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  • Bam Adebayo named to All-Defensive Second Team
    Bam Adebayo was named to the 2020-21 All-Defensive Second Team on Monday.

    Advice: Adebayo tied Jimmy Butler for the most first-place votes amongst the Second Team members, and he played a key role in helping Miami to a top-10 defensive rating this season. This is the second year in a row that Adebayo will be named to the All-Defensive Second Team, and he'll be joined by Butler, Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle and Kawhi Leonard. Notably missing from either All-Defensive team this season: Marcus Smart. Today, 4:29 pm
  • Simmons, Curry, Korkmaz, Harris, Embiid starting
    Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Furkan Korkmaz, Tobia Harris and Joel Embiid will start vs. the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: Embiid will continue to play through the knee issue, and Korkmaz will replace Danny Green (calf) in the starting unit. Today, 4:13 pm
  • Nikola Jokic ejected for Flagrant 2 foul in Game 4
    Nikola Jokic was ejected after receiving a Flagrant 2 foul with just under four minutes left in the third quarter of Game 4 against the Suns. 

    Advice: Jokic committed a frustration foul against Cameron Payne by aggressively slapping down on the ball, hitting Payne’s nose in the process. The reason for the Flagrant 2 penalty was due to “windup, impact, and follow through”, and while it's a bit surprising that this was called as such in an elimination game, Jokic is done for this fine Sunday evening and will end his night with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four dimes in 28 minutes. Not only will this be the last we see of the MVP tonight, but very possibly the last we see of him this season as the Suns’ chances of completing a sweep tonight just increased extravagantly. Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • Jeff Green starts second half in return for Nets
    Jeff Green (foot) finally returned to action on Sunday and hit 2-of-4 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, five rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes of a 107-96 loss to the Bucks. 

    Advice: Green started the second half over Bruce Brown in his first game since May 25, when he suffered a foot injury against the Celtics in Round 1. The Nets are hurting and will need Green to step up for the rest of this series, especially if Kyrie Irving and James Harden continue to miss games for the Nets. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores season-high 13 for Bucks
    P.J. Tucker hit 5-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes of Sunday's 107-96 win over the Nets on Sunday. 

    Advice: Tucker played tremendous defense against Kevin Durant today and KD hit just 3-of-12 shots while the wily old veteran was guarding him. Tucker had scored a total of nine points in his previous three playoff games and the 13 points are the most he's scored in a Bucks' uniform since joining the team back in March. Tucker will look to limit KD again in Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Giannis & Bucks even injured Nets at 2-2
    Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 14-of-26 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-10 free throws for 34 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a block in Sunday's easy 107-96 win over an injured Brooklyn Nets team to even the series at 2-2. 

    Advice: The Nets, who were already without James Harden, lost Kyrie Irving to an ankle injury and didn't have the firepower to hang with the Bucks on Sunday. Khris Middleton was solid with 19 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3- pointers, P.J. Tucker played great defense and finished with 13 points, seven boards and three triples, and Jrue Holiday came through with 14 points, three boards, nine dimes and two 3-pointers. Game 5 will take place on Tuesday back in Brooklyn and the Bucks can smell blood in the water with both Harden and Irving hurting for the Nets in what is now a three-game series. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Jeff Green (foot) is available for Sunday's Game 4
    Jeff Green (foot) will be active for Sunday's Game 4 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets announced.

    Advice: Green went through warmups to test out the foot and has been given the okay to give it go. Nets coach Steve Nash said that they do not expect a lot of minutes from Green, but given the way that Milwaukee has dominated Brooklyn in the paint, having another big body will certainly not hurt the Nets, who will look to take a 3-1 lead on Sunday afternoon. Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Jeff Green will be a game-time decision Game 4
    Brookyn Nets head coach Steve Nash says Jeff Green will test out his left foot in warmups and see how it feels before a decision is made on whether or not he will play in Sunday's Game 4. 

