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  • Jeff Teague hopes to stay in Indiana
    Jeff Teague said he would like to re-sign with the Pacers this summer.

    Advice: The 28-year-old PG will be an unrestricted free agent and should be able to command a nice raise. "I love Indiana," Teague said. "You all know me, born and raised, tattoos on my arm. I’ve wanted to play for the Pacers my whole life. It’s a great opportunity for me and I love to be here." Sticking around in Indiana would be great for his fantasy value, as he was a top-45 standard league asset with averages of 15.3 points, 7.8 assists, 1.1 triples, 1.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers per game on 44.2 percent shooting this season. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:45 am
  • Waiters working on his conditioning already
    Dion Waiters has already started his offseason conditioning program.

    Advice: The impending free agent is in the best shape of his life and has been posting before-and-after photos of what he looks like now compared to when he arrived in Miami. "Most important is getting your mind and body right," Waiters said of what he has learned from the Heat. "That's one thing they preach over here, just get in the best shape of your life." Waiters is coming off a career year with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting, and the Heat will make it a priority to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson this summer in an effort to keep their core together. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) double-doubles in return
    Rudy Gobert (knee) didn't miss a shot during his return on Sunday, going 6-of-6 from the field for 15 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one assist as the Jazz defeated the visiting Clippers in Game 4.

    Advice: Gobert made a surprisingly quick return from a hyperextension and bone bruise in his left knee, running and jumping without any apparent limitations. Quin Snyder said before the game that Gobert's minutes would be dictated by fatigue, but he was almost certainly on a 24-minute limit since he sat out down the stretch of a tight playoff game. Hopefully his minutes will increase during a crucial game in L.A. on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Dante Exum makes playoff debut on Sunday
    Dante Exum made his playoff debut on Sunday with three points and one assist in 12 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Jazz struggled to contain Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton tonight, even after coach Quin Snyder went to Exum over guys like Shelvin Mack (five minutes) and Raul Neto (seven minutes). Exum played well but his role isn't certain for Game 5 -- it's hard to trust him unless Snyder explicitly says he's earned reliable minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Rodney Hood starts 2nd half for Hayward
    Rodney Hood started the second half of Sunday's game in place of Gordon Hayward (food poisoning), finishing with 18 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward gets one day off before Game 5 on Tuesday, but there's a chance Hood will be asked to make another fill-in start. He made 6-of-15 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs tonight, with a 3-of-5 mark from downtown, resulting in his highest-scoring game since Mar. 29. Hood has battled knee injuries all season and the Jazz can't be keen on playing him 32+ minutes consistently, but it all comes down to Hayward's availability. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Joe Johnson posts 28/5/5, Jazz tie series 2-2
    Joe Johnson was incredible in 35 minutes on Sunday, making 12-of-17 shots to score 28 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and one steal during a series-tying victory vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The veteran scored 12 straight points to erase a late deficit and his contributions were the difference in the game, especially with Gordon Hayward ruled out early due to food poisoning. Johnson continues to have an amazing postseason, averaging 19.3 points and 1.5 threes through four games, including his memorable buzzer-beater in Game 1. Johnson's performance tonight was his most impressive yet, and Utah's decision to add him on a two-year, $22 million contract looks better than ever. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Derrick Favors thrives off bench in Game 4
    Derrick Favors shifted to the bench with Rudy Gobert (knee) active on Sunday, posting 17 points on 7-of-10 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs, with six rebounds, two steals, one assist and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Favors averaged 34.3 minutes in the first three games of the series out of necessity, but that workload clearly took a toll on him. His scoring declined in each game and he simply didn't have it in Game 3 on Friday, scoring two points in 38 minutes of action. He looked rejuvenated tonight, expending more energy in fewer minutes, which is the best-case scenario for Utah's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Joe Ingles dishes 11 assists in Game 4 win
    Joe Ingles handed out 11 assists during Sunday's thrilling Game 4 win, adding eight points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ingles' dimes were more than any Jazz player had all season. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer and he's significantly boosted his stock during the playoffs, averaging 8.5 points, 2.0 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals. He's an interesting DFS option given his high playing time and moderate price, especially if Gordon Hayward (illness) is still limited on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • J.J. Redick logs game-high 42 minutes Sunday
    J.J. Redick played a game-high 42 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 loss, but he finished with just 12 points, two 3-pointers, four turnovers and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Redick's owners know that he doesn't provide more than scoring and 3-pointers, but even his 4-of-4 free throws tonight were tainted by a 3-of-11 mark from the field. The fact that his dozen points tonight marked a playoff-high is another cause for concern. Utah's defense has shut him down through four games, and the Clippers really need him to heat up as a tertiary offensive weapon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 25 points in 31 minutes
    Jamal Crawford scored 25 points during Sunday's 105-98 loss in Utah, making 9-of-13 field goals with two assists, one rebound and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Crawford went 5-of-7 from downtown and this was easily his highest-scoring game of the postseason. The veteran has always been an offensive microwave, and tonight's game is a reminder that even at age 37 he's capable of getting red-hot at a moment's notice. The Clippers need his scoring with Blake Griffin (toe) on the sidelines, so expect Crawford to post a hefty usage rate for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Marreese Speights quiet in 21 minutes Sunday
    Marreese Speights started in place of Blake Griffin (toe) on Sunday, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Griffin is done for the playoffs, which means L.A. will need more from Speights and Paul Pierce (scoreless with one rebound in 12 minutes). Speights was disappointing from a DFS standpoint tonight, which could depress his ownership rates when L.A. hosts the Jazz on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Marreese Speights starting Game 4 on Sunday
    Marreese Speights is starting on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: Earlier in the day Doc Rivers said Speights would "probably" start, so this merely confirms his status. Speights will need to play great to somewhat fill the hole left by Blake Griffin (toe), especially now that Rudy Gobert is back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:09 pm
  • Derrick Favors off bench w/ Gobert active
    Derrick Favors will come off the bench on Sunday behind a frontcourt of Rudy Gobert and Boris Diaw.

