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  • Matt Barnes (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Matt Barnes (ankle) went through shootaround, but remains questionable to play in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Barnes has been out since April 8 with the ankle injury, and he was originally shooting to return for Game 3, so it feels like he's got to be close to getting back out there. Him going through shootaround is certainly a positive sign, but if Kevin Durant (calf) is also able to get back to the court tonight, Barnes might not even get in the rotation regardless of his playing status. Rotoworld.com 44 minutes ago
  • Livingston, Barnes go through shootaround
    Shaun Livingston (hand) and Matt Barnes (ankle) went through shootaround, but both remain questionable to play Monday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Livingston has had a full seven days to rest up his bruised hand, so he has to be close to getting back to the court. Barnes also should be close after spending a little over two weeks on the sidelines, and if both these guys are able to get back to the floor tonight, there will be fewer minutes available for Patrick McCaw and Ian Clark. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
  • 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 Today, 10:06 am
  • Khris Middleton (illness) misses shootaround
    Khris Middleton missed the Monday morning shootaround due to a sore throat.

    Advice: To be clear, he's still fully expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Raptors on Monday. Through the first four games of the series, Middleton has posted averages of 15.0 points, 5.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples, but he's only shooting 38.6 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:09 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 Today, 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 Today, 8:18 am
  • 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 Today, 7:40 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler hits 19-of-23 FTs, scores 33 pts
    Jimmy Butler drained 19-of-23 free throws en route to a 33-point game on Sunday, adding a playoff career-high nine assists with five rebounds, one steal, and only one turnover in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Butler's efforts weren't enough tonight despite the impressive free throw shooting, which has been a staple of his value all season. His 8.9 attempts per game crushed his previous career-high and ranked fourth in the NBA behind James Harden, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins. He looked gassed down the stretch tonight, after getting a mere two minutes of rest and playing the entire second half, so it's good news that he gets two days off before Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Gerald Green w/ playoff career-high 18 points
    Gerald Green scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers during Sunday's Game 4 win in Chicago, adding seven rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls left Green wide open early in the game and he made them pay dearly, helping Boston roar out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. Green said that his goal was simply to bring "energy" to the first unit, but he brought much more than that tonight. He'll likely be a popular DFS option during Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 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 Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 4
    Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot) is listed as questionable for Monday's game.

    Advice: Barnes hasn't played since Apr. 8 and the Warriors have no incentive to rush him back with one victory separating them from the second round. Golden State could earn a long layoff with a victory on Monday, so there's a good chance Barnes will sit out again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (finger, hand) iffy for Gm 4
    Shaun Livingston (bruised hand, sprained finger) is questionable for Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: Golden State could play it safe with a comfortable 3-0 lead in the series, but we'll know more after shootaround on Monday. If he can't play, expect to see more from backups Ian Clark and Pat McCaw. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Victor Oladipo scores 15 points in G4 loss
    Victor Oladipo scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, adding one 3-pointer, four boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: After struggling through the first two games, Dipo has stepped it up over the past two, pumping out averages of 13.5 points, 5.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 block and just 0.5 turnovers per game on 66.7 percent shooting. He'll need to keep the efficient trend going for the Thunder to have any chance of sending this series back to OKC for a Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Andre Roberson racks up the defensive stats
    Andre Roberson racked up the defensive stats during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, recording five blocks and two steals through 38 minutes of floor time.

    Advice: Roberson also added 13 points, one triple, four boards and three turnovers to his stat line, and he did an excellent job of making life difficult for James Harden. Unfortunately, Billy Donovan refused to pull Roberson late when the Rockets started going with a hack-a-Roberson strategy, and Roberson proceeded to go just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe, which was a misstep that certainly factored into OKC blowing their fourth-quarter lead. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:36 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
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Brogdon praises Tony Snell
    Malcolm Brogdon said Tony Snell "doesn’t take a possession off.’’

    Advice: "At the beginning of the season, Tony said he wanted to be a 3 and D guy," Brogdon said. "He wanted to shoot 3s really well and play defense really well, locking up people. And he’s taken that to heart. He’s playing at a high level defensively.’’ Snell has been an X-factor in the series against Toronto, averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 boards, 1.3 assists and 3.3 triples while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. He's also peaking at the perfect time, as he's set to hit the market as a restricted free agent this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Gerald Green looking to give Boston energy
    Gerald Green said his job is to bring some energy and pace to the first unit.

