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  • Rudy Gobert (knee) listed as probable
    The Jazz listed Rudy Gobert (mild left ankle sprain) as probable to face the Clippers in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He said he is going to play and coach Quin Snyder had some comments about Gobert suiting up. "There will be some carry over from that [ankle injury]. He was hurting enough to not be effective," Snyder said. "He didn’t finish the game, so hopefully it’s a quick turn, but sometimes those things in the course of a day or a day-and-a-half, you improve. He knows what’s at stake." Gobert may be somewhat limited, but his rim protection may be the most important factor in Game 7. The Clippers relentlessly attack the rim when he's off the court. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:50 pm
  • Marc Gasol wants to work on rebounding
    Marc Gasol said his main goal this offseason is to work on his rebounding.

    Advice: "Obviously, rebounding is an issue for me," Gasol said. He's actually not bad at getting a rebound when he has a chance, but the stats say he's out of position a lot. Among the 176 players to log at least 24 minutes per game, Gasol ranked 41st in contested rebounding percentage, but he ranked just 91st in rebounding chance percentage. In other words, he should improve on getting better position before the shot hits the rim than after it. If Gasol can add 104 treys this season to his previous career total of just 12, maybe he can increase his boards from 6.4 per game in 2016-17 to closer to 10 in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:16 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 1
    Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 1 against the Celtics.

    Advice: The Wizards haven't missed him too much. Jason Smith has been serviceable as a backup center to go with his PF minutes, and the Wizards have gone with Markieff Morris at the five on occasion. Marcin Gortat may have a tough time on Al Horford and all the pick-and-roll action the Celtics will be running. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:08 pm
  • Bobby Portis played through a foot burn
    Bobby Portis played through a third-degree foot burn for the last two months.

    Advice: He said he burned his foot on a heat pack back on Mar. 4. This isn't "Rajon Rondo fell in the shower" strange, but it's still an odd injury. "The heat pack burned me before the game," Portis said. "I was actually on the [trainer's] table. I couldn't feel it. I had my headphones in, but I didn't feel [the pack] burn through. ... Ever since then, it's been hurting." Portis said he didn't reveal the injury because he didn't want to lose his minutes, so maybe that explains the inconsistent play -- probably not. He'll have added opportunity next year, especially if the Bulls don't bring back Nikola Mirotic. Portis is not planning to play in Summer League to defend his title. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:28 pm
  • Paul Millsap admits to likely opting out
    Paul Millsap admitted he will "most likely" opt out of his player option.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall for this one as Millsap looks to get one more big pay day. He did say he loved Atlanta, but a lot of teams will likely be after the 32-year-old Millsap. He was in what was close to a perfect spot for his stat output, so a change of scenery would likely hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:57 am
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) says he'll play in Game 7
    Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with a mild left ankle sprain but said he is "good to go" for Game 7 on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Gobert tweaked his ankle in the third quarter of Game 6 on Friday night, but was able to return in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, it appears to be only a minor injury, as there is a short turnaround for Game 7. The Jazz will likely need Rudy to dominate the paint on both ends of the floor if they hope to go on the road and knock off the Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:30 am
  • Paul Millsap uncertain regarding his option
    Paul Millsap said he would "take some time" before deciding whether or not to exercise his player option.

    Advice: "These last four years have been great. Can't ask for nothing more," said Millsap. "Now I will take some time, relax and see what happens." He has a $21.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season. However, he'll have the opportunity a sign a new deal for well over $100 million thus summer, so opting out is a no-brainer. The only real question is whether he chooses to re-sign with the Hawks or land elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:40 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas content to come off bench
    Jonas Valanciunas said he is content coming off the bench as long as the Raptors keep winning.