    Advice: “Jeff still has a chance but he’s got to go through his whole pregame thing and see,” said Nash when asked about Green's availability ahead of Sunday's Game 4. He added that even if Green is cleared, they don't expect him to play a ton of minutes. Green would, even in limited spurts, give the Nets another body in the frontcourt to guard Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it's looking like that decision will not be made until tipoff so stay tuned for updates. Yesterday, 10:36 am
  • Jeff Green questionable Sunday, Harden remains out
    Jeff Green (foot) has been upgraded to questionable, while James Harden (hamstring) remains out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Nets coach Steve Nash said that Harden is "progressing" but that he will not be on the court on Sunday as the Nets will look to bounce back from Thursday's loss in Game 3. Both Green and Harden have recently been trending in the right direction, with Green looking like he will be the first to return out of the two. Green has been sidelined since Game 2 of the Nets' first-round series against Boston with plantar fasciitis, but should he return, he will give the Nets some depth in the frontcourt, which they could certainly use against the Bucks, who have dominated the Nets in the paint through three Games. Saturday, 12:03 pm
  • Jokic puts up 32 points and 20 rebounds in loss
    Nikola Jokic posted a monster line of 32 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, one block and a triple, but it somehow wasn't enough in a 116-102 Game 3 loss. 

    Advice: The MVP has now almost singlehandedly outproduced the other four Denver starters for the second game in a row which has been the story of the series for the Nuggets so far. None of the games have been close and the Nuggets look like their out of gas, but that's understandable given the sheer amount of injuries they've dealt with. The Nuggets will try to avoid a sweep in Game 4 on Tuesday. Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 27 points in Game 3 win
    Joel Embiid dominated Game 3 with 27 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal, three blocks and one triple in Friday's 127-111 Game 3 win over Atlanta. 

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Embiid was “feeling great” despite the questionable tag he was carrying, and while he isn’t close to 100 percent, he has still been dominant and the 76ers are feeding him in the post at will. In fact, his usage rate of 39.9% through the first two games was his highest for any of the seven playoff series he’s played in according to’s John Schuhmann. He did have another scare to his left knee this evening (the good one), but despite hobbling around a bit, he remained in the game and seemed fine. Philly is back in the driver’s seat ahead of Game 4 with a 2-1 lead. Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Joel Embiid expected to play in Game 3
    Barring a setback in warmups, Joel Embiid (knee) will play in Game 3 vs. Atlanta. 

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said Embiid "feels great" but added that he's likely going to be day-to-day the rest of the playoffs. Despite the possibility of more questionable tags, we expect the superstar to stay in the lineup. Friday, 3:13 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (back surgery) out for season
    Serge Ibaka underwent surgery on his back and will miss the remainder of the season.

    Advice: It's a tough blow for Ibaka and the Clippers but it's been clear for a while that he was nowhere close to a return. For now, there is no timetable to speak of. With a $9.7M player option for 2021-22, we'd expect Ibaka to play it safe and pick that up. Friday, 1:59 pm
  • Embiid (right knee) still questionable for Game 3
    Joel Embiid (right knee) remains listed as questionable for Game 3 Friday night vs. the Hawks. 

    Advice: Embiid was listed as questionable in the lead-up to Game 2 as well, but went out and poured in 40 points to lead the Sixers to a much-needed victory. "Obviously, the pain is going to be there," Embiid told reporters after the contest. "That's normal. But it's all about managing it, doing whatever it takes to win. Because my goal is to win the championship. I'm going to put my body on the line to make sure that happens. I'm going to give everything I got." We can expect confirmation of his status this evening. Friday, 10:46 am
  • Siakam to miss 5 months after shoulder surgery
    Pascal Siakam underwent successful surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and he is expected to need approximately five months to recover from the surgery.

    Advice: Siakam missed the final four games of the regular season after initially injuring the shoulder May 8th vs. Memphis. The Raptors characterized it as a strained left shoulder, but it turns out the injury was significant. This will certainly impact Siakam's fantasy value heading into 2021-22 drafts. Even in the best-case scenario, he will likely miss all of training camp, the entire preseason and the first couple of weeks of the regular season. Siakam finished last season ranked 44th overall in nine-category formats. Friday, 10:00 am
  • Report: Jeff Green (foot) making progress
    Jeff Green (foot) is "making progress" and has not yet been ruled out of Sunday’s Game 4, according to Brian Lewis of the NY Post. 

