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  • Gordon Hayward (illness) won't return Sunday
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will not return to Sunday's game, finishing with three points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Hayward was on IVs due to food poisoning prior to the game, although he wasn't on the injury report and it was only reported minutes before tip-off. He checked out earlier than usual in the first quarter and soon headed to the locker room, after which the team eventually ruled him out for the night. We'll consider him questionable to play in Game 5 on Tuesday, and his absence means more minutes for Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:45 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:31 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will play Sun
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will play on Sunday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of his illness, which reportedly required him to take IVs throughout the day. Needless to say, he may not be 100 percent tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:02 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 Today, 4:43 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 Today, 4:36 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 14 points with full line
    Trevor Ariza scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, adding three 3-pointers, five boards, three assists, three steals and one turnover in 43 minutes.

    Advice: Ariza was the only Rockets' starter to make at least 50 percent of his shot attempts, and with his perfect 3-of-3 mark from the charity stripe, he turned in a sterling true shooting percentage of 75.1. Ariza, surprisingly, hadn't connected on a single 3-pointer through the first three games of this series, so tonight's stat line can be explained as a regression to the mean. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:08 pm
  • James Harden struggles, HOU still wins Game 4
    James Harden didn't look great during the Rockets' Game 4 win over the Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, zero triples and seven turnovers through 39 minutes of play.

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

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in the series, so they definitely have the luxury of holding Durant out as a precautionary measure, as they should be able to close this thing out on Monday night. We'll have a better idea on Durant's status based on what he's able to do during Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:12 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova (calf) probable for Game 4
    Ersan Ilyasova (calf) is probable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Wizards.

    Advice: He should continue to flirt with close to 20 minutes off the bench, but he won't be making a major impact on the box score with Paul Millsap healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:04 pm
  • LeBron James nets 33 points; CLE sweeps IND
    LeBron James helped the Cavs complete their first-round sweep of the Pacers on Sunday with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: James has now won 21-straight first-round series, which is the longest streak by any player since 1984, and this was also his 10th sweep in a Best-of-7 playoff series which amounts to the most sweeps by any player in NBA history. He basically got whatever he wanted all game long, had an incredible chase-down block during the third quarter, and hit a dagger 3-pointer during the closing minutes; so, par for the course for King James. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:30 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores five points in 29 minutes
    J.R. Smith scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, two boards, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith was quiet through Cleveland’s first-round series, owning meager averages of 6.8 points, 1.8 triples and not much else on 45.0 percent shooting. He spent a lot of energy chasing around Paul George and was only operating with a usage rate of 10.2 (down from 14.5 during the regular-season), but maybe he’ll start going during Round 2. Smith also nearly blew the game for Cleveland with a bonehead turnover during the closing seconds, which can be viewed in the link below. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:07 pm
  • Lance Stephenson nets 22 points off the bench
    Lance Stephenson got hot from beyond the arc during Sunday's Game 4 loss, tallying 22 points, four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Stephenson was solid through this first-round series, pumping out averages of 16.0 points, 5.3 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.8 triples and just 1.0 turnover per game on 50.9 percent shooting. He’ll look to resurrect his career with the Pacers next season, and he might be someone to consider taking with a late-round flier in next year’s drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:00 pm
  • Paul George needs 21 shots to score 15 points
    Paul George struggled with his shot during Sunday's 106-102 Game 4 loss to the Cavs, going 5-of-21 from the field on his way to 15 points, seven boards, six assists, three triples, three steals, one block and four turnovers in 44 minutes.

    Advice: George couldn’t buy a bucket through the first half of action, going just 2-of-10 from the field, and it never really got much better after that. While George will end his 2016-17 campaign on a sour note, he did have a solid series overall, and was absolutely incredible after the All-Star break when he willed Indiana into the postseason with averages of 27.0 points, 3.4 triples, 7.6 boards, 3.9 dimes, 1.6 steals and 3.0 turnovers per contest on 48.3 percent shooting. He’ll be worth an early-round selection in next year’s drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:52 pm
  • C.J. Miles hits two triples as a starter
    C.J. Miles scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one block through 25 minutes as a starter.