    Advice: Favors has been maxing out his minutes despite obvious exhaustion with Gobert injured, so his role should shrink tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) will play in Game 4 Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (knee) will start Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Gobert will be back in action for the first time since the opening minute of Game 1. Derrick Favors' minutes could dip with Gobert back in action, with either he or Boris Diaw likely shifting to a reserve role -- it was Favors coming off the bench in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) game-time decision Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (knee) is working out prior to Game 4, after which Utah's trainers will decide his availability.

    Advice: Gobert looked good during his warmups and he played through some contact, so early indications are positive. We should have a conclusive update very soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Jeff Teague double-doubles in Game 4 loss
    Jeff Teague double-doubled during the Pacers' Game 4 loss to the Cavs, recording 15 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, one 3-pointer, two steals, three blocks and three turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Teague put himself in a position to take home a pretty nice payday this offseason as an unrestricted free agent after compiling averages of 15.3 points, 7.8 assists, 1.1 triples, 1.2 steals and just 2.6 turnovers per contest on 44.2 percent shooting during his first season in Indiana. It’ll be interesting to see where he winds up, but if he opts to re-sign with the Pacers, he’ll make for a safe mid-round pick in next year’s drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:43 pm
  • Marreese Speights will 'probably' start
    Marreese Speights will "probably" start Game 4 vs. the Jazz on Sunday according to coach Doc Rivers.