    Advice: Green is dealing with a left plantar fascia strain, which he initially suffered in Game 2 of the Nets first-round series vs. Boston. The Nets have said they are hopeful Green will return to action at some point during the Bucks series, which Brooklyn leads 2-1. Friday, 7:10 am
  • Ivica Zubac struggles with foul trouble in start
    Ivica Zubac struggled with foul trouble in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Jazz, finishing with just seven points, one block, two turnovers and four fouls.

    Advice: Zubac replaced Nicolas Batum in the starting lineup tonight, but he picked up three fouls in his first five minutes of play, and only managed to get out on the floor for a total of 14 minutes. DeMarcus Cousins got some extra run with Zubac in foul trouble, but he still only finished with six points, four rebounds and one turnover in 11 minutes. Batum logged 27 minutes off the bench and ended his evening with seven points, three rebounds, two assists, two triples, two steals and one block in the loss. Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Joel Embiid listed as questionable for Game 3
    Joel Embiid (right knee) is being listed as questionable for Game 3 vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: We'd be shocked if he didn't play, but we probably won't get official confirmation on his status until just prior to tip-off. Thursday, 2:54 pm
  • Rudy Gobert wins third Defensive Player Award
    Rudy Gobert has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. 

    Advice: This marks the third time he's won the award in the last four seasons and he'll join Dikembe Mutombo, Ben Wallace and Dwight Howard as the only other players to win it at least three times. Gobert got 84 of 100 first-place votes and Ben Simmons finished second in the voting. Wednesday, 6:04 pm
  • Markieff Morris wants to remain a Laker
    Markieff Morris will enter unrestricted free agency this summer, and made it clear that he wants to be back in purple and gold next season, as for the rest of the Lakers frontcourt (outside of Anthony Davis), it remains to be seen. 

    Advice: When asked about his free agent situation Morris had this to say: "As far as coming back next year, man, of course. There’s nowhere else I would rather be. I feel like this is home for me. … This is definitely where I want to be, man. I think we got a good shot of running it back next year. I think I will be here, man. I think if everything lines up the way it’s supposed to, I’ll be back next year.” Morris is coming off a season where he averaged 6.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 40.5% shooting from the floor and 31.1% shooting from three. The Lakers have a couple of question marks in the frontcourt, namely Andre Drummond, who will be an unrestricted free agent and also Montrezl Harrell who has a player option for 2021-2022. The decisions of Drummond, Harrell, and Marc Gasol, who will likely mull over retirement or going home to play in Spain, will all likely have an impact on Morris' future with the Lakers. Wednesday, 9:37 am
  • Joel Embiid's 40 and 13 leads Sixers to Game 2 win
    Joel Embiid went for 40 points on 13-of-25 shooting (12-of-16 free throws) with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers as the Sixers beat the Hawks 118-102 in Tuesday's Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1.  

    Advice: "Obviously, the pain is going to be there," Embiid said. "That's normal. But it's all about managing it, doing whatever it takes to win. Because my goal is to win the championship. I'm going to put my body on the line to make sure that happens. I'm going to give everything I got." Embiid did just that on Tuesday night, and through two games since returning from his brief absence, Embiid is averaging 39.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in two games against the Hawks. Embiid also had some extra motivation on Tuesday evening as hours before, he finished second in MVP voting to Denver's Nikola Jokic. The series now shifts to Atlanta tied at one apiece. Game 3 will take place on Friday evening. Tuesday, 7:23 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) will play in Game 2 on Thursday
    Joel Embiid (right knee) will play and start in Game 2 of the Eastern semifinals against the Hawks on Tuesday evening.

    Advice: He was questionable prior, and he’s clearly not 100% by any means given both this lingering tag and a few plays in Game 1 where his knee appeared to bother him. Barring any setback, however, he should continue to log heavy minutes against a scorching Hawks team, and after what was almost one of the most incredible comebacks in playoff history in Game 1, the 76ers will look to even things up before heading to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4. Tuesday, 2:45 pm
  • Nikola Jokic wins 2020-2021 NBA MVP Award
    Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has been named the Most Valuable Player of the 2020-2021 NBA Season, per Shams Charania on Twitter.

