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  • Noah Vonleh scores 10 points with 7 board
    Noah Vonleh scored 10 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was effective off the bench and had three putback jams. Vonleh's minutes are likely going to drop into the teens during Game 4 on Monday, but he still gets a lot of credit for turning it on over the last month or so. Maybe he can parlay his recent play with a strong offseason to get him going next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • JaMychal Green comes up big in OT win
    JaMychal Green scored 14 points with four rebounds and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been quite some time since we saw J-Myke bring off-the-charts energy, but that's what the Grizzlies got today. Green is a very underrated defender and coach David Fizdale gave him some key fourth-quarter minutes during this one. As great as this outing was for him, Marc Gasol is a minutes eater like few other bigs and Fizz likes Zach Randolph a whole lot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • David Lee scores eight in 33 minutes
    David Lee made a spot start on Saturday, finishing with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in a loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was not very good in the starting lineup, posting a -15 in the +/- stat. Dewayne Dedmon should feel better for Tuesday's Game 5, so expect Lee to move back to his role of minutes in the teens. He did not score in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Noah Vonleh to the bench
    Noah Vonleh will move to the bench for Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes sense as the Blazers try to limit the perimeter, so Vonleh may not get much playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:39 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 Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: According to ESPN, the Warriors decided to hold Durant out for this game. He went through practice on Friday and did some work in shootaround on Saturday, but the Warriors just want to play the long game with what they hope are 14 more wins in the next two months. With him out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw picking up some added run while the other stars are asked to do more offensively. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 10 in 26 minutes
    Serge Ibaka started at center against the Bucks during a Game 4 win on Saturday, making 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: His power forward minutes went completely away in this game with no minutes next to Jonas Valanciunas. Ibaka only played one minute next to Patrick Patterson, so he was out there with a lot of space on the offensive end. That led to a lot of jumpers, but he couldn't get them to fall. While this game wasn't eye-popping on the stat sheet, the new rotation is a favorable one for Ibaka going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo struggles in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made just 6-of-19 from the field for 14 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers during an 87-76 loss to the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides his 10 points in the second quarter, Giannis was not the 2016-17 version of himself during this game. Antetokounmpo was just 3-of-10 on jumpers in this game and was even worse on layups at just 2-of-8. He was also pressing a bit to cause those seven turnovers, as well. You could say Giannis was just due for a bad game after he dominated this series perhaps more than any other player has done so in the past week. He'll be better on Monday in Toronto as this series has now become just a best of three. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Draymond not expecting Durant to play
    Draymond Green said he's not expecting Kevin Durant (calf) to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

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

    Advice: After going through practice on Friday, going through shootaround isn't a major development for his status. Durant is somewhat close to 100 percent, but the Warriors want to get him all the way back for what is likely to be a two-month playoff run. If KD can't go, Stephen Curry Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have added responsibility while guys like Andre Iguodala, Pat McCaw and maybe even Ian Clark get some added run. Matt Barnes (ankle) and Shaun Livingston (hand) are also still questionable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Andrea Bargnani negotiating a buyout
    Andrea Bargnani is negotiating a buyout with his EuroLeague team, Baskonia.

    Advice: The former No. 1 overall pick signed a two-year deal last July. However, he was injured in February and has yet to return to action. It's unlikely that Bargs ever returns to the NBA. He is expected to seek a new deal to stay in Europe. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Luol Deng hopes to play more PF next season
    Luol Deng said he hopes to play more frequently at power forward next season.

