sidelined since initially injuring his hamstring back on March 29th. "I don't think so," Doc said when asked if Austin could be ready in time for Sunday's Game 4. "I don't know. I think he probably thinks that for sure. He's feeling better. He's working out. But I just don't see that. I think that's awfully quick." We should have a formal update regarding Rivers status either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning after shootaround. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Chris Paul scores 34 points in comeback win
    Chris Paul carried the Clippers to a comeback 111-106 win in Utah on Friday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: No Blake Griffin in the second half, no problem. The Clippers overcame a 14-point deficit for their largest road comeback since 2012, and CP3's 24 points in the second half were a big reason why -- also had seven rebounds in the second half. Even if BG has to miss time, the Clippers may be OK with CP3 at the helm and getting more shots. He also passed Wilt Chamberlain for 30th on the all-time playoffs assists list. The Clippers will take their 2-1 lead to Utah again for Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in win
    Russell Westbrook scored 32 points during a 115-113 win over the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: After his abysmal fourth quarter in Game 2, Westbrook was a little better from the field with his 3-of-7 for nine points. However, he did make just 3-of-6 from the line in the fourth to give the Rockets several chances late in this game. In his post-game interview, Westbrook was also upset about missing those. Westbrook becomes the first player since Jason Kidd in 2002 to have a triple-double in back-to-back games in a series. In the regular season, Westbrook played 34.6 minutes per game with an NBA-record 40.8 usage rate, but in his three playoff games he's played 38.0 minutes per outing with a 47.7 usage rate. He's one of a kind. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:52 pm
  • James Harden scores 44 points in loss to OKC
    James Harden's 44 points were not enough in a Game 3 115-113 loss to the Thunder on Friday, adding six rebounds, six assists, one block, four 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: With the Rockets down two on the last possession of the game, Harden attempted a 3-pointer before the buzzer and couldn't get it to fall. It did look like he was trying to draw a foul on the play, and it's hard to blame him after he went 18-of-18 from the line in this loss. Harden's consistent scoring to start a postseason has been like nothing we've seen in quite some time, becoming the first player to start a postseason with three consecutive 35-plus scoring games since Michael Jordan in 1990. You can pencil him in for another one in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Rajon Rondo out for at least 2 weeks
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) said he is expecting to miss "a couple weeks."

    Advice: "I can't even use a fork with my thumb," Rondo said. In other words, he won't be playing in this series. It's hard to believe a player who was a DNP-CD earlier this season could be so irreplaceable, but the Bulls got almost nothing out of their point guard spots. Coach Fred Hoiberg said "we'll see" about his point guard, but fantasy owners will have a very tough time trusting Jerian Grant or Michael Carter-Williams. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Avery Bradley shines on both ends, scores 15
    Avery Bradley was a factor on both ends of the floor during a 104-87 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's been a while since we saw peak Avery Bradley, but he showed up today. Bradley's defense on Jimmy Butler may have been his biggest contribution in this game, and his play-making skills were also on display. Before his Achilles injury, Bradley showed off his polished ball-handling skills, but they've subsided in the past few months. If he starts playing like he did in the 2016 portion of the season, the Celtics could be dangerous again. The Celtics will look to tie the series in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 16 points in win vs. CHI
    Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a Game 3 win on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls were able to keep IT in check for the first half with just six points, but Thomas busted out in the third with eight points, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in those eight minutes. He rejoined his team on Thursday night after a trip to Washington to be with his family, so he still isn't quite in his routine. Regardless of how he plays, IT gets a ton of credit for playing through such a family tragedy. We may see IT time on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 18 points in Game 3 loss
    Dwyane Wade scored a team-high 18 points during a 104-87 loss in Chicago on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls offense was a complete disaster, especially in the third quarter. They couldn't get a single assist in the third and also had just one dime in the first quarter. Wade was really the only one to keep the Bulls in it early with 10 of the Bulls' first 23 points, but he fizzled out after that. He'll have more ball handling responsibility going forward with Rajon Rondo (wrist, thumb) out, so he'll offer a nice upside on a given night. The Bulls will look to keep their homecourt advantage in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:43 pm
  • Jerian Grant struggles big time in start
    Jerian Grant scored six points with one rebound, one steal and four turnovers in 15 minutes during a start against the Celtics on Friday night.

