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  • Festus Ezeli hopes to play for Blazers
    Festus Ezeli is hopeful that he will have a chance to suit up for the Blazers next season.

    Advice: Ezeli never made an appearance for the Blazers this season and had cadaver ligament replacement surgery on his left knee back in March. He's been rehabbing his knee five times a week and is working on his range of motion, but he still has to monitor some swelling and is eating healthy to avoid putting on any extra weight. While it's unlikely that the Blazers will pick up their $7.73 million option on Ezeli for next season, hopefully he'll get another chance to play in 2017-18 if he can finally get his knee right. 26 minutes ago
  • JaVale McGee plays well yet again
    JaVale McGee scored 14 points with four rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been an amazing story all year and had a team-high +24 in the +/- stat. McGee has been instant energy and his rolls to the basket in this spread offense has been lethal. He'll be making plenty of highlights, and not for the silly reasons. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic gets 17 minutes in return
    Jusuf Nurkic returned to the lineup during a loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring two points with 11 rebounds, four assists and one block in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He made a big impact in the paint but Nurkic was not quite up to snuff on the conditioning side of things. He didn't have much life in his legs and he wasn't really doing much as a scorer. He'll have a couple days to get in better shape and should be in the 20s for minutes on Monday. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Marc Gasol hits game-winning shot in OT
    Marc Gasol hit a game-winning 12-foot runner with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to beat the Spurs 110-108 on Saturday, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one block, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.

    Advice: It was a very difficult shot over LaMarcus Aldridge to earn the win in one of the best games you'll see in the next two months (video in link below). Gasol did look a step slow for most of this game and seven turnovers is very unusual for him. Coach David Fizdale has clearly hitched his wagon to Gasol and is likely going to ask him to play 40 minutes every night when garbage time isn't a factor. Considering how much Mike Conley dominated, the Spurs may focus more on limiting him, which may open things up for Gasol. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • David Lee scores eight in 33 minutes
    David Lee made a spot start on Saturday, finishing with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was not very good in the starting lineup, posting a -15 in the +/- stat. Dewayne Dedmon should feel better for Tuesday's Game 5, so expect Lee to move back to his role of minutes in the teens. He did not score in Game 3. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Update: Rudy Gobert still doubtful to play
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gobert (knee) remains doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The questionable update from earlier today did seem a little odd and another report called him unlikely to play, so Gobert likely needs at least another game off. The Jazz haven't provided many encouraging notes on Gobert outside of a report he is walking without a limp. For now, expect Derrick Favors to log most of the minutes at center. Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood also should benefit, especially with no Blake Griffin (toe). Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 29 points in win vs. Wiz
    Paul Millsap torched the Wizards during the Game 3 116-98 victory, scoring 29 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in just 33 minutes.

    Advice: After battling through a knee injury earlier this month, it's safe to say he is back with this gem and a 27-point, 10-board game in Game 2. As great as the outing was, all the talk will be about how Markieff Morris called Millsap a "crybaby" on top of all the MMA talk leading up to this game. When Millsap found out about the comment, he had a little trash talk of his own. "I don't care. So what? Take his loss and go back to the hotel," Millsap said. The Hawks are about inconsistent as it gets for these playoff teams, but they sure can get hot in a hurry. All eyes will continue to be on the Millsap-Morris battle. Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable to face the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Interesting. An earlier report said he was unlikely to play and there has been very little encouraging news on Gobert since the day after his injury. The Jazz listed Derrick Favors as doubtful for almost a month last season, so don't put too much stock into this update. If he can go, this would obviously be a massive swing with him in and Blake Griffin (toe) out. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic will start, play limited minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) will start and play limited minutes in Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back. Nurkic went through warmups without an issue and will be out there to kick off his first playoff game. Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic's minutes will depend on how he's feeling, so he doesn't have a specific cap on his playing time. Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh will lose playing time. Yesterday, 6:09 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 10 in 26 minutes
    Serge Ibaka started at center against the Bucks during a Game 4 win on Saturday, making 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: His power forward minutes went completely away in this game with no minutes next to Jonas Valanciunas. Ibaka only played one minute next to Patrick Patterson, so he was out there with a lot of space on the offensive end. That led to a lot of jumpers, but he couldn't get them to fall. While this game wasn't eye-popping on the stat sheet, the new rotation is a favorable one for Ibaka going forward. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas shifts to a straight backup
    Jonas Valanciunas moved to the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He was a straight backup five man and didn't log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in this game. The Ibaka-JV lineups were crushed on the defensive end in the first three games with a 130.6 defensive rating, so coach Dwane Casey completely dropped it and it worked out in this win. Valanciunas is likely looking at around 20 minutes again in Game 5 on Monday. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) will not play vs MEM
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Dedmon has been starting and played 12.7 minutes per game in this series, so it's not the toughest hole to fill. The Spurs will likely divide those minutes to Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee. Davis Bertans could also be an option as the last man in the rotation, or maybe they go with more Kyle Anderson. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Woj Nurk Alert: Jusuf Nurkic a game-time call
    Jusuf Nurkic's status for Game 3 against the Warriors will be determined after he tests leg in pregame work on the court, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: He has gone through some non-contact portion of practice and is doubtful to play. Nurkic has said before he has super strength and he isn't feeling pain, so he does have a chance to play. Plus, the Blazers being in an 0-2 hole may help his chances to be out there. If he is cleared, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) unlikely for Game 4
    Rudy Gobert (knee) is unlikely to play in Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Sadly, this isn't a surprise for the Jazz and they'll continue to have to play Derrick Favors more minutes than they probably want to. Favors has looked gassed in the fourth quarter, playing 34.7 minutes per game in his last three. Jeff Withey has also been in the rotation and the Jazz do use Boris Diaw at the five. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles are also getting some added opportunity, and now the Jazz could go smaller a lot more now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic going through non-contact
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has gone through non-contact portions of practice in the past two days.

