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  • Hoiberg Canaan starting for his defense
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said the decision to start Isaiah Canaan has to do with defense against Isaiah Thomas.

    Advice: Makes sense. Michael Carter-Williams was brought on for his defense, but IT has turned him into a pretzel throughout this series. Canaan did come in at 80 on defensive real plus minus for the 91 qualifying point guards during the season, and he's certainly had some bad runs in Chicago and in Philly. Canaan played 34 minutes in Game 4 and should be looking at decent minutes again today. He's an obvious DFS punt. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
  • Cam Payne inactive again
    Cameron Payne is inactive again for Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bulls will go with Isaiah Canaan as the starter and coach Fred Hoiberg will have to figure out what to do after that. Considering how bad Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have been, Payne not getting a shot isn't the best sign. The Bulls will probably roll with some no-PG lineups. Rotoworld.com 48 minutes ago
  • Brad Stevens likes Rozier out there
    Coach Brad Stevens said he wanted to play Terry Rozier more to help handle the ball.

    Advice: Stevens also mentioned he liked the combo with Rozier and Marcus Smart. The Celtics bench has thrived with Rozier, who has averaged 6.0 points, 1/7 boards, 0.7 assists and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in this series. Among the 13 Celtics with at least four minutes played this round, Rozier ranks first in net rating, including his 37.6 net rating next to Smart in 43 minutes of this series. He'll be a possible punt in DFS. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:50 pm
  • Kevin Durant says a lot of guys are banged up
    Kevin Durant said a lot of the Warriors are banged up and the time off will help get the team healthy.

    Advice: "I'm glad we got a few days off," Durant said. He only played 20 minutes in his return to the lineup on Monday with a stat line of 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers. Durant played 13 minutes in the first half, so the Warriors were likely looking to get KD in the uppers 20s had garbage time not been a factor. The Warriors will get the winner of the Clippers-Jazz series. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:36 pm
  • Norm to the rescue
    Kyle Lowry said Norman Powell changed the series against the Bucks.

    Advice: The Raptors lineup of Lowry, Powell, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Serge Ibaka didn't play a second together before their start in Game 4, but that combo has played outstanding defense to get them to a +19.3 net rating in 32 minutes over the last two games. As for Norm, his star has shined the brightest in the last two games with 18.5 points per game on an 84.2 true shooting percentage. Norm is free. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:55 pm
  • Kyle Lowry says his body is fantastic
    When asked about his back injury, Kyle Lowry said his body is "fantastic right now".

    Advice: He wasn't quite as aggressive in Game 5, driving the ball just nine times compared to the 14 per game in the first four games of the series. Lowry's time with the basketball is also down compared to the regular season and he's also made just 32.4 percent of his jumpers. The All-Star getting an extra day off before Game 6 on Thursday should help him, so maybe he has one of those "Kyle Lowry Over Everything" explosions. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:43 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 Today, 10:58 am
  • Khris Middleton (illness) probable for Game 6
    Khris Middleton (illness) did not practice on Wednesday, but Jason Kidd expects him to play in Game 6 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Middleton played through the illness in Game 5 on Monday, but he didn't look quite right going 3-of-8 from the field, so hopefully, with some extra rest he'll be able to get closer to 100 percent for Game 6. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:55 am
  • Austin Rivers vows to be better in Game 6
    Austin Rivers vowed to be more aggressive in Game 6 in Utah on Friday.

    Advice: "All I needed was that one game just to get my rhythm back," Rivers said. "I’m not going to be out there trying to figure stuff out next game. I’m going to be aggressive." The rust was very apparent in his return from an 11-game absence on Tuesday, as he missed all four of his shots and brought very little to the box score in his 18 minutes off the bench. He should be able to flirt with 20 minutes again in Game 6, but given the matchup, he's not a great guy to target in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:29 am
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) ruled out for Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) said he will not suit up for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Rondo really wants to get out there, but the fact remains that he's dealing with a pretty badly fractured right (shooting) thumb in addition to a torn ligament in his wrist, and according to him: "the slightest fall on the floor might further damage it." Rondo's next opportunity to play will come in Game 6 on Friday, but tonight, it'll be Isaiah Canaan starting at point guard with Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams backing him up. Daily Slant: Canaan isn’t a great fantasy player but considering how poorly Grant and MCW played, he could push towards 30 minutes again tonight. During the season, he produced 0.71 FD ppm when he shared the court with Butler and Wade, so his $1,800 price tag on FD seems like a great deal. He received 24-31 minutes in ten games this season and he eclipsed 15 FD points in five of them while taking at least nine FGAs and/or five threes in eight. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:16 am
  • Williams feeling more comfortable in CLE
    Deron Williams said he's starting to feel more comfortable in the Cavs' system.