    Advice: 2016-17 was a lost season for Deng. Despite signing a whopping four-year, $72 million contract last summer, Deng averaged career-lows in points (7.6), FG percentage (.387), assists (1.3) and minutes (26.5). He feels part of the problem was playing out position. "In terms of my future," Deng said, "I would like to play at the 4 more. The 3 is more of a spot-up position for a lot of teams. I think I struggle with that." We'll see how the Lakers handle Deng next season, but he should be avoided in standard fantasy leagues until he proves he can still produce. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:03 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 Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Marreese Speights starts third quarter
    Marreese Speights started the third quarter against the Jazz on Friday, scoring eight points with two rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers went with a lot of small-ball lineups, so Speights actually didn't really benefit from the Blake Griffin injury. He's likely looking at minutes around 20 for Game 4, assuming BG can't suit up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:09 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute scores 15 points
    Luc Mbah a Moute scored a playoff career-high 15 points in a Game 3 win over the Jazz on Friday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He may have to score more now that Blake Griffin is banged up. For what it's worth, Mbah a Moute only had a 1.7 usage rate bump when Griffin was off the court during the regular season. If you're going to use him for DFS, he'll need to make his money in non-scoring stats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Derrick Favors plays 38 minutes
    Derrick Favors scored two points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He just doesn't have it right now, but the Jazz really have no choice with Rudy Gobert (knee) out. Favors could see a slight hit in playing time, but he's still too risky to use in DFS unless his price drops on most sites. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:54 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
  • Jonas Jerebko scores six points
    Jonas Jerebko scored six points with three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens loves his Jerebko and Olynyk combo, so maybe that's why he didn't start Jerebko today. The JJ-KO combo was used for seven minutes in this win, so that will likely be a second-unit staple going forward. It'll be tough to use Jerebko in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:04 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
  • 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
  • Sam Dekker (hand) will see doctor Monday
    Sam Dekker (hand) will see a doctor on Monday.

    Advice: He has been getting some shots up, but he's not catching passes with his left hand. Dekker suffered his hand fracture three weeks ago, so there's a chance he could have a timetable to return after his appointment. He is almost certainly out for the entire first round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:17 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
  • Larry Nance wants to be DPOY?
    Larry Nance said he wants to be a guy in the Defensive Player of the Year discussions.

    Advice: The Lakers like Nance's off-ball defense and his ability to play the small-ball five helps his versatility as a defender. Fantasy owners know all about Nance's affinity for steals, racking up 1.5 steals per game in just 23.9 minutes per outing after the break. He'll be a nice late-round target, assuming the Lakers don't add much depth up front. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:07 pm
  • Kevon Looney out again for Game 3
    Kevon Looney (hip) will not play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He's not going to be in the rotation. Looney's troublesome hip has caused him to be brought along slowly in his second season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 3
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through practice on Friday and is questionable to play against the Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday.

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

    Advice: Durant provided an update via a YouTube live streaming session. "Felt like I could go [in Game 2], but Coach [Steve] Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few days rest," said Durant. "So hopefully I see how I feel these next couple days." The extra day of rest should benefit KD. However, the Warriors blew out the Blazers in Game 2 even without Durant, so they have no need to rush him back. We should get a formal update from the team on Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 am
  • Report: Celtics may consider trading for Melo
    The New York Post is reporting that the Celtics will consider trading for Carmelo Anthony if they are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: According to the Post, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony at the trade deadline, but GM Danny Ainge had too many reservations. The article also states that Jae Crowder would be the primary player the Knicks would target in return. After a tumultuous past month for both Anthony and the Knicks franchise, it seems more likely than ever that Melo has already played his final game in a New York uniform. At this point, it appears it's only a matter of when, not if, Anthony gets traded. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:10 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
  • JaMychal Green scores eight off the bench
    JaMychal Green scored eight points with six rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: While he was an effective defender throughout the season, Green hasn't really had much luck against the Spurs when he's next to Marc Gasol. This plan will almost certainly stick, so Green's playing time will likely stay in the lower 20s. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:26 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 in Game 3 win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made an impact all over the court during a 104-77 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's easily the best player in this series and he continues to run the offense. Antetokounmpo's defense has been just as good as his offense as he's often been the last line of defense. The Bucks kept the Raptors to just 30 points in the first half to help them coast to a 2-1 lead. They'll look to take a bigger lead on Saturday in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 pm
  • LeBron James dominates Pacers with 41 points
    LeBron James had one of his signature moments during a 119-114 win over the Pacers in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 41 points with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the Cavs giving up 74 points in the first half and trailing by 26 points at one point, LeBron led an incredible comeback with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. He played the entire fourth quarter to help him get just the seventh 40-point triple-double in NBA playoff history -- it was the 17th triple-double of LeBron's playoff career. The King also has a 20-game winning streak in the first round of the playoffs, so he'll look to make it 21 and sweep the Pacers on Sunday. Sure, there are some major defensive concerns, but is it really that big of a problem when LeBron is locked in? Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 pm
  • 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
  • Stevens contemplating lineup change for G3
    Brad Stevens hinted that he may consider tweaking his starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 in Chicago.