    Advice: He is still doubtful to play and not going through contact isn't the best sign. Pain tolerance was expected to be the biggest hurdle for Nurkic, so it's possible he can play on Saturday. If he is a go, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap. Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Confirmed: Norm Powell starting, JV to bench
    Norman Powell will indeed get the start and Jonas Valanciunas will come off the bench in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Today's starting lineup for the Raptors has not played together yet, so we're headed for a new frontier. Coach Dwane Casey is going to try to outscore the Bucks and live with Giannis Antetokounmpo having an advantage on the offensive side. JV's minutes may drop below 20 in this game, so he's a tough DFS player to trust. Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Blake Griffin (toe) to miss rest of playoffs
    Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe.

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

    Advice: The former No. 1 overall pick signed a two-year deal last July. However, he was injured in February and has yet to return to action. It's unlikely that Bargs ever returns to the NBA. He is expected to seek a new deal to stay in Europe. Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Blake Griffin (toe) status uncertain for Gm 4
    Blake Griffin (bruised right big toe) underwent an MRI and his status for Game 4 on Sunday is unknown.

    Advice: Griffin injured his toe after making a layup over Rodney Hood with just under four minutes left in the second quarter. He limped back on defense and slammed his fist into a chair when he got back to the bench, before heading to the locker room. He was subsequently ruled out for the second half. Fortunately, the X-rays were negative, but Griffin may still miss time. We're still waiting to hear word on the result of the MRI. "We should have more news [Saturday]," coach Doc Rivers said. "So we don’t know [how he is doing] is the answer." Check back soon for an update. Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Marreese Speights starts third quarter
    Marreese Speights started the third quarter against the Jazz on Friday, scoring eight points with two rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

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

    Advice: He just doesn't have it right now, but the Jazz really have no choice with Rudy Gobert (knee) out. Favors could see a slight hit in playing time, but he's still too risky to use in DFS unless his price drops on most sites. Friday, 9:54 pm
  • Steven Adams scores just four points
    Steven Adams scored four points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 26 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: He was able to play some important possessions late in the game, but coach Billy Donovan just isn't getting the same Adams as he got in the postseason last year. Maybe it's due to the matchup, maybe Serge Ibaka helped, or maybe he misses Kevin Durant's underrated defense next to him, but Adams isn't being trusted nearly as much. Donovan also went with a hot Taj Gibson over Adams at times in the fourth. Friday, 9:36 pm
  • Taj Gibson steps up with 20 points
    Taj Gibson scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 29 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: He played center for a good chunk of the time down the stretch and was very good on both ends. According to ESPN, Gibson held Harden to 1-of-5 from the field when he matched up against him, and OKC seemed fairly comfortable with a big on him today -- a big on Harden was their undoing in Game 1 and 2. Gibson's playing time seems fairly safe, especially since Steven Adams hasn't quite lived up to expectations. Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Blake Griffin (bruised big toe) out for game
    Blake Griffin (bruised right big toe) will not return to Friday's game.

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

    Advice: He looked to have a tweak to his lower leg after a drive to the basket. A report from Jazz radio says Griffin looked to say it's "worse than I thought" as he went back to the locker room. We'll see if he starts the second half. Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Al Horford scores 18 points vs. Bulls
    Al Horford scored 18 points with eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Bulls during a Game 3 win on Friday.

    Advice: It was easily his best game of this series. The Celtics going smaller more often opened up more pick-and-roll opportunities for Horford and more space for cutting, so coach Brad Stevens will likely continue to throw Horford out there with four smalls. After two disappointing games, Horford may start to show why the Celtics paid up to get him last summer. Friday, 7:00 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk takes a hit on playing time
    Kelly Olynyk scored five points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: His minutes took a sizable hit after he played 23.5 minutes per game in the first two games of this series. Olynyk was the 10th player to check in for the Celtics, so coach Brad Stevens made plenty of tweaks to his rotation. His role is a little unclear for Game 4. Friday, 6:49 pm
  • Amir Johnson gets just six minutes off bench
    Amir Johnson came off the bench for Game 3 on Friday, scoring two points with one assist in just six minutes against the Bulls.

    Advice: He was in the first half rotation, but he didn't really do much to earn more playing time in Game 4. The Celtics guards did a fine job on crashing the glass, so giving up that size wasn't too big of a loss with the added output on 3-pointers. Johnson likely won't play too much in Game 4 on Sunday. Friday, 6:46 pm
  • Amir Johnson is coming off the bench
    Amir Johnson will come off the bench against the Bulls for Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Based on how coach Brad Stevens talked up Jonas Jerebko's rebounding style, it's possible Johnson goes from starter in Game 2 to a DNP-CD in Game 3. Although, he may shift to being more of a straight backup to Al Horford. DFS players may want to steer clear of Amir and Jerebko here. Friday, 2:44 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) upgraded to doubtful
    Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) has been upgraded to doubtful for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Progress. Nurkic has said he's been pain free for over a week, but it sounds like he'll be out for at least one more game. Nurkic suffered the injury about a month ago, but non-displaced leg fractures have a wide range for a prognosis. If he's out again, Moe Harkless, Noah Vonleh, Al-Farouq Aminu and Meyers Leonard should soak up most of the minutes at the PF and C spots. Friday, 12:19 pm
  • Mahinmi (calf) to miss at least 2 more games
    Coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi (calf) has been re-evaluated and will miss at least two more games.

    Advice: Mahinmi initially injured his calf back on April 10th and has not been able to suit up since. Mahinmi will travel with the team to Atlanta, but will not have a chance to play until Game 5 back in D.C. on April 26. Starter Marcin Gortat will continue to log heavy minutes, and Jason Smith will see additional minutes off the bench as well. Friday, 9:23 am
  • Zach Randolph scores 21 points in win
    Zach Randolph scored 21 points in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale loved what he got out of Z-Bo and he called him "fantastic" after the game. "It just matters so much to him," Fizdale said. He added he was very happy he was able to coach Randolph, and he mentioned that Z-Bo never really asked him to start despite how Randolph came off the bench for 68 games during the regular season. It looks like Z-Bo is headed for 30 minutes in Game 4, so he's a viable DFS play. Thursday, 9:37 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas comes off bench in 2nd half
    Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench in the second half against the Bucks during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: If the Raptors didn't get blown out in the first half, chances are JV would've started in the second half. Still, he's only sitting at 22.0 minutes per game in these three 2017 playoff outings. This is a mild surprise after Valanciunas was fantastic before his injury in the 2016 playoffs. He'll probably be in the low 20s again on Saturday. Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 13 points in 27 minutes
    Kevin Love scored 13 points with six rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play in the final 14 minutes of this game as coach Ty Lue stuck with his bench guys to help LeBron James. Love was remarkably efficient in the first two games with his 88.7 true shooting percentage, but this time it was Channing Frye knocking down shots. Expect Love to get big minutes on Sunday, assuming no garbage time. Thursday, 7:28 pm
  • Cory Joseph starts 3Q for Jonas Valanciunas
    Cory Joseph started the third quarter for Jonas Valanciunas on Thursday.

