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  • Cuban thinks Noel will remain in Dallas
    Mark Cuban hinted that Nerlens Noel will re-sign with Dallas this summer.

    Advice: "I'm not allowed to talk about [negotiations] but all I can tell you is he's one of a bunch of guys who came in, they all got together and said 'Let's go down to the practice facility and start working out together,'" Cuban said of the restricted free agent. "So they're down there now and so that's exciting to see, and he's part of that group." Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22.0 minutes per game during his time in Dallas, but his knee wasn't 100 percent and the Mavs limited his minutes while they tanked down the stretch. An elite source of rebounds, blocks, steals and FG percentage, the 23-year-old center will be poised for a career year if he can stay healthy. Today, 6:40 am
  • Cavs lose despite Kevin Love's seven triples
    Kevin Love made 8-of-16 field goals with seven 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love hit all seven of his 3-pointers in the first half, a perimeter barrage that kept Boston at bay and set a franchise record for first-half triples. He was solid defensively, as well, and has been terrific in the Conference Finals after a quiet first two rounds of the playoffs. Love's second-half disappearance on offense tonight is puzzling, but he's been much more involved on that end and should be a safe play when Cleveland looks to take a commanding 3-1 lead on Tuesday. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) quiet on Sunday
    Amir Johnson started on Sunday but had just two points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Johnson sprained his right shoulder during the first quarter but he did return, briefly, so we'll leave him off the injury report. He was torched defensively by Kevin Love, who made seven 3-pointers in the first half, and frontcourt reserves Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko had much more success tonight. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk come up big Sunday
    Boston played through Al Horford during Sunday's Game 3 win in Cleveland, and he finished with 16 points, six assists, two rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Celtics took their first lead of the series on a bucket from Horford to open the scoring tonight, and his playmaking was critical. He shot just 7-of-18 from the field, but was aggressive in the post and allowed his teammates to get open looks -- they had six players in double-figures tonight. Kelly Olynyk was also effective with 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), three rebounds and two assists, and Boston used their size to score 36 points in the paint vs. 24 for the Cavs. They'll try to duplicate the feat and even the series on Tuesday. Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Amir Johnson starts, Gerald Green to bench
    Amir Johnson will start Game 3 on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: The move sends Gerald Green back to the bench. Johnson's minutes are severely limited even when he's starting, so there's no real benefit for DFS purposes here. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • MRI confirms partially torn patella for Lee
    An MRI confirmed a partially torn patella for David Lee, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

    Advice: Lee will go over his potential recovery options with the Spurs' medical staff over the next few days, and surgery is something that is being discussed. There's really no way that he'll be playing in Game 4 on Monday, which should translate to more minutes for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) questionable for Game 4
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) is being listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in this series, so they have the luxury of holding Pachulia out if they feel there's any risk of him suffering a setback; particularly with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) looking unlikely for the Spurs. We should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he's out again, JaVale McGee could get another start and there would be more minutes for guys like David West and Andre Iguodala. Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • David Lee (knee) likely out for Game 4
    David Lee (knee) is not expected to play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: That's the bad news. The good news is that the injury isn't believed to be as serious as initially thought. Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Saturday that Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee, but that was before his MRI on Sunday morning. We'll have an update when we know more, but look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to see a bump in minutes in Game 4. Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Enes Kanter is back in the states
    Enes Kanter has made it back to the United States.

    Advice: Kanter was detained in Romania because his Turkish passport was suddenly canceled, but he's convinced that he was held because of his political views. Kanter is scheduled to hold a press conference later this afternoon. Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Nick Collison would like to re-sign w/ OKC
    Nick Collison said he plans to play next season and is hoping to stick with the Thunder.

    Advice: "I plan to play [next year] for sure," Collison said. "I wasn't sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group. I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer." Collison will be 37 years old next season and only made 20 appearances for the Thunder in 2016-17, so if he returns he will simply be a locker room guy. Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • Amir Johnson likely to start Game 3
    Amir Johnson is expected to start in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens just can't seem to settle on his starting five in the playoffs. Johnson is only averaging 10.6 minutes per game in the postseason, so DFS owners will want to look the other direction. Expect Gerald Green to return to the bench. Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • David Lee has partially torn patellar tendon?
    David Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.

