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  • Patrick McCaw returns to the bench
    Patrick McCaw returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Blazers and finished scoreless in 19 minutes.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant (calf) back in the lineup and Matt Barnes nearing a return, McCaw will likely be limited to a handful of minutes in the next round. He missed all three of his shots tonight, adding three rebounds and one assist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) plays 20 minutes
    Kevin Durant (calf) played 20 minutes against the Blazers in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 10 points with three boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and two triples.

    Advice: He was returning from a two-game absence for precautionary reasons, and while he didn't have any official minutes restrictions, he only needed to play 20 because the Warriors built a substantial lead by the end of the first quarter. KD hit 4-of-7 shots and appeared to be in a good rhythm, and now he can look forward to getting some extra rest with the Warriors off for several days before Round 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Curry scores 37, Warriors sweep the Blazers
    Stephen Curry scored 37 points in a 128-103 win as the Warriors swept the Blazers 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Warriors buried the Blazers early on with a 45-point first quarter which ties the postseason record and is something that has only been done by three other teams. Curry was completely unconscious tonight, hitting 12-of-20 shots and 6-of-7 from the line with seven 3-pointers, eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in just 30 minutes. The Warriors will now get 5-7 days of rest and will face the winner of the series between the Jazz and Clippers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu goes off for 25 points
    Al-Farouq Aminu went off for 25 points in a blowout loss to the Warriors in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: He finished five points shy of his playoff career-high, shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five triples in 35 minutes. Aminu is under contract for a couple more seasons, but unless the Blazers move around some pieces this offseason, he will have a tough time finding significant minutes in Portland's crowded frontcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Meyers Leonard is invisible in start
    Meyers Leonard started at center in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday, but failed to score with three rebounds in 10 minutes.

    Advice: With Portland's season on the line and Jusuf Nurkic (leg) on the shelf, the Blazers turned to Meyers Leonard and it didn't end well -- the Blazers were outscored by 17 points in his first five-minute shift and he was benched to start the second half. He has three years and about $31.6 million left on his deal, but he has a lot of work to do this summer if he wants to carve out a spot in the rotation next season. He finishes the 2016-17 campaign with averages of 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 triples on 38.6 percent shooting in 16.5 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Noah Vonleh starts the second half
    Noah Vonleh started the second half of Monday's blowout Game 4 loss to the Warriors, finishing with three points on 1-of-2 shooting with 14 rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Vonleh was buried on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, but due to several injuries in the frontcourt, he took on a larger role after the All-Star break and averaged 6.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.5 steals on 57.5 percent shooting in that span. He's far from a finished product, but he's still only 21 years old and has made a decent case for a larger role next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 34, Blazers eliminated
    Damian Lillard scored 34 points in a 128-103 blowout loss as the Blazers were swept 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs against the Warriors.

    Advice: Lillard predicted that the Blazers would win the series in six games, but to his credit, he certainly did his part. He played 42 minutes and shot 12-of-24 from the field with six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples, outscoring the other four Portland starters 34-15. Lillard finished the regular season as a top-20 player in standard fantasy leagues, averaging 27.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.9 triples on 44.4 percent shooting. Barring some roster moves, Portland's core will be intact next season, so expect a similar role for Dame in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • C.J. McCollum flops in Game 4 loss
    C.J. McCollum had one of his worst games of the season in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, scoring six points on 2-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He failed to score before halftime and didn't hit his first shot until the fourth quarter. It's a bitter ending to his season, especially since he became a star in real life and in fantasy with averages of 23.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 triples on 48.0 percent shooting. He was a top-30 player in standard fantasy leagues and the 25-year-old combo guard will look to take another step forward in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova plays 22 minutes
    Ersan Ilyasova (calf) played 22 minutes in Game 4 vs. the Wizards, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting.