    Advice: Yeah, not great. He made mistakes all game and he was almost unplayable in the second half. Considering how much he struggled in this game, Grant may not get another chance to start. Although, Michael Carter-Williams was not very good either. Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:23 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas rejoins team, will play Friday
    Isaiah Thomas has rejoined his teammates and will play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: He was expected to fly into Chicago on Thursday night following his trip to Washington for his sister's funeral. Thomas is coming off a subpar game with only 20 points in 42 minutes, so it'll be easy to root for him in a bounce back game. He's also had a tougher time against Rajon Rondo (thumb), so the Celtics are in good shape today. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:42 pm
  • Billy Donovan defends Russell Westbrook
    Thunder coach Billy Donovan defended Russell Westbrook on Thursday.

    Advice: Westbrook has taken some heat in the media after attempting 18 shots in the final quarter of Game 2's defeat. Donovan, as expected, stood up for his superstar. "I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games," Donovan said. "I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions." Don't expect Westbrook to be bashful merely because some reporters questioned his approach. Russ will come out firing in Game 3, stuffing the stat sheet in the process, playing the only way he knows hows to. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:04 am
  • Cameron Payne will be active for Game 3
    Cameron Payne will be active for Game 3 vs. the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls traded away important pieces (Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson) to acquire Payne at the deadline back in February, but Payne has been ineffective since arriving in Chicago. He appeared in 11 games and averaged just 4.9 points (on 33.3 percent shooting), 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.9 minutes for the Bulls over the final two months of the regular season. He did not play in either of the Bulls first two playoff games and will be behind Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams on the PG depth chart, but with Rajon Rondo (thumb) out, Payne may get a chance to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:51 am
  • Rondo (thumb) to be re-evaluated in 7-10 days
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo (fractured thumb) is currently in a cast and that he will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Rondo initially suffered the injury in the third quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday night but was able to play through it. When asked if Rondo would be able to make it back at some point this postseason, Hoiberg said it is "still too early to tell." Hoiberg also stated that Rondo has been playing through a wrist injury as well and explained that the cast would help the wrist heal by immobilizing it. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will soak up most of the minutes at PG, and Jimmy Butler will be asked to handle the ball more frequently. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:48 am
  • Jerian Grant to start at PG in Game 3 Friday
    Jerian Grant will start at point guard in place of Rajon Rondon (thumb) in Game 3 vs. Boston on Friday night.

    Advice: Grant started 28 games for the Bulls during the regular season. He averaged 8.0 points (on 44.4 percent shooting), 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 21.1 minutes over those 28 contests. Grant is worth DFS consideration on Friday due to his affordable price tag, but expectations should be held in check. Jimmy Butler will assume increased ball-handling responsibilities with Rondo sidelined. Michael Carter-Williams will backup Grant. Cameron Payne, who has yet to play in this series, will be active for Game 3 and could see a handful of minutes off the bench as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:44 am
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) is out indefinitely
    The Bulls announced on Friday morning that Rajon Rondo has a fractured thumb and that he will be sidelined indefinitely.

    Advice: Per the Bulls press release, "Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night. Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture. Surgery is not required for this injury, and he is out indefinitely." This is a tough blow for a Bulls team that was riding a major wave of momentum. Rondo had been playing terrifically over the first two games of the series, averaging 11.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.5 boards. Jerian Grant will likely move into the starting lineup. Michael Carter-Williams will see extended minutes off the Bulls bench as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:08 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) out for Gm 3 Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 3 Friday night vs. Utah.

    Advice: This news was expected, as earlier this week coach Doc Rivers stated that Game 4 on Sunday was a more realistic target for his son's return. Rivers has not appeared in a game since he initially injured the hamstring back on March 29th. However, Doc said that Austin "had a good day" Wednesday and did a bit of running. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will continue to soak up extra minutes in Rivers absence. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:27 am
  • Mike Conley scores 24 points in win vs. Spurs
    Mike Conley scored 24 points during a 105-94 win over the Spurs on Thursday, adding one rebound, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, coach David Fizdale said he wanted to figure out how to get Conley loose, so he did just that with Conley going 7-of-13 from the field and making all eight from the line. The max-contract guard did struggle more on his two-point shots in the first two games, but he put Tony Parker on skates throughout this win. He dominated as an offensive weapon for the final two months of the season, so expect to see another strong game in Game 4 on Saturday as the Grizzlies look to level this series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:42 pm
  • Tony Parker doesn't score in 19 minutes
    Tony Parker did not score in 19 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding just one rebound and one turnover.