    Advice: While guys like Joel Embiid and Stephen Curry could have taken home the award, we saw this one coming from a mile away from a guy that had one of the most consistent and dominant seasons that we've seen from a center in a long time. Jokic finished the season behind averages of 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 triples, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks on 56.6% from the floor, all while not missing a single game in this crazy and condensed 72-game season. The former 41st pick in the 2014 draft is the lowest drafted player to ever win it, and the first in Nuggets history as well. Jokic is incredibly deserving of the award, and anyone who likes basketball in the slightest has to admire his unique and elite set of skills. His next stop will be to try and bring his No. 3 seeded Nuggets team out of a 1-0 series deficit in favor of the Suns, and continue to make a playoff run in his dreamy season. Tuesday, 2:38 pm
  • Ibaka (back) did not travel with team to Utah
    Clippers coach Ty Lue said Monday that Serge Ibaka (back) did not travel with the team to Utah for Games 1 and 2. 

    Advice: Ibaka is officially listed as doubtful to play vs. the Jazz on Tuesday night. However, the fact that he is not traveling with the team means he can be effectively ruled out for Games 1 and 2. Tuesday, 8:24 am
  • Nikola Jokic puts up 22 and 9, Nuggets lose Game 1
    Nikola Jokic put up 22 points on 10-of-23 shooting (2-of-5 3-pointers) and added nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two steals, and four turnovers as the Nuggets fell 122-105 to Phoenix in Monday's Game 1. 

    Advice: In games that Nikola Jokic has tallied at least five assists this postseason, the Nuggets are 4-0. In games that he does not, they are 0-3. The Suns were hesitant to double Jokic in Monday's Game 1 because of the way that Jokic is able to make plays for his teammates, specifically out of double teams, and it worked on Monday as Jokic had just three assists and four turnovers being guarded almost solely by Deandre Ayton. The Nuggets did though, get a solid performance off the bench from JaMychal Green, who tallied 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3-pointers) to go with 11 rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes. Aaron Gordon took advantage of smaller matchups and scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 29 minutes, while Michael Porter Jr. scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-of-8 3-pointers) with seven rebounds and two assists. Game 2 will take place Wednesday night in Phoenix, as the Nuggets will, for the second straight series, look to bounce back and tie things up at one apiece. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Deandre Ayton comes up big in Suns' Game 1 win.
    Deandre Ayton tallied 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with 10 rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes as the Suns defeated the Nuggets 122-105 in Monday's Game 1.

    Advice: In the three games that Denver and Phoenix played during the regular season, Nikola Jokic averaged 25.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists and Denver won two of the three meetings. Ayton's ability to play Jokic to a stalemate on Monday was perhaps the main reason why Phoenix was able to take Game 1, and they will ask him to do the same on Wednesday as Phonix will attempt to go up 2-0. Phoenix will also hope for a more explosive performance from Devin Booker who had a modest line of 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting (1-of-4 3-pointers) with eight assists, four rebounds, one steal, and five turnovers in 38 minutes. It wasn't a bad performance by Booker, with the exception of the five turnovers, but after you average 29.7 points per game on the defending champions, including a 47-point performance in the clincher, much more will be expected of you. Monday, 9:56 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fall into 0-2 hole
    Giannis Antetokounmpo put up a double-double with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and three turnovers as the Bucks were blown out 125-86 by the Nets on Monday night.

    Advice: The Bucks again out-rebounded the Nets and had more points in the paint, but again, neither mattered as Milwaukee was blown out of the gym on Monday. The Bucks shot 8-of-27 from three, while Brooklyn shot 21-42. Through two games, Milwaukee is now 14-of-57 from three, good for just 24.5 percent. Khris Middleton again struggled shooting the ball going 7-of-20 from the floor for 17 points while Brook Lopez went 4-of-10 for 10 points to go with six rebounds and two assists. Jrue Holiday chipped in 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four rebounds and three assists in Monday's loss. They will attempt to avoid falling in a 3-0 hole on Thursday night from Milwaukee. Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (back) doubtful for Game 1 vs. Utah
    Serge Ibaka (back) is doubtful to play in Game 1 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's unclear if Ibaka will be able to return during the postseason, but with him not even traveling to Utah, it's probably safe to say he'll be missing Game 2 as well. With him out, Ivica Zubac might have a larger role than he did during the First Round with Rudy Gobert waiting on the other end of the floor in this series. Jun 7, 3:03 pm
  • Joel Embiid (right knee) questionable for Game 2
    Joel Embiid (right knee) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Embiid logged 38 minutes in Game 1 on Sunday, and Doc Rivers said he "looked good" at Monday's walkaround, but Rivers also acknowledged that they're "not out of the wood's yet" with Embiid's knee injury and that he'll likely be evaluated ahead of every game moving forward. We're expecting Embiid to be out there, but this knee issue will likely be ongoing for the remainder of the postseason. Jun 7, 2:36 pm
  • Embiid on knee: “It’s all about managing it”
    When asked about the meniscus tear in his right knee, Joel Embiid emphasized that it wasn’t easy to play, but it’s all about the management of the injury.