    Advice: "We’ve got to space [the floor] better than we have," Stevens said. "We’ve got to focus on our direction on drive and kicking. If we can’t get a finish, kicking it out and making the next right play for the next guy, then you’ve got to knock down shots." Amir Johnson has done a whole lot of nothing as Boston's starting four-man, and with Stevens emphasizing the need for better spacing, maybe he'll consider bringing Jonas Jerebko into the starting five as he did during last year's playoff run after falling into a 0-2 hole against Atlanta. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:40 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
  • 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
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play in Game 2
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: This confirms a previous report saying the Warriors may opt to sit KD. They have been burned before with injuries in the playoffs when Stephen Curry struggled to stay healthy early in the postseason last year. If the Warriors do keep KD out, he'll have five full days to get right from a calf strain. With him out, it should be Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala picking up some extra minutes. The Warriors may go smaller with more Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark, too. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:32 pm
  • Serge Ibaka says his ankle is feeling better
    Serge Ibaka said his sore ankle was feeling much better on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ibaka didn't appear to be limited by the ankle injury at all during Tuesday's Game 2 win when he put up 16 points, seven boards, six assists, two blocks and four triples through 36 minutes of floor time, so he should be just fine for Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:50 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) likely a game-time call
    Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not go through shootaround and will likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Durant was unable to practice on Tuesday, and given that this sort of injury can turn into a lingering issue, the Dubs may elect to play it safe and keep KD on the sidelines tonight. Matt Barnes (ankle) is also questionable to play, but he may be forced to gut it out tonight if Durant can't give it a go. Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala would likely pick up most of Durant's minutes if he does indeed hit the sidelines. For what it's worth, Sam Amick is reporting that KD is closer to doubtful for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 w/ seven rebounds
    Derrick Favors started at center in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Clippers, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

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

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

    Advice: Unlike Game 1 when he had 19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and one 3-pointer, Horford was held in check tonight and couldn't keep Robin Lopez off the offensive glass. He salvaged his night with 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block, but the Celtics need more from their $113 million big man for them to have any chance to turn this series around. On a side note, Horford did make a brief trip to the locker room with the team trainer, but he returned to the game and seemed fine. We'll be on the lookout for an update. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Giannis scores 24 w/ 15 boards in Game 2 loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple in Tuesday's 106-100 Game 2 loss to Toronto.

    Advice: This was actually an off night for Giannis as he hit 9-of-24 shots and 5-of-7 free throws with four turnovers. The Raptors said their No. 1 priority was to slow down the Greek Freak, but it's clear that he's going to get eat no matter what and the Bucks even had a chance to steal this game -- they missed their final five shots of the contest. With the series tied up 1-1, the Bucks should be feeling good and the next two games will be in Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday. Khris Middleton added 20 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and three triples for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Serge Ibaka plays well in Raptors win
    Serge Ibaka had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's big 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their first-round series at 1-1.

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

    Advice: Ibaka didn't appear limited at all while going through his pregame routine, so he shouldn't have any sort of restrictions tonight as the Raptors look to even up the series before heading to Milwaukee. Joining Ibaka in the starting five for Game 2 will be Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:27 pm
  • Kevon Looney (hip) ruled out for Game 2
    Kevon Looney (hip) will not suit up for Game 2 against Portland on Wednesday.