    Advice: "Any time you go to another team in the middle of the season, it’s going to be an adjustment," Williams said. "Add to it, it’s the defending champs, a lot of pressure, and it was a different situation for me than I had ever been in in my career. Coming off the bench, playing short minutes... I feel like I’ve had a little bit over two months now and I’ve adjusted and figured things out." Williams has brought some nice playmaking to Cleveland's second unit, but he's not getting enough minutes to warrant consideration in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:51 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 18 minutes in return
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) returned to action in Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Jazz, scoring two points with two boards and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers was only expecting him to play around 12 minutes and the rust was obvious as the SG missed all four of his shots from the field. With that said, he did play some solid defense and his minutes will likely be in the 20s for Game 6 in Utah on Friday. He will be tough to trust in fantasy leagues until his restrictions are lifted. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 28 points w/ nine assists
    Chris Paul's 28 points weren't enough in Tuesday's 96-92 Game 5 defeat, as the Clippers fell to 2-3 against the Jazz.

    Advice: He has a lot on his plate with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs, but his impressive fourth quarter effort wasn't enough -- he scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth and sparked an 11-0 run at the beginning of that quarter. CP3 finished 10-of-19 from the field in 38 minutes with nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers, but the Clippers will need even more magic from him if they hope to avoid elimination on Friday for Game 6 in Utah. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Joe Ingles scoreless in Game 5 win
    Joe Ingles missed all four of his shots and failed to score in 29 minutes and a start in Tuesday's Game 5 win at Los Angeles.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward was back from his food poisoning incident and Ingles paid the price, failing to show up for his fantasy owners in Game 5. The Jazz got the win, as Hayward, Rudy Gobert, George Hill, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood all showed up against the Clippers, who were without Blake Griffin (out for the season). Ingles is likely to rise again, but he can't be trusted going forward with Hayward, Hood and Johnson playing so well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Leonard scores 28 as Spurs take 3-2 lead
    Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Leonard has now scored in double digits in 25 straight playoff games which is the longest streak by a Spur since Tim Duncan's 26 from 2011-2013. He finished 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line (his first FT miss of the series), adding six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples. The Spurs can close out this series with a Game 6 win in Memphis on Thursday and the Grizzlies still have no answer for Leonard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 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 Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has a 'chance' to play Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) is "preparing to attempt to play" in Game 5 vs. Boston on Wednesday according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: This is a huge surprise because Rondo was initially ruled out. He was spotted getting up some shots at Tuesday's practice, but we should have a better idea of his status after the morning shootaround. If he plays, he will obviously be limited. Expect Isaiah Canaan to be the starter if Rondo can't get clearance. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:18 pm
  • Austin Rivers to see more than 12 minutes
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play about 12 minutes in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Additionally, Rivers will come off the bench and Mo Speights will remain in the starting lineup. If Rivers' hamstring holds up well tonight, his minutes should quickly trend up and he will eventually have some nice DFS appeal with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the postseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:14 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) is feeling 'better'
    Coach Dwane Casey said Kyle Lowry's back was feeling better on Tuesday.

    Advice: Here's the full quote from Casey: "Not much better, but better". Casey also added he hopes that Lowry's back will continue to loosen up with time and treatment. Game 6 in the in the Raptors vs. Bucks series is not until Thursday night, so Lowry has a couple of days to heal. Lowry is fully expected to suit up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 am
  • Rondo (thumb) able to shoot around Tuesday
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) was able to get some shots up after the Bulls practiced on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was the first time Rondo has touched a basketball since injuring his thumb in the second half of Game 2. Rondo will not play in Game 5 on Wednesday. When asked if Rondo could possibly return later in the series, coach Fred Hoiberg said it's a "longshot," but "we'll see." Hoiberg also added that Rondo "winced every time the ball came to him." Isaiah Canaan will start in place of Rondo in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 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 Yesterday, 8:25 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) plays 20 minutes
    Kevin Durant (calf) played 20 minutes against the Blazers in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 10 points with three boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and two triples.