    Advice: "I was just trying to bring energy. I think that was most important," Green said after logging 20 minutes in the starting lineup in Game 3 vs. Chicago. "I feel like my energy was there early on in the game. So that’s what I’m going to try to do [in Sunday's Game 4]: just try to come out with a lot of energy and just try to play up-tempo basketball, try to just bring it on both ends." Green played through a mild ankle tweak and scored eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers, and he's on the radar as a DFS play in tournaments because of his boom-or-bust appeal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 as Dubs take 3-0 lead
    Stephen Curry buried the Blazers during a 119-113 win in Game 3 on Saturday, scoring 34 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: A 19-1 run in this comeback victory propelled the Dubs to what is now a +47 margin of victory in this series. The Warriors now have a 3-0 lead and one of their biggest strengths in this win was an unusual one with only seven turnovers. Those seven turnovers match a playoff franchise record, and Curry only had one of them en route to his 21st 30-plus scoring game in his postseason career. With this win, the Warriors may opt to take it easier on Kevin Durant for at least one more game. They'll look to close this one out on Monday in Portland. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:56 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 32, Lillard scores 31
    C.J. McCollum scored a team-high 32 points during a 119-113 Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding six rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was right behind C.J. with 31 points in a tough loss. It looked like Dame and C.J. were going to lead the Blazers to a win with a 17-point lead in the second half, but a Warriors outburst in the third quarter was just too much to overcome. The Blazers will likely have more minutes from Jusuf Nurkic on Monday, but they're in what looks to be an insurmountable 0-3 hole. Hopefully, the Blazers can extend this series on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:37 pm
  • Matt Barnes out again for Saturday
    Matt Barnes (foot, ankle) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: Even with Kevin Durant (calf) out, the Warriors should still be OK because of Andre Iguodala getting more postseason minutes than in the regular season. Pat McCaw will likely start and look to get some easy looks a la Harrison Barnes last year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:47 pm
  • Shaun Livingston, Matt Barnes out again
    Matt Barnes (right ankle, foot sprain) and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) are out against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors will be a little thin on their bench, but it shouldn't be a big problem with Ian Clark, Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala fully capable to pick up the slack. Plus, the starters will likely have their minutes extended today. Iguodala could have a breakout game today while Clark continues to roast the Blazers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:45 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tony Snell scores 19 points vs. Raptors
    Tony Snell scored a playoff career-high 19 points with four rebounds, one turnover and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Raptors during the Game 4 loss.

    Advice: The Bulls may want him back after the game Michael Carter-Williams had on Friday. The Bucks were getting him plenty of good looks with some off-ball screens, but that probably won't happen again in this series. Snell was averaging 10.0 points per game in his previous three games, so that serves as a fair expectation in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:42 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores just 10 points
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Not only did he struggle on making shots, Middleton just didn't seem locked in during this game. The Raptors didn't put DeMar DeRozan on Middleton as much, so maybe coach Dwane Casey gets some credit for that adjustment. Middleton is still going to get big minutes and the off game was more about just not being in a rhythm. Expect a bounce-back game in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) probable for Game 3
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. Golden State on Saturday night.

    Advice: McCollum tweaked his ankle is Game 1 but was listed as probable for Game 2 and was able to suit up. He is fully expected to log his typical 35-plus minutes on Saturday night. McCollum was on fire in Game 1, pouring in 41 points, but crashed back down to earth in Game 2, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting. The Blazers need an efficient and effective McCollum to show up on Saturday if they are to have a shot at knocking off the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:26 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
  • Victor Oladipo scores 12 points in 35 minutes
    Victor Oladipo made 5-of-8 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: That's a big improvement following his 1-of-13 from deep in his first two games of the postseason. Oladipo's usage was still way down in this game and it's been way down all year despite a mini-breakout year in 2015-16 with the Magic. He's a bit of an afterthought in this offense and really hasn't fit in all year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:38 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
  • 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
  • Gerald Green scores eight points in start
    Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a mild left ankle tweak in the first half, but he did return and looked fine after getting re-taped. Even if Green is going to start, he's going to be the fourth guard at best in the rotation for total minutes behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart -- Terry Rozier played 23 minutes, as well. Green is only going to be a tournament play in DFS because we've seen him get hot at times. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Jimmy Butler gets held in check vs. Boston
    Jimmy Butler made just 7-of-21 from the field for his 14 points against the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, no assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 39 minutes.