    Advice: Lee will have an MRI on Sunday morning to confirm, but the writing was on the wall when he was seen leaving the court in a wheelchair. Needless to say, Lee won't be playing in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday. Expect Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up some minutes with San Antonio's season on the line. Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • David Lee (left knee) to have MRI on Sunday
    David Lee (left knee) will have an MRI on Sunday.

    Advice: He needed to come off the court in a wheelchair and was clearly in some pain. Lee took contact to his knee while he was in the air and he also landed awkwardly. Because Lee didn't shoot the free throws, he was automatically ruled out, so it's tough to gauge what he's dealing with. If he's out for Game 4, Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans should play more. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • JaVale McGee plays well in start, scores 16
    JaVale McGee started for Zaza Pachulia (heel) in Game 3 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with one rebound and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: If you had JaVale McGee leading the Warriors in scoring with 16 points in the first half for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, go play the lotto. McGee made LaMarcus Aldridge look arguably the worst he has all season while McGee didn't make many defensive mistakes. He was pulled somewhat early in the second half after a strong start from Aldridge, so maybe that's why. Regardless, expect McGee to start again for Game 3 with Zaza banged up. Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge turns in a dud in loss
    LaMarcus Aldridge had a night to forget in a Game 3 120-108 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: With a ton of pressure on him and coach Gregg Popovich saying Aldridge has "major responsibility" for this game, he may have played the worst first half he's ever played as a Spur. JaVale McGee outscored him 16 to six in the first half while LMA was late on everything for defense and on pursuing rebounds. He's just not a go-to guy right now. The Spurs miss Kawhi Leonard (ankle) a whole lot. Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Pau Gasol comes off the bench
    Pau Gasol came off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: It was a mild surprise to see Davis Bertans and David Lee come in before Gasol, but Lee's injury may have brought Gasol in for more time than expected. With Lee likely out and LaMarcus Aldridge not playing well, maybe Gasol is looking at more minutes for Game 4. Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • David Lee (knee) will not return on Saturday
    David Lee (left knee) will not return to Saturday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on the and-one score. Lee did not shoot the free throws, so he's automatically ruled out for the game. The Spurs were already using David Bertans as a bench big ahead of Pau Gasol, so now Gasol should be in the rotation. Lee left the court on a wheelchair and may need to be re-evaluated. Saturday, 6:31 pm
  • JaVale McGee is starting on Saturday
    JaVale McGee is starting on Saturday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Even with the Spurs going small, McGee will stick in the starting lineup. We should still see a lot of David West and Draymond Green at the five. Saturday, 6:06 pm
  • Phil meets with Porzingis camp
    President Phil Jackson met recently with Kristaps Porzingis' brother to discuss the issue with the Knicks exit meetings, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.

    Advice: The report adds this meeting accomplished very little. The big man didn't attend exit meetings back in April, which may have had to do with the Carmelo Anthony drama. Jackson has said he's looking to do more "on-scene, on-target mentoring" and he did show up for the NBA Draft Combine this year. Expect plenty of drama with the Knicks this summer. Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • JaVale McGee likely to start Saturday
    JaVale McGee will "probably start" for Zaza Pachulia (heel) in Game 3 against the Spurs on Saturday, according to coach Mike Brown.

    Advice: He made 10 starts during the regular season, averaging 9.8 points, 5.2 boards, 0.9 blocks and 0.2 steals in 16.4 minutes per game. McGee has been seeing most of his run in garbage time lately, but he should be looking at minutes in the teens today. Plus, the Warriors are also heavy favorites with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) out. Saturday, 12:57 pm
  • Kanter released from Romania
    Updating a previous item, Enes Kanter was later released after being detained in Romania.

    Advice: He's been traveling through Europe as part of his Light Foundation tour and did post a video of him being held. Kanter had his Turkish passport canceled to cause the problem earlier today, but now he's on his way to London. The OKC big man and some strong words against Turkish president Erdogan, which may be the reason for this issue. It sounds like he's in the clear. Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out of Game 3
    Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) has been ruled out of Game 3 vs. San Antonio on Saturday.

    Advice: This update was expected after it was revealed that Pachulia "didn't do much" at practice on Friday. Spurs fans are undoubtedly disappointed that they won't have the opportunity to boo Pachulia out of the building on Saturday. JaVale McGee will likely draw the start at center. David West may pick up some extra run as well. However, Golden State may also choose to go small early and often, playing Draymond Green in the middle more frequently. Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Enes Kanter detained in Romanian airport
    Enes Kanter is being detained in Romania after his passport was "canceled" by the Turkish embassy on Saturday morning.

