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  • Kelly Olynyk scores 15 points in start
    Kelly Olynyk started Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He started in place of Amir Johnson (shoulder) and finished 7-of-14 from the field with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, but he missed both of his 3-point attempts. Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice scoring punch in the first unit, but he was also exposed on the defensive end several times. Coach Brad Stevens has been indecisive with his starting lineups during the playoffs, so it's anybody's guess as to what he will do in Game 5 with Boston's season on the line. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jae Crowder strains thigh, says he's fine
    Jae Crowder strained his left thigh in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, but he said after the game that he's "fine."

    Advice: Crowder went back to the locker room for a few minutes, but quickly returned and appeared to be moving around OK. He was effective on offense with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes, but he didn't have a prayer against LeBron James on the defensive end yet again. We'll get an update at Wednesday's practice, but consider Crowder probable for Game 5 on Thursday as the Celtics try to keep their season alive. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Marcus Smart shoots 1-of-9 in Game 4 loss
    Marcus Smart fell back to earth in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, scoring eight points on 1-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Yikes. He had nowhere to go but down after his incredible 27-point performance on 8-of-14 FGs in Game 3, but the law of averages caught up with the career 35.8 percent shooter. He made his second straight start at PG and dished out six assists with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 40 minutes, but he didn't make his usual impact on the defensive end in this one -- Kyrie Irving went nuts for 42 points. If the Celtics hope to stave off elimination at home for Game 5 on Thursday, Smart has to play better on both ends. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Deron Williams (illness) plays 18 minutes
    Deron Williams (illness) played 18 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win vs. the Celtics, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: D-Will has been a disappointment in the postseason, but the Cavs don't really have another option because they don't trust rookie Kay Felder. Kyrie Irving did tweak his ankle in Tuesday's win, but he's not expected to miss any time. Expect Williams to play his normal role with minutes in the teens going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Kevin Love grabs 17 boards in win
    Kevin Love grabbed a playoff career-high 17 rebounds to go with 17 points, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston.

    Advice: He finished 6-of-13 from the field and is quickly gaining a reputation for his incredible full-court outlet passes (link below). He may even be the best quarterback in Cleveland right now. All kidding aside, Love has been dominant in this series with averages of 24.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks, and his play on the defensive end has also been solid. The big question is whether or not he can carry this momentum into the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • LeBron James bounces back w/ 34 points
    LeBron James bounced back with 34 points on 15-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston, adding six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one triple in 38 minutes.

    Advice: After an 11-point dud in Game 3 on 4-of-13 shooting, LeBron got off to another tough start with four fouls in the first half -- he was forced to sit the final seven minutes of the second quarter. However, he came alive after the break with 24 of his 34 points, helping the Cavaliers outscore the Celtics 65-42 in the second half. J.R. Smith added five points, three assists, one rebound, two steals and one triple for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson notched seven points with seven rebounds and one block. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 Tuesday
    Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Amir Johnson (shoulder) out, Olynyk should see a slight bump in minutes tonight in addition to Jonas Jerebko. After being held to a combined two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice spark in Game 3 with 15 points in 23 minutes. Boston needs offense and floor spacing with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so Olynyk should be heavily involved unless he starts out cold from the field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Deron Williams (illness) will play in Game 4
    Deron Williams (illness) is a go for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Williams sat out shootaround, but he was never expected to miss tonight's game. He should continue to flirt with minutes in the lower-teens, which doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:29 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) out for Game 4
    Amir Johnson (right shoulder) will not suit up for Game 4 against the Cavs on Tuesday, according to sources of Michael Eaves of ESPN.

    Advice: With Johnson set to spend Game 4 on the sidelines, we could see Kelly Olynyk move into the starting five, and there should be some more playing time available for Jonas Jerebko. For now, we'll be considering Johnson questionable for Game 5 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Report: MIA & Bosh coming close to resolution
    The Heat and Chris Bosh are reportedly moving closer to a resolution that will allow Miami to remove Bosh's salary from their salary cap for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Bosh is still guaranteed the remaining 52.1 million left on his contract, but the Heat will likely waive him soon in order to ensure that they'll go into free agency with roughly $37 million in cap space. Bosh has hinted that he still would like to play in the NBA, but that might not be something in the cards for the All-Star forward due to the blood clotting issue that forced him to spend the entire 2016-17 season on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:43 pm
  • Report: Josh McRoberts picks up player option
    Josh McRoberts has reportedly picked up his player option worth $6 million for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: This is far from surprising as there's absolutely no way McRoberts would be able to command this sort of salary on the open market. Since coming to Miami three years ago, McRoberts has only managed to suit up for a total of 81 games, and he hasn't done anything impressive since joining the Heat. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Wizards hope to sign John Wall to extension
    The Wizards "top priority" this offseason will be signing John Wall to an extension, according to CSN Washington.

    Advice: Wall is coming off the best season of his career. In 2016-17, Wall became just the third player in NBA history to average at least 23 points, 10 assists and two steals per game. Becuase he was named to an All-NBA team, he is eligible to sign a Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer. The extension would be worth $168 million over four years, beginning in 2019-20. However, according to the report, Wall "wants to see a bigger picture plan on where the franchise is headed before committing." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 8:37 am
  • Deron Williams (illness) probable for Game 4
    Deron Williams (illness) missed shootaround on Tuesday morning but is expected to play in Game 4 vs. Boston Tuesday night.

    Advice: Williams' performance has been mostly disappointing this postseason. Over the Cavs last seven games, he is averaging 3.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes, while shooting 37.0 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from downtown. In the first three games of the ECF, Williams is just 2-of-11 from the field. The Cavs have been able to cruise through the East with little help from their bench but will need D-Will and company to step up if they hope to take home another title. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Knicks interested in free agent P.J. Tucker
    The Knicks have shown preliminary interest in free agent P.J. Tucker, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

    Advice: The Knicks were terrible defensively last season, allowing 108.7 points per 100 possessions and ranking 25th in the league in defensive efficiency. Thus, it makes sense they would target a defensive stalwart such as Tucker. The problem for New York is that they will likely have to overpay Tucker to get him to sign in NYC. Tucker will have plenty of interested suitors and, at age 32, it's probably safe to assume he'd prefer to play for a contender at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:22 am
  • Patrick McCaw tweaks ankle in win
    Patrick McCaw tweaked his right ankle in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, but he later returned and finished with six points (2-of-4 shooting), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He had his ankle re-taped and seemed fine after returning, but he gets nine days off to recover anyways. The Spurs went super small tonight with Jonathon Simmons at the four, so McCaw replaced JaVale McGee in the first unit with Zaza Pachulia (heel) out again. Andre Iguodala should be much healthier for the NBA Finals and will take on a larger role, so McCaw's minutes may trend down in the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (left knee) plays 22 minutes
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) played 22 minutes in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, finishing with seven points (3-of-6 FGs), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: Iguodala was considered probable to play, and while he didn't have a formal minutes cap, it's obvious that the Warriors were keeping an eye on his workload. The Warriors will need Iguodala's minutes to be in the 30s with a potential matchup with LeBron James and the Cavs looming, but luckily he gets nine days off to get back to 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:24 pm
  • McCaw will start Game 4, McGee to bench
    Patrick McCaw will start Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday with JaVale McGee returning to the bench.

    Advice: The Spurs are starting a small-ball lineup with Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons and LaMarcus Aldridge, so the Warriors will counter with Stephen Curry, Patrick McCaw, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. JaVale McGee will come off the bench, but he should still be involved with Zaza Pachulia (heel) out again. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:05 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 Monday, 11:33 am
  • Andre Iguodala (left knee) