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  • Knicks to target free agent Dante Cunningham
    ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are interested in pending free agent Dante Cunningham.

    Advice: Cunningham will be looking for a raise after earning just $2.9 million last season. Known as a versatile defender, Cunningham showed he was also a capable 3-point shooter last season. He averaged 1.1 treys per game while shooting a team-high 39.2 percent from the floor in 2016-17 Rotoworld.com Today, 10:50 am
  • Marreese Speights opts out of contract
    Marreese Speights has officially opted out of his contract with the Clippers.

    Advice: This was expected. It was an easy decision for Speights, as he was set to make just $1.4 million next season. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in 2016-17. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, he will likely be able to land a deal for around $5 million annually. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:06 am
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) a GTD for Game 4
    Amir Johnson (shoulder) said he is feeling better but will be a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson initially injured the shoulder early in Game 3. He was able to return but was clearly limited. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday morning, Johnson stated that he has increased mobility in the shoulder area and that he will participate in shootaround and pre-game warmups before a decision on his availability is made. If Johnson is unable to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko would see an uptick in minutes. It's also possible that coach Brad Stevens slides Gerald Green into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:37 am
  • David Lee (knee) ruled out for Game 4
    David Lee (knee) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: It's strange that the Spurs waited this long to rule Lee out, especially since an MRI confirmed a partially torn patella. His season is likely over even if the Spurs force a Game 5. Look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up the slack in Lee's absence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G4
    Amir Johnson (sprained right AC joint in shoulder) did not practice on Monday and is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Johnson tweaked his shoulder during Game 3, and while he was able to initially play through it, it sounds like it swelled up a bit overnight. He's headed for an MRI, so we'll have a better idea on his status for Game 4 once those results are made public, but if he is forced to the sidelines that would open up some minutes for guys like Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko. Gerald Green could also return to the starting five if Johnson is indeed unavailable on Tuesday night. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Guerschon Yabusele (foot) undergoes surgery
    Guerschon Yabusele underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet according to ESPN's Chris Forsberg.

    Advice: The 16th pick of the 2016 draft spent most of the season in China where he averaged 20.9 points and 9.4 rebounds before joining the Maine Red Claws of the D-League for their playoff run. Yabusele is "unlikely" to be ready for summer league, but he is expected to be good to go for the start of training camp. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound forward has lots of potential on both ends of the court and the Celtics could use some help in their frontcourt, so we'll be watching his progress closely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 am
  • Paul Millsap opts out, will be a free agent
    According to The Vertical, Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract for the 2017-18 season and will become a free agent.

    Advice: The 32-year-old All-Star is arguably the top power forward available this summer and should be able to command a max deal. Millsap has said that he would like to re-sign with Atlanta and the Hawks have made it clear that bringing him back is their top priority, but he could potentially walk with the Hawks getting nothing in return (just like Al Horford did last summer). Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 triples on 44.2 percent shooting this season, but he had trouble staying healthy and appeared in just 69 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Kevin Durant says he's happy in Golden State
    Kevin Durant made it clear that he's enjoyed his time with the Warriors.

    Advice: "I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose," Durant said. "I feel like this is the place I was supposed to be. I appreciate everything I’ve done before this. But I’m here now, and I feel like it’s a great spot for me to be." Durant was non-committal when asked if he would exercise his $27.7 million option for the 2017-18 season, but added that he has no intention of leaving. Don't expect much drama if he opts out this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:48 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko thrives in 13 bench minutes Sun
    Jonas Jerebko was huge in 13 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting with five rebounds, one assist, one block and a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: Most of Jerebko's minutes came during a Boston run while LeBron James was resting, shifting the momentum toward the Celtics, and he was on the court to close out the game. The 6'10" Jerebko brought an aggressive energy for Boston off the bench, and based on tonight's success we expect him to earn solid minutes in Game 4 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:46 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:41 pm
  • LeBron James scores 11 points in Gm 3 loss
    LeBron James had a rare off-night on Sunday, posting 11 points on 4-of-13 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs, with six rebounds, six assists and six turnovers.

    Advice: LBJ is in the midst of another amazingly effective playoff run, with his team boasting a 10-1 record, and tonight's struggles were an obvious aberration. "Me personally I didn't have it," James said after the game. "That's all I've got to say about my performance." It's the fourth time in his postseason career that he's scored fewer than a dozen points and he's likely to erupt in another home game on Tuesday, though that won't help DFS owners who paid up for him tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:39 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:12 pm
  • Kevon Looney (hip) ruled out for Game 4
    Kevon Looney (hip) will not play in Game 4 against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: Looney hasn't played since April 4, and it's looking like he might not play at all during the postseason. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:35 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:07 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:00 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 am
  • Jae Crowder a target for Knicks?
    Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks will want Jae Crowder if the Celtics try to trade for Carmelo Anthony this summer.