    Advice: When you only score 30 points in the first half, it's time for a change. The Raptors are going to need threes in a hurry, so that likely explains the move. Thursday, 6:34 pm
  • Zach Randolph, James Ennis starting vs. SA
    Zach Randolph and James Ennis will start for JaMychal Green and Wayne Selden in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale said there could be lineup changes coming, and he's not messing around this time. The Grizzlies did have some luck with their Z-Bo lineups and really any change makes sense after they were thumped in the first two games. Expect Randolph to see minutes in the upper 20s. Thursday, 4:52 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (left knee) out for Game 3
    Rudy Gobert (left knee) is out for Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: The Jazz were lucky to get a 1-1 split in L.A. for the first two games, and a lot of it has to do with Derrick Favors being able to log 32.5 minutes per game. Besides Favors at the five, it's been Jeff Withey and even Boris Diaw picking up some extra minutes. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles have also stepped up as the Jazz go with more small-ball fours. Gobert should be considered doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday.Daily Slant: One of the most notable changes in Utah’s dynamic following Gobert’s injury has been Joe Johnson’s spike in usage; it’s climbed 7.8% to 27.4% according to our CourtIQ tool. He’s averaged 30.1 minutes per game he’s taken at least 14 shots in both contests, well above his average of 8.0 FGAs. With Gobert still sidelined, he’ll be a solid value option on the short slate. Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Kidd hopes to speed up Maker's development
    Jason Kidd is hopeful that having Thon Maker in the starting lineup during the playoffs will help speed up his development.

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

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

    Advice: "I love New York. I love New York," said Porzingis, who recently skipped his exit interview with Phil Jackson due to the "drama" surrounding the team. He plans to play for the Latvian national team this summer, contrary to the Knicks' desire, but at the end of the day he's still under a guaranteed deal until hitting restricted free agency in 2018. Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Ivica Zubac confident he'll become a starter
    Ivica Zubac is confident that he can start for the Lakers next season.

    Advice: "I know I can start. I already started a few games," he said. "I think going into training camp, I’m going to have to prove myself again and prove what can I do. Hopefully I’m going to work a lot. Hopefully I’m going to get a starting spot." Timofey Mozgov and Tarik Black are his only current competition, and Black isn't a lock to return, so the odds are good for Zubac. A strong offseason would go a long way to increasing his fantasy appeal. Wednesday, 10:46 pm
  • JaVale McGee goes off in 13 minutes vs. POR
    JaVale McGee was huge for the Warriors during Wednesday's Game 2 victory, making 7-of-7 shots for 15 points, five rebounds, four blocks and one steal in 13 minutes of action.

    Advice: Portland had no answer for McGee tonight. McGee made 6-of-6 shots in the first half alone and most of his baskets were alley-oop dunks off lobs. The Blazers really need Jusuf Nurkic (leg) to return as a presence in the paint. For now, McGee is just a risky DFS play given his low playing time. Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Paul Millsap gets 27 & 10 w/ full line Wed
    Paul Millsap posted 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in a losing effort on Wednesday, as the Hawks fell behind 2-0 in their first-round series vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Personal fouls were a huge theme in this game, with a total of 55 fouls called, and Millsap wound up shooting 14-of-15 from the FT line. His pseudo-rivalry with Markieff Morris should only serve as more motivation and he's a strong DFS option -- he's averaging just 11.0 field goal attempts through two games in the series, but is now a combined 23-of-26 from the charity stripe. Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Celtics could make a lineup change?
    Coach Brad Stevens hinted he could make a lineup change for Game 3.

    Advice: Amir Johnson has not been good and he didn't start the second half with Tyler Zeller taking his spot. The Celtics can't rebound right now, so it makes little sense to stick with Johnson if that continues. Jonas Jerebko could make sense to add more spacing on offense while still having decent size up front. Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Serge Ibaka says his ankle is feeling better
    Serge Ibaka said his sore ankle was feeling much better on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ibaka didn't appear to be limited by the ankle injury at all during Tuesday's Game 2 win when he put up 16 points, seven boards, six assists, two blocks and four triples through 36 minutes of floor time, so he should be just fine for Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee. Wednesday, 10:50 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 w/ seven rebounds
    Derrick Favors started at center in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Clippers, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Playing Favors at less than 100 percent for 33 minutes isn't ideal, but even though he was absolutely exhausted, he put in a pretty good shift tonight just like he did in Game 1. He finished 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line, and with Rudy Gobert's (knee) timetable to return still up in the air, the Favors should see 30+ minutes as long as his troublesome knee holds up. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Blake Griffin leads Clippers to Game 2 win
    Blake Griffin hit 11-of-21 shots and a 3-pointer for 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in Tuesday's crucial Game 2 99-91 win over the Jazz to tie the series at 1-1.

    Advice: Griffin's stat line wasn't exactly chock full of goodness, but he led his team in scoring, hit a 3-pointer and played pretty well on a night the Clippers desperately needed a win. Game 3 is in Utah on Friday and it doesn't sound like Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert is going to be likely for that one, which should mean more good things from Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Al Horford held to seven points
    Al Horford was held to seven points on 3-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to Chicago.