    Advice: He was returning from a two-game absence for precautionary reasons, and while he didn't have any official minutes restrictions, he only needed to play 20 because the Warriors built a substantial lead by the end of the first quarter. KD hit 4-of-7 shots and appeared to be in a good rhythm, and now he can look forward to getting some extra rest with the Warriors off for several days before Round 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:53 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) struggles in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) struggled in Game 5 vs. the Raptors with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't seem like himself and wasn't looking for his shot tonight, but he was able to salvage his line with six assists, three rebounds, five steals and one turnover in 36 minutes. To make matters worse, he was torched on the defensive end by Norman Powell. "You got to know how it feels to get your [butt] kicked," coach Jason Kidd said. "And that’s what happened tonight." With their season on the line, the Bucks will look to even the series up in Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 25 points w/ four treys
    Norman Powell started for the second game in a row in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday and scored a playoff career-high 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Despite playing a total of six minutes prior to Game 3, Powell will likely end up being the biggest X-Factor in this series. He got off to a hot start tonight with 11 points in the first quarter and never looked back, adding four rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and four triples to go with his 25 points. DeMar DeRozan said Powell's aggressiveness in the first unit spaces the floor for the Raptors and coach Dwane Casey praised him for staying ready, so expect him to keep seeing big minutes going forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) scores 16 in Game 5 win
    Kyle Lowry (back) scored 16 points (4-of-9 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with 10 assists, three boards, three steals and two triples in 36 minutes in a 118-93 Game 5 win over the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He deserves a ton of credit for playing because he was clearly hurting out there. Lowry would try to avoid sitting down during his trips to the bench and was frequently stretching out his back on the baseline. He asked out of the game in the first couple minutes of the fourth quarter, but quickly returned and was able to hang in there. Lowry will now be able to rest up for a couple days for Game 6 on Thursday as the series shifts back to Milwaukee with the Raptors leading 3-2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Game 4
    Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Monday's Game 4 vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: After sitting out the past two games as a precaution, it's a great sign to see KD returning even though the Warriors have a comfortable 3-0 series lead. Durant practiced over the weekend with no problems and the Warriors will not put a restriction on his minutes tonight. Patrick McCaw will head back to the bench and there will be less touches to go around for the other studs in Golden State. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:42 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will play in Game 5 vs. MIL
    Kyle Lowry (back) is a go for Monday's Game 5 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Lowry was never in any real danger of sitting this one out, and it's unlikely he'll have any sort of minutes limit for tonight's pivotal Game 5. Joining Lowry in the starting five will be DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:17 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Middleton skipped shootaround, but he was never expected to miss tonight's game. Jason Kidd will stick with the same starting group tonight featuring Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:40 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) a game-time decision
    Kyle Lowry (back) said he is feeling much better, but he remains a game-time decision for Monday's Game 5 matchup with the Bucks.

    Advice: Lowry was limited at shootaround, but all indications are that he'll take the court tonight for a crucial Game 5 in Toronto. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:21 pm
  • Rivers will play with minutes limit in Game 5
    Doc Rivers confirmed that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will play with a minutes limit in Game 5 against the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rivers hasn't taken the court since March 29, so his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton will likely lose some minutes with Rivers back in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Middleton (illness) going through warmups
    Khris Middleton (illness) is currently going through his pregame routine.