    Advice: Toronto got a big boost during their first round matchup with Milwaukee when they replaced Valanciunas with Norman Powell in the starting lineup. Down 2-1 at the time, the Raps went on to win three straight games and close out the series in six, thanks in part to Powell's strong play. "I’m good. I don’t feel bad if I don’t start," said Valanciunas. "I’ve just got to do my job. As long as we’re winning — I’ve been saying that a long time — as long as we’re winning I’m OK." It will be interesting to see if coach Dwane Casey sticks with the same starting five vs. Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:11 am
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) fine for Game 7
    X-rays were negative on Rudy Gobert (left ankle) and he will be fine for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: An ankle tweak in the second half did limit Gobert in the fourth quarter. The training staff gave him some treatment on the bench in the final minutes of the game, but he was also able to play through it earlier in the fourth. Gobert may not be 100 percent, but coach Quin Snyder isn't likely to cap his star big man. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 13 with 18 boards
    DeAndre Jordan scored 13 points with 18 rebounds and seven turnovers against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: With five seconds left, he got switched onto Joe Johnson for the last meaningful Jazz possession and forced Johnson to fade away to have his potential game-tying trey fall short. Jordan has a double-double in all six games this series and is the only player with that total in the NBA during these playoffs. With Blake Griffin out, Jordan's opportunity is massive. Of course, a lot hinges on Rudy Gobert (ankle) being healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Rudy Gobert tweaks ankle in Game 6
    Rudy Gobert played 33 minutes against the Clippers on Friday, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He looked to tweak a left ankle and had some treatment from the training staff in the fourth quarter. Gobert didn't look right in the third quarter, but this injury doesn't look as bad as his left knee sprain from the first possession of this series. He'll probably be on the injury report for Game 7 on Sunday. This new injury being on the same leg doesn't help, but there's a good chance Gobert is out there. The Jazz missed him badly late. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Al Horford scores 12 points in win
    Al Horford scored 12 points with six rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: After the game, he said the spread lineup was key and it made their offense harder to guard. The Celtics leaned heavily on Horford as a roll man since the lineup change, so expect that to be a staple against the Wizards. Although, the Bulls were not good in switches on that play. Horford playing well could be the difference. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Jason Smith (left calf) gets some C minutes
    Jason Smith (calf) played 11 minutes against the Hawks with two rebounds and three fouls.

    Advice: He was tested early due to Marcin Gortat getting in some foul trouble. Smith had some fine rim protection during this game and his ability to play both big-man spots is very helpful to coach Scott Brooks, especially with Ian Mahinmi (calf) on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 points vs. Hawks
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He bookended this series with a terrific Game 1, terrible games leading up to tonight, and just bringing it on both ends in this series-clinching win. Moving forward, the NBA is going to have to look at an incident with Morris leaving the bench. Bradley Beal landed awkwardly and did turn around to confront Kent Bazemore, so Morris left the bench just after the contact. Morris did back away when things were escalating, so he should be OK. If Morris plays like this against the Celtics, the Wizards could be a problem. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Marcin Gortat gets just 18 minutes
    Marcin Gortat scored two points with seven rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Early foul trouble hurt his playing time here, but he did play well besides that. The NBA is going to have to look at an incident with Gortat leaving the bench. Bradley Beal landed awkwardly and did turn around to confront Kent Bazemore, so Gortat did leave the bench and was about halfway to the basket. The NBA will have to determine if Gortat was going to look at Beal regarding a possible injury, or if it was due to the confrontation. For what it's worth, Gortat did back away before things got heated. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 31 points in loss to Wiz
    Paul Millsap scored 31 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block, four steals, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes during a season-ending 115-99 loss to the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: After a down regular season, Millsap really came through against the Wizards, but he didn't get enough help in the frontcorut. In the six games, he averaged 24.3 points, 9.3 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 treys. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and will be getting a lot of interest in the market. Millsap is already 32, so teams signing him to four years likely will not enjoy the last year of that contract. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Dwight Howard doesn't show up in Game 6
    Dwight Howard scored nine points with seven rebounds, one assist two steals and five turnovers in 23 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Not good. Howard has been neutralized for most of this series and just didn't have energy. The Hawks frequently didn't close with Howard once they acquired Ersan Ilyasova and had a healthy Paul Millsap, so there's a decent chance his minutes and production see a hit next year. Howard did see a minutes decrease compared to last season, but he put up similar numbers. He'll be 32 in December. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Speights to the bench
    Mo Speights will move to the bench on Friday for Game 6 against the Jazz.