    Advice: Unlike Game 1 when he had 19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and one 3-pointer, Horford was held in check tonight and couldn't keep Robin Lopez off the offensive glass. He salvaged his night with 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block, but the Celtics need more from their $113 million big man for them to have any chance to turn this series around. On a side note, Horford did make a brief trip to the locker room with the team trainer, but he returned to the game and seemed fine. We'll be on the lookout for an update. Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Serge Ibaka plays well in Raptors win
    Serge Ibaka had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's big 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their first-round series at 1-1.

    Advice: This was basically a must-win game for the Raptors at home and Ibaka did most of his damage in the first three quarters. He was dealing with an ankle injury coming into this one but it looks like he feels great. Game 3 is in Milwaukee on Thursday night. Tuesday, 6:43 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) good to go for Game 2
    Serge Ibaka (ankle) is good to go for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Ibaka didn't appear limited at all while going through his pregame routine, so he shouldn't have any sort of restrictions tonight as the Raptors look to even up the series before heading to Milwaukee. Joining Ibaka in the starting five for Game 2 will be Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas. Tuesday, 3:27 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) on track to play Tuesday
    Dwane Casey said that Serge Ibaka (ankle) "should be good to go" for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

    Advice: The Raptors still want Ibaka to go through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but after going through shootaround without issue, it looks like Ibaka will be on the floor tonight. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status. Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (calf) out for Games 2 and 3
    Ian Mahinmi (calf) will miss at least another two games for the Wizards.

    Advice: "He said he was feeling better," said Scott Brooks. "He was shooting some free throws. I don't anticipate him anytime within the next game or so. Definitely not [for Game 2] and most likely not [for Game 3]." With Mahinmi on the sidelines, Jason Smith will continue to act as Marcin Gortat's primary backup. Maybe Mahinmi can get back on the court for Game 4 on Monday, April 24, but it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in any fantasy format. Tuesday, 2:14 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) walking without a limp
    Rudy Gobert (left knee) was seen walking without a limp on Tuesday.

    Advice: To be clear, Gobert will still miss Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers, and head coach Quin Snyder said he was hopeful to have him back "in a week or two," so Friday's Game 3 also seems a bit unlikely. Walking without a limp obviously isn't close to the sort of movement required to play in an NBA game, but at least he appears to be progressing in the right direction. Derrick Favors will start in Game 2, with Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Jeff Withey seeing an uptick in minutes. Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (leg) ruled out for Game 2
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) said he's still not ready and he will miss Wednesday's Game 2 vs. Golden State.

    Advice: There remains hope that Nurkic will be able to return at some point during Portland's first-round series, but given the way the Dubs won in Game 1, he might not have a ton of time to get out there. The Trail Blazers will continue to man the five-spot by committee in Nurkic's absence, with Noah Vonleh, Meyers Leonard, Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless all spending some time at center. Tuesday, 11:18 am
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) a GTD for Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka (ankle) went through shootaround this morning, but coach Dwane Casey said Ibaka will be a game-time decision for Game 2 on Tuesday night vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Ibaka tweaked his left ankle after landing on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1 and sat out Monday's practice. Ibaka had his ankle heavily taped on Tuesday, but the fact that he was able to participate in shootaround is a good sign. However, it appears we will have to wait until shortly before tip-off to have confirmation on his status. If Ibaka is unable to play, Jonas Valanciunas, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson will likely see an uptick in minutes. Casey might also choose to play Jakob Poeltl or Lucas Nogueira. Tuesday, 7:48 am
  • Porzingis would like to play for Latvia
    In an interview with, Kristaps Porzingis said he "absolutely" would like to play for Latvia's national team this summer.

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

    Advice: Z-Bo nearly helped the Grizzlies claw their way back from a 26-point deficit and shot 9-of-18 from the field, and with his team falling into a 2-0 series hole, he may move into the starting lineup for Game 3 on Thursday. If he does, Z-Bo would be a solid low-priced option in DFS because JaMychal Green hasn't given the Grizzlies much in this series. Monday, 10:07 pm
  • Zach Randolph starts the second half
    Zach Randolph and James Ennis started the second half of Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have to try something, as they're on the verge of their second straight blowout defeat -- they were trailing by 19 points at the half. JaMychal Green played just six minutes in the first half and will start the third quarter on the bench along with Wayne Selden. Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 27 points in Game 2 win
    Kevin Love was incredibly efficient in Game 2 vs. the Pacers on Monday, scoring 27 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 12-of-12 from the line.