    Advice: Middleton sat out shootaround with the illness, but he's fully expected to play in Game 5 tonight. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:10 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
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) ruled out for Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) will not play in Game 5 against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rondo has shed his cast, and Fred Hoiberg hasn't yet ruled him out for the series, but he won't be taking the court on Wednesday night. Isaiah Canaan will get the start in Game 5, and he'll be someone to consider in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:58 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan will start at PG on Wednesday
    Isaiah Canaan will replace Jerian Grant in the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Grant wasn't giving Chicago anything as their starting point guard, so he might fall out of the rotation entirely on Wednesday night. As for Canaan, he looked pretty good through 34 minutes on Sunday, posting 13 points, three triples, three dimes, two boards and two steals, so he might be someone to consider as a potential punt play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:49 pm
  • Austin Rivers says he'll play in Game 5
    Austin Rivers said his hamstring has made "significant improvement," and he will return to the court for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

    Advice: This falls in line with an earlier report from Adrian Wojnarowski that stated Rivers was expected to play on Tuesday, so we should get official confirmation following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With Rivers back in action, Raymond Felton won't play as much. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:36 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) participated at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Durant has had a little more than a week to rest up his strained calf, but with the Dubs already up 3-0 in the series, they have the luxury of exercising some extreme caution with KD. In other words, if there's any concern at all about him suffering a setback, you can bet he won't be taking the court tonight, although it is a positive sign to see him go through shootaround. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:23 am
  • 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
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) expected to play
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:06 am
  • Khris Middleton (illness) misses shootaround
    Khris Middleton missed the Monday morning shootaround due to a sore throat.

    Advice: To be clear, he's still fully expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Raptors on Monday. Through the first four games of the series, Middleton has posted averages of 15.0 points, 5.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples, but he's only shooting 38.6 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back) expected to play Game 5
    Kyle Lowry (back) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Lowry arrived to shootaround with some stiffness in his back, so the Raptors gave him some treatment and sent him home instead of having him go through practice. It sounds like he's fully expected to play, but there's now some added risk if you're planning on using him in DFS. We'll be on the lookout for more updates as we approach the 7:00 ET tip-off. If he's unable to play, Cory Joseph and Delon Wright will pick up minutes, while DeMar DeRozan would see a huge bump in usage. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:18 am
  • DeRozan praises Norman Powell
    DeMar DeRozan said that Norman Powell's presence in the first unit helps to space the floor.