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

    Advice: His left ankle tweak doesn't look like it'll be an issue for coach Brad Stevens' rotation, which has been very odd and perhaps too deep. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Gerald Green goes to the locker room
    Gerald Green went to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday and he is available to return.

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

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

    Advice: He has a right index finger sprain and a hand contusion, but is only day-to-day. If Livingston can't go, Ian Clark will look to add to his 12.5 points per game over the first two playoff outings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:26 pm
  • Matt Barnes remains questionable for Game 3
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is questionable to play in Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: With Andre Iguodala getting a minutes increase and Ian Clark feasting against the Blazers, there really hasn't been much of a need for Barnes. Pat McCaw could get another start if Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes can't make it. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:23 pm
  • OKC hoping Oladipo can bounce back in Gm 3
    The Thunder are hoping Victor Oladipo can break out of his shooting slump in Game 3 Friday night in OKC.

    Advice: Oladipo has struggled mightily in the series' first two games. He is just 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from the field, including 1-of-13 (6.5 percent) from 3-point territory, over Games 1 and 2 vs. Houston. Coach Billy Donovan stated that despite his offensive struggles, Oladipo has been solid overall. "Victor's not a one-dimensional player — he can do a lot of different things," Donovan said. Nonetheless, OKC will need more out of their second-leading scorer if they want to advance past the Rockets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:49 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Khris Middleton scores 20 points vs. Raptors
    Khris Middleton scored 20 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back 20-plus scoring games for the first time since his hamstring tear. Middleton's defense was fantastic in this game and he's turned it up a notch as a creator on offense. He played 41 minutes in each of the first two games and didn't play in the final 5:56 of this game due to garbage time, so he was headed for minutes north of 40 again. Clearly, his breakout season last year was no fluke. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • GSW win despite quiet lines from Steph & Klay
    Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 12-of-35 on Wednesday (34.3 percent), but the Warriors still won 110-81 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: It wasn't a total loss for DFS purposes, as Curry hit four 3-pointers with six rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block. Klay added three 3-pointers, two assists, two boards and one block, and Golden State rode their team defense to a blowout home win -- they limited the Blazers to just 33.3 percent shooting tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) quiet during Gm 2 loss
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) struggled in 30 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-17 from the field for 11 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The postseason has been a tale of two games for McCollum, who was terrific in Game 1 but lousy in a lopsided defeat tonight. McCollum's ankle injury might have played a role but credit is also due to the Warriors' defense, and in particular Klay Thompson. McCollum gets two days to rest before Game 3 in Portland. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Victor Oladipo still struggling from field
    Victor Oladipo, who shot just 1-of-12 from the field in Game 1, finished Wednesday's 115-111 loss with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Oladipo had a disastrous playoff debut with the Thunder, and his team will need more from him to avoid a first-round loss to the No. 3 seed Rockets. He was 1-of-7 from deep tonight and OKC as a team went 7-of-30 beyond the arc (23.3 percent), which negated their advantage in rebounds (48-37). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) officially out for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnes was doubtful to play and he didn't go through shootaround, so this comes as no surprise. Kevin Durant (calf) is also out so we should see plenty of Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:51 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) out Wednesday
    Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) will not play in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark should be the biggest beneficiaries in Livingston's absence, with the starting backcourt also likely to play more minutes. Golden State is likely just playing it safe here, giving Livingston a total of five days off before Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:48 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) did not go through shootaround and he remains questionable to play in Game 2 against Portland on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Dubs could be without both Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes tonight, which would likely result in Patrick McCaw moving into the starting five with Andre Iguodala flirting with minutes in the mid-30s. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on Barnes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • Livingston (finger, hand) misses shootaround
    Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) did not participate during shootaround and he remains questionable to play in Wednesday's Game 2 vs. Portland.

    Advice: Kevin Durant (calf) and Matt Barnes (ankle) also missed shootaround, and it's looking like there's a chance all three of these guys could miss Wednesday's game. If they're all out, Patrick McCaw could enter the starting five, and he'd be in line for some extended minutes, along with Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark. Stephen Curry would also be forced into heavy minutes, and he'd see a decent uptick in usage sans KD. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hoiberg praises Rajon Rondo following G2 win
    Fred Hoiberg heaped praise on Rajon Rondo following Chicago's Game 2 win over Boston.