    Advice: Looney is rarely a part of the rotation in Golden State, so his absence from Wednesday's game won't have any impact in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:55 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) on track to play Tuesday
    Dwane Casey said that Serge Ibaka (ankle) "should be good to go" for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

    Advice: The Raptors still want Ibaka to go through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but after going through shootaround without issue, it looks like Ibaka will be on the floor tonight. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 2
    Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not practice on Tuesday and is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Dubs said that Durant dealt with some cramping in his left leg during their Game 1 win on Sunday, but apparently it was a bit more serious than that. There is some concern here with Durant sitting out practice, and if there's a chance of this turning into a lingering issue, Golden State may opt to play it safe. We'll have a better idea on his status for Game 2 based on what he's able to do during Wednesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) a GTD for Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka (ankle) went through shootaround this morning, but coach Dwane Casey said Ibaka will be a game-time decision for Game 2 on Tuesday night vs. the Bucks.

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

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

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

    Advice: The Grizzlies have to try something, as they're on the verge of their second straight blowout defeat -- they were trailing by 19 points at the half. JaMychal Green played just six minutes in the first half and will start the third quarter on the bench along with Wayne Selden. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:12 pm
  • LeBron James scores 25 points in Game 2 win
    LeBron James had a monster night in a 117-112 Game 2 win over Indiana, racking up 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and four steals in 42 minutes.

    Advice: LeBron is coming off the worst free throw percentage of his career during the regular season (67.4 percent), and he's even changed up his stance at the line with the help of Kyle Korver. However, it's still a work in progress as he hit just 3-of-6 freebies tonight. "Myself and Kyle, we kind have been brainstorming about it, how to get it to be more efficient," James said before the game. James also turned the ball over eight times tonight, but his DFS owners can't complain about a near triple-double with four steals and four blocks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:34 pm
  • Derrick Favors expected to start Tuesday
    Derrick Favors will draw the start in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert (knee) has officially been ruled out for Game 2, so Favors should see his minutes in the 30s as Utah's starting center. Favors posted 15 points, six boards, two assists and one block through 32 minutes sans Gobert on Saturday, so that should be the baseline expectations for Favors moving forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:43 am
  • Derrick Favors knee felt 'fine' after Game 1
    Derrick Favors said that his troublesome left knee felt fine after logging 30 minutes during Game 1 on Saturday.

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

    Advice: "It’s day by day," said Ibaka, "I woke up this morning and was walking perfect." Ibaka tweaked his ankle coming down on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1, and while he acknowledged that it would be tough to suit up if the Raptors had a game today, he feels he'll be good to go by Tuesday. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:23 am
  • Al Horford's 19/8/7 not enough in Game 1 loss
    Al Horford had a strong all-around game vs. Chicago on Sunday with 19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and one 3-pointer, making 8-of-13 shots in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Horford scored Boston's final nine straight points to finish the first half, helping them stay within two points despite committing a ton of turnovers while giving up 16 offensive rebounds in the half. Horford played 40 minutes in a game just once during the regular season, but it looks like he's going to be extremely busy in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:46 pm
  • Kevin Durant's calf cramps up on Sunday
    Kevin Durant experienced cramps in his left leg during Game 1 on Sunday, but he's in no danger of missing time.

    Advice: A trainer wrapped up Durant's calf but this confirms that it's a minor issue, and he has two days off before facing Portland again on Wednesday. KD said after the game that he was in the "flow" of the game, and felt great, which was obvious in light of his 32-point, 10-rebound performance. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:30 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 19 points w/out much else
    Paul Millsap went 5-of-8 from the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe on his way to 19 points during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Scoring wasn’t much of an issue for Millsap in this one, as he was ultra-aggressive at getting to the charity stripe, but unfortunately, he wasn’t really able to bring any other supporting stats to the box score with just two boards, one assist and four turnovers. He should be able to bounce-back with a more robust stat line in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 2:04 pm
  • Derrick Favors plays 32 minutes, scores 15
    Derrick Favors started the second half for Rudy Gobert (knee) against the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