    Advice: "With Norm out there, he’s extremely aggressive so you’ve got to honour that," DeRozan said. "With that, the floor is spaced a little bit more, I was able to find spots, push the ball up. I know Norm’s going to find his spots. It just gives us another option with a perimeter guy out there." While coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to Powell starting in Game 5 on Monday, he praised him for staying ready and called him a true professional. Assuming he starts again, he will be on the DFS radar after scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:45 am
  • Joe Ingles dishes 11 assists in Game 4 win
    Joe Ingles handed out 11 assists during Sunday's thrilling Game 4 win, adding eight points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ingles' dimes were more than any Jazz player had all season. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer and he's significantly boosted his stock during the playoffs, averaging 8.5 points, 2.0 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals. He's an interesting DFS option given his high playing time and moderate price, especially if Gordon Hayward (illness) is still limited on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Clippers lose despite Chris Paul's 27/12/9
    Chris Paul did it all during Sunday's tough Game 4 defeat, posting 27 points, 12 assists, nine rebound, one steal, one 3-pointer and just two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers need CP3 to be extra aggressive with Blake Griffin (toe) done for the postseason, and he obliged tonight with 10-of-21 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs. He was particularly effective in pick-and-roll sets, for which Utah had few answers, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder is sure to throw new wrinkles at him in Game 5. Paul has seen it all, of course, so we're anticipating another big game from the future Hall-of-Famer on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan starts 2nd half, plays 34 mins
    Isaiah Canaan started the second half of Sunday's game, playing 34 minutes to finish with 13 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have been lousy in Rajon Rondo's absence, so coach Fred Hoiberg turned to the seldom-used Canaan tonight. Canaan wasn't on the active roster for Game 3 and he'd played just 21 minutes since March 1, but he gave the Bulls a huge boost to stay competitive tonight. Fred Hoiberg wouldn't commit to starting him for Game 5 on Wednesday, but either way we expect him to maintain a healthy role. Keep an eye on him as a DFS punt play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:41 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
  • Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4
    Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: Payne was on the floor for just four minutes of garbage time in Game 3, so his absence from the active roster won't have any consequence in fantasy hoops. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will pick up most of the point guard minutes while Rajon Rondo (thumb) is on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:03 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 4
    Kevin Durant (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in the series, so they definitely have the luxury of holding Durant out as a precautionary measure, as they should be able to close this thing out on Monday night. We'll have a better idea on Durant's status based on what he's able to do during Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:12 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) fined $25k
    The NBA has fined Rajon Rondo $25,000 for his sideline antics during Game 3.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Rondo was sitting on the bench and stuck a leg out in an attempt to trip Jae Crowder, though he still maintains that he was just stretching. Rondo currently doesn't have a timetable to return to action because of his fractured thumb and hinted that he could miss a couple weeks. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 43 points in OT loss
    Kawhi Leonard was incredible during a 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 43 points with eight rebounds, three assists, six blocks and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: His fourth quarter was one for the ages, scoring the Spurs' final 16 points in regulation. The Grizzlies were throwing doubles at him for most of his halfcourt sets and coach David Fizdale mentioned he pulled out all the stops to try and stop him. "I'm taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale said after the game. Leonard's offense has been unreal in this series as he matched his playoff career-high 32 in Game 1, set a new career high in Game 2 with 37, and followed that up with this explosion. He did struggle a bit in overtime with some offensive mistakes, so maybe he is human after all. Regardless, this is Exhibit A for anyone who wants to argue Kawhi is the best player in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: According to ESPN, the Warriors decided to hold Durant out for this game. He went through practice on Friday and did some work in shootaround on Saturday, but the Warriors just want to play the long game with what they hope are 14 more wins in the next two months. With him out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw picking up some added run while the other stars are asked to do more offensively. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 18 points in 43 minutes
    Kyle Lowry scored 18 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in a Game 4 win against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a ghost in the first half with only four points and one assist in his 21.2 minutes before halftime, but Lowry busted out in the third for eight points on a 133.3 effective field goal percentage to help the Raptors pull away. Lowry still hasn't really exploded like he was for basically the first three months of the year, so maybe there's a rust factor here. He'll have the home folks behind him for Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Norman Powell gets 34 minutes in start
    Norman Powell started in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Norm is freed. He was basically out of the rotation in the first two games and was thrust into added minutes during Thursday's blowout loss. Powell likely just started as an offensive spark and to allow the Raptors to go with several small-ball lineups, but he held his own on defense against guys like Khris Middleton. There's little doubt that Norm will get another start on Monday, so he'll be an obvious cheap DFS option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:23 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores just 10 points
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Not only did he struggle on making shots, Middleton just didn't seem locked in during this game. The Raptors didn't put DeMar DeRozan on Middleton as much, so maybe coach Dwane Casey gets some credit for that adjustment. Middleton is still going to get big minutes and the off game was more about just not being in a rhythm. Expect a bounce-back game in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • 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
  • Draymond not expecting Durant to play
    Draymond Green said he's not expecting Kevin Durant (calf) to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: There is some context here. "I approach every game like he’s not there and then, if he is, that’s great for us," Green said. "I think it’s a lot easier adjustment to make if he’s playing than if he’s not playing. It’s a totally different mindset." Durant also had an icepack on his calf after shootaround and he reportedly didn't do as much work as normal. In other words, Durant's questionable tag looks to be closer to doubtful than probable. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:08 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) still out for Sun
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) remains out for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Clippers could've used him now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs. With Rivers out, the Clippers will use more small-ball lineups with Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Paul Pierce soaking up minutes at the four. We should see more Brandon Bass and three-guard lineups, as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Report: TOR expected to start Powell over JV
    The Raptors are expected to start Norm Powell against the Bucks with Jonas Valanciunas coming off the bench for Game 4.

    Advice: It's not as surprising as the Gerald Green move, but Powell starting over Valanciunas is a surprise. The Raptors just can't have a first half like they did in Game 3, so that likely explains this offense-first approach. Powell hasn't done well in his starts when DeMar DeRozan is active, but he's still in play as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:33 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through shootaround on Saturday and remains questionable to face the Blazers in Game 3.