    Advice: He has not been very good on the defensive end and the Jazz have held their defensive integrity with Speights out there spreading the floor. He could be a DNP-CD. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • Jason Smith (left calf) will play vs. Hawks
    Jason Smith (left calf) will play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He got some shots up pre-game and is calf contusion doesn't sound like it'll affect him too much. Considering how Markieff Morris has picked up five fouls in each of the last four games, this is big for the Wizards. Smith is getting some minutes at the five and he's also done really well next to the other non-Morris starters. Morris' upside in DFS takes a hit here, but he's still in play in hopes he bounces back. Smith is still a risky DFS play, unless you want to bet against Morris. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Zach Randolph's goal is to stay
    Unrestricted free agent Zach Randolph said his goal is to stay with the Grizzlies next season.

    Advice: After Z-Bo hopped around on four different teams from 2007 to 2009, he's been with the Grizzlies since 2009. Randolph's style play has become part of the culture in Memphis and he's very active in the community. He also has a good rapport with coach David Fizdale, so the 35-year-old big man is likely staying put. He won't be worth drafting in standard leagues next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 6
    Coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi (calf) will not play in Game 6 vs. the Hawks and that he is unlikely to play in Game 7 if the Wizards win on Friday.

    Advice: Mahinmi has battled injuries all year and has been unable to get back on the court since straining his calf in the Wizards' second-to-last game of the regular season. Jason Smith (calf) may also miss Game 6, which means Marcin Gortat would be forced to log heavy minutes once again. The Wiz may also ask Markieff Morris to play come minutes at the center spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 am
  • Jason Smith (calf) remain GTD for Game 6
    Jason Smith (calf) says he is "feeling good" and went through shootaround but remains a game-time decision for Game 6 Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Smith exited Game 5 on Wednesday due to a left calf contusion and is attempting to work his way back. He told reporters after shootaround Friday morning: "Hopefully I'll be to go tonight." If Smith is unable to suit up, Marcin Gortat will likely be asked log close to 40 minutes, just as he did in Game 5. Markieff Morris and Bojan Bogdanovic might also see an uptick in playing time if the Wiz choose to go small. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Clippers hope to re-sign Blake Griffin
    The Clippers are committed to signing Blake Griffin to a long-term contract this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Despite a rash of injuries in recent years that have derailed him in the postseason, Griffin is still just 28 years old and supremely skilled. The current core of Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan has yet to get over the hump; however, losing a player as talented as Griffin in his prime and having nothing to show for it would be devastating to the franchise. The safest course of action may be re-signing Blake and then trading him down the line if the results remain unsatisfactory. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 18 points in loss
    Marc Gasol scored 18 points with five rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 45 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies did get away from the heavy usage of Gasol in the post in the last two games, but the Spurs were able to make an adjustment to limit him with more physicality. Coach David Fizdale played Gasol a whopping 41.4 minutes per game in the last five games, and Gasol's minutes held steady at 34.2 per game during his 74 regular season outings. Considering the major concerns about his foot fracture heading into this season, this year was a win for Gasol, especially with how he added some 3-point shooting. He's 32, but his style of play should translate for a few more years. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:35 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 13 points in 38 minutes
    Zach Randolph played 38 minutes in the starting lineup during a loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: After Randolph played just 24.5 minutes per game in the regular season, coach David Fizdale leaned heavily on his guy a ton during this series with 32 minutes per game. Randolph is going to be a free agent this summer, but the Grizzlies have to be a heavy favorite to bring him back. He may even have a statue outside of FedEx Forum one day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:35 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores six points in 17 min
    Jonas Valanciunas scored six points with five rebounds, one assist and no fouls in 17 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He played 9.7 minutes in the first quarter, but disappeared after that with no points in the final three frames and only 2.1 minutes in the fourth quarter. Moving forward, Valanciunas averaged a double-double against the Cavs during his 26.5 minutes per game over the four outings, so maybe he can earn more run in that series. He did not log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in any of the final three games of this series, so that's not a great sign. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Thon Maker blocks five shots
    Thon Maker blocked a career-high five shots against the Raptors on Thursday, adding two points, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 13 minutes.