    Advice: Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs and Speights started the second half of Game 3, so he was the heavy favorite to start even before Doc's comments. Speights is a great per-minute producer and is certainly on the DFS radar, but the Clippers will likely play a lot of small ball which could keep his minutes around 20. In two starts during the regular season, Speights averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 treys in 21.5 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's Game 4 vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He was originally listed as doubtful, but now it sounds like he will be a game-time call. For what it's worth, he did not go through shootaround. With Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs and Gobert on the verge of a return, the Jazz have to feel pretty good about their chances. Gobert will likely have restrictions if he's cleared to play, making him a risky play in DFS. His return would limit the fantasy appeal of Derrick Favors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Moe Harkless scores just one point
    Moe Harkless scored one point with one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: His playing time took a significant hit because of Jusuf Nurkic returning and the Blazers not using as many small-ball four and five lineups. He'll likely be in the same neighborhood for minutes on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:22 pm
  • Update: Rudy Gobert still doubtful to play
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gobert (knee) remains doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The questionable update from earlier today did seem a little odd and another report called him unlikely to play, so Gobert likely needs at least another game off. The Jazz haven't provided many encouraging notes on Gobert outside of a report he is walking without a limp. For now, expect Derrick Favors to log most of the minutes at center. Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood also should benefit, especially with no Blake Griffin (toe). Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:48 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable to face the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Interesting. An earlier report said he was unlikely to play and there has been very little encouraging news on Gobert since the day after his injury. The Jazz listed Derrick Favors as doubtful for almost a month last season, so don't put too much stock into this update. If he can go, this would obviously be a massive swing with him in and Blake Griffin (toe) out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:19 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
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) unlikely for Game 4
    Rudy Gobert (knee) is unlikely to play in Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Sadly, this isn't a surprise for the Jazz and they'll continue to have to play Derrick Favors more minutes than they probably want to. Favors has looked gassed in the fourth quarter, playing 34.7 minutes per game in his last three. Jeff Withey has also been in the rotation and the Jazz do use Boris Diaw at the five. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles are also getting some added opportunity, and now the Jazz could go smaller a lot more now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:04 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
  • 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
  • Marreese Speights starts third quarter
    Marreese Speights started the third quarter against the Jazz on Friday, scoring eight points with two rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers went with a lot of small-ball lineups, so Speights actually didn't really benefit from the Blake Griffin injury. He's likely looking at minutes around 20 for Game 4, assuming BG can't suit up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:09 pm
  • Derrick Favors plays 38 minutes
    Derrick Favors scored two points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He just doesn't have it right now, but the Jazz really have no choice with Rudy Gobert (knee) out. Favors could see a slight hit in playing time, but he's still too risky to use in DFS unless his price drops on most sites. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:54 pm
  • Clippers want to get J.J. Redick more shots
    The Clippers would like to get J.J. Redick more open looks in Game 3 vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Redick has attempted a total of just 13 shots from the field over the first two games of the series. Coach Doc Rivers and the Clipper players praised Redick for his unselfishness and noted that he creates space and provides scoring opportunities for his teammates even when he is not shooting. However, ideally, they want to find ways to get their best shooter more looks at the basket. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:16 am
  • Jeff Teague plays 33 minutes
    Jeff Teague played 33 minutes with 15 points, three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers against the Cavs in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMillan may have waited too long to put Teague back into the game and the Pacers went without a PG at times in the fourth. Teague had a costly turnover late in the game, but he wasn't at the top of the blame-game list for this terrible home loss. He'll probably get minutes in the mid 30s again, especially since his wrist injury looked like a non-issue. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:07 pm
  • Jeff Teague isn't on the injury report
    Jeff Teague (wrist) is not on the injury report for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMillan said Teague will be "ready to go" n Wednesday, so it's good to hear he's ready to roll before warmups. Teague's shooting wrist could impede his jumper, but he was terrific in Game 2 with an 8-of-12 shooting line. Expect Teague to be the second or third option in a favorable matchup against Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (left knee) out for Game 3
    Rudy Gobert (left knee) is out for Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: The Jazz were lucky to get a 1-1 split in L.A. for the first two games, and a lot of it has to do with Derrick Favors being able to log 32.5 minutes per game. Besides Favors at the five, it's been Jeff Withey and even Boris Diaw picking up some extra minutes. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles have also stepped up as the Jazz go with more small-ball fours. Gobert should be considered doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday.Daily Slant: One of the most notable changes in Utah’s dynamic following Gobert’s injury has been Joe Johnson’s spike in usage; it’s climbed 7.8% to 27.4% according to our CourtIQ tool. He’s averaged 30.1 minutes per game he’s taken at least 14 shots in both contests, well above his average of 8.0 FGAs. With Gobert still sidelined, he’ll be a solid value option on the short slate. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:44 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
  • Moe Harkless scores team-high 15 points Wed
    Moe Harkless scored a team-high 15 points in 29 minutes vs. the Warriors on Wednesday, making 5-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Harkless also grabbed eight rebounds with one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers. He started the game hot but quickly cooled off, and his team-high designation was purely the result of his teammates' inefficiency -- Portland shot a brutal 33.3 percent from the field. It's difficult to guess which Blazers' forward will play well on any given night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • McMillan says Teague will play in Game 3
    Pacers' head coach Nate McMillan said that Jeff Teague (right wrist) will be "ready to go" for Thursday's Game 3 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Teague's right wrist was clearly bothering him during Monday's Game 2 loss, but he played through it, and it looks like that trend will continue on Thursday night. Check back for official confirmation following Thursday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Pat Riley wants to keep his team together
    Pat Riley said that the new CBA will make it tough to sign free agent superstars away from teams, so he's more focused on keeping his team together this offseason.