    Advice: The full quote reads: "Playing on a torn meniscus is not easy...the pain is gonna be there, that's normal. It's all about managing it, and doing whatever it takes to win. My goal is to win a championship. I'm gonna put my body on the line to make sure that happens.” Embiid went nuts in Game 1 with 39 points despite a loss, but there were times when he did look to be in some pain after certain plays. We don’t expect him to sit anytime soon, but if his knee gets any worse over time, he may need to. For now, he'll look to help his team even up the series against Atlanta in Tuesday's Game 2. Jun 6, 5:09 pm
  • Marcus Morris bounces back with seven triples
    Marcus Morris tied his career-high (regular season and playoffs) with seven made 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, five rebounds and two assists in a must-win Game 7 against Dallas.

    Advice: Morris needed a bounce-back game in the worst of ways as he shot just 1-of-10 from the floor in Game 6, and he delivered this afternoon to say the least. He caught fire in third quarter and played a huge role in the 24-4 run in that frame that ultimately pushed the Clips to pull ahead and retain a comfortable lead to advance them to Round 2 against the Jazz. Morris won’t be this good every night since this team has so many weapons capable of going off, but he’s been one of the most consistent of the Clippers’ non-studs. Nicolas Batum played incredible defense and had a quietly but productive 11/7/5/2/1 line with a triple in 42 minutes. Jun 6, 3:33 pm
  • Jeff Green (foot) out for Game 2
    Jeff Green (foot) won't play in Monday's Game 2. 

    Advice: The Nets are hopeful he'll play at some point in this series but as long as Kevin Durant is healthy, they'll be OK. James Harden is also out on Monday with a hamstring injury, as the Nets look to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Jun 6, 1:57 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) goes off in Game 1 loss
    Joel Embiid played through his right knee injury in Sunday's Game 1 and went off for 39 points, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer on 12-of-21 shooting in a 128-124 loss to the Hawks. 

    Advice: Embiid also hit 14 of his 15 free throw attempts and was dominant all day long, although the Hawks managed to control the game until the final few minutes. Embiid will continue to be day-to-day for the rest of this series but if today was any indication, he's going to have to play in every game against the pesky Hawks. Tobias Harris had 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer, Ben Simmons hit 7-of-7 shots for 17 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and a block, but broke more backboards than Darryl Dawkins did back in the day with his 3-of-10 free throw shooting. Seth Curry added 21 points and five triples in the loss and the Sixers will go back to the drawing board to try to figure out how to slow the red-hot Hawks and Trae Young down the rest of the way. Jun 6, 12:56 pm
  • Boban Marjanovic starting againi for Dallas
    Boban Marjanovic is back in the starting lineup for the Mavericks for Sunday's Game 7 against the Clippers. 

    Advice: Dallas will start Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway, Dorian Finney-Smith and Kristaps Porzingis alongside Boban, while the Clippers will start a small lineup of Reggie Jackson, Nicolas Batum, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Marcus Morris. Jun 6, 12:09 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores just seven in start
    P.J. Tucker entered the starting lineup in Saturday’s rough Game 1 loss to the Nets, finishing with just seven points, four rebounds, an assist, two steals and a triple in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He entered the starting lineup predominantly to try and guard Kevin Durant, and while he did a pretty good job of containing KD in the first half, it didn’t last for long. Tucker should continue to start and attempt to guard one of the game’s most pure scorers, and any offense he provides will be a nice bonus. Brook Lopez dominated inside and played well with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five boards (all offensive) and an assist, but only saw 28 minutes of action as well. Jun 5, 7:12 pm
  • Blake Griffin goes beast-mode in Game 1 win
    Blake Griffin was the unsung hero of Brooklyn’s 115-107 win on Sunday, double-doubling (before fouling out late) on his way to 18 points, 14 boards, three dimes, two steals and four three-pointers to help give his team a 1-0 series lead on Milwaukee. 