    Advice: "Rajon, I thought, did a terrific job once we got the ball off the glass," Hoiberg said. "When we inserted him back into the starting lineup, how key he’s been to our recent successes. He’s a confident kid and that rubs off on all the other guys." Rondo has been excellent through the Bulls' first-round series, compiling averages of 11.5 points, 10.0 dimes, 8.5 boards, 2.0 turnovers and a whopping 3.5 steals per contest. The Bulls have created a ton of matchup problems for the Celtics, and it looks like they have a decent chance of closing out this series at home over the weekend. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:04 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
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler drops 22-8-8 in easy Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler had 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 8-of-19 shooting in Tuesday's easy 111-97 win over the Celtics to take a 2-0 lead over the No. 1 seed.

    Advice: The Celtics are probably wishing they'd done what it would have taken to trade for Butler prior to the trade deadline, as Boston looks like a dead duck, sitting in an 0-2 hole with Games 3 and 4 in Chicago. Butler simply looks miles better than any forward in Boston and the Bulls now look like a team that could possibly emerge in the NBA Finals, despite being the No. 8 seed. Look for Butler to continue to go off in Games 3 and 4 with hopes of sweeping the favorites. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo burns Boston in Game 2
    Rajon Rondo has revenge against his former team on his mind and torched the Celtics in Boston for 11 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists on Tuesday, just missing a triple-double and giving the No. 8 seed Bulls an unprecedented 2-0 lead over the No. 1 Celtics in an easy 111-97 win.

    Advice: Games 3 and 4 are in Chicago and it's hard to see the Celtics winning four of five games to pull this thing out. The only time a No. 8 seed has gone up 2-0 in a series was in a five-game set between the No. 1 Suns and No. 8 Lakers in 1993, when the Suns came back and won three straight to win the series 3-2. Rondo tied the franchise playoff record with 14 assists and just missed joining Scottie Pippen as the only Bull to triple-double in the playoffs. There was a time this season when Rondo wasn't even part of the rotation, but those days are long gone. The Bulls look like a team capable of winning the East (they get the Wizards-Hawks winner if they finish off Boston) and we'll just leave this here: the Bulls were 4-0 vs. the Cavaliers this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:44 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
  • Tony Snell scores 14 w/ four triples
    Tony Snell looked great in Game 2 vs. the Raptors on Tuesday with 14 points, two boards and four triples in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He finished 5-of-7 from the field and is now averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 boards, 1.5 assists and 3.5 3-pointers through the first two games of this series. With both the Bucks and Raptors using mostly small-ball lineups, Snell has been a huge key in this series so far and he's worth a glance if you need a punt play in DFS. Malcolm Brogdon added seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one block and a triple, while Matthew Dellavedova finished with seven points, three rebounds, one assist and one triple. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:13 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) probable for Game 2
    C.J. McCollum (right ankle sprain) is being listed as probable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when McCollum tweaked his ankle, but it didn't appear to be an issue at all during his 41-point explosion in Portland's Game 1 loss, and him being listed as probable further suggests that it will be a non-issue moving forward. Check back for official confirmation on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnes was quoted on Sunday saying that he was hopeful to get back on the court for Game 3, so he seems a lot closer to doubtful for Game 2. However, if Kevin Durant (calf) is forced to the sidelines, there would be much more of a need for Barnes to get out there, so his playing status might hinge on what goes on with Durant. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (hand) questionable for G2
    Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) is questionable to play in Game 2 against Portland on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Livingston suffered this injury, but we should have a better idea on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he's out, Stephen Curry could be forced into heavy minutes with Ian Clark acting as his primary backup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:34 pm
  • Rajon Rondo hopes to return to Bulls
    Rajon Rondo said on Tuesday that he hopes to return to the Bulls next season.

    Advice: The Bulls holds the cards, as only $3 million of Rondo's $13.4 million salary for the 2017-18 season is guaranteed. The Bulls have until June 30 to make their decision. Rondo and the Bulls have had a tumultuous relationship since he signed last summer, but winning tends to cure hard feelings. "I like where I’m at. I think we have a really good team," Rondo said. He also said he'd like to return even if Dwyane Wade opts out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:50 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
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) doubtful for Game 3
    Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and that he's "probably" out for Friday's Game 3 as well.