    Advice: He also added five rebounds with one assist and one triple. Ilyasova was considered probable to play after getting kicked in the calf during Game 3, but it doesn't look like it will be an issue going forward. He had a nice stretch at the end of the regular season, but his fantasy value is pretty low these days with Paul Millsap healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 32 points in Game 4 loss
    Bradley Beal scored 32 points in Monday's Game 4 111-101 loss to Atlanta, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Despite shooting 39.7 percent from the field in the first three games of the series, Beal kept firing away tonight and finished 11-of-23 from the field. He recently said that he removed the word "miss" from his vocabulary to keep his confidence high, and with Beal getting back into a rhythm tonight, the Wizards should be confident with the series shifting back to Washington for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Meyers Leonard will draw the start in Game 4
    Meyers Leonard will draw the start in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Leonard scored a combined two points in the first two games of the series and was a DNP-CD in Game 3, but he will get another chance with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) sitting this one out. He's been a huge letdown all season and there's no reason to trust him in fantasy lineups with Portland's season on the line. Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu should be more involved tonight as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Cory Joseph plays 20 minutes in win
    Cory Joseph played through an illness in Monday's Game 6 win over the Bucks, finishing with 10 points, three boards, one assist and a triple.

    Advice: He was pulling at his shirt in warmups and looked exhausted at times, and he's reportedly been dealing with this illness for most of the series. He was able to log 20 minutes in his usual role off the bench and finished 4-of-8 from the field, and he will be relieved to know that Game 6 isn't until Thursday. Kyle Lowry played through a back issue and seemed fine, so CoJo likely won't have a major impact in most fantasy leagues for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Game 4
    Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Monday's Game 4 vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: After sitting out the past two games as a precaution, it's a great sign to see KD returning even though the Warriors have a comfortable 3-0 series lead. Durant practiced over the weekend with no problems and the Warriors will not put a restriction on his minutes tonight. Patrick McCaw will head back to the bench and there will be less touches to go around for the other studs in Golden State. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:42 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova (calf) will play in Game 4
    Ersan Ilyasova (calf) is "ready to go" for Monday's Game 4 matchup with the Wizards.

    Advice: Ilyasova got kicked in the calf during Game 3, but he was never expected to miss Game 5 tonight. However, with Paul Millsap healthy, Ilyasova won't play much more than 20 minutes, rendering him a non-factor in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) not on injury report
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) is not being listed on the injury report for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Dedmon sat out Saturday's Game 4 loss with a minor illness, but ever indication is that he'll be back in action on Tuesday night. David Lee might not play as much with Dedmon back in the fold. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) participated at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

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

    Advice: After missing Game 4 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday, Dedmon has had a few days off to recover and is expected to play in Game 5 on Tuesday. He was only playing 12.7 minutes per game in the first three games of the series, so there aren't many fantasy implications. David Lee logged 33 minutes in a start in Game 4, but his role could take a hit with Dedmon expected back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 am
  • Riley has lofty expectations for Whiteside
    Pat Riley has lofty expectations for Hassan Whiteside's future.

    Advice: "Erik [Spoelstra] and I, we discuss a lot of things about Hassan and how he can better help us," Riley said. "Can he be a 17 [points], 14 [rebounds] and 4 [blocks] guy and shoot 61 percent and 70 percent from the line, which is what I think he is right about now? Or can he be a 25 [points] and 17 [rebounds] and six [blocks] player? I think he can be that, but you have to carve out something more for him offensively." In case it's not obvious, Riley thinks very highly of his franchise center and Spoelstra added that the Heat don't want to put a ceiling on the 27-year-old center's potential. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 am
  • Cory Joseph dealing with an illness
    Cory Joseph is feeling a littler under the weather prior to Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Joseph was at the morning shootaround and said he was "fine," so it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of sitting this one out. Kyle Lowry (back) did not go through shootaround and is probable to play, but CoJo would have a lot of DFS appeal if the All-Star PG is unable to give it a go. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis wants to remain in NY
    Kristaps Porzingis vaguely hinted that he could eventually leave the Knicks if the team isn't performing.