    Advice: Dion Waiters and James Johnson are bound for free agency, but both those guys hinted during their exit interviews that they'd be interested in re-upping with Miami this offseason, which would be a good thing for their fantasy value considering they both just had career years with the Heat. Riley also mentioned that he feels a trade might prove to be more efficient at bringing in some elite talent rather than free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:20 am
  • Jamal Crawford downplays shooting woes
    Jamal Crawford is not concerned with the fact that he's shot just 29.2 percent from the field through the Clippers' first two games of their first-round series with the Jazz.

    Advice: "For me, it’s not about percentage," Crawford said. "The only thing that matters is trying to win. As long as the good shots are there, I’m going to continue to take them and continue to be aggressive and go from there." Crawford can be a streaky shooter, but head coach Doc Rivers said he likes the looks that Crawford has been getting and wants him to keep firing away. He should continue to flirt with minutes in the mid-20s for however long Austin Rivers (hamstring) is out. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Joe Ingles thrives in starting role
    Joe Ingles looked great in another start at shooting guard, scoring nine points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two triples in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's arguably one of the most underrated players in the NBA and has been a huge contributor to the Jazz all season. Ingles finished 3-of-5 from the field and his ability to handle the ball in the first unit takes a lot of pressure off George Hill and Gordon Hayward. Ingles had eight points, two rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one triple in Game 1, and it helps that he has some extra motivation in this matchup -- he was waived by the Clippers back in 2014. The restricted free agent can expect a significant raise this summer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • 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
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 w/ seven rebounds
    Derrick Favors started at center in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Clippers, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Playing Favors at less than 100 percent for 33 minutes isn't ideal, but even though he was absolutely exhausted, he put in a pretty good shift tonight just like he did in Game 1. He finished 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line, and with Rudy Gobert's (knee) timetable to return still up in the air, the Favors should see 30+ minutes as long as his troublesome knee holds up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:18 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
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) walking without a limp
    Rudy Gobert (left knee) was seen walking without a limp on Tuesday.

    Advice: To be clear, Gobert will still miss Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers, and head coach Quin Snyder said he was hopeful to have him back "in a week or two," so Friday's Game 3 also seems a bit unlikely. Walking without a limp obviously isn't close to the sort of movement required to play in an NBA game, but at least he appears to be progressing in the right direction. Derrick Favors will start in Game 2, with Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Jeff Withey seeing an uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • 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
  • Jeff Teague tweaks right wrist in loss Monday
    Jeff Teague tweaked his right wrist in Monday's Game 2 loss to Cleveland, but still managed to score 23 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two triples in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He took a hard fall and was grimacing for multiple possessions, but he was able to stay in the game and it didn't look like an issue in the fourth quarter. However, he's going to undergo X-rays on his wrist and we could get another update tonight or early Tuesday morning. He finished 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line and bounced back nicely after his poor shooting performance in Game 1, but he was torched by Kyrie Irving on defense tonight. He will have a few days to rest up his wrist before Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:05 pm
  • Dion Waiters (ankle) will rehab sans surgery
    Dion Waiters will not require surgery to repair his sprained left ankle.