    Advice: The rim protection has been the story for Maker, who had 1.8 blocks per game in his previous five postseason outings. Considering he was one of the most raw players to be taken in the lottery in quite some time, the Bucks have to be pleased with his development. He had a couple eye-opening games at Summer League last year, so maybe he'll be back there again. Maker will be on the radar in the last couple rounds next season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:08 pm
  • Stevens happy with Amir taking DNP-CDs
    Coach Brad Stevens said Amir Johnson has been a "total team guy" for picking up two DNP-CDs in a row.

    Advice: Stevens told Johnson before the games that the plan was to DNP-CD him, and Johnson said he understood. Much like the Raptors, the Celtics have gone with more small-ball lineups to lock up the perimeter better on the defensive end while helping the spacing on offense with their Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford PNR pet plays. Johnson will almost certainly be a DNP-CD again. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:51 pm
  • Porzingis wants NYK coaches in Latvia
    Kristaps Porzingis wants Knicks assistant coach Joshua Longstaff as an assistant with the Latvian national team this summer.

    Advice: Longstaff has been an assistant coach since the Derek Fisher days and he also worked with Porzingis last summer. Porzingis has said he will try to come back to NY when he can, but he won't be setting a date. The Carmelo Anthony drama will be the main story for the Knicks this summer, but there will be plenty of KP rumors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call
    Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call for Game 6 in Atlanta on Friday.

    Advice: He suffered a left calf contusion during Wednesday's Game 5 and wasn't able to return. He's considered day-to-day and received treatment on Thursday instead of practicing. We'll have a better idea of his status after Friday's morning shootaround. If he's out, Marcin Gortat will have to play more and the Wizards may have to use smaller lineups with Markieff Morris logging some center minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:24 am
  • Joakim Noah undergoes successful surgery
    Joakim Noah had surgery to repair his rotator cuff in his right shoulder on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was reported over two weeks ago that Noah would need surgery, but after evaluating other treatment plans, he listened to the doctors and finally opted for surgery. According to head coach Jeff Hornacek, his recovery time will be approximately five months which means he will be targeting a return around training camp. Even if he's ready to go for opening night, the oft-injured big man still has to serve the remainder of his suspension for a drug violation back in March -- he has 12 games left on his initial 20-game suspension. Willy Hernangomez is the center that fantasy owners will want to spend a draft pick on in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:26 am
  • Kelly Olynyk w/ playoff career-high 14 points
    Kelly Olynyk finished Wednesday's Game 5 victory with a playoff career-high 14 points on 5-of-9 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, adding five rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics bench was critical tonight, especially with the starting unit going cold throughout the first half. Olynyk made his jumpers, played strong defense, set picks, and basically did everything required of him on both ends. He earned his minutes tonight. It's worth noting that Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller and Jaylen Brown all picked up DNP-CDs -- considering the Celtics won the game, 108-97, it seems unlikely that we'll see them in Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Markieff Morris struggles with fouls...again
    Markieff Morris struggled with fouls yet again on Wednesday, contributing eight points, five boards and one block with five personal fouls in 20 minutes.

    Advice: With former VP Joe Biden in attendance, the Wizards held on for a tense 103-99 victory, giving them a 3-2 edge in the series. Morris is averaging 5.0 fouls in just 23.3 minutes over the past four games, and he's shooting 33.3 percent in that span. The Wizards will need more from him going forward, especially if Jason Smith (calf) is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:41 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores five points in 39 mins
    Marcin Gortat scored five points in 39 minutes during Game 5, grabbing 10 rebounds with three blocks and one assist to help the Wizards hold on for a victory.