    Advice: After going through practice on Friday, going through shootaround isn't a major development for his status. Durant is somewhat close to 100 percent, but the Warriors want to get him all the way back for what is likely to be a two-month playoff run. If KD can't go, Stephen Curry Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have added responsibility while guys like Andre Iguodala, Pat McCaw and maybe even Ian Clark get some added run. Matt Barnes (ankle) and Shaun Livingston (hand) are also still questionable. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:22 am
  • Rivers (hamstring) unlikely to play Sunday
    Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that he doesn't think Austin Rivers (hamstring) will be able to play Sunday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Rivers has been sidelined since initially injuring his hamstring back on March 29th. "I don't think so," Doc said when asked if Austin could be ready in time for Sunday's Game 4. "I don't know. I think he probably thinks that for sure. He's feeling better. He's working out. But I just don't see that. I think that's awfully quick." We should have a formal update regarding Rivers status either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning after shootaround. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Chris Paul scores 34 points in comeback win
    Chris Paul carried the Clippers to a comeback 111-106 win in Utah on Friday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: No Blake Griffin in the second half, no problem. The Clippers overcame a 14-point deficit for their largest road comeback since 2012, and CP3's 24 points in the second half were a big reason why -- also had seven rebounds in the second half. Even if BG has to miss time, the Clippers may be OK with CP3 at the helm and getting more shots. He also passed Wilt Chamberlain for 30th on the all-time playoffs assists list. The Clippers will take their 2-1 lead to Utah again for Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Rajon Rondo out for at least 2 weeks
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) said he is expecting to miss "a couple weeks."

    Advice: "I can't even use a fork with my thumb," Rondo said. In other words, he won't be playing in this series. It's hard to believe a player who was a DNP-CD earlier this season could be so irreplaceable, but the Bulls got almost nothing out of their point guard spots. Coach Fred Hoiberg said "we'll see" about his point guard, but fantasy owners will have a very tough time trusting Jerian Grant or Michael Carter-Williams. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 3
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through practice on Friday and is questionable to play against the Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday.

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

    Advice: The Bulls traded away important pieces (Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson) to acquire Payne at the deadline back in February, but Payne has been ineffective since arriving in Chicago. He appeared in 11 games and averaged just 4.9 points (on 33.3 percent shooting), 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.9 minutes for the Bulls over the final two months of the regular season. He did not play in either of the Bulls first two playoff games and will be behind Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams on the PG depth chart, but with Rajon Rondo (thumb) out, Payne may get a chance to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:51 am
  • Rondo (thumb) to be re-evaluated in 7-10 days
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo (fractured thumb) is currently in a cast and that he will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Rondo initially suffered the injury in the third quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday night but was able to play through it. When asked if Rondo would be able to make it back at some point this postseason, Hoiberg said it is "still too early to tell." Hoiberg also stated that Rondo has been playing through a wrist injury as well and explained that the cast would help the wrist heal by immobilizing it. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will soak up most of the minutes at PG, and Jimmy Butler will be asked to handle the ball more frequently. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:48 am
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) is out indefinitely
    The Bulls announced on Friday morning that Rajon Rondo has a fractured thumb and that he will be sidelined indefinitely.

    Advice: Per the Bulls press release, "Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night. Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture. Surgery is not required for this injury, and he is out indefinitely." This is a tough blow for a Bulls team that was riding a major wave of momentum. Rondo had been playing terrifically over the first two games of the series, averaging 11.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.5 boards. Jerian Grant will likely move into the starting lineup. Michael Carter-Williams will see extended minutes off the Bulls bench as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:08 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) out for Gm 3 Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 3 Friday night vs. Utah.