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

    Advice: He was hot in the first half with 20 points, but didn't have any field goal makes in the fourth quarter. The Jazz actually went small against Griffin and had Joe Johnson defend him for most of the fourth quarter. Despite his size, Griffin has struggled at times against smaller defenders, but it's still not enough to draw a conclusion here. Based on the playing time in this game, you can bet Griffin will get some serious burn in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:14 pm
  • Woj: Kristaps Porzingis taking a long trip
    Kristaps Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: President Phil Jackson threw Carmelo Anthony under the bus and it would appear Porzingis is not happy about it. According to ESPN, KP wasn't at exit interviews because of "drama" surrounding the franchise. The Knicks continue to make news during the postseason despite not being in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 9:07 pm
  • Z-Bo gets thumped in loss to Spurs
    Zach Randolph scored six points with three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Yeah, that's not good. Randolph made just 3-of-13 from the field and he was somehow -39 in the +/- stat during his time out there. Before the game, coach David Fizdale mentioned Z-Bo as the No. 3 option for the Grizzlies, which makes sense because the lineups with Randolph and Marc Gasol had a lot of success against the Spurs during the regular season. Still, this series looks like it'll be ugly. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 7:41 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a scoring clinic during a 97-83 win over the Raptors on Saturday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors simply had no answer for him. Antetokounmpo did it all as a scorer in all different types of sets, dunking the ball four times with five layups. Coach Jason Kidd has shown he's willing to play Antetokounmpo huge minutes and was already playing him 36.8 minutes per game when given two days off during the regular season, so Giannis could be getting minutes close to 40 the rest of the way. He's an absolute treat to watch and looks like fantasy's No. 2 pick next year. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:53 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points with 14 boards
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with 14 rebounds, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was Toronto's best defender in this game and served as the backbone of the defense at times. Ibaka was very successful as a five man with OKC in the postseason last year and coach Dwane Casey has used him a bunch in that role in the last two months, so expect him to play minutes in the upper 30s in this series. Maybe Casey puts Ibaka on Giannis Antetokounmpo more often. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:24 pm
  • LeBron James scores 32 in Game 1 victory
    LeBron James scored 32 points during a 109-108 Game 1 win over the Pacers on Saturday, adding six rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He was not looking for his shot early and didn't take his first attempt from the field until 2:32 left in the first quarter. After that miss, James went off with eight straight makes and just carried his team to victory. James has now won 18 consecutive games in the first round, and he's also won 12 straight postseason openers to tie him with Shaquille O'Neal for the longest streak in NBA history. This was his 12th 30-plus scoring, 10-plus assist postseason game, but you can expect several more in the next month. Playoff LeBron has arrived. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 3:35 pm
  • Kevon Looney still out for Game 1
    Kevon Looney (hip) will not play against the Blazers in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: His hip problems won't go away, but Looney won't be in the rotation unless it's in garbage time. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:16 pm
  • Brogdon, Snell, Maker starting in Game 1
    Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Tony Snell, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker will start against the Raptors in Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: It's hard to believe a second-round pick, Snell and a major project like Maker would be a playoff starting lineup, but Giannis is just that good. Maker will almost certainly be on a short leash, especially if Jonas Valanciunas gets going. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 1:08 pm
  • ESPN: Kristaps Porzingis frustrated w/ drama
    Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings on Friday "due to frustration over dysfunction, drama" surrounding the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

    Advice: Oh boy. President Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony would be "better off somewhere else" and several other comments earlier today, so apparently Porzingis wasn't a fan. Porzingis also favorited Melo's "REALLY" post following Jackson's comments. It turns out publicly taking shots at your franchise player isn't the best way to make other players feel good about the front office. The Knicks are a disaster right now. How's it goink? Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 5:39 pm
  • Phil: Melo would be better off somewhere else
    Knicks president Phil Jackson said he thinks Carmelo Anthony "would be better off somewhere else."

    Advice: "We have not able to win with him on the court," Jackson said. It's no secret that the Zen Master has been trying to get Melo out of New York, but it took until the offseason for him to go with a clear statement like this one. Earlier today, an ESPN report said Melo is "leaning strongly" to waiving his no-trade clause. He and his family love NY, but he may have played his last game as a Knick. This will be a major storyline this summer. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 11:55 am
  • Sam Dekker still out indefinitely
    Sam Dekker (wrist) had an examination on Friday and remains out indefinitely.