    Advice: "Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,’’ Porzingis said. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best." Porzingis will become a restricted free agent in 2018, so Knicks fans will be hoping for a quick turnaround so they can keep their franchise big man in town. Porzingis also announced that he will play for Latvia at Eurobasket this summer, so that's an indication that he's healthy after missing the final five games of the season with a back issue. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • Joe Ingles dishes 11 assists in Game 4 win
    Joe Ingles handed out 11 assists during Sunday's thrilling Game 4 win, adding eight points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ingles' dimes were more than any Jazz player had all season. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer and he's significantly boosted his stock during the playoffs, averaging 8.5 points, 2.0 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals. He's an interesting DFS option given his high playing time and moderate price, especially if Gordon Hayward (illness) is still limited on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 4
    Kevin Durant (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in the series, so they definitely have the luxury of holding Durant out as a precautionary measure, as they should be able to close this thing out on Monday night. We'll have a better idea on Durant's status based on what he's able to do during Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:12 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova (calf) probable for Game 4
    Ersan Ilyasova (calf) is probable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Wizards.

    Advice: He should continue to flirt with close to 20 minutes off the bench, but he won't be making a major impact on the box score with Paul Millsap healthy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:04 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 as Dubs take 3-0 lead
    Stephen Curry buried the Blazers during a 119-113 win in Game 3 on Saturday, scoring 34 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: A 19-1 run in this comeback victory propelled the Dubs to what is now a +47 margin of victory in this series. The Warriors now have a 3-0 lead and one of their biggest strengths in this win was an unusual one with only seven turnovers. Those seven turnovers match a playoff franchise record, and Curry only had one of them en route to his 21st 30-plus scoring game in his postseason career. With this win, the Warriors may opt to take it easier on Kevin Durant for at least one more game. They'll look to close this one out on Monday in Portland. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:56 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 32, Lillard scores 31
    C.J. McCollum scored a team-high 32 points during a 119-113 Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding six rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was right behind C.J. with 31 points in a tough loss. It looked like Dame and C.J. were going to lead the Blazers to a win with a 17-point lead in the second half, but a Warriors outburst in the third quarter was just too much to overcome. The Blazers will likely have more minutes from Jusuf Nurkic on Monday, but they're in what looks to be an insurmountable 0-3 hole. Hopefully, the Blazers can extend this series on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:37 pm
  • Noah Vonleh scores 10 points with 7 board
    Noah Vonleh scored 10 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was effective off the bench and had three putback jams. Vonleh's minutes are likely going to drop into the teens during Game 4 on Monday, but he still gets a lot of credit for turning it on over the last month or so. Maybe he can parlay his recent play with a strong offseason to get him going next year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Noah Vonleh to the bench
    Noah Vonleh will move to the bench for Game 3 on Saturday.

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

    Advice: According to ESPN, the Warriors decided to hold Durant out for this game. He went through practice on Friday and did some work in shootaround on Saturday, but the Warriors just want to play the long game with what they hope are 14 more wins in the next two months. With him out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw picking up some added run while the other stars are asked to do more offensively. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Cory Joseph gets just eight minutes
    Cory Joseph played just eight minutes with three missed attempts from the field and two turnovers against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Yeah, five ended possessions and no other stats isn't a great showing. He has been pretty bad in his 69 minutes during this series and eight minutes was probably too much today. In fact, his -22.3 net rating in that time is dead last while Norman Powell and Delon Wright are above the team average. Basically, Joseph's minutes should be going to Norm and Delon. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) will not play vs MEM
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Dedmon has been starting and played 12.7 minutes per game in this series, so it's not the toughest hole to fill. The Spurs will likely divide those minutes to Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee. Davis Bertans could also be an option as the last man in the rotation, or maybe they go with more Kyle Anderson. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:23 pm
  • Draymond not expecting Durant to play
    Draymond Green said he's not expecting Kevin Durant (calf) to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

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

    Advice: After going through practice on Friday, going through shootaround isn't a major development for his status. Durant is somewhat close to 100 percent, but the Warriors want to get him all the way back for what is likely to be a two-month playoff run. If KD can't go, Stephen Curry Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have added responsibility while guys like Andre Iguodala, Pat McCaw and maybe even Ian Clark get some added run. Matt Barnes (ankle) and Shaun Livingston (hand) are also still questionable. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:22 am
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) probable for Game 3
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. Golden State on Saturday night.