    Advice: The Celtics have been heavily linked to Gordon Hayward and could also make another run at Jimmy Butler or Paul George, so Carmelo probably isn't too high on their wish list (if they even want him at all). Jaylen Brown has really emerged during the postseason, but it's not clear if Crowder and his bargain of a contract is expendable -- he's owed $22 million over the next three seasons. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:44 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 33 points in Game 3 win
    Kevin Durant put on an offensive clinic during a Game 3 120-108 win over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 33 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire in the third quarter with 19 points in that frame, scoring the majority of those points in contested situations. According to ESPN, KD scored against eight different defenders, so coach Gregg Popovich just didn't have an answer. This was his third 30-point, 10-board game in these playoffs to get him to 16 in his career. There's obviously nothing to worry about from that calf injury from the first round and the Warriors clearly played it right to take it easy on him last month. This team is just so dangerous and also ties the record for most consecutive wins to start a postseason with 11 straight. They'll go for the sweep on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:45 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • Davis Bertans scores two points in 18 mintues
    Davis Bertans scored two points with four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He actually saw minutes in the first quarter and was a factor even before the David Lee (knee) injury. The Spurs need all the firepower they can get on offense and Bertans has been hot before during his rookie season, so maybe he's a possible solution for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:31 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • Kevon Looney (hip)
    Kevon Looney (hip) has been ruled out of Game 3 vs. the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Looney's hip issues have prevented him from appearing in a single game this postseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:39 am
  • Not Just A Regular Guy: LeBron crushes Boston
    LeBron James crushed the Celtics in Boston during a blowout 130-86 win on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, seven assists, four steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: So it turns out he's not just a regular guy. The Cavs set the NBA playoffs record with a 41-point lead at halftime thanks to winning the second quarter 40-13 to get them to the 72-31 lead at the break. LeBron becomes the first player since Michael Jordan to score 30-plus points in eight consecutive games, and this one hands the Celtics their worst home playoff loss ever. The Cavs have also won 13 straight playoff games to tie the 1988-89 Lakers for the NBA record. LeBron is doing whatever he wants on offense and Celtics coach Brad Stevens may have to be more aggressive in defending him with more double teams. Regardless, it probably isn't going to matter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:01 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Dario, Embiid and Brogdon for ROY
    Dario Saric, Joel Embiid and Malcolm Brogdon are the finalists for Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: This one is going to be a close one with The Process clearly being the best rookie last season, but only playing in 31 games is definitely going to cost him some votes. Meanwhile, Saric went off as arguably Philly's best player after the break, averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 treys in his final 25 games. Brogdon was very consistent all year as a secondary weapon on the Bucks, but he'll certainly get some consideration. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:03 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:47 pm
  • Kevon Looney (hip) doubtful for Game 3
    Kevon Looney (hip) is doubtful to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Progress! Looney still hasn't played in the postseason this year and he's not going to be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:58 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:45 am
  • Report: ATL offered 4 1st rd picks for George
    The Atlanta Hawks offered four first-round picks in exchange for Paul George at the trade deadline in February, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: We don't have any details as to which players were involved to make the salaries match, or what type of protections were on the picks, but it was obviously a significant offer. The Pacers remain in a bind with regards to George. They would obviously prefer to keep their franchise cornerstone long term, but run the risk of losing him for nothing if he signs elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent in July of 2018. It will be one of the more interesting subplots to follow over the next few months and into next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 am
  • Could Jonas Jerebko get run?
    Coach Brad Stevens hinted he could play Jonas Jerebko in Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: "I told him last night, there's a good chance that he'll be a big part of this," Stevens said. Tyler Zeller played for five minutes and it went terribly, posting a -54.5 net rating in that time. Stevens likes to use Jerebko next to Kelly Olynyk, so he could be the last man in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:44 pm
  • Paul George doesn't make All-NBA team
    Paul George did not make an All-NBA team on Thursday.

    Advice: This is bad news for the Pacers. If George did earn the All-NBA distinction, the Pacers could've tried to sign him to a super-max deal worth $207 million over five years. Now, the Pacers won't have much of an edge to bring him back compared to the other teams. This news makes it even more likely George is gone next summer, so the Pacers may also be dropping their asking price in a trade. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Draymond Green makes All-NBA third team
    John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan were named to the All-NBA third team.