    Advice: Miles had an up-and-down year, but his 2.2 triples per game had him flirting with late-round value on the season. Still, he won’t be worth much more than a last-round flier in deep leagues for those seeking a 3-point specialist in next year’s drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:48 pm
  • Otto Porter (neck) probable for Game 4
    Otto Porter (neck) practiced on Sunday and he's being listed as probable for Monday's Game 4 in Atlanta.

    Advice: Porter played through the neck strain on Saturday, and it looks like that trend will continue on Monday night, although he could be limited. We should have official confirmation on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:24 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 Today, 8:42 am
  • C.J. Miles will start again in Game 4
    C.J. Miles will start over Monta Ellis again in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Miles is generally more aggressive in the second unit, but his splits as a starter and reserve during the regular season are very similar. Miles can get hot in a hurry which makes him a DFS tournament play, but he's also no stranger to duds. In a start in Game 3, Miles scored nine points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:29 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 Today, 6:49 am
  • Andre Iguodala scores 16 points off bench
    Andre Iguodala scored 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: No Kevin Durant, no problem. Iguodala just outfoxed the Blazers throughout this game, getting four dunks on the offensive side and providing great defense on the other end. Playoff Iggy is a very good Iggy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Evan Turner gets 40 minutes vs. Warriors
    Evan Turner scored 17 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He picked up most of the minutes at the three due to Moe Harkless struggling a bit and Allen Crabbe possibly at less than 100 percent. Turner did play well on both ends for most of this game and may have earned heavy run again for Game 4 on Monday. That said, coach Terry Stotts doesn't exactly roll with the same rotations night in and night out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Vince Carter hurt knee late in the game
    Vince Carter looked to have banged knees late in Saturday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: He hobbled off the court and hopefully he'll be able to recover for Tuesday. If not, there will be more minutes going to James Ennis, Andrew Harrison and Troy Daniels. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:48 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 Yesterday, 5:47 pm
  • Kelly Oubre scores nine in 24 minutes
    Kelly Oubre scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: The Wizards may have to call on him more with Otto Porter (neck) getting hurt today. Oubre has shown he can have success as either a small-ball four or a small forward, so he should have no problem picking up the minutes -- he has played some SG in his career, too. If Porter is out, Oubre could be a viable DFS play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:36 pm
  • Otto Porter dealing with a strained neck
    Otto Porter was dealing with a strained neck on Saturday, finishing with seven points, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was grimacing in the first half and the Wizards opted to hold him out for the final 18 minutes of this loss. Porter had a back problem earlier this month and it cost him two games, so perhaps this is related. If Porter can't go on Monday, Kelly Oubre and Bojan Bogdanovic will benefit the most. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: According to ESPN, the Warriors decided to hold Durant out for this game. He went through practice on Friday and did some work in shootaround on Saturday, but the Warriors just want to play the long game with what they hope are 14 more wins in the next two months. With him out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw picking up some added run while the other stars are asked to do more offensively. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan bounces back in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points during an 87-76 Game 4 victory over the Bucks on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

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

    Advice: Norm is freed. He was basically out of the rotation in the first two games and was thrust into added minutes during Thursday's blowout loss. Powell likely just started as an offensive spark and to allow the Raptors to go with several small-ball lineups, but he held his own on defense against guys like Khris Middleton. There's little doubt that Norm will get another start on Monday, so he'll be an obvious cheap DFS option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • P.J. Tucker doesn't score in 28 minutes
    P.J. Tucker did not score in 28 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, adding one rebound and three fouls.

    Advice: While he did come off the bench, Tucker was an extension of the first unit with 25 of his minutes coming next to Kyle Lowry and 20 next to DeMar DeRozan. Tucker's energy on defense has been one of the constants in this series for the Raptors, so perhaps he's earned more playing time -- a start? While he won't score much, keep an eye on him as a DFS punt for his output in the hustle stats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:12 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 Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Draymond not expecting Durant to play
    Draymond Green said he's not expecting Kevin Durant (calf) to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: There is some context here. "I approach every game like he’s not there and then, if he is, that’s great for us," Green said. "I think it’s a lot easier adjustment to make if he’s playing than if he’s not playing. It’s a totally different mindset." Durant also had an icepack on his calf after shootaround and he reportedly didn't do as much work as normal. In other words, Durant's questionable tag looks to be closer to doubtful than probable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:08 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 Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through shootaround on Saturday and remains questionable to face the Blazers in Game 3.