    Advice: McCollum tweaked his ankle is Game 1 but was listed as probable for Game 2 and was able to suit up. He is fully expected to log his typical 35-plus minutes on Saturday night. McCollum was on fire in Game 1, pouring in 41 points, but crashed back down to earth in Game 2, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting. The Blazers need an efficient and effective McCollum to show up on Saturday if they are to have a shot at knocking off the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:26 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 3
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through practice on Friday and is questionable to play against the Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday.

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

    Advice: Durant provided an update via a YouTube live streaming session. "Felt like I could go [in Game 2], but Coach [Steve] Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few days rest," said Durant. "So hopefully I see how I feel these next couple days." The extra day of rest should benefit KD. However, the Warriors blew out the Blazers in Game 2 even without Durant, so they have no need to rush him back. We should get a formal update from the team on Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 am
  • Thompson praises McCaw for Game 2 performance
    Klay Thompson heaped praise on Patrick McCaw following his impressive Game 2 performance during Wednesday's win over Portland.

    Advice: "That might have been the best game I’ve seen Pat play," Thompson said. "He was aggressive from the jump and he did it on both ends. He’s very athletic attacking the rim and he has some of the best hands on defense. He’s always good for a strip or two a game. He had a huge impact and changed the game for us." McCaw was a key part of the Warriors win, but head coach Steve Kerr acknowledged that he won't play much when Kevin Durant (calf) returns to the court. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:06 am
  • Bradley Beal doesn't know what a 'miss' is
    Bradley Beal said to keep his confidence high, he has removed the word "miss" from his vocabulary.

    Advice: "Something I always tell myself, I don’t know what a miss is. Like, it’s over. A miss is a lady. You just forget about it and you just move on to the next shot," Beal said. "That’s my way of helping me forget about my last shot, so I just stick with that and just keep it moving." Beal started cold in both Games 1 and 2, but he's consistently finished strong and has put in averages of 26.5 points, 3.0 triples, 3.0 dimes and 3.0 steals on 43.8 percent shooting through Washington's first-round series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Porzingis 'of course' wants to stay w/ Knicks
    Kristaps Porzingis said he "of course" wants to play for the Knicks next season, despite recent friction between himself and the team.

    Advice: "I love New York. I love New York," said Porzingis, who recently skipped his exit interview with Phil Jackson due to the "drama" surrounding the team. He plans to play for the Latvian national team this summer, contrary to the Knicks' desire, but at the end of the day he's still under a guaranteed deal until hitting restricted free agency in 2018. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • GSW win despite quiet lines from Steph & Klay
    Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 12-of-35 on Wednesday (34.3 percent), but the Warriors still won 110-81 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: It wasn't a total loss for DFS purposes, as Curry hit four 3-pointers with six rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block. Klay added three 3-pointers, two assists, two boards and one block, and Golden State rode their team defense to a blowout home win -- they limited the Blazers to just 33.3 percent shooting tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Patrick McCaw starts, logs 34 mins w/ KD out
    Patrick McCaw started in place of Kevin Durant (calf) on Wednesday, making 3-of-8 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs for nine points in 34 minutes.