    Advice: Gortat attempted his first free throws of the series midway through the fourth quarter, after playing 163 postseason minutes with zero attempts. That fact played to the Hawks' advantage since Gortat is a career 67.9 percent shooter from the line, and he was even worse this season (to his credit, he made 3-of-4 tonight). He's found different ways to contribute in the playoffs, but over the past three games he's averaging a mere 3.0 points on 3-of-14 shooting, which is brutal for DFS purposes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:34 pm
  • Paul Millsap posts 21 & 11 in Game 5 defeat
    Paul Millsap notched 21 points (8-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes during the Hawks' loss in D.C. on Wednesday.

    Advice: Millsap has been a major problem for the Wizards throughout this series, but that hasn't stopped Markieff Morris from continually insulting him -- he even labeled Millsap a 'crybaby', and the Wizards' in-house music played the Rugrats theme song when he checked into the game late. That ridiculous sub-plot aside, Millsap has provided the same All-Star caliber play we've come to expect. It'll be interesting to see what the 32-year-old forward commands in free agency this summer, since he'll almost certainly turn down his $21.5 million player option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Dwight Howard quiet again offensively in Gm 5
    Dwight Howard followed up Monday's big game with five points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block during a Game 5 loss in Washington.

    Advice: Dwight struggled with fouls throughout the game and he finished just 2-of-3 from the field and 1-of-4 from the FT line. He shot 63.3 percent from the field this season and Atlanta needs more from him to climb out of a 3-2 series deficit -- if you ignore Game 4, Dwight is averaging 5.8 points in the series. For what it's worth, his hard fall during Game 3 hasn't limited him whatsoever. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:24 pm
  • Jason Smith (bruised calf) exits Wednesday
    Jason Smith didn't return after exiting Wednesday's game in the second half with a left calf contusion, finishing with five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Smith crashed into the basket stanchion prior to exiting. He jogged into the locker room but had his left leg iced when he returned to the bench, and we'll have to wait for updates before determining his status for Game 6 on Friday. If he misses more time, Marcin Gortat's minutes should increase and the Wizards will be forced to run plenty of small lineups. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:29 pm
  • Nuggets expect to sign Plumlee
    General manager Tim Connelly said Mason Plumlee "is going to be a huge piece of our core."

    Advice: Connelly said he's still happy with the Jusuf Nurkic and Plumlee deal, which is part of the reason the Nuggets didn't make the playoffs. The Blazers were happy to let Plumlee go because of his upcoming restricted free agency, but the Nuggets do look like they want to sign him. He'll be backing up Nikola Jokic, especially after the Jokic-Plumlee lineups were not working later in the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi still out for Game 5
    Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 5 against the Hawks.

    Advice: He is hoping to be available at some point in this series, but there hasn't been much progress. Marcin Gortat has been a major factor and has been able to negate Dwight Howard in three of the four games, so he figures to get a long look in the starting lineup again. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Nick Collison says he plans to play for sure
    Nick Collison said he plans to play next season "for sure."

    Advice: His contract is up, so the 36-year-old forward may be moving on from OKC. He's been with this franchise since its Seattle days and has been a veteran presence despite only playing in a grand total of 128 minutes this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:01 pm
  • Enes Kanter will work on expanding his range
    Enes Kanter said he will work on developing a 3-point shot this offseason.

    Advice: Adding a 3-point stroke to his arsenal would be nice for Kanter's fantasy value, but he might also want to focus on improving as a defender. As long as Kanter is inept on defense, he likely won't average much more than 20 minutes a night, and therefore, won't be much more than a late-round guy in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:58 am
  • Taj Gibson would like to remain in OKC
    Taj Gibson said it would be his preference to re-sign with the Thunder as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "The goal is to try to stay. I would like to stay, but we have to wait and see. I love playing here in OKC," said Gibson. Gibson was a nice fit in OKC, but the Thunder will essentially go into this offseason with zero cap space after giving massive extensions to Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams, so Gibson will likely be wearing a different jersey next year unless he's willing to play for the minimum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 am
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) plays two minutes
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) returned from a one-game absence in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday, scoring one point with three boards in two minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Dedmon has played well in his limited role all season, but this series doesn't suit him. He will likely have a larger role in Round 2 if the Spurs can take care of business against Memphis, but he's not worth deploying in fantasy leagues until further notice. Expect David Lee to make his third straight start in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 17 in loss to Spurs
    Marc Gasol hit 6-of-12 shots for 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, zero steals, zero blocks and zero 3-pointers in 41 minutes in Tuesday's Game 5 116-103 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Gasol has been good for plenty of 3-pointers and blocked shots this season, but they weren't there tonight against San Antonio. He had 12 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in his previous game, a Grizzlies win, but didn't quite have it in this one. The Grizzlies will be looking for him to be on top of his game on Thursday, but if Gasol isn't rolling, along with Mike Conley, the Grizzlies' season could be ending that night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Enes Kanter plays three minutes in loss
    Enes Kanter played just three minutes in Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Rockets and finished scoreless on 0-of-2 shooting.