    Advice: Green was the top vote getter, including four first-team votes. Those four first-team votes are actually more than every second-team guy except for Rudy Gobert. Green may not be the flashiest scorer and he does have some guys overshadowing him, but he's easily one of the best defenders in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:21 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:07 am
  • George's fate could be determined Thursday
    Paul George finds out if he's eligible for the designated player exception on Thursday night.

    Advice: In order to qualify for the exception, George must be selected to the first, second or third All-NBA teams. If George is selected to one of the teams, he will be eligible to receive a five-year deal from the Pacers worth around $210 million compared to $180 million if he doesn't. The rumors about George's future have been heating up and the Lakers are said to be a serious threat to pry him away from Indiana, but other teams can only offer George a four-year deal for around $133 million unless they acquire him in a trade. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:03 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:55 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 21 pts w/ four 3-pointers
    Jae Crowder made 8-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers to score 21 points during Wednesday's Game 1 defeat, adding eight rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics opened the game 5-of-16 from the field, including 1-of-7 from deep, but their biggest issues were on defense -- Crowder and his teammates had no answers for LeBron James. Crowder's offensive efforts tonight are a faint silver lining, at least, as he shot just 40.9 percent vs. the Bulls in the first round, and 43.6 percent vs. the Raptors in the semifinals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:47 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Cavs win Game 1 behind LeBron James' 38/9/7
    LeBron James was dominant during the Cavs' Game 1 victory in Boston, scoring 38 points (14-of-24 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs had a nine-day break prior to tonight's game, but the rest-vs.-rust question was decisively in favor of rest tonight. The Celtics switched everything defensively against LeBron and he feasted against bigger players like Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk, as well as smaller guys like Marcus Smart, scoring 15 points in the first quarter alone. LeBron has at least one road victory in an NBA-record 29 consecutive playoff series, and the Celtics have no obvious answers for him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:22 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). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:36 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 16 points in easy win
    Kevin Durant scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's easy 136-100 Game 2 win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Durant landed on LaMarcus Aldridge's foot after a shot attempt and was lucky to walk away without an injury -- it looked like LMA slid his foot under KD just like Zaza Pachulia did to Kawhi Leonard in Game 1, so he was fortunate that he didn't roll his ankle. Durant only played 28 minutes due to the lopsided score, so he's not in any danger of missing Game 3 on Saturday. He added three assists, two rebounds, one block and two triples. You can check out the incident in the link below. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Kevon Looney (hip) out for Game 2
    Kevon Looney (hip) will not play in Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely, but he wasn't going to be in the rotation anyways. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:57 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 34 points in win
    Kevin Durant scored 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Spurs in a Game 1 win on Sunday.

    Advice: He dominated to close this game out, but you could definitely chalk it up to the Kawhi Leonard (ankle) injury. In the 17 minutes with Kawhi out, KD scored 23 points on a 33.7 usage rate and an 85.1 true shooting percentage to get him to a +78.1 net rating. When Kawhi was on in 22 minutes, KD had 11 points on a 43.1 TS% for a -29.4 net rating. If Kawhi is limited, Durant could be eating like he has for most of this postseason. Regardless, he's playing lights out right now. Rotoworld.com May 14, 4:02 pm
  • Dray finally has a bad game
    Draymond Green scored nine points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three turnovers in 37 minutes against the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: After he was arguably the most valuable player in the first two rounds, Green finally had a sub-par game. He was irate for a technical foul call against him and he looked frustrated for most of the second quarter -- he only has two techs in the playoffs. He's had bad games before, so just chalk it up to that. Rotoworld.com May 14, 3:51 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com May 14, 11:18 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. Rotoworld.com May 14, 6:52 am
  • Kevon Looney (hip) out again for Game 1
    Kevon Looney (hip) will not play in Game 1 against the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: His left hip just keeps giving him problems, but Looney isn't in the rotation anyway. He has the potential to fit in this offense with strong rebounding, decent jump shooting and size at the five, but Looney really has to stay on the court first. Rotoworld.com May 13, 7:29 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com May 13, 2:29 pm
  • Kevin Durant not worried about opener
    Kevin Durant said the season opener against the Spurs "seems like years ago."

    Advice: The Spurs thumped the Warriors in the opener 129-100 with red-hot Jonathon Simmons scoring 20, but a lot has changed. Durant is basically saying the chemistry for the Warriors wasn't there, and also KD didn't play in the other two games. The Warriors are playing their best defense all year and they're still not hitting all cylinders on offense. Rotoworld.com May 13, 12:23 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. Rotoworld.com May 13, 10:28 am
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