    Advice: Kanter is traveling throughout Europe as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter Light Foundation global tour. He posted a video on Twitter explaining that police officers had been holding him in Budapest for hours. "The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views," said Kanter. "And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. He's a bad, bad man. He is a dictator, and he's the Hitler of our century." ESPN is reporting that the Thunder are working with the league office to gather information. Saturday, 8:25 am
  • Kevin Love scores 21 points in easy win
    Kevin Love scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He's actually been a solid defender in this series and he's also lighting up the Celtics as a shooter. Love wasn't playing very well in the first two series, especially with just 12.0 points per game against the Raptors. Whatever happened in the time off, it's certainly helping. He's had a tough time against the Warriors, though. Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Al Horford struggles again on Friday night
    Al Horford scored 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes in a loss to the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: What happened to the Horford from the last round? He didn't make any field goals in the first half today and he's also been a no-show on the defensive end. The Celtics can't figure out what to put next to Horford with Amir Johnson being next to him in Game 1 and Jae Crowder shifting to the four in this ugly loss. He really needs to play better in Game 3. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Gobert, Kawhi and Dray for DPOY
    Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green are the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: These are the only three options here with each having some clear strengths over the others. Gobert is the best rim protector in the league, Kawhi is as good as it gets on the perimeter, and no player is better at team defense than Draymond. This will likely be one of the closest awards on June 26. Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Jokic, Giannis, Gobert MIP finalists
    Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert are the finalists for Most Improved Player.

    Advice: No sign of Otto Porter, Tim Hardaway Jr. or James Johnson for this award. The three nominees dazzled us throughout the year with Giannis and Gobert earning All-NBA Second Team nods -- Jokic did receive a first-team vote. Antetokounmpo is considered as the heavy favorite here and there's almost no chance fantasy owners will be able to draft him after No. 5 next year. Friday, 4:33 pm
  • Amir Johnson back to the bench
    Amir Johnson will move to the bench against the Cavs for Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: After a rough Game 1 from Johnson and based on how that starting lineup hasn't fared well vs. Cleveland, Johnson may not be getting minutes. Jonas Jerebko could also be in the mix for this game while Jaylen Brown should play more, as well. Friday, 3:47 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia doesn't do much at practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) didn't do much at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is still listed as questionable for Game 3, but not doing much at practice doesn't bode well for his chances to play on Saturday. If Zaza isn't out there, it'll likely be more JaVale McGee and David West at the five with more Draymond in there, as well. Friday, 12:31 pm
  • Pelicans hire Chris Finch
    The Pelicans are close to hiring assistant Chris Finch to their coaching staff.

    Advice: It's an interesting move for the Pelicans to add the former Nuggets assistant. Finch is somewhat responsible for Nikola Jokic becoming such an amazing offensive weapon and he's also part of the reason the Nuggets offense thrived in the second half. To be fair to Jokic, he's been an incredible passer since his first Summer League, so it's not like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will transform overnight. Regardless, this is positive news for both the Pelicans bigs. Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Drummond wants to keep Pistons roster intact
    Andre Drummond said he believes the Pistons must improve their camaraderie and chemistry heading into the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Despite a disappointing 2016-17 campaign, Drummond does not feel it's necessary to overhaul the Pistons roster. "I don’t think we need to do any changes," Drummond said on Tuesday. "We had a lot of bumps in the road last season with different things going on, and it took everybody out of sync. With this summer coming up, we have to do a better job staying connected — the more stuff we do together, the better our camaraderie will be." Drummond had offseason surgery to correct a deviated septum, which he hopes will increase his energy next season. Friday, 10:45 am
  • Zaza Pachulia goes through part of practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through parts of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed he only has a bruise to his heel. Pachulia did have some issues with his right Achilles earlier in his career, so there's a chance this could be affecting that ailment. If he can't go, JaVale McGee and David West will likely get some added run. Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • NBA announces All-NBA second team
    Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert were named to the All-NBA second team.

    Advice: The Stifle Tower had a massive breakout year as an elite roll man to go with arguably the best rim protection in the league. Somehow, Gobert didn't make the All-Star team, which is another reason why we can't take All-Star Game voting seriously. If Gobert can put it together at the free throw line, he could reach truly elite fantasy value. Thursday, 11:13 am
  • All-NBA: Beard, Brodie, Bron, Brown & Kawhi
    James Harden, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis were named to the All-NBA first team.