    Advice: After a solid regular season with averages of 14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.5 blocks on 54.5 percent shooting in 21.3 minutes, Kanter only played 9.0 minutes per game in the series against Houston because he was a huge defensive liability. He has a couple years left on his deal and should reprise his role as the first big off the bench for the Thunder in 2017-18 unless they decide to go in a different direction. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi says he's ahead of schedule
    Ian Mahinmi indicated that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from his strained left calf, and he hopes to return at some points during Washington's first-round series against Atlanta.

    Advice: Mahinmi still hasn't been able to practice with the team, so him getting back out there for Wednesday's Game 5 seems unlikely, but maybe he can get back out there for Friday's Game 6 in Atlanta. Jason Smith will continue to act as Marcin Gortat's primary backup for however long Mahinmi is on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) to play Tuesday
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) said that he is fully recovered and will be available to play in Game 5 vs. Memphis on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dedmon missed Game 4 on Saturday due to a stomach bug but was able to practice on Monday. "I’m feeling a lot better, I can tell you that," Dedmon said. Dedmon started each of the first three games of this series but averaged only 12.7 minutes per contest. David Lee will likely get bumped back to the bench with Dedmon returning for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:25 am
  • Millsap scores 19 w/ 9 boards and 7 dimes
    Paul Millsap flirted with a triple-double in Monday's Game 4 win over the Wizards, scoring 19 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple.

    Advice: Markieff Morris called him a "crybaby" after Game 3, so this victory had to feel good and Millsap said on Sunday that he has enjoyed the banter so far. "It’s fun. I’m enjoying this. It’s been an interesting series," he said. "It’s also been one of the most fun series I’ve been a part of. I’m enjoying every minute of it." Millsap has been dominant in this series and was averaging 25.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his previous three games, so it's easy to see why Hawks owner Tony Ressler said this week that he will "make every effort imaginable" to re-sign him this summer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Dwight Howard finally shows up for Hawks
    Dwight Howard had his best game of the playoffs in a Game 4 win over the Wizards on Monday, scoring 16 points with 15 rebounds.

    Advice: Marcin Gortat has been outplaying him for most of this series, but that wasn't the case tonight. Howard eclipsed the 30-minute mark for the first time in four games and finished 6-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line with one assist and one block, though he did slow down considerably after halftime. Howard had a hard fall in Game 3 and was held out of some free-throw exercises during Sunday's practice, but it doesn't look like he will be limited going forward if tonight was any indication. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) not on injury report
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) is not being listed on the injury report for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Dedmon sat out Saturday's Game 4 loss with a minor illness, but ever indication is that he'll be back in action on Tuesday night. David Lee might not play as much with Dedmon back in the fold. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:27 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) returns to practice
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) was able to go through practice on Monday.

    Advice: After missing Game 4 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday, Dedmon has had a few days off to recover and is expected to play in Game 5 on Tuesday. He was only playing 12.7 minutes per game in the first three games of the series, so there aren't many fantasy implications. David Lee logged 33 minutes in a start in Game 4, but his role could take a hit with Dedmon expected back. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:51 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis wants to remain in NY
    Kristaps Porzingis vaguely hinted that he could eventually leave the Knicks if the team isn't performing.