    Advice: He also hit 3-of-4 triples and grabbed 11 rebounds with three assists and a block. The Pacers foolishly put Lance Stephenson on him for several possessions and they obviously paid the price. Tristan Thompson added four points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the Cavaliers, while Channing Frye scored three points in 13 minutes off the bench. Monday, 7:42 pm
  • Derrick Favors expected to start Tuesday
    Derrick Favors will draw the start in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers.

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

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

    Advice: "I felt good. It was my first time playing 30 minutes in a long time," he said. "I didn't have any pain in my knee, no discomfort. I was just a little fatigued." That last part might be an understatement, as he looked exhausted for much of the second half, but his strong effort helped Utah overcome Rudy Gobert's injury to steal a road win. With Gobert questionable for Game 2, Favors might be leaned on for big minutes once again. Monday, 11:24 am
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) expected to play Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka sat out Monday's practice with a sore ankle, but Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey is expecting him to play in Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "It’s day by day," said Ibaka, "I woke up this morning and was walking perfect." Ibaka tweaked his ankle coming down on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1, and while he acknowledged that it would be tough to suit up if the Raptors had a game today, he feels he'll be good to go by Tuesday. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Monday, 11:23 am
  • Steven Adams quiet in 118-87 road loss
    Steven Adams had six points, one assist, one steal and one block in 28 minutes on Sunday, adding five boards as the Thunder were out-rebounded 56-41.

    Advice: Taj Gibson added five points and one rebound in 21 minutes -- OKC's best rebounders tonight were their point guard (11) and small forward (seven). The Thunder didn't score a single second-chance point until 32 minutes into the game, while Houston feasted in that department, which is shocking considering the Thunder led the NBA in boards per game this season. Expect a much different effort in Game 2. Apr 16, 9:20 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk shoots 3-of-8 w/ full line Sun
    Kelly Olynyk shot 3-of-8 from the field for seven points on Sunday, but he also notched four rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics are a much tougher team when Olynyk is scoring the ball with the second unit, but tonight the bench combined to shoot 8-of-22 from the field (36.4 percent). Perhaps more than anything, they'll need Olynyk to use his size to battle the Bulls on the glass -- Chicago won the rebound battle 53-36 tonight. Apr 16, 6:47 pm
  • Al Horford's 19/8/7 not enough in Game 1 loss
    Al Horford had a strong all-around game vs. Chicago on Sunday with 19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and one 3-pointer, making 8-of-13 shots in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Horford scored Boston's final nine straight points to finish the first half, helping them stay within two points despite committing a ton of turnovers while giving up 16 offensive rebounds in the half. Horford played 40 minutes in a game just once during the regular season, but it looks like he's going to be extremely busy in the postseason. Apr 16, 6:46 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Rudy Gobert (left knee bone bruise) has not yet officially been ruled out for Game 2 against the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: While head coach Quin Snyder would not officially rule out Gobert following Sunday's practice, it would be quite shocking to see Gobert get back out there considering this kind of injury typically takes a multi-game absence. For what it's worth, Joe Johnson said that Gobert was "walking around" and "looked normal" on Sunday, so it does seem there's a chance he'll be able to get back out there at some point during Utah's first-round series. Stay tuned. Apr 16, 2:31 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 19 points w/out much else
    Paul Millsap went 5-of-8 from the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe on his way to 19 points during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Scoring wasn’t much of an issue for Millsap in this one, as he was ultra-aggressive at getting to the charity stripe, but unfortunately, he wasn’t really able to bring any other supporting stats to the box score with just two boards, one assist and four turnovers. He should be able to bounce-back with a more robust stat line in Game 2. Apr 16, 2:04 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (leg) ruled out for Game 1
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) will not play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He was originally considered questionable and the big man made it sound like he would play if it was up to him, but the Blazers training staff aren't ready to clear him just yet. Nurk is reportedly pain free, and head coach Terry Stotts said he was hopeful to get Nurkic back at some point during Portland's first-round series, so maybe he will return in time for Game 2 on Wednesday. Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu will likely all spend some time at center in this series. Apr 16, 10:28 am
  • Report: Rudy Gobert (knee) has a bone bruise
    An MRI on Rudy Gobert (knee) revealed a hyperextension and bone bruise in his left knee, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: This is good news for Gobert and he has no structural damage. However, a knee bone bruise usually results in a multiple-game absence, so Gobert should be considered doubtful for Game 2 on Tuesday for now. Obviously the Jazz have to be feeling a lot better with this news and earning a big win on Saturday despite Gobert going down on the first play. If Gobert can't play, Derrick Favors, Jeff Withey and Joe Johnson figure to help out the most. Apr 15, 10:42 pm
  • Derrick Favors plays 32 minutes, scores 15
    Derrick Favors started the second half for Rudy Gobert (knee) against the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was totally gassed at the end of this game and could barely get off the floor to go for a rebound. Since returning from injury on Apr. 7, Favors didn't play more than 21 minutes in those three games, averaging just 9.0 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 17.0 minutes. His legs are going to be feeling it tomorrow, and thankfully the Jazz are off until Tuesday. If Gobert is out, the Jazz will likely have to play Favors 30 minutes, which is almost certainly more than they planned. Apr 15, 10:21 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 points in loss
    Blake Griffin scored 26 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, six turnovers and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes during a Game 1 loss to the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He was hot in the first half with 20 points, but didn't have any field goal makes in the fourth quarter. The Jazz actually went small against Griffin and had Joe Johnson defend him for most of the fourth quarter. Despite his size, Griffin has struggled at times against smaller defenders, but it's still not enough to draw a conclusion here. Based on the playing time in this game, you can bet Griffin will get some serious burn in this series. Apr 15, 10:14 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (left knee sprain) getting an MRI
    Rudy Gobert (left knee sprain) is getting an MRI on Saturday night.