    Advice: After going through practice on Friday, going through shootaround isn't a major development for his status. Durant is somewhat close to 100 percent, but the Warriors want to get him all the way back for what is likely to be a two-month playoff run. If KD can't go, Stephen Curry Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have added responsibility while guys like Andre Iguodala, Pat McCaw and maybe even Ian Clark get some added run. Matt Barnes (ankle) and Shaun Livingston (hand) are also still questionable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Raptors will make a change to starting lineup
    The Raptors will make a change to starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The Raptors have talked a lot about limiting Giannis Antetokounmpo, so Tucker is the heavy favorite to be starting here. While he did play just 14 minutes in Game 3, it was more because of how the Raptors desperately needed offense. It could also be someone like Norman Powell or even Delon Wright for either Jonas Valanciunas or DeMarre Carroll. After Gerald Green started for Boston on Friday, anything is possible. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute scores 15 points
    Luc Mbah a Moute scored a playoff career-high 15 points in a Game 3 win over the Jazz on Friday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He may have to score more now that Blake Griffin is banged up. For what it's worth, Mbah a Moute only had a 1.7 usage rate bump when Griffin was off the court during the regular season. If you're going to use him for DFS, he'll need to make his money in non-scoring stats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 40 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 40 points during a 111-106 Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He got off to a fast start with a playoff franchise-record 21 points in the first quarter, and he becomes the fourth different Jazzman to score at least 40 points in a playoff game. This comes as a mild surprise after Hayward couldn't get many easy shots in his first two games, making just 12-of-33 from the field in the two L.A. games. Coach Quin Snyder looked to make an extra effort to get his Hayward some shots in sets, so maybe that'll continue in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:02 pm
  • James Harden scores 44 points in loss to OKC
    James Harden's 44 points were not enough in a Game 3 115-113 loss to the Thunder on Friday, adding six rebounds, six assists, one block, four 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

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

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that if KD isn't 100 percent, the Warriors would be cautious with him. Durant posted a video on his YouTube page to show some treatment on his calf, and he also admitted he could've played in a must-win scenario. Considering how long the playoffs go, the Warriors may opt to hold Durant out for most of the first round. If he's out again, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw should pick up some added playing time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:36 am
  • Durant (calf) 'hopeful' he will play Game 3
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) said that he is "getting better every day" and that "hopefully" he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Durant provided an update via a YouTube live streaming session. "Felt like I could go [in Game 2], but Coach [Steve] Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few days rest," said Durant. "So hopefully I see how I feel these next couple days." The extra day of rest should benefit KD. However, the Warriors blew out the Blazers in Game 2 even without Durant, so they have no need to rush him back. We should get a formal update from the team on Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 am
  • DeMar DeRozan goes 0-of-8 from field
    DeMar DeRozan missed all eight attempts from the field and made all eight from the line for eight points in a brutal loss to the Bucks on Thursday, adding two rebounds and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