    Advice: Not many surprises here with four of the five basically being locks while Rudy Gobert had an outside chance to take the last spot over Davis. Despite going to the locker room more than any player, Davis still managed to play 75 games, averaging 28.0 points, 11.8 boards, 2.1 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.3 steals. Thursday, 11:07 am
  • 76ers still open to keeping Jahlil Okafor?
    76ers GM Bryan Colangelo said he's still open to the idea of keeping Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: In other words, Colangelo is having a tough time finding a suitor for the big man. "I want to find a situation that’s great for us and great for Jahlil, and if that means him staying here then that’s great," Colangelo said. "He’s a great kid and a great player and we’re going to see how he fits with this group." Joel Embiid (knee) is expected to be a full go for the 2017-18 season and Okafor was outplayed by Richaun Holmes down the stretch, so it's hard to imagine him helping fantasy owners if he remains in Philly. Thursday, 9:29 am
  • Al Horford has 11/8/6 in lopsided Gm 1 defeat
    Al Horford had 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 38 minutes during the Celtics' 117-104 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: Horford missed his first six shot attempts before finding a rhythm offensively. He was also torched early on defense while switching onto LeBron James, and the Celtics are likely to tweak their approach for Game 2, but fatigue is a potential culprit. Boston was two days removed from an exhausting seven-game series, while the Cavs had a nine-day rest following their sweep of the Raptors. Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half vs. Cleveland
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half of the Celtics' Game 1 loss on Wednesday, finishing with two points, three rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Olynyk replaced Amir Johnson after halftime but it didn't have a big impact at either end of the court, mainly because Olynyk missed his shots. The 26-year-old big man had a phenomenal Game 7 vs. the Wizards, and he could make an impact in this series, but the early returns aren't encouraging. Wednesday, 8:54 pm
  • Amir Johnson gets DNP-CD after halftime
    Amir Johnson didn't play after halftime during Wednesday's loss to the visiting Cavaliers.

    Advice: He failed to defend well vs. the Cavs' frontcourt and offered nothing offensively, so coach Brad Stevens opted to start Kelly Olynyk in the third quarter. Tyler Zeller even cracked the rotation tonight, which doesn't bode well for Johnson. Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Tristan Thompson scores 20 pts on 7-of-7 FGs
    Tristan Thompson made 7-of-7 field goals en route to a career postseason-high 20 points during the Cavs' Game 1 road win, adding nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson had three of his six offensive rebounds early in the first quarter, helping the Cavs establish an early lead. His inside presence was a game-changer tonight and Boston resorted to intentionally fouling him down the stretch -- Thompson shot 49.8 percent from the line this season, and wound up 6-of-10 from the line tonight. Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Kevin Love scores playoff career-high 32 pts
    Kevin Love scored a playoff career-high 32 points during Wednesday's Game 1 victory in Boston, making 9-of-16 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs with six 3-pointers, 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Tyronn Lue vowed to get Love more involved offensively vs. Boston after he posted a 19.8% usage rate in the first two rounds. Lue cited matchups as the reason for Love's relatively low involvement vs. Indiana and Toronto, but the Celtics had no answers for the four-time All-Star tonight -- Love scored 18 points in the third quarter alone, helping the Cavs roll to an easy 117-104 win. "This is a perfect roster with regard to how many predicaments they can put you in with all of the shooting around [LeBron]," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before the game. Boston will go back to the drawing board for Game 2 on Friday. Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • MRI confirms heel bruise for Zaza Pachulia
    An MRI confirmed that Zaza Pachulia suffered a bruised right heel vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: The MRI didn't reveal any structural damage and Pachulia is considered day-to-day. The Warriors don't play again until Game 3 on Saturday, which is a big help, but if Zaza misses any games JaVale McGee stands to gain the most minutes. Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Popovich wants more from Aldridge
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he needs more from LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: "I think he’s got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done," Popovich said. "Whether it’s for himself or teammates. … He’s got to do it." Popovich said Aldridge looked "timid" in Game 2 and added that he was passing up shots, as he finished with eight points on 4-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes. Even if Aldridge bounces back, the Spurs chances of making this series interesting likely hinges on the availability of Kawhi Leonard (ankle). Wednesday, 9:36 am
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) to have an MRI
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a right heel contusion in Game 2 vs. the Spurs and wasn't able to return for the second half. X-rays were negative, but we should get an update on his timetable later tonight or on Thursday morning once the results of the MRI are known. If the big man misses time, expect more small-ball lineups from the Warriors with JaVale McGee also picking up a few more minutes. Wednesday, 9:17 am
  • Joel Embiid intends to play every game?
    Joel Embiid said he intends to play every game of the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "[My offseason goal is to] make sure my body's ready because I think next year I'll be able to play almost every game," Embiid said. "Just make sure my body's ready to take on the toll of the NBA schedule, back-to-backs, but I intend to play every game and we're going to see how it goes." He had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus back in March, but he's expected to be back on the court in 2-3 weeks. Embiid will have another scan in the upcoming weeks, and he's hoping to be cleared for jumping and 5-on-5 drills in the near future. Wednesday, 8:00 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge held to eight points
    LaMarcus Aldridge was invisible in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors in Game 2, scoring eight points on 4-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He looked slow and couldn't take advantage of some of his mismatches in the post. Coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge was "timid" and that he was turning down shots, adding that he needs him to be more aggressive on offense. Pau Gasol didn't have much success either with the Warriors playing small ball for most of the night, finishing with seven points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes. If the Spurs want to bounce back in Game 3, Aldridge and Gasol will have to show up. Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not return Tuesday
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not return to Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He left the game just before halftime and did not come back out for the second half. Pachulia has been diagnosed with a right heel contusion, but we'll know more about his status after he undergoes X-rays. Matt Barnes started the second half, but JaVale McGee would also pick up some minutes if Pachulia misses additional time. Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Marcin Gortat voices frustration with Wizards
    In his exit interview, Marcin Gortat said that he is going to speak with his agent this summer and figure out "if this is the right fit."