    Advice: He also had X-rays and the results were negative, so he didn't break anything. The Jazz are wasting no time to diagnose the league's best defensive center. In case you missed it, Gobert went down on the very first play of the game and he was ruled out later in the first quarter. Gobert took contact to the inner part of his knee and it may have caused a hyperextension. The Jazz should have an update on Gobert at some point on Sunday. If he's out, there is a ton of pressure on Derrick Favors and it turns out Joe Johnson is going to have to be a huge key with defense against Blake Griffin. Boris Diaw and Jeff Withey will also have to help out. Apr 15, 9:30 pm
  • Woj: Kristaps Porzingis taking a long trip
    Kristaps Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: President Phil Jackson threw Carmelo Anthony under the bus and it would appear Porzingis is not happy about it. According to ESPN, KP wasn't at exit interviews because of "drama" surrounding the franchise. The Knicks continue to make news during the postseason despite not being in the playoffs. Apr 15, 9:07 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee sprain) out for game
    Rudy Gobert suffered a left knee sprain in the first quarter on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Ugh. Just 20 seconds into Rudy Gobert's playoff career, he is ruled out for the night. Gobert's left knee collided with Luc Mbah a Moute, and Gobert did need some help to the locker room. Considering he was ruled out in the first quarter, Gobert is likely going to get an MRI. With him out, it'll be a major team effort with Jeff Withey, Derrick Favors, Boris Diaw and maybe even Trey Lyles having to step up. The Jazz will also have to go small a ton, which isn't exactly good news against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Apr 15, 8:13 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores postseason career-high 32
    Marc Gasol scored a playoff career-high 32 points during a 111-82 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: His previous high was 26 points, but it still wasn't enough. Coach David Fizdale said Gasol and Mike Conley were going to have to step up in a big way, but it looked like coach Gregg Popovich coached up his guys to be more aggressive against Gasol on defense. The Grizzlies are just not as good as the Spurs, but at least Gasol is going to get his in this series. Apr 15, 7:43 pm
  • Z-Bo gets thumped in loss to Spurs
    Zach Randolph scored six points with three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Yeah, that's not good. Randolph made just 3-of-13 from the field and he was somehow -39 in the +/- stat during his time out there. Before the game, coach David Fizdale mentioned Z-Bo as the No. 3 option for the Grizzlies, which makes sense because the lineups with Randolph and Marc Gasol had a lot of success against the Spurs during the regular season. Still, this series looks like it'll be ugly. Apr 15, 7:41 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points with 14 boards
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with 14 rebounds, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was Toronto's best defender in this game and served as the backbone of the defense at times. Ibaka was very successful as a five man with OKC in the postseason last year and coach Dwane Casey has used him a bunch in that role in the last two months, so expect him to play minutes in the upper 30s in this series. Maybe Casey puts Ibaka on Giannis Antetokounmpo more often. Apr 15, 6:24 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores nine points
    Jonas Valanciunas scored nine points with nine rebounds and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been a shell of himself since the Serge Ibaka deal, but not having his buddy Kyle Lowry out there hurts his productivity. Valanciunas was dynamite in the playoffs last year, but he was dominated for most of his minutes against Greg Monroe. Playoff JV probably won't be making as many appearances this year compared to last year. Apr 15, 6:20 pm
  • Kevin Love gets hot early, cools late
    Kevin Love scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He scored 10 points in the first quarter and five in the second, but the Cavs went away from Love later in the game. The Cavs did only roll with Love as the lone big man for just one minute during this game, so that'll be something to watch as the postseason moves along. Apr 15, 3:20 pm
  • Brogdon, Snell, Maker starting in Game 1
    Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Tony Snell, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker will start against the Raptors in Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: It's hard to believe a second-round pick, Snell and a major project like Maker would be a playoff starting lineup, but Giannis is just that good. Maker will almost certainly be on a short leash, especially if Jonas Valanciunas gets going. Apr 15, 1:08 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (leg) listed as questionable
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) is listed as questionable to face the Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: His status remains the biggest mystery of the postseason. Nurkic said that if it is up to him, he would be able to play. He said he's pain free, which is expected to be the biggest hurdle for him to get cleared. Still, the Blazers training staff may want to be careful on Nurkic and he would likely be limited in his first game back. If he can't go, it'll be Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu holding down the fort at the five. Aminu would likely be the five man against the Warriors' Mega Death Lineup. Apr 15, 11:39 am
  • Ivica Zubac not locked in as starter
    Coach Luke Walton said there would be an open competition for the Lakers starting center spot in training camp.