    Advice: After Parker looked to have found the fountain of youth in the first two games with his 16.5 points per game, he just came out flat today and Mike Conley also took care of business. Based on how much he struggled throughout the regular season, there is a little cause for concern for the future Hall of Fame point guard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:12 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
  • Jurassic Parked: Raptors O stalls in bad loss
    Kyle Lowry scored 13 points during an ugly 104-77 loss to the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: There's just something about the Raptors struggling in the playoffs. This game was over at half with the Raptors trailing 57-30, and the first unit offense was just a lost cause. The starters combined for just two assists in the entire game while the Bucks had seven players with at least two assists. Maybe Lowry's wrist isn't 100 percent or maybe the Bucks trapping him has caused some problems. He'll need to step up on Saturday with the Raptors trailing 1-2. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 pm
  • Celtics planning to have IT meet in CHI
    Coach Brad Stevens said the plan is for Isaiah Thomas (personal) to meet with the Celtics in Chicago on Thursday night.

    Advice: Thomas went to his home state of Washington to attend his younger sister's funeral. He is fully expected to play in Game 3 on Friday as the Celtics look to rebound from their 0-2 start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Russell Westbrook doesn't care about stats
    Russell Westbrook said he couldn't care less about his historic 51-point triple-double during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets because the end result was a loss.

    Advice: "I don't give a f--- about the line," Westbrook said. "We lost. "We can't give away leads like that on the road, man. It's too difficult." Westbrook scored the most points ever in a playoff triple-double during the Game 2 loss, but he didn't get much help from his teammates, as OKC's second-leading scorer was Andre Roberson with 12 points and Victor Oladipo needed 14 shots to score his 11 points. For OKC to have any chance in this series, they'll need their role players to step it up. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:14 am
  • Damian Lillard shoots 5-of-17 in road defeat
    Damian Lillard shot 5-of-17 from the field during Wednesday's Game 2 loss, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and four turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard's struggles were symptomatic of the Blazers' overall offense tonight. They shot 33.3 percent, including a 7-of-34 mark from downtown, and wound up getting crushed by a final score of 110-81. Portland went 25-16 at home this season, as opposed to 16-25 on the road, and they'll look to tie up the series in Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday, respectively. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:36 pm
  • James Harden hits 18-of-20 FTs, scores 35 pts
    James Harden went 18-of-20 from the FT line and 7-of-17 from the field to finish Houston's Game 2 victory with 35 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: The showdown between Harden and fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook was as-advertised tonight. Westbrook scored 51 points while posting yet another triple-double, and Harden's big line was bolstered by super-subs Lou Williams (21 points) and Eric Gordon (22 points). Patrick Beverley was also terrific, notching 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 34 minutes. The Rockets are a handful, to say the least. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • OKC loses Game 2 despite Westbrook's 51/13/10
    Russell Westbrook was phenomenal for most of Wednesday's tough Game 2 defeat, scoring a career playoff-high 51 points (17-of-43 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs) with 13 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals and one block.

    Advice: Westbrook had his usual handful of uniquely dominant plays, including a block that he converted into a nifty layup at the other end (see the link below). He nearly triple-doubled in the first half alone, but fatigue might have been a factor during his rough fourth quarter, which included an 0-of-7 stretch from the field. He's an absolute force of nature, and needless to say his DFS owners were thrilled with the end result tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Dennis Schroder posts 23/6/4 in Game 2 loss
    Dennis Schroder scored 23 points during Game 2, going 8-of-21 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line with six assists, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Schroder committed one turnover in 38 minutes tonight, which is great, but he also went just 1-of-8 from downtown. The Hawks as a team shot 4-of-20 from deep, and 41.0 percent overall, which won't cut it against the Wizards' potent offense. Inefficiency aside, Schroder has been solid for DFS in the playoffs while averaging 24.0 points, 7.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas flies to SEA to attend funeral
    Isaiah Thomas flew to Tacoma, Seattle on Wednesday to attend to his younger sister's funeral.

    Advice: As of right now, the plan is for Thomas to fly back to Chicago in order to rejoin his team in time for Friday's Game 3 against the Bulls, and we'll be sure to let you know if anything changes on that front. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:26 am
  • Bradley feels like his team gave up during G2
    Avery Bradley said the Celtics need to be better at pushing through adversity following their Game 2 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: "I looked around and a few times in the game guys were putting their heads down, I think getting down on themselves," Bradley said. "I could even hear [Rajon] Rondo, like, 'Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.' But you never can let a team see that." Bradley is right that the Celtics can't let their emotions show during a loss, but he also needs to be better for Boston to have a chance. Through the first two games he's been connecting on just 35.7 percent of his shot attempts, while also committing 3.0 turnovers a game, and if that trend holds, the losses will continue. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:49 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) hopeful for Game 4
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is hopeful that he can get back on the court for Sunday's Game 4 vs. Utah.