    Advice: Anyone doubting Blake Griffin’s heart and hustle before tonight should probably send their apologies as soon as possible, as Blake’s flurry of hustle plays and fight was a big reason for the Nets' victory tonight. His four 3-pointers were almost as many as the Bucks’ six as a team, and he’s clearly getting more long-distance shots already after not making a single triple in the five games against the Celtics in the first found. If Blake continues to play at a level anywhere close to this, no one is beating the Nets even without James Harden (hamstring), and the rest of the league should be frightened. Joe Harris helped the matter with 19 points and five triples, while Mike James got some extra minutes off the bench to finish with 12 points, seven boards and three assists in 30 big minutes. Jun 5, 7:09 pm
  • Giannis scores 34 as Bucks lose Game 1 to Nets
    Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Saturday’s Game 1 loss to the Nets with a game-high 34 points on 16-of-24 shooting, also adding 11 rebounds four assists, two blocks, two triples and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Despite living in the paint with 72 points in that area tonight, the Bucks didn’t have much going outside of Giannis in this one and ultimately fell to a Nets team without James Harden (hamstring injury in the first minute of the game). Milwaukee couldn’t make a triple to save their life tonight with a horrendous 6-of-30 mark from there, and they’ll need to do better if they want to compete with this stacked squad that is the Brooklyn Nets. Khris Middleton had an incredibly inefficient double-double with a 13/13/4 line on 6-of-23 shooting, while Jrue Holiday posted 17 points, nine boards and six dimes in 37 minutes. We’ll see what kinds of adjustments the Bucks make before Game 2 on Monday. Jun 5, 7:03 pm
  • P.J. Tucker enters the starting lineup for Game 1
    P.J. Tucker will move into the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Nets. 

    Advice: Pat Connaughton will slide to the bench. Tucker is not a fantasy option and will likely be asked to shadow Kevin Durant throughout most of the series. Jun 5, 4:04 pm
  • Serge Ibaka listed as doubtful for Game 7
    Serge Ibaka (back) is doubtful for Game 7 vs. the Mavericks. 

    Advice: There's been no indication that Ibaka is close to a return, though he has been traveling with the team lately. The Clippers will continue to rely on their smaller lineups in the meantime. Jun 5, 4:03 pm
  • Jeff Green (left foot) ruled out again Saturday
    Jeff Green (left plantar fascia strain) won't play in Game 1 vs. the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: The good news is that coach Steve Nash expects to have a timetable for Green "in the next two or three days." He's reportedly progressed well since going down in late May, but until he's cleared to play Brooklyn will rely on Blake Griffin and Nicolas Claxton for extra minutes in the frontcourt. Jun 4, 2:11 pm
  • P.J. Tucker may start Game 1 vs. Nets on Saturday
    Jrue Holiday suggested on Friday that P.J. Tucker will start Game 1 vs. the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: "We got somebody like [Tucker] who can step into that starting role," Holiday said while discussing the loss of starter Donte DiVincenzo (foot). "[Tucker] can really make an impact, especially playing against James [Harden], who he's played with for five, six years ... having that experience in the starting lineup really helps us out a lot." Milwaukee finished their first-round series with Pat Connaughton in the starting five, though Tucker logged 24 minutes off the bench in Game 4. All signs point to Tucker and Connaughton reversing roles vs. Brooklyn. Jun 4, 2:10 pm
  • Ibaka (back) travels to Dallas, but is doubtful
    Serge Ibaka (back) traveled with the Clippers to Dallas for Game 6 but is "still considered doubtful to see any action," Friday night, according to LA Times reporter Andrew Greif. 

    Advice: Ibaka suited up for the first two games of the series but has been sidelined by his ailing back in each of the previous three contests. Assuming Serge sits out Game 6, Marcus Morris, Nicolas Batum and Ivica Zubac will continue to divvy up additional minutes. Jun 4, 10:48 am
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