    Advice: The Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov to a four-year, $64-million deal last June, but benched him during the second half of the season. Ivica Zubac started ten games in March before a high ankle sprain sidelined him for the year. Zubac averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in those 10 starts. "I didn’t expect to play as much this season as I played. As soon as I got my chance, I showcased my skill and tried to help my team," said Zubac. "I know I can start." This will be a position battle to keep an eye on in October. Apr 15, 9:28 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic likely a GTD for Game 1
    Jusuf Nurkic said he has been making progress but is unsure if he will be cleared to play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: "I feel better and I’ve made good progress, but we still haven’t decided if I’m going to play," Nurkic said. "If it was up to me, I’d play right now." It's hard to overstate the impact Nurk has had on the Blazers since his arrival via trade from Denver. Portland went 18-8 after the All-Star break, with Nurkic averaging 15.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.2 steals. Apr 15, 6:16 am
  • ESPN: Kristaps Porzingis frustrated w/ drama
    Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings on Friday "due to frustration over dysfunction, drama" surrounding the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

    Advice: Oh boy. President Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony would be "better off somewhere else" and several other comments earlier today, so apparently Porzingis wasn't a fan. Porzingis also favorited Melo's "REALLY" post following Jackson's comments. It turns out publicly taking shots at your franchise player isn't the best way to make other players feel good about the front office. The Knicks are a disaster right now. How's it goink? Apr 14, 5:39 pm
  • Stotts: Jusuf Nurkic's status is undetermined
    Coach Terry Stotts says Jusuf Nurkic's (leg) status for Game 1 is "undetermined."

    Advice: The Blazers were hoping to get a clearer picture on when Nurkic could get back out there, but it may not happen today. Nurkic has been doing some shooting and he did say he was pain-free. Pain tolerance is expected to be the biggest hurdle for Nurkic, so there's a chance he could be giving it a go. The Blazers will need him badly after Kevin Durant torched the Blazers at the rim in the season series. Apr 14, 2:03 pm
  • Porzingis ready to handle bigger role
    Kristaps Porzingis said he would be ready if asked to take on a bigger role in the Knicks offense next season.

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

    Advice: "I’ll be doing a little bit of something I haven’t done before that’s not attached to basketball maybe that will help my game,’’ Porzingis said. "I’ll experiment a bit over the summer.’’ He said the top priority is to hit the weight room, so the Knicks will be hoping for a more muscular unicorn next season. He could have a major third-year breakout. Apr 13, 12:47 pm
  • Zach Randolph returned to action on Wednesday April 12. Apr 12, 11:40 pm
  • Derrick Favors logs 21 minutes vs. Spurs
    Derrick Favors came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 21 minutes vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Favors said recently that he's 100 percent confident in the health of his knee, which is music to the ears of Jazz fans. It's hard to take him at his word given all of his setbacks this season, but he did look relatively spry in limited action tonight. Presumably the Jazz will continue to bring him off the bench in the playoffs, for a first-round battle vs. the Clippers, which would help limit his minutes as he works his way back into the mix. Apr 12, 9:18 pm
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