    Advice: Head coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that he wasn't expecting his son to return to the floor for Friday's Game 3, and with Rivers now shooting for Game 4 on Sunday, it seems safe to assume he'll be watching Friday's game from the sidelines. He hasn't played since March 29, so he'll likely be eased back into things once he's finally cleared to play. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton will continue to see an uptick in minutes with Rivers on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 am
  • Chris Paul double-doubles in Game 2 win
    Chris Paul hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, two rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, a block and five turnovers in Tuesday's 99-91 Game 2 win against the Jazz.

    Advice: As well as CP3, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin all played, it's interesting that the Clippers didn't win by more points. It's also interesting that this series is tied 1-1 and heading to Utah for the next two games, starting on Friday night. Paul was great tonight, despite the TOs, and we get the feeling he's simply going to will the Clippers to win this series. But if that's going to happen the Clippers will likely need to take either Game 3 or 4 in Utah. Paul is now tied with LeBron James for the second most playoff games with at least 20 points, 10 dimes and three steals with 10 of them. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 22 in Game 2 win
    Dwyane Wade hit 9-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, four rebounds, two assists, a block and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's easy 111-97 win over the Celtics to help give the Bulls a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: Games 3 and 4 are in Chicago and Wade will be looking to keep the pedal to the metal and bury the No. 1 seed in his home town. Wade only had 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting in Game 1 while playing with a sore elbow, but looked like his old self tonight. If Wade stays hot the Bulls could shock the world and win the East, despite being the No. 8 seed. And just so you know, the Bulls were 4-0 vs. the Cavaliers in the regular season this year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 20, Celtics fall to 0-2
    Isaiah Thomas' 20 points weren't enough as the Celtics fell to 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs to Chicago.

    Advice: This game wasn't exactly close either, as the Bulls won by 14 points. With the series shifting to Chicago for Game 3 and Game 4, the Celtics have a mountain to climb to avoid an early exit. As for Thomas, he will fly to Seattle on Wednesday to attend to his younger sister's funeral, but he's expected to be back in time for Game 3 on Friday. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-13 from the line, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 22, drops dagger in big win
    Kyle Lowry hit 6-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 22 points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in Tuesday's 106-100 win over the Bucks, and also hit the shot of the game to tie the series at 1-1.

    Advice: Lowry's step back, fadeaway jumper over Malcolm Brogdon with 8.9 seconds left on the clock gave the Raptors a four-point lead and essentially won the game for his team. Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were a bit quiet in the fourth quarter, but Lowry brought the arena alive and kept this series from getting out of hand with two games in Milwaukee on the horizon. Lowry had just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in Game 1, so while his Game 2 numbers might seem a little disappointing based on his regular-season stats, it was a whole lot better than what he did on Saturday. Game 3 is Thursday in Milwaukee, when the Raptors will look to re-take home-court advantage. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:58 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
  • Isaiah Thomas (personal) will play in Game 2
    Isaiah Thomas (personal) will play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Thomas will fly to Seattle on Wednesday to attend to his younger sister's funeral, and then the plan is for him to rejoin the team in Chicago for Friday's Game 3. The Celtics' lost Game 1 despite getting 33 points and a full line from Thomas, so some of the role players will need to step it up tonight for Boston to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:20 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 24 in loss to Spurs
    Mike Conley scored 24 points vs. the Spurs on Monday, but it wasn't enough as the Grizzlies fell to 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Conley hit 8-of-18 shots and dished out eight assists with one rebound, one steal, one block and four triples, but head coach David Fizdale didn't like how his star PG was officiated and called it a "poorly, unprofessional officiated game." You can check out part of the exchange in the link below, but Fizdale should be preparing to write some checks to the league office even though he made some strong arguments. The Grizzlies had a strong second half after getting run off the floor before the break, so they will try to build on that momentum in Memphis on Thursday for Game 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:48 pm
  • Tony Parker scores 15 points
    Tony Parker scored 15 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three triples vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: The playoff version of Tony Parker is so much more fun. After averaging 10.1 points on 9.0 field goal attempts during the regular season, Parker is averaging 16.5 points on 13.5 FGAs through the first two games of this series. He also attempted five 3-pointers tonight which only happened once during the regular season. If you need a cheap PG in DFS, Parker is firmly back in the mix as a viable play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:39 pm
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