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

    Advice: Despite the Cavs giving up 74 points in the first half and trailing by 26 points at one point, LeBron led an incredible comeback with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. He played the entire fourth quarter to help him get just the seventh 40-point triple-double in NBA playoff history -- it was the 17th triple-double of LeBron's playoff career. The King also has a 20-game winning streak in the first round of the playoffs, so he'll look to make it 21 and sweep the Pacers on Sunday. Sure, there are some major defensive concerns, but is it really that big of a problem when LeBron is locked in? Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 pm
  • J.R. Smith plays well in start vs. Indy
    J.R. Smith (hamstring) scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He was solid on the defensive end, had a big rebound and a big assist to help earn this win. Smith did not play in the second half in Game 2, but he should be feeling closer to 100 percent in Game 4 on Sunday. Expect Smith to see minutes in the upper 30s as the Cavs look to lock up this series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Paul George scores 36 points in loss to Cavs
    Paul George scored a team-high 36 points during a 119-114 loss to the Cavs in Game 3 on Thursday, adding 15 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: This is a bad, bad loss for the Pacers. They scored a whopping 74 points in the first half and had a 26-point lead, but the team just had a complete meltdown in the second half. George did not score at all in the third quarter and he was forcing shots in the fourth, but it's hard to blame him for this loss. It's fair to say the odds of Paul George remaining in Indiana long term have decreased after this game. He and the Pacers will look to avoid a sweep on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • C.J. Miles gets the start, scores nine points
    C.J. Miles scored nine points in the starting lineup during a loss to the Cavs on Thursday, adding two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It made a lot of sense to start Miles, but he was not looking for his shot at all. Miles made just 3-of-6 from the field, which may have been due to the comments from Paul George saying he should've had the last shot in Game 1. Miles is probably going to make another start for Game 4, but his usage looks like it'll remain low. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:13 pm
  • C.J. Miles starting over Monta Ellis vs. Cavs
    C.J. Miles is set to start for Game 3 against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: This will move Monta Ellis to the bench. The Cavs have been causing the Pacers to switch a lot, so getting Miles out there adds some size to help prevent LeBron James getting a small on him. Miles should be looking at minutes in the 20s, so he could be an interesting option. Of course, he's one of the most inconsistent players as a starter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:15 pm
  • J.R. Smith will start against the Pacers
    J.R. Smith (hamstring) will start against the Pacers for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play in the second half in Game 2 due to a hamstring issue. Coach Ty Lue said he wasn't sure on the restriction for Smith, but there's a decent chance he won't be able to get to his 37 minutes from Game 1. If he is limited, that should mean more minutes for Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:41 pm
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) will start if cleared
    Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue said that J.R. Smith (hamstring) will be in the starting lineup if he's cleared to play in Game 3 against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith was reportedly moving around well during Wednesday's practice, and he's stated on more than a few occasions that if it were up to him, he'd be out there, so perhaps the Cavs medical staff will allow him to play tonight. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he is able to get back out there, Iman Shumpert won't play much more than 20 minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 am
  • PG says Stephenson needs to control emotions
    Paul George said that Lance Stephenson needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions during Game 3.

    Advice: "He’s gotta learn to control himself, he’s gotta learn to just be in the moment," George said. "Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader. One of our leaders. His body language has to improve, just for the team. We all know Lance is an emotional guy. A lot of it is just his heart and his competitiveness that that emotion comes out on." Born Ready was visibly upset on a few defensive miscues during Indiana's Game 2 loss, but he's also brought some much-needed playmaking and defense to the Pacers' second unit. His minutes should again be in the mid-20s for Game 3 tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 am
  • Paul George responds to media criticism
    Paul George recently responded to some criticism by outside media insinuating he's a selfish player.