    Advice: An agitated Gortat voiced frustration with the situation in Washington. He said he felt he "did more sacrificing" than anyone on the team, while playing an "under-appreciated" role as a center. Gortat still has two years left on his current contract, so he has little leverage to demand a trade. And considering the fact that he is signed to an affordable contract (he will make $6 million less than Ian Mahinmi over the next two seasons), the Wiz have no incentive to move him. Tuesday, 10:36 am
  • Embiid says he'll be on floor in 2-3 weeks
    Joel Embiid (knee) said on Tuesday that his rehab is going great and that he will be "back on the court in two to three weeks."

    Advice: Embiid had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus on March 24th. This is the first update we've had since Embiid had the arthroscopic procedure done. He will obviously have plenty of time to recover and get ready for training camp next fall. Embiid will be one of the more fiercely debated players heading into fantasy drafts next season. His upside is incredible, but the injury history makes him a remarkably risky picks in the early rounds. Tuesday, 10:12 am
  • Donatas Motiejunas open to all offers
    Donatas Motiejunas said that he while he would prefer to play in the NBA next season, he would consider returning to Europe as well.

    Advice: Motiejunas had a nightmare 2016-17 season due to injuries and contract disputes. He is currently suing the Rockets and the NBA over his contract issues. Motiejunas finished the season with the Pelicans but does not believe he is a fit in New Orleans. "[The Pelicans] don't need me, they already have 4-5 big man on the roster for the next season," said Motiejunas. His preferred NBA destinations are San Antonio, Golden State, Utah or Washington. Tuesday, 6:25 am
  • Kelly Olynyk drops 26 points in Game 7 win
    Kelly Olynyk dropped a playoff career-high 26 points in Monday's 115-105 Game 7 over the Wizards.

    Advice: Channeling his inner Larry Bird, Olynyk scored 14 points alone in the fourth quarter and outscored Washington's bench 26-5. He shot 10-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, adding five rebounds, four assists and two triples in 28 minutes. Washington's small-ball lineup had no answer for Olynyk defensively and he became the first player in more than 30 years to score 25+ points and grab five boards off the bench in a Game 7. Boston will be hoping that he can build off this momentum because he was held to single-digit points in four of his previous five games. Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia unlikely to be disciplined
    Zaza Pachulia is unlikely to be disciplined by the NBA for his foul on Kawhi Leonard in Game 1.