    Advice: "Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,’’ Porzingis said. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best." Porzingis will become a restricted free agent in 2018, so Knicks fans will be hoping for a quick turnaround so they can keep their franchise big man in town. Porzingis also announced that he will play for Latvia at Eurobasket this summer, so that's an indication that he's healthy after missing the final five games of the season with a back issue. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:56 am
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) double-doubles in return
    Rudy Gobert (knee) didn't miss a shot during his return on Sunday, going 6-of-6 from the field for 15 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one assist as the Jazz defeated the visiting Clippers in Game 4.

    Advice: Gobert made a surprisingly quick return from a hyperextension and bone bruise in his left knee, running and jumping without any apparent limitations. Quin Snyder said before the game that Gobert's minutes would be dictated by fatigue, but he was almost certainly on a 24-minute limit since he sat out down the stretch of a tight playoff game. Hopefully his minutes will increase during a crucial game in L.A. on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:29 pm
  • Marreese Speights quiet in 21 minutes Sunday
    Marreese Speights started in place of Blake Griffin (toe) on Sunday, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Griffin is done for the playoffs, which means L.A. will need more from Speights and Paul Pierce (scoreless with one rebound in 12 minutes). Speights was disappointing from a DFS standpoint tonight, which could depress his ownership rates when L.A. hosts the Jazz on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:08 pm
  • Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller get DNP-CDs
    Amir Johnson picked up a DNP-CD during the Celtics' Game 4 win in Chicago on Sunday.

    Advice: Johnson's role has steadily decreased throughout the series. With Gerald Green playing well as a starter, coach Brad Stevens had no incentive to keep the veteran big man in the rotation tonight. Tyler Zeller was also a DNP-CD and this trend is likely to continue with Boston tying up the series behind a slew of small lineups. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:34 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk goes 4-of-4 from field Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk made all four of his shot attempts on Sunday, including one 3-pointer, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: In the first half, the Celtics' offense attempted 22 triples, 10 shots at the rim, and just three mid-range jumpers. They finished the game a mere 10-of-37 from deep (27.0 percent), yet they still won by nine points. Olynyk is often an 'X-factor' with the second unit, especially if he's hitting his 3-pointers, but he's hard to trust for DFS from night to night. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:32 pm
  • Marreese Speights starting Game 4 on Sunday
    Marreese Speights is starting on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: Earlier in the day Doc Rivers said Speights would "probably" start, so this merely confirms his status. Speights will need to play great to somewhat fill the hole left by Blake Griffin (toe), especially now that Rudy Gobert is back. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:09 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) will play in Game 4 Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (knee) will start Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Gobert will be back in action for the first time since the opening minute of Game 1. Derrick Favors' minutes could dip with Gobert back in action, with either he or Boris Diaw likely shifting to a reserve role -- it was Favors coming off the bench in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:57 pm
  • Enes Kanter logs eight minutes off the bench
    Enes Kanter saw just eight minutes off the Thunder bench during Sunday's Game 4 loss, ending his evening with two points, two boards, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Over the past three games, Kanter has only seen the floor for 8.5 minutes a night, which obviously isn't enough time for him to make a meaningful impact on the box score. His awful defense is the reason why he's not playing, so don't expect his minutes to jump in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:56 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) game-time decision Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (knee) is working out prior to Game 4, after which Utah's trainers will decide his availability.

    Advice: Gobert looked good during his warmups and he played through some contact, so early indications are positive. We should have a conclusive update very soon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Marreese Speights will 'probably' start
    Marreese Speights will "probably" start Game 4 vs. the Jazz on Sunday according to coach Doc Rivers.

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

    Advice: He was originally listed as doubtful, but now it sounds like he will be a game-time call. For what it's worth, he did not go through shootaround. With Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs and Gobert on the verge of a return, the Jazz have to feel pretty good about their chances. Gobert will likely have restrictions if he's cleared to play, making him a risky play in DFS. His return would limit the fantasy appeal of Derrick Favors. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:01 am
  • ATL to do everything possible to keep Millsap
    Hawks owner Tony Ressler made it clear that re-signing Paul Millsap this offseason is a priority.