    Advice: This news was expected, as earlier this week coach Doc Rivers stated that Game 4 on Sunday was a more realistic target for his son's return. Rivers has not appeared in a game since he initially injured the hamstring back on March 29th. However, Doc said that Austin "had a good day" Wednesday and did a bit of running. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will continue to soak up extra minutes in Rivers absence. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:27 am
  • Durant (calf) 'hopeful' he will play Game 3
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) said that he is "getting better every day" and that "hopefully" he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Durant provided an update via a YouTube live streaming session. "Felt like I could go [in Game 2], but Coach [Steve] Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few days rest," said Durant. "So hopefully I see how I feel these next couple days." The extra day of rest should benefit KD. However, the Warriors blew out the Blazers in Game 2 even without Durant, so they have no need to rush him back. We should get a formal update from the team on Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores just 18 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard scored just 18 points during a 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-11 from the field and all four free throws, so he was still efficient. The Grizzlies were more aggressive on Kawhi when he was on the perimeter, which somewhat explains the dip in usage. Luckily for coach David Fizdale, they were able to keep Kawhi from getting to the line, so we won't get a "take that for data" rant today. Even the best robots have off days, so expect Kawhi to get a software upgrade for Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 20 points vs. Raptors
    Khris Middleton scored 20 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back 20-plus scoring games for the first time since his hamstring tear. Middleton's defense was fantastic in this game and he's turned it up a notch as a creator on offense. He played 41 minutes in each of the first two games and didn't play in the final 5:56 of this game due to garbage time, so he was headed for minutes north of 40 again. Clearly, his breakout season last year was no fluke. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • Jurassic Parked: Raptors O stalls in bad loss
    Kyle Lowry scored 13 points during an ugly 104-77 loss to the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: There's just something about the Raptors struggling in the playoffs. This game was over at half with the Raptors trailing 57-30, and the first unit offense was just a lost cause. The starters combined for just two assists in the entire game while the Bucks had seven players with at least two assists. Maybe Lowry's wrist isn't 100 percent or maybe the Bucks trapping him has caused some problems. He'll need to step up on Saturday with the Raptors trailing 1-2. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 pm
  • David Fizdale calls Kawhi Leonard a robot
    Coach David Fizdale said coach Gregg Popovich found a way to get a robot on an NBA roster with Kawhi Leonard.

    Advice: "He stood beside me and wasn't breathing," Fizdale said of Leonard. "He bleeds antifreeze." The Kawhitron 2000 is a learning computer with a neural-net processor sent to planet earth to dominate basketball games. Kidding aside, Kawhi is absolutely ridiculous so far in these playoffs, scoring 34.5 points per game on a pristine 85.6 true shooting percentage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:35 am
  • 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
  • Hoiberg praises Rajon Rondo following G2 win
    Fred Hoiberg heaped praise on Rajon Rondo following Chicago's Game 2 win over Boston.

    Advice: "Rajon, I thought, did a terrific job once we got the ball off the glass," Hoiberg said. "When we inserted him back into the starting lineup, how key he’s been to our recent successes. He’s a confident kid and that rubs off on all the other guys." Rondo has been excellent through the Bulls' first-round series, compiling averages of 11.5 points, 10.0 dimes, 8.5 boards, 2.0 turnovers and a whopping 3.5 steals per contest. The Bulls have created a ton of matchup problems for the Celtics, and it looks like they have a decent chance of closing out this series at home over the weekend. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:04 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) hopeful for Game 4
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is hopeful that he can get back on the court for Sunday's Game 4 vs. Utah.

    Advice: Head coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that he wasn't expecting his son to return to the floor for Friday's Game 3, and with Rivers now shooting for Game 4 on Sunday, it seems safe to assume he'll be watching Friday's game from the sidelines. He hasn't played since March 29, so he'll likely be eased back into things once he's finally cleared to play. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton will continue to see an uptick in minutes with Rivers on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 am
  • Joe Ingles thrives in starting role
    Joe Ingles looked great in another start at shooting guard, scoring nine points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two triples in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's arguably one of the most underrated players in the NBA and has been a huge contributor to the Jazz all season. Ingles finished 3-of-5 from the field and his ability to handle the ball in the first unit takes a lot of pressure off George Hill and Gordon Hayward. Ingles had eight points, two rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one triple in Game 1, and it helps that he has some extra motivation in this matchup -- he was waived by the Clippers back in 2014. The restricted free agent can expect a significant raise this summer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Chris Paul double-doubles in Game 2 win
    Chris Paul hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, two rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, a block and five turnovers in Tuesday's 99-91 Game 2 win against the Jazz.

    Advice: As well as CP3, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin all played, it's interesting that the Clippers didn't win by more points. It's also interesting that this series is tied 1-1 and heading to Utah for the next two games, starting on Friday night. Paul was great tonight, despite the TOs, and we get the feeling he's simply going to will the Clippers to win this series. But if that's going to happen the Clippers will likely need to take either Game 3 or 4 in Utah. Paul is now tied with LeBron James for the second most playoff games with at least 20 points, 10 dimes and three steals with 10 of them. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo burns Boston in Game 2
    Rajon Rondo has revenge against his former team on his mind and torched the Celtics in Boston for 11 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists on Tuesday, just missing a triple-double and giving the No. 8 seed Bulls an unprecedented 2-0 lead over the No. 1 Celtics in an easy 111-97 win.