    Advice: Pachulia stuck his foot under under Leonard which caused the San Antonio star to roll his ankle and leave the game for good, but the big man denies that he did it on purpose and his teammates backed him up. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ripped Pachulia at Monday's press conference and called the foul an "unnatural closeout," but the NBA isn't planing to take any action. For now, expect Pachulia to be in the lineup for Game 2 on Tuesday. Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Markieff Morris says ankle still bothers him
    Markieff Morris said that his left ankle is still bothering him and that he hasn't practiced since picking up the injury.

    Advice: "I don't shoot at all. I just go back to treament every day," Morris said. "It's not swollen as much but the pain is still there. It's the worst injury I've ever had." He seemed fine in Game 6 when he scored 16 points with 11 rebounds in 39 minutes, and Morris added that there's no way he will sit out Game 7 on Monday. "[Expletive] this ankle," Morris said. "I'm not worried about my ankle right now. I'm worried about winning." May 15, 8:30 am
  • Zaza gets 26 minutes on Sunday
    Zaza Pachulia scored 11 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll be under fire for an incident in this game. Pachulia may have stuck his foot under Kawhi Leonard (ankle) to possibly cause an ankle roll, which was a huge development to help the Warriors get the win. Besides that, coach Mike Brown did give Zaza some credit for playing more minutes than usual. May 14, 3:49 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 28 in Game 1 loss
    LaMarcus Aldridge was busy during a 113-111 loss to the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 28 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block, one 3-pointer and six turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Spurs looked like they had this one with a 25-point lead in the second quarter, but losing Kawhi Leonard (ankle) in the third quarter was just too much. After Kawhi went down, the Spurs gave up a 16-0 run and also closed the game 33-58 to suffer the Game 1 loss. The Spurs said they'll need LMA to play at his best and they were even feeding him before Kawhi went down, but he'll be really busy if Kawhi is limited -- he had a 29.1 usage rate without Kawhi on the court in the regular season. Even if the Spurs do go with more single-big lineups, it'll likely be LMA getting plenty of burn. May 14, 3:33 pm
  • Pau Gasol struggles in his 16 minutes
    Pau Gasol scored five points with two rebounds, one assists, one block, one steal and five fouls in 16 minutes against the Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble, but this just isn't his series. The Spurs surprisingly went with several two-big lineups for most of this game, but keep in mind Andre Iguodala was limited to prevent some of the deadly small-ball combos. While Gasol didn't play well, the Spurs did play well with some lineups consisting of David Lee and LaMarcus Aldridge. Don't expect Gasol to crack 20 minutes too often in this series. May 14, 3:29 pm
  • Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge starting Game 1
    Patty Mills, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol will start against the Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge combos didn't fare well against the Rockets, so coach Gregg Popovich may not go too heavy today. It does make sense to start Gasol and have him log most of his minutes against Zaza Pachulia, though. Gasol has played 24.2 minutes per game in the postseason so far, but there's a decent chance that number goes slightly down in this series. May 14, 11:18 am
  • Clint Capela wants to be more consistent
    Clint Capela said he wants to get stronger and be more consistent next season.

    Advice: "Now, I know that I can handle the role of a starting center," Capela said. "Now, my goal is to be more consistent and to be able to play more minutes and, like I did after this past summer get better, get stronger. Keep working and get better." The Rockets are very high on the 22-year-old center and GM Daryl Morey believes he can become an All-Star. He averaged 12.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 blocks in 23.9 minutes per game in 2016-17, but really shined in the playoffs when he averaged 2.5 blocks. He's poised for a big 2017-18, but fantasy owners would like to see him continue to make progress from the free throw line -- he shot 53.1 percent from the line during the regular season. May 14, 8:38 am
  • Nene (adductor tear) will not need surgery
    Nene said he will not need surgery to repair his ruptured groin muscle.

    Advice: "It's great. Very positive," Nene said. "We thought I was supposed to have [surgery]. I don't need [surgery]." This is wonderful news for the 34-year-old veteran because surgery would've required four to six months on the shelf. Instead, Nene will rehab for 6-8 weeks and is fully expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Nene was excellent in the postseason with averages of 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals in just 17.9 minutes per game, and he's likely going to get a nice raise this summer after playing for only $2.9 million in 2016-17. He's hopeful to re-sign with the Rockets and the feeling is likely mutual. May 14, 8:28 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge looking to build momentum
    LaMarcus Aldridge believes that his strong play in Game 6 vs. the Rockets will carry over vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: "I think it's definitely going to help offensively," Aldridge said. "I felt great and I got touches." Manu Ginobili said that the Spurs will need LMA to do some damage against the Warriors, especially since it's not a lock that Kawhi Leonard's ankle is 100 percent. Aldridge actually had a lot of success against the Warriors in two regular-season meetings, averaging 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks on 50.0 percent shooting. If the Spurs want to make this series interesting, Aldridge will need to come out with the same mindset that he had in Game 6 vs. Houston when he scored 34 points with 12 rebounds. May 14, 6:52 am
  • Manu Ginobili said the Spurs will need LaMarcus Aldridge to do some damage against the Warriors.