    Advice: Austin was able to get some shots up during Saturday's shootaround, and while he was hopeful he'd be able to get back on the court for Game 3, it doesn't sound like that's a very likely scenario. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton should continue to flirt with minutes in the 20s with Rivers on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 11:47 am
  • Kyle Lowry vows to be more aggressive in Gm 2
    Kyle Lowry said he's going to have to "force some shots" to be more aggressive vs. the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: "My teammates want me to be more aggressive, so I’m going to have to force some more shots," said Lowry, who shot 2-of-11 on Saturday. "I felt like I made the right passes [Saturday] ... Every shot I took was contested or ran off ... but I gotta be more aggressive." That's music to the ears of prospective DFS owners. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 11:25 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (personal) is planning to play
    Isaiah Thomas (personal) is planning to play in Game 2 on Tuesday and in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: If this plan holds up, he won't miss any action in Boston's series vs. the Bulls. Thomas will fly to Tacoma to attend his sister's funeral after Game 2, but will be back in time for Game 3. In an awesome show of support, the Celtics are expected to attend the funeral as well. Thomas is coming off a courageous performance on Sunday, scoring 33 points with six assists, five rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal in 38 minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 10:51 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 Apr 17, 8:49 am
  • Victor Oladipo shoots 1-of-12 in Game 1 loss
    Victor Oladipo made 1-of-12 field goals for six points (0-of-6 from deep) with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal during Sunday's series-opening loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The effort was there for Oladipo but he obviously wasn't in a comfort-zone offensively, which is something that must happen to take pressure off Russell Westbrook as the overclocked engine of the offense. He gets two days off and should fare much better on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:19 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores playoff-high 18 points
    Andre Roberson returned on Sunday with a playoff career-high 18 points, making 7-of-10 shots with 4-of-6 threes, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Roberson battled a knee injury toward the end of the season, although his final two DNPs were dubbed 'rest'. His ability to knock down open 3-pointers is a bonus for OKC, but his real test will come as the primary defender against James Harden. Barring a setback, Roberson is good to go for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:05 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas questionable for Game 2 on Tue
    Isaiah Thomas (personal) made 10-of-18 FGs and 10-of-12 FTs for 33 points on Sunday, adding six assists, five rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Thomas was playing one day after his sister Chyna died in a car accident. It's an unfathomable loss but once the ball went up he was his usual dynamic self, and his late layup brought the Celtics within two points before ultimately falling 106-102. It's possible that Thomas will wind up missing games as he deals with this tragedy. When asked about Thomas' status for Tuesday, coach Brad Stevens replied, "It’s his call, and it should be." Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:44 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (wrist) posts 12/7/6 & two steals
    Rajon Rondo (wrist) played without limitations during Sunday's Game 1 road win in Boston, making 6-of-15 shots for 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Rondo was booed relentlessly by the fans in Boston, who apparently don't have fond memories of the guard who won a championship with the Celts in 2008. He was efficient with only one turnover in 27 minutes, and as usual Boston dared him to beat them with jumpers -- Rondo took four of them, all misses, with all six of his makes coming in the restricted area. Just like old times. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:41 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 30 pts, Bulls win Game 1
    Jimmy Butler got going late to score 30 points on Sunday, making 9-of-19 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs with three 3-pointers, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Butler settled a lot offensively in the early goings, but a scoring flurry to end the third quarter sent him into All-Star mode. He also set the tone defensively in the final frame, shutting down the Celtics on enough possessions to help the No. 8 seed steal an impressive road win vs. the No. 1 seed. Expect to see plenty of the aggressive and assertive version of Butler during Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:39 pm
  • Andre Roberson starting Game 1 on Sunday
    Andre Roberson will start Game 1 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: Roberson dealt with a minor knee injury late in the season, and he got a few extra rest days, but there was never any doubt that he'd be in uniform. His return means that Kyle Singler will head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 5:50 pm
  • C.J. McCollum nets 41 points in Game 1 loss
    C.J. McCollum scored a playoff career-high 41 points during Sunday's Game 1 loss, adding four 3-pointers, eight boards, one assist, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: This was McCollum's second career 40-plus-point performance, and he became just the eighth Trail Blazer to score at least 40 points in a playoff game. McCollum also got his points very efficiently, going 16-of-28 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe for a sterling true shooting percentage of 66.9 to accompany his 34.4 usage rate. It'll be interesting to see what the Dubs try to do to slow him down during Game 2, because they had precisely zero answers in this one. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:12 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 29 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting during Sunday's Game 1 win, adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Curry has now recorded at least one 3-pointer in 59-straight playoff games, and he also surpassed Wilt Chamberlain for the most postseason field goal makes in Warriors' history in this one. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, giving Curry an impressive 64.4 true shooting percentage to accompany his 31.4 usage rate. It doesn't look like it'll be a lengthy first-round series for Golden State. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 3:34 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (personal) will play in Game 1
    Isaiah Thomas (personal) will be in the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Thomas lost his sister in a tragic car accident yesterday, and head coach Brad Stevens made it clear to IT4 that if at any point he doesn't feel like playing anymore, he can opt out of the game. It's sure to be an emotional night for Thomas, and we send our thoughts to him and his family during this difficult time. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 3:19 pm
  • Rondo, Wade won't have minutes limits Sunday
    Rajon Rondo (wrist) and Dwyane Wade (elbow) will not have any restrictions for Sunday's Game 1 matchup with the Celtics.