    Advice: "We are going to make every effort imaginable to keep him," Ressler said. This isn't the first time we've heard this from the Hawks, but it will likely take a max deal to keep the 32-year-old All Star in Atlanta. The Hawks explored the idea of trading him around the turn of the new year to avoid losing him for nothing this summer, but pulled him off the market right before the trade deadline. The Hawks had to let Al Horford walk as a free agent last summer, so we'll see if they have better luck with Millsap. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:23 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Update: Rudy Gobert still doubtful to play
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gobert (knee) remains doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The questionable update from earlier today did seem a little odd and another report called him unlikely to play, so Gobert likely needs at least another game off. The Jazz haven't provided many encouraging notes on Gobert outside of a report he is walking without a limp. For now, expect Derrick Favors to log most of the minutes at center. Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood also should benefit, especially with no Blake Griffin (toe). Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:48 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:19 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:23 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:36 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:09 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:44 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:55 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:52 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Enes Kanter logs just eight minutes in Game 2
    Enes Kanter played only eight minutes during Wednesday's loss in Houston, making 2-of-4 shots for four points with three blocks and one rebound.

    Advice: Billy Donovan appeared to tell an assistant during Game 1, "Can't play Kanter," after his backup big man blew a defensive assignment. Kanter's role did indeed shrink tonight with OKC carefully choosing the moments they used him, which led to a bigger role for Jerami Grant (nine points, five rebounds, two blocks in 26 minutes). OKC had this game under control until the fourth quarter, so presumably Kanter will be limited again in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Jason Smith (knee) plays well in 28 minutes
    Jason Smith (knee) looked good in 28 minutes during Game 2, posting eight points, eight boards, two blocks, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Ian Mahinmi (calf) is out at least one more game, which leaves Smith with an expanded role as the Wizards' primary backup big man. He failed to score in 13 minutes during Game 1, however, and there should be more reliable DFS options available on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Markieff Morris struggles w/ fouls in Game 2
    Markieff Morris picked up two quick fouls on Wednesday, finishing a 109-101 win vs. the Hawks with three points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: Morris had a minor issue with his shoes early, but the fouls were his real undoing tonight. He has a brewing feud with Paul Millsap, who said the Wizards were "playing MMA" during Game 1, and the refs were definitely quicker to call fouls tonight. Morris gave no indication that he'll temper his physical style, saying, "I’m just going headfirst every play ... if we’re gonna jostle the whole series then that’s what it’s going to be." Game on. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Marcin Gortat posts 14 & 10 with five blocks
    Marcin Gortat had a big night on Wednesday, posting 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds, five blocks, three assists, one steal and just one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Gortat struggled down the stretch this season, as fantasy owners can attest, but he's been more active at both ends in the playoffs. He's now averaging 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 assists through two games, and his minutes are up to a healthy 33.0 per game. Give him a look if you need an affordable DFS center on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Dwight Howard struggles in 20 minutes on Wed
    Dwight Howard struggled with foul trouble during Wednesday's 109-101 defeat, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with seven boards, one assist, one steal and one block in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: Dwight scored four points in the opening minutes of the game and it looked like he'd be a featured option offensively. Unfortunately, Marcin Gortat proceeded to block a pair of his shots, after which foul trouble and a lack of touches did the rest. The Hawks won't get far if Howard plays this poorly, so expect them to look for him more often in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan hits 9-of-11 for 18 & 15
    DeAndre Jordan hit 9-of-11 shots (and missed all three of his free throws) on his way to 18 points, 15 rebounds, one steal, one block and six fouls in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Jazz.

    Advice: It was a little surprising that Jordan wasn't more dominant against the Jazz without Rudy Robert in Game 1, but the fact the Clippers weren't able to gameplan for it was a big reason why, as Gobert was injured just after the tip. DAJ still had 10 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in the Game 1 loss, but tonight's game plan was set up to feature Jordan. The numbers could have been better, but we doubt anyone is complaining, and there should be more where this came from on Friday, as Gobert looks like a long shot to play in Game 3 in Utah. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:27 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:14 pm
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