    Advice: "It’s getting better. It’s still a little swollen. A little pain in there, keep icing it," said Waiters. "I ain't getting no surgery. I don't want nobody cutting me and all that. I hate needles anyway." Head coach Erik Spoesltra said that Waiters would have been ready to go had the Heat advanced to the playoffs, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around next season. Waiters did have a career-year in Miami, but he didn't really start making noise until Justise Winslow (foot) went down for the year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:10 pm
  • Derrick Favors expected to start Tuesday
    Derrick Favors will draw the start in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert (knee) has officially been ruled out for Game 2, so Favors should see his minutes in the 30s as Utah's starting center. Favors posted 15 points, six boards, two assists and one block through 32 minutes sans Gobert on Saturday, so that should be the baseline expectations for Favors moving forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:43 am
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) ruled out for Game 2
    Rudy Gobert (left knee) has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers.

    Advice: This is not surprising at all considering that Gobert is dealing with both a hyperextension and bone bruise to his left knee, an injury that typically requires a multi-game absence. Head coach Quin Snyder said that he was hopeful to have Gobert back in action "in a week or two," so Game 3 on Friday also seems quite unrealistic. Derrick Favors should be Utah's starting center moving forward, and there will be more minutes available for guys like Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Jeff Withey. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:28 am
  • Derrick Favors knee felt 'fine' after Game 1
    Derrick Favors said that his troublesome left knee felt fine after logging 30 minutes during Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: "I felt good. It was my first time playing 30 minutes in a long time," he said. "I didn't have any pain in my knee, no discomfort. I was just a little fatigued." That last part might be an understatement, as he looked exhausted for much of the second half, but his strong effort helped Utah overcome Rudy Gobert's injury to steal a road win. With Gobert questionable for Game 2, Favors might be leaned on for big minutes once again. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:24 am
  • Waiters would've been ready for playoffs
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters (ankle) would've been ready to play if the Heat advanced to the postseason.