    Advice: Rondo logged 20 minutes in his return from a three-game absence for Chicago's final regular-season game on Wednesday, but he should be back in the 30-minute range tonight. Wade never exceeded the 25-minute mark when he returned for Chicago's final three regular season games following a lengthy absence, but he too should see his minutes in the 30s tonight. Jerian Grant isn't a great option with Rondo back in action. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 2:17 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (hand) will play Sunday vs. GSW
    C.J. McCollum will return to the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: McCollum sat out Portland's final two regular season games with a minor hand issue, but he was never expected to miss any postseason action. Joining McCollum in the starting five for today's matinee will be Damian Lillard, Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:20 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) hopeful for Game 3
    Matt Barnes (ankle) said he might be able to return to the court for Game 3 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Barnes didn't completely rule out getting back on the floor for Game 2, but because he's still experiencing discomfort, he said that Game 3 is a much more realistic scenario. He won't be a major part of the Dubs' rotation during their postseason run. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:07 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) targeting Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) said he's targeting a return on Friday for Game 3 against the Jazz.

    Advice: Rivers was able to shoot around on Saturday for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29, and that's encouraging because his previous attempt to get back on the floor didn’t go well. "I was on the court three or four days ago," Rivers said on Saturday, "and it didn’t really go as I planned. Didn’t feel good and they took me off and waited a couple more days, with a little treatment and stuff like that. Today we tried it again and it worked." With Rivers already ruled out for Game 2, Jamal Crawford will continue to see a bump in minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:28 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Khris Middleton struggles with shot
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-15 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 41 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He couldn't get his shot to fall, but Middleton did a great job on defense and getting the ball to his teammates. Despite talk of him focusing on his shooting before he returned from his hamstring tear, Middleton has created a lot for his teammates and is doing a lot of driving. He's said he's not all the way back from his injury, but he's clearly going to be a major factor in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:51 pm
  • Kyle Lowry puts up a dud in Game 1 loss
    Kyle Lowry made 2-of-11 from the field for four points with two rebounds, six assists, tow steals and one turnover in 34 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: For whatever reason, Lowry just can't perform in the opener of the postseason. In his Game 1 outings as a Raptor, Lowry has made just 26.6 percent from the field for 9.8 points per game, but coach Dwane Casey is still going to lean on his guy and give him huge minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:29 pm
  • Austin Rivers out for at least two games
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) will miss at least the next two games.

    Advice: The good news is he shot around for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29. Rivers could miss additional time and it feels like he's out for the first round. With Rivers out, there should be more minutes going to J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute and maybe even Paul Pierce. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:11 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
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: He is expected to miss more games after rolling his right ankle on Apr. 8. The Warriors are going to extend Andre Iguodala's minutes and Kevin Durant is back, so the Warriors won't be needing Barnes much in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 12:16 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
  • Matt Barnes is doubtful for Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is doubtful to play in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: While he should be in the rotation, the Warriors are not likely going to miss Barnes now that Kevin Durant is healthy again. Plus, the Warriors will likely be pushing up Andre Iguodala's minutes into the 30s in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 12:48 pm
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