    Advice: "For them to say I’m a selfish teammate or I don’t think about my teammates or I’m throwing teammates under the bus," said George, "I didn’t say anything bad about my teammates other than what they asked that I think my teammates can do down the stretch to help this team win. I didn’t say anything that was even close to throwing them under the bus." Certain people in the media said that PG-13 was selfish for wanting to take the last shot during Indiana's narrow Game 1 loss to the Cavs, which is beyond ridiculous given how incredible George as been as of late. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:34 am
  • Andre Iguodala posts 6/10/6 on Wednesday
    Andre Iguodala grabbed 10 rebounds in 27 minutes vs. Portland on Wednesday, adding six points, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: Iguodala made 3-of-7 field goals without any free throw attempts, but he also committed zero turnovers, and he logged extra minutes with Kevin Durant (calf) held out as a precaution tonight. Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) and Matt Barnes (ankle) could also return for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday, which makes Iguodala a somewhat riskier DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:40 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
  • James Harden hits 18-of-20 FTs, scores 35 pts
    James Harden went 18-of-20 from the FT line and 7-of-17 from the field to finish Houston's Game 2 victory with 35 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: The showdown between Harden and fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook was as-advertised tonight. Westbrook scored 51 points while posting yet another triple-double, and Harden's big line was bolstered by super-subs Lou Williams (21 points) and Eric Gordon (22 points). Patrick Beverley was also terrific, notching 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 34 minutes. The Rockets are a handful, to say the least. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Kelly Oubre (knee) logs 13 minutes off bench
    Kelly Oubre (knee) came off Washington's bench on Wednesday to score one point with one steal and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Oubre sat out Monday's practice with a sore knee but that appears to have been a precaution -- he practiced on Tuesday and was never truly in doubt tonight. As long as Bradley Beal and Otto Porter are healthy, however, there's no reason to trust Oubre for DFS value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Otto Porter (back) quiet due to foul trouble
    Otto Porter finished Wednesday's home victory with four points on 2-of-7 shooting, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Porter was coming off a relatively quiet Game 1 and he rode a stationary bike while off the court tonight, suggesting that his recent back injury isn't completely behind him. Don't let the low scoring fool you, though. Porter's fingerprints were all over the Wizards' impressive win, and his low playing time was simply the result of early foul trouble. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:13 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
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play in Game 2
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Warriors initially said that Durant was merely suffering from cramps during Game 1, and it turns out he did strain his calf. He sat out Tuesday's practice as well as today's shootaround, and it sounds like Golden State is simply being extra cautious to avoid a long-term setback. It's unclear who will start in place of Durant, but Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw stand to gain the most in his absence. Daily Slant: Without Durant on the floor, Curry’s usage goes up 4.0% and his per-36 pace shoots up by 5.08 DK points to 54.23. He played 36 minutes last game, should do the same tonight, and he costs $8,600 on DK. If Durant goes, he could be limited in some capacity, keeping Curry as an elite option on tonight’s slate. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Stein: KD closer to doubtful
    The Warriors "are strongly weighing" whether to hold Kevin Durant out of Wednesday against the Blazers as a precaution, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This confirms a previous report saying the Warriors may opt to sit KD. They have been burned before with injuries in the playoffs when Stephen Curry struggled to stay healthy early in the postseason last year. If the Warriors do keep KD out, he'll have five full days to get right from a calf strain. With him out, it should be Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala picking up some extra minutes. The Warriors may go smaller with more Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark, too. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:32 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
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) questionable for G3
    J.R. Smith (hamstring) participated during Wednesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Thursday's Game 3 in Indiana.

    Advice: Smith was seen jogging and getting some shots up when media was allowed into the practice facility on Wednesday and didn't appear to be all that hampered by his left hamstring, so things are trending in a positive direction regarding his status for Game 3. Smith has said that he'll play if the Cavs medical staff clears him, but given that hamstring injuries have a tendency to flare up if a player is brought back too soon, Cleveland might want to play it safe considering they're already up 2-0. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) likely a game-time call
    Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not go through shootaround and will likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Durant was unable to practice on Tuesday, and given that this sort of injury can turn into a lingering issue, the Dubs may elect to play it safe and keep KD on the sidelines tonight. Matt Barnes (ankle) is also questionable to play, but he may be forced to gut it out tonight if Durant can't give it a go. Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala would likely pick up most of Durant's minutes if he does indeed hit the sidelines. For what it's worth, Sam Amick is reporting that KD is closer to doubtful for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 20 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 20 points in Tuesday's 99-91 Game 2 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: The series is all tied up at one win apiece, but it will shift to Utah for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday. Hayward is getting a lot of attention from the Clippers' best perimeter defender in Luc Mbah a Moute, and while he only shot 5-of-15 from the field, he hit all seven of his free throws with six rebounds, two assists and three triples in 39 minutes. He should flirt with 40+ minutes the rest of the way. George Hill added 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two triples, while Joe Johnson notched 13 points with one rebound, one assist and one steal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:26 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
  • 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
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 23 in Raptors win
    DeMar DeRozan hit 9-of-18 shots for 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's crucial 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their series at 1-1.

    Advice: DeRozan's numbers were a little better in Game 1, but he hit just 7-of-21 shots in that one, so he was clearly more effective tonight. The Raptors' great backcourt has been a little stifled by the Bucks' defensive-minded backcourt and Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee should be another great battle. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 2
    Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not practice on Tuesday and is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Dubs said that Durant dealt with some cramping in his left leg during their Game 1 win on Sunday, but apparently it was a bit more serious than that. There is some concern here with Durant sitting out practice, and if there's a chance of this turning into a lingering issue, Golden State may opt to play it safe. We'll have a better idea on his status for Game 2 based on what he's able to do during Wednesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Kelly Oubre (knee) will play Game 2 Wednesday
    Coach Scott Brooks says Kelly Oubre (knee) practiced with the team on Tuesday and will play in Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wizards held Oubre out of practice on Monday due to knee soreness, but it appears that was only precautionary. Oubre tallied 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 19 minutes in Game 1 on Sunday. Expect him to log around 20 minutes in Game 2 as well. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Iguodala very likely to re-sign with Warriors
    Andre Iguodala is expected to re-sign with the Warriors this offseason.