    Advice: He has a wrist fracture and is expected to miss an additional 3-4 weeks. The Rockets adding Lou Williams has added enough depth to their bench, so they likely won't be missing Dekker too much. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 11:16 am
  • Porzingis ready to handle bigger role
    Kristaps Porzingis said he would be ready if asked to take on a bigger role in the Knicks offense next season.

    Advice: The future of Carmelo Anthony is uncertain at this point, but if Melo leaves, KP would become the focal point of New York's offense. "I haven’t thought about that," Porzingis said. "I'm really focused on getting better as a player. Once that time comes, I’m sure I’ll be ready." KP also said that his "No. 1 [goal] is getting in that weight room and living in there, basically." Depending on what happens in New York this offseason, Porzingis' fantasy stock could spike heading into next year's draft. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 8:50 am
  • Report: Melo willing to waive no-trade clause
    According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony is "leaning strongly" toward waiving his no-trade clause this summer.

    Advice: ESPN also reports that the Knicks remain committed to moving Anthony this offseason. It sure seems Melo and the Knicks are heading towards a divorce, but Anthony has to approve the trade, which complicates everything. "I have a lot of thinking and reflecting to do," said Anthony on Wednesday. "It's all on me at this point." We should have a better idea of where the Knicks stand after Phil Jackson's press conference, which scheduled for Friday at 2:30 pm EST. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 7:15 am
  • Carroll and Tucker to guard Giannis?
    P.J. Tucker and DeMarre Carroll are expected guard Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said Giannis is one of the best players in the NBA, so he knows it'll be a challenge. "We’re gonna bank on those guys to do their jobs," Casey said about his defensive specialists. The Raptors would do well to keep Giannis out of the paint, especially after 72.0 percent of his shot total came in the paint against them this season. Playoff Giannis should be a treat. Rotoworld.com Apr 13, 1:07 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis the boxer?
    Kristaps Porzingis will experiment with boxing as a training method this offseason.

    Advice: "I’ll be doing a little bit of something I haven’t done before that’s not attached to basketball maybe that will help my game,’’ Porzingis said. "I’ll experiment a bit over the summer.’’ He said the top priority is to hit the weight room, so the Knicks will be hoping for a more muscular unicorn next season. He could have a major third-year breakout. Rotoworld.com Apr 13, 12:47 pm
  • Carmelo will have exit meeting w/ Jackson
    Carmelo Anthony will have an exit meeting with Phil Jackson, coach Jeff Hornacek and GM Steve Mills on Thursday.

    Advice: Melo plans to discuss his future with the team, but his decision on whether to part ways with the Knicks will hinge on whether Phil Jackson expresses "a commitment to win’’ now. Anthony also plans to meet with his own advisors, and he said it won’t be a rushed decision. "I would love to be back, but there’s some things I’d love to see different — the mentality, a winning mentality, being committed to that,’’ Anthony said. "I want to win. Hopefully everybody else does." It sounds like Melo and the Knicks could be looking at an ugly divorce this offseason, but Melo still holds all the cards with his no-trade clause. Rotoworld.com Apr 13, 6:21 am
  • Zach Randolph returned to action on Wednesday April 12. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 11:40 pm
  • Larry Nance hauls in 11 rebounds Wednesday
    Larry Nance finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot over 30 minutes in Wednesday's 109-94 loss against the Warriors.

    Advice: Nance finished the season strong with 10.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game over his final six regular-season outings. Fantasy owners will want to file those numbers away in their memory bank and pull them up when looking for middle- to late-round sleepers on draft day next fall. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 10:52 pm
  • Noah Vonleh snags career-best 19 boards
    Noah Vonleh finished with 12 points and a career-high 19 rebounds across 38 minutes in Wednesday's 103-100 loss against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Vonleh finished the regular season with a pair of double-doubles in his final two games, stepping up nicely with Jusuf Nurkic (leg). He could be quite the fantasy sleeper in DFS and postseason leagues. The former University of Indiana star enters the playoffs with a lot of confidence. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 10:15 pm
  • Derrick Favors logs 21 minutes vs. Spurs
    Derrick Favors came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 21 minutes vs. the Spurs.

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