    Advice: Waiters missed the final 13 games of the season, but it sounds like his ankle should be 100 percent as he enters free agency -- he's going to decline his player option for next season. The Heat have been dropping hints that they plan to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson, and that's likely a good thing for his fantasy value as he had a career year in Miami with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:49 am
  • Moe Harkless scores 11 points with two steals
    Moe Harkless scored 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting through 35 minutes as a starter during Sunday's 121-109 Game 1 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The shooting wasn't all that pretty, but Harkless still found a way to be effective with one triple, one assist, two steals and a block. Al-Farouq Aminu was a no-show off the bench, recording just three rebounds and two turnovers in 23 scoreless minutes off the bench, and Allen Crabbe was equally ineffective with just three points (1-of-5 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), one 3-pointer, two boards, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes. These guys need to do more for Portland to have a chance during Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:23 pm
  • Playoff Joe Johnson beats Clippers at buzzer
    Joe Johnson hit a four-foot floater at the buzzer to earn a 97-95 Game 1 win over the Clippers on Saturday, finishing with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: What a win for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert (knee) went down on the very first play of the game, so Johnson had to defend Blake Griffin throughout this game. Plus, Gobert has been a positive offensive presence with his growth as a roll man, so it was Johnson to the rescue on the offensive side for the team's highest scoring output. This was Johnson's eighth buzzer-beating game-winner in the regular season or playoffs over the last 10 seasons, which is the most in the NBA over that span. The seven-time All-Star is 35 years, but Playoff Joe Johnson knows no age limitation. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:34 pm
  • Derrick Favors plays 32 minutes, scores 15
    Derrick Favors started the second half for Rudy Gobert (knee) against the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was totally gassed at the end of this game and could barely get off the floor to go for a rebound. Since returning from injury on Apr. 7, Favors didn't play more than 21 minutes in those three games, averaging just 9.0 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 17.0 minutes. His legs are going to be feeling it tomorrow, and thankfully the Jazz are off until Tuesday. If Gobert is out, the Jazz will likely have to play Favors 30 minutes, which is almost certainly more than they planned. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:21 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 25 points in loss to Jazz
    Chris Paul scored 25 points during a 97-95 Game 1 loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: What a tough loss at home and this one isn't on Paul. CP3 kept the Clippers in this game with 10 consecutive Clippers points, but he just didn't get much help from the other stars. His 10 assists in the first half were the most he's handed out in any postseason half of his career, but he turned into a scorer late. Paul is coming in red hot over his previous seven, averaging 23.1 points, 4.7 boards, 10.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.9 treys. He's going to be asked to do a ton against the Jazz, so it's fair to expect even bigger games than this one especially if Rudy Gobert (knee) is out. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:16 pm
  • Woj: Kristaps Porzingis taking a long trip
    Kristaps Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: President Phil Jackson threw Carmelo Anthony under the bus and it would appear Porzingis is not happy about it. According to ESPN, KP wasn't at exit interviews because of "drama" surrounding the franchise. The Knicks continue to make news during the postseason despite not being in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 9:07 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 15 points vs. Cavs
    Jeff Teague made 3-of-10 from the field for 15 points with two rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: It was obvious the Cavs were going right at Teague as a defender. They were running 3-1 pick-and-roll plays with Kyrie Irving as a screener to get Teague on LeBron James, so we'll let you imagine the rest. Teague is still too good to take off the court, so the Pacers should just focus on how to avoid making so many switches. He also fared well against the Cavs on the season series, averaging 18.5 points, 11.0 assists and 2.8 treys in his four regular-season games. He should be better in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:51 pm
  • Jeff Teague (ankle) will play Saturday
    Coach Nate McMillan said that Jeff Teague (ankle) is "good to go" for Game 1 on Saturday vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Teague rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter of the Pacers' season finale on Wednesday and was forced to the locker room. Fortunately, it appears the injury was minor. Teague averaged 15.3 points, 7.8 assists and 1.2 steals this season for Indiana. He will have his hands full on Saturday trying to contain Kyrie Irving.Daily Slant: Cleveland allowed the fourth-most assists per game (25.4) after the break. Teague assists on 36.4% of his teammate’s field goals when he’s on the floor, which was the ninth-best rate in the NBA this season. There is obvious upside here and Teague has already taken advantage of the Cavs – in each of the last three games they’ve faced each other, he accounted for 11 or more assists. In terms of overall fantasy production, he’s scored at least 38 DK points in all four meetings this year, topped 40 three times, and peaked at 54.25. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:43 am
  • Heat want to bring back Waiters and Johnson?
    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison posted a picture on Instagram standing beside Dion Waiters and James Johnson and captioned it: "The Heat's future looks very bright."

    Advice: Both Waiters and Johnson will be unrestricted free agents this summer. After a dismal start, Miami finished the season strongly, and Waiters and Johnson were major reasons why. Waiters averaged 15.8 points and posted career-highs in assists (4.3), rebounds (3.3) and 3-pointers (1.8). Waiters also posted a message via Instagram on Friday, stating that the Heat were a special group of guys. It will be interesting to see if the two sides agree to a new deal this summer. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 8:42 am
  • ESPN: Kristaps Porzingis frustrated w/ drama
    Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings on Friday "due to frustration over dysfunction, drama" surrounding the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

    Advice: Oh boy. President Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony would be "better off somewhere else" and several other comments earlier today, so apparently Porzingis wasn't a fan. Porzingis also favorited Melo's "REALLY" post following Jackson's comments. It turns out publicly taking shots at your franchise player isn't the best way to make other players feel good about the front office. The Knicks are a disaster right now. How's it goink? Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 5:39 pm
  • Porzingis ready to handle bigger role
    Kristaps Porzingis said he would be ready if asked to take on a bigger role in the Knicks offense next season.

    Advice: The future of Carmelo Anthony is uncertain at this point, but if Melo leaves, KP would become the focal point of New York's offense. "I haven’t thought about that," Porzingis said. "I'm really focused on getting better as a player. Once that time comes, I’m sure I’ll be ready." KP also said that his "No. 1 [goal] is getting in that weight room and living in there, basically." Depending on what happens in New York this offseason, Porzingis' fantasy stock could spike heading into next year's draft. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 8:50 am
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