    Advice: Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are the pending free agents in Golden State that garner the most attention, but Iggy will also hit free agency this summer. However, much like KD and Curry, Iguodala is expected to remain with the Warriors. "The people that need to know, they know the situation, and there’s not going to be any issue," said Iguodala. "I don’t see it being a big problem at all. And here right now will probably be the best place." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 am
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) hopeful for Game 3
    J.R. Smith (left hamstring) said he will play in Game 3 vs. the Pacers if the Cavaliers let him.

    Advice: "If they let me play, I'll play," he said. "My leg ain't broke." The Cavs held him out of the second half, but he didn't need an MRI and walked out of the arena without a limp. "I wanted to play. They didn't want me to play," a clearly frustrated Smith added. It sounds like the Cavs were just being cautious, but don't be surprised if he misses some time since the Cavs have a 2-0 series lead. He will have a few days to rest up before Thursday's game. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 8:24 pm
  • LeBron James scores 25 points in Game 2 win
    LeBron James had a monster night in a 117-112 Game 2 win over Indiana, racking up 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and four steals in 42 minutes.

    Advice: LeBron is coming off the worst free throw percentage of his career during the regular season (67.4 percent), and he's even changed up his stance at the line with the help of Kyle Korver. However, it's still a work in progress as he hit just 3-of-6 freebies tonight. "Myself and Kyle, we kind have been brainstorming about it, how to get it to be more efficient," James said before the game. James also turned the ball over eight times tonight, but his DFS owners can't complain about a near triple-double with four steals and four blocks. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 7:34 pm
  • Lance Stephenson scores 13 points in Game 2
    Lance Stephenson scored 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting in Game 2 vs. the Cavaliers on Monday, adding four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: We saw good Lance and bad Lance tonight, and at one point coach Nate McMillan had to tell him to "calm down." He had the ball in his hands a ton just like Game 1 and made some good decisions for the most part, but coach McMillan made a mistake by putting him on Kevin Love on the defensive end in the second half -- the Cavs exploited that matchup several times and Stephenson picked up three fouls in the span of 90 seconds. He scored 16 points with seven rebounds and three assists in his previous outing, so he will continue to be a nice play in DFS until his price catches up to his production. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 7:13 pm
  • Paul George scores 32, Pacers lose Game 2
    Paul George scored 32 points in a 117-112 Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday.

    Advice: The Pacers fall to 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs, but the series now shifts to Indiana for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday. George logged 43 minutes tonight and will likely be over 40+ minutes in every game of this series. He had a couple of vicious dunks tonight and got some nice help from teammates Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young and Lance Stephenson, but their defense was their downfall tonight. George finished 10-of-20 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, adding eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four triples. He's been on another level for over a month. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 7:00 pm
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) won't return Monday
    J.R. Smith (left hamstring injury) will not return to Game 2 vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He can't catch a break this season. Smith looked visibly frustrated on the bench and the Cavs ruled him out very quickly. He's going to be re-evaluated after the game, so hopefully we'll get a better idea of the severity. Iman Shumpert started the second half and should see a nice bump in minutes along with Kyle Korver if Smith misses additional time in this series. Smith finished with three points and a turnover in 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 5:39 pm
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. (knee) sits out practice
    Kelly Oubre Jr. (knee) was held out of Monday's practice.

    Advice: According to coach Scott Brooks, Oubre is day-to-day with some soreness. The Wizards are off until Wednesday, so Oubre will hopefully be good to go. If he misses time, Bojan Bogdanovic would get a nice bump in minutes and could be back on the DFS radar as a punt. Oubre played 19 minutes in Game 1 on Sunday, scoring 11 points with three rebounds, one assist, one block, two steals and one triple. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 10:54 am
  • Pacers unlikely to change lineup
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan isn't expecting to shake up his lineup for Game 2 vs. the Cavaliers on Monday.