    Advice: McCaw added five rebounds, one assist, one block and zero turnovers, helping the Warriors earn a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Durant is day-to-day and the Warriors don't play again until Saturday, so there's a good chance McCaw will be coming off the bench in Portland on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Damian Lillard shoots 5-of-17 in road defeat
    Damian Lillard shot 5-of-17 from the field during Wednesday's Game 2 loss, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and four turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard's struggles were symptomatic of the Blazers' overall offense tonight. They shot 33.3 percent, including a 7-of-34 mark from downtown, and wound up getting crushed by a final score of 110-81. Portland went 25-16 at home this season, as opposed to 16-25 on the road, and they'll look to tie up the series in Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday, respectively. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:36 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) quiet during Gm 2 loss
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) struggled in 30 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-17 from the field for 11 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The postseason has been a tale of two games for McCollum, who was terrific in Game 1 but lousy in a lopsided defeat tonight. McCollum's ankle injury might have played a role but credit is also due to the Warriors' defense, and in particular Klay Thompson. McCollum gets two days to rest before Game 3 in Portland. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Patrick McCaw starts Game 2 for Kevin Durant
    Patrick McCaw will start Game 2 on Wednesday in place of Kevin Durant.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala should also see his minutes increase, and Golden State could opt to go smaller with more minutes for Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark. Steve Kerr said "it's not worth it" to play Durant tonight, and it sounds like the team is simply being very cautious. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 31 points in Game 2 win
    Bradley Beal dropped 31 points on 12-of-27 shooting during Wednesday's Game 2 win in D.C., adding four 3-pointers, three assists, three steals and two rebounds in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards went on a 14-0 run in the first quarter to take control early, and they pulled away late thanks largely to the efforts of Beal and John Wall (32 points, nine assists, five rebounds). Injury concerns were the big knock against Beal coming into the season, but he wound up missing just five games while averaging career-highs in almost every category, including points (23.1), FG percentage (48.2), FT percentage (82.5), 3-pointers (2.9) and assists (3.5). He'll be a popular pick after the early rounds on draft day next year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play in Game 2
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Warriors initially said that Durant was merely suffering from cramps during Game 1, and it turns out he did strain his calf. He sat out Tuesday's practice as well as today's shootaround, and it sounds like Golden State is simply being extra cautious to avoid a long-term setback. It's unclear who will start in place of Durant, but Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw stand to gain the most in his absence. Daily Slant: Without Durant on the floor, Curry’s usage goes up 4.0% and his per-36 pace shoots up by 5.08 DK points to 54.23. He played 36 minutes last game, should do the same tonight, and he costs $8,600 on DK. If Durant goes, he could be limited in some capacity, keeping Curry as an elite option on tonight’s slate. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Joe Ingles thrives in starting role
    Joe Ingles looked great in another start at shooting guard, scoring nine points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two triples in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's arguably one of the most underrated players in the NBA and has been a huge contributor to the Jazz all season. Ingles finished 3-of-5 from the field and his ability to handle the ball in the first unit takes a lot of pressure off George Hill and Gordon Hayward. Ingles had eight points, two rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one triple in Game 1, and it helps that he has some extra motivation in this matchup -- he was waived by the Clippers back in 2014. The restricted free agent can expect a significant raise this summer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) probable for Game 2
    C.J. McCollum (right ankle sprain) is being listed as probable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when McCollum tweaked his ankle, but it didn't appear to be an issue at all during his 41-point explosion in Portland's Game 1 loss, and him being listed as probable further suggests that it will be a non-issue moving forward. Check back for official confirmation on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Coach Spoelstra praises Hassan Whiteside
    Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was effusive in his praise of Hassan Whiteside during exit interviews.

    Advice: "I think [Whiteside's] growth has been staggering," said Spoelstra. "You can define it how you want. He can become one of the greats." Whiteside finished the 2016-17 season averaging a career-high 17.0 points and a league-leading 14.1 rebounds, as well as 2.1 blocks. He joined Dwight Howard and Hakeem Olajuwon as just the third player since 1983 to average at least 17 points, 14 boards and two blocks in the same season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:57 am
  • Porzingis would like to play for Latvia
    In an interview with FIBA.com, Kristaps Porzingis said he "absolutely" would like to play for Latvia's national team this summer.