    Advice: Aldridge himself also mentioned himself, Pau Gasol and David Lee as the bigs needing to make an impact -- Lee revenge game? Coach Gregg Popovich didn't tip his hand too much regarding his lineup combinations, but he may not want to go with many combos with LMA and Gasol together. May 13, 2:29 pm
  • Andre Drummond may wear mask next season
    Andre Drummond, who recently had surgery to correct a deviated septum, may have to wear a mask to protect his nose next season.

    Advice: Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Drummond may now be more prone to a broken nose a result of the surgery. "The only thing is there’s a little bit of a chance that it makes you more susceptible to breaks, which he knew going, which means he may have to wear a mask, at times," said Van Gundy. Drummond initially suffered the injury in college at UConn and re-aggravated the injury going into his second season. Drummond is hopeful that the corrective surgery will allow him to have increased energy next season and beyond. May 13, 10:28 am
  • Gobert won't play with French national team
    Rudy Gobert announced he will not play with the French national team this summer at the European Basketball Championship.

    Advice: Gobert suffered a minor knee injury in the first round of the 2017 postseason vs. the Clippers and cited that as one of the reasons he declined playing for Team France. "It was a tough decision for me. But there's my recent knee injury in playoffs, the long season, discussions with my club... I need to work on my body this summer," said Gobert. May 13, 6:37 am
  • Al Horford scores 20 points
    Al Horford scored 20 points with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Despite the loss, he's been outstanding and his jumpers just keep falling. Horford had a 63.9 effective field goal percentage on his 54 jumpers in his previous playoff games while he's only been blocked just four times on his 111 attempts. This is the Horford the Celtics signed up for last summer. May 12, 7:53 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas is suing the Rockets
    Donatas Motiejunas is suing the Rockets and the NBA over his contract issues from earlier this season, according to the Sporting News.

    Advice: According to the Sporting News, a settlement could be reached next week. He sat out the first two months of the season as this issue played out. The Nets offered a four-year, $35 million deal back in December, but the Rockets offered a deal to match. After Motiejunas failed a physical, that negated a trade that would've sent him to Detroit. May 12, 2:49 pm
  • Nene says that he would like to return to HOU
    Nene, a pending free agent, said that "of course" he would like to return to Houston next season.

    Advice: "Of course I'd like to be back. This place was great for me," said Nene. "They brought the younger Nene back. I got young, I got healthy and I got happy. Of course, I want to be back." Nene also said that he will be fully recovered from his torn left adductor in 6-8 weeks. The Rockets paid Nene only $2.9 million last season, and he greatly exceeded expectations. They will likely have to bump up his salary to retain him. May 12, 10:32 am
  • Coach Hornacek says Porzingis is staying put
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said there is "no doubt" that Kristaps Porzingis will be a member of the Knicks next season.

    Advice: There was an ESPN report earlier this week that several teams had called the Knicks to gauge their possible interest in trading Porzingis after KP blew off his exit interview. However, other teams doing their due diligence does not mean the New York would even consider moving their franchise cornerstone. They would be foolish to engage in talks, as they have a promising young stud locked into a very affordable rookie-scale contract. May 12, 7:52 am
  • Coach Ty Lue wants Love to be more involved
    Coach Tyronn Lue vowed to get Kevin Love more involved in the Cavs offense in the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: Love averaged 19.1 points (on 14.5 field goal attempts) and 11.1 rebounds in the regular season, but has seen those averages dip to 13.8 points (on 9.9 FG attempts) and 9.1 boards in the playoffs. "For me, some of it's my fault because we haven't really featured him a lot because of the matchups we had on other teams," said coach Lue. "In this next series, we have some matchups he can definitely take advantage of, and it's on me to make sure we do that." Love will be a solid DFS option in the early games of the ECF. May 12, 7:44 am
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