    Advice: "Right now, the rotation we have hasn't hurt us," McMillan said when asked if Lance Stephenson would start ahead of Monta Ellis. "I think it's been pretty good for us. With Lance coming in, we're bringing energy off the bench." Stephenson looked great in Game 1 with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes, and while he may continue to come off the bench, he's a nice low-priced option in DFS until further notice. He could be looking at 30+ minutes tonight if he has the hot hand again. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 6:40 am
  • Rockets beat Thunder as Harden posts 37/9/7
    James Harden finished Sunday's blowout Game 1 victory with a game-high 37 points on 13-of-28 FGs and 8-of-11 FTs, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and just two turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harden went 3-of-11 from downtown, but as usual he was unstoppable when attacking the rim -- his first eight makes all came in the restricted area. He also torched the Thunder in isolation sets because they insisted on switching big men in screen-and-rolls, which left Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Taj Gibson defending him on the perimeter. Harden has been impervious to most defensive schemes this season, but OKC will likely tweak their approach for Wednesday's rematch -- just watch the video linked below. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:34 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Evan Turner double-doubles in Game 1 loss
    Evan Turner posted a 12-point, 10-board double-double during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors, adding four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Turner was brought into the starting lineup to better matchup with Kevin Durant, and while KD still went off for 32 points, Turner performed admirably at the nearly impossible defensive task of trying to contain Durant. The Trail Blazers don't really have an obvious lockdown defender to put on KD, so Turner could be getting another start in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:17 pm
  • Otto Porter posts low-end line in Game 1 win
    Otto Porter scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting (3-of-3 from the line) on Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: While this wasn't the most impressive stat line from Porter, he displayed some excellent hustle throughout the contest, and he also had an impressive 23.3 defensive rebounding rate in this one. He should be able to produce a more diversified stat line during Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 1:27 pm
  • Evan Turner starting, Leonard to the bench
    Evan Turner will be in the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday, with Meyers Leonard coming off the bench.

    Advice: Terry Stotts will go with a small ball lineup featuring Noah Vonleh-Moe Harkless frontcourt pairing, but Leonard should still see a good amount of minutes with the second unit as the Trail Blazers use a committee approach to fill the void left by Jusuf Nurkic (leg). Turner likely won't be doing all that much tonight with both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum back in action. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:38 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
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 27 points in loss
    DeMar DeRozan made 7-of-21 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line for 27 points during a 97-83 loss to the Bucks in Game 1 on Saturday, adding eight rebounds and one assist in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The second half was a disaster all around for the Raptors. They scored just 32 points in the second half, including DeRozan's 1-of-8 from the field. Coach Dwane Casey obviously wasn't happy with the performance. "Our second half was just abysmal," Casey said after the game. "We didn't play with any pace, any rhythm." The Raptors are somehow now 0-9 in Game 1 of a first-round series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:34 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores seven points
    P.J. Tucker (illness) scored seven points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Not even P.J. Tucker could stop Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Raptors did have much better luck with their smaller lineup, so maybe we see more of it in Game 2 on Tuesday. Tucker still isn't going to get enough shots to be anything more than a DFS punt in tournaments. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:16 pm
  • LeBron James scores 32 in Game 1 victory
    LeBron James scored 32 points during a 109-108 Game 1 win over the Pacers on Saturday, adding six rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He was not looking for his shot early and didn't take his first attempt from the field until 2:32 left in the first quarter. After that miss, James went off with eight straight makes and just carried his team to victory. James has now won 18 consecutive games in the first round, and he's also won 12 straight postseason openers to tie him with Shaquille O'Neal for the longest streak in NBA history. This was his 12th 30-plus scoring, 10-plus assist postseason game, but you can expect several more in the next month. Playoff LeBron has arrived. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 3:35 pm
  • J.R. Smith gets 37 minutes vs. Pacers
    J.R. Smith scored six points with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Pacers in Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Despite numerous issues as a defender in the last month, coach Ty Lue leaned heavily on Smith to guard Paul George for most of his time out there. While George did light him up at times, Smith did contest for most of the shots and George was just locked in as a shooter. While Smith didn't do much on the stat sheet, he should have ample opportunity to improve in Game 2 on Monday. He's a viable punt in DFS. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 3:07 pm
  • Paul George scores 29 points in loss to Cavs
    Paul George scored 29 points during a 109-108 loss in Cleveland on Saturday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like he was going to put up at least 40 points, but George's first field goal in the fourth quarter didn't come until just 40 seconds were left in the game. The Pacers had the ball down one with 20 seconds left and George was handling the ball on the last possession, but LeBron James came to double and made it very clear they didn't want George to beat them on the last possession. "Anybody but Paul George could take that last one," James said in his post-game interview on ABC. PG-13 gave it up to C.J. Miles, but he couldn't connect to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead. George has been magnificent in March and April, so expect him to have some massive stat lines in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:58 pm
  • Still Ready: Lance Stephenson drops 16 points
    Lance Stephenson played 27 minutes off the bench against the Cavs on Saturday, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