    Advice: Latvia will compete in FIBA EuroBasket 2017, which takes place from August 31st through September 17th. When asked if he wanted to play, Porzingis responded: "Yes, absolutely. I would like to help the team get to the second round and have a great campaign." KP missed the final five games of the regular season with a back injury, but it was relatively minor. The Knicks would prefer Porzingis not play internationally this summer, but the two sides have a strained relationship, as evidenced by KP skipping his exit interview with Phil Jackson. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:18 am
  • Meyers Leonard ineffective in seven minutes
    Meyers Leonard was ineffective in seven minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 1 loss, recording just two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers without attempting a single shot.

    Advice: The Dubs tend to make opposing big men non-factors, and that trend held true on Sunday evening. Starting center Noah Vonleh wasn't much better with just two points, five boards, four dimes and two turnovers in 23 minutes, and it's painfully obvious that Portland is really missing Jusuf Nurkic (leg) right now. Vonleh and Leonard probably won't be doing much of anything during what will likely be a quick first-round series. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:27 pm
  • C.J. McCollum nets 41 points in Game 1 loss
    C.J. McCollum scored a playoff career-high 41 points during Sunday's Game 1 loss, adding four 3-pointers, eight boards, one assist, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: This was McCollum's second career 40-plus-point performance, and he became just the eighth Trail Blazer to score at least 40 points in a playoff game. McCollum also got his points very efficiently, going 16-of-28 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe for a sterling true shooting percentage of 66.9 to accompany his 34.4 usage rate. It'll be interesting to see what the Dubs try to do to slow him down during Game 2, because they had precisely zero answers in this one. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:12 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 34 points with 3 treys
    Damian Lillard scored 34 points on 12-of-26 shooting during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors, adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers.

    Advice: This was Lillard's eighth consecutive playoff game with 20-plus points, and it was Lillard and C.J. McCollum running the show on offense as they combined for 75 points, which fell just two points shy of a team playoff record amongst Trail Blazers' teammates. Unfortunately, Portland didn't get much help from guys not named Lillard and McCollum, and that will need to change if they hope to have any chance of pulling off an upset against Golden State. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:05 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 29 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting during Sunday's Game 1 win, adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Curry has now recorded at least one 3-pointer in 59-straight playoff games, and he also surpassed Wilt Chamberlain for the most postseason field goal makes in Warriors' history in this one. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, giving Curry an impressive 64.4 true shooting percentage to accompany his 31.4 usage rate. It doesn't look like it'll be a lengthy first-round series for Golden State. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 3:34 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 22 points w/ three steals
    Bradley Beal scored 22 points on 9-of-21 shooting during Sunday's Game 1 win, adding two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, three steals and three turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Beal got into some early foul trouble and seemingly couldn’t get anything to drop through the first half, going just 3-of-10 from the field, but he was much better through the second half of action, scoring 15 of his 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Kelly Oubre also had a nice showing off the bench, scoring 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) to go with three boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 1:17 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (hand) will play Sunday vs. GSW
    C.J. McCollum will return to the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: McCollum sat out Portland's final two regular season games with a minor hand issue, but he was never expected to miss any postseason action. Joining McCollum in the starting five for today's matinee will be Damian Lillard, Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:20 pm
  • Damian Lillard (foot) good to go for Game 1
    Damian Lillard (foot) is good to go for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Lillard sat out Portland's final two regular-season games once they locked up their seeding, but he was never expected to miss any postseason action with the minor foot issue. C.J. McCollum (hand) and Allen Crabbe (foot) should also be back in action on Sunday. Lillard averaged 31.8 points, 5.0 triples, 7.6 dimes, 4.4 boards, 1.6 steals and 3.0 turnovers per game against the Dubs in last year's playoff series, so expect him to churn out some gaudy stat lines during Round 1. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 11:17 am
  • Woj: Kristaps Porzingis taking a long trip
    Kristaps Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: President Phil Jackson threw Carmelo Anthony under the bus and it would appear Porzingis is not happy about it. According to ESPN, KP wasn't at exit interviews because of "drama" surrounding the franchise. The Knicks continue to make news during the postseason despite not being in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 9:07 pm
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