    Advice: Games 3 and 4 are in Chicago and it's hard to see the Celtics winning four of five games to pull this thing out. The only time a No. 8 seed has gone up 2-0 in a series was in a five-game set between the No. 1 Suns and No. 8 Lakers in 1993, when the Suns came back and won three straight to win the series 3-2. Rondo tied the franchise playoff record with 14 assists and just missed joining Scottie Pippen as the only Bull to triple-double in the playoffs. There was a time this season when Rondo wasn't even part of the rotation, but those days are long gone. The Bulls look like a team capable of winning the East (they get the Wizards-Hawks winner if they finish off Boston) and we'll just leave this here: the Bulls were 4-0 vs. the Cavaliers this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 22, drops dagger in big win
    Kyle Lowry hit 6-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 22 points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in Tuesday's 106-100 win over the Bucks, and also hit the shot of the game to tie the series at 1-1.

    Advice: Lowry's step back, fadeaway jumper over Malcolm Brogdon with 8.9 seconds left on the clock gave the Raptors a four-point lead and essentially won the game for his team. Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were a bit quiet in the fourth quarter, but Lowry brought the arena alive and kept this series from getting out of hand with two games in Milwaukee on the horizon. Lowry had just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in Game 1, so while his Game 2 numbers might seem a little disappointing based on his regular-season stats, it was a whole lot better than what he did on Saturday. Game 3 is Thursday in Milwaukee, when the Raptors will look to re-take home-court advantage. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:58 pm
  • Casey hints young guys will play more in G2
    Dwane Casey hinted that some of the younger players on the roster could be a larger part of the rotation for Game 2.

    Advice: Norman Powell only managed to log six minutes off the bench during Toronto's Game 1 loss to Milwaukee, so he might be able to see his minutes closer to the teens tonight, which would likely come at the expense of DeMarre Carroll. Still, it's unlikely Powell will make much of an impact on the box score with the Raptors at full strength. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:38 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 37, hits 19-of-19 FTs
    Kawhi Leonard scored a playoff career-high 37 points in Monday's 96-82 Game 2 win over the Grizzlies, giving the Spurs a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: The Grizzlies really miss Tony Allen (calf). Leonard finished 9-of-14 from the field and added 11 rebounds and two assists, and he also set the franchise record for most free throws made without a miss (19-of-19) -- Tim Duncan was the previous record holder (15-of-15). Leonard had 32 points with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in Game 1, and he's now shooting 71.4 percent from the field in this series. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:24 pm
  • Kyle Lowry vows to be more aggressive in Gm 2
    Kyle Lowry said he's going to have to "force some shots" to be more aggressive vs. the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: "My teammates want me to be more aggressive, so I’m going to have to force some more shots," said Lowry, who shot 2-of-11 on Saturday. "I felt like I made the right passes [Saturday] ... Every shot I took was contested or ran off ... but I gotta be more aggressive." That's music to the ears of prospective DFS owners. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 11:25 am
  • Enes Kanter held to 16 minutes in ugly defeat
    Enes Kanter was held to eight points, three rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes vs. Houston on Sunday, making 3-of-7 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Defense has long been an issue for Kanter. After he allowed an easy dunk by Clint Capela in a pick-and-roll set in the fourth quarter, coach Billy Donovan appeared to immediately tell an assistant, "Can't play Kanter." He was subbed out 17 seconds later for Steven Adams, and it's clear that OKC has a lot of issues to solve to even their first-round series on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:21 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 25 points in loss to Jazz
    Chris Paul scored 25 points during a 97-95 Game 1 loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: What a tough loss at home and this one isn't on Paul. CP3 kept the Clippers in this game with 10 consecutive Clippers points, but he just didn't get much help from the other stars. His 10 assists in the first half were the most he's handed out in any postseason half of his career, but he turned into a scorer late. Paul is coming in red hot over his previous seven, averaging 23.1 points, 4.7 boards, 10.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.9 treys. He's going to be asked to do a ton against the Jazz, so it's fair to expect even bigger games than this one especially if Rudy Gobert (knee) is out. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:16 pm
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