    Advice: He was effective in the fourth quarter and had the ball in his hands much more than expected. Considering the starting five's struggles in pick-and-roll defense due to their lack of size at the guard spots, there's a very good chance we see Stephenson get in the 30-34 minute range for Game 2 on Monday. He'll be a popular DFS play. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:47 pm
  • Lowry, DeMar, Carroll, Ibaka & JV starting
    Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valancianas will start against Bucks for Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: DeRozan didn't exactly play well in the postseason last year, so he'll look to hit the ground running. Additionally, Valanciunas has not been very good lately, but he should be able to feast against Thon Maker down low. Expect to see plenty of P.J. Tucker off the bench. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:08 pm
  • P.J. Tucker will play; all Raptors available
    P.J. Tucker (illness) will play against the Bucks in Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: The Raptors are all set and have their whole squad ready to go. Tucker is expected to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo quite a bit, so he should find himself getting minutes in the upper 20s today. It'll be very interesting to see how Jonas Valanciunas fits in for the postseason, especially after he dominated last year. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 12:51 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
  • 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
  • P.J. Tucker (illness) probable for Saturday
    Coach Dwane Casey said that P.J. Tucker (illness) did not practice on Friday but is expected to play Saturday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Casey said that Tucker was sent home from the practice facility so that "he wouldn't contaminate anybody else." Casey acknowledged that he was also dealing with a bug, which apparently started with DeMar DeRozan. Kyle Lowry has it "a bit" as well. Something to keep an eye on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 10:56 am
  • Pacers never considered trading Paul George
    In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Pacers owner Herb Simon said that the team never seriously considered trading Paul George this season.

    Advice: Rumors were swirling near the trade deadline about the Pacers possibly moving George, but Simon says they were never close to pulling the trigger on a deal. "Basically, we were offered a lot of things. We didn’t even think of taking any of them. [President] Larry [Bird] will give you a better feel for it, but the answer is you can’t stop people from making offers. But it wasn’t any question of accepting any of them," said Simon. Indy remains committed to building around PG-13. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 6:46 am
  • Moe Harkless returns, shuns 3-point line
    Moe Harkless returned from a rest day to finish Wednesday's home loss with 11 points on 5-of-6 field goals and 1-of-5 free throws, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Harkless came in shooting 35.1 percent from deep, and he has a contract bonus of $500k if he finishes the regular season above 35.0 percent. Unsurprisingly, he did not attempt a 3-pointer tonight -- he said before that if the game were on the line with his team down three points, he would "pump fake it and try to draw a foul." With Portland's playoff seeding already determined and nothing at stake tonight, that was the logical answer. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 10:30 pm
  • James Harden drops 22nd triple-double
    James Harden turned in his 22nd triple-double in a 123-118 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Basically, Harden feels like you can rest when his season is over. Harden is the only player ever to score more than 2,000 points, hand out at least 900 dimes and pull down at least 600 boards in a season. Those stats made him the No. 1 player for eight-category leagues. It'll be a battle of MVP candidates with Harden against Russell Westbrook. Make sure you clear your schedule for Sunday night. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 9:54 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (quad) hits 7-of-9 shots
    Gordon Hayward (quad) made 7-of-9 shots for 14 points on Wednesday, adding two boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward could have sat out to rest his quad injury, but Utah was still battling for the No. 4 seed -- their victory shifted pressure to the Clippers, who had a later start-time tonight. All signs point to Hayward playing without limitations in the first round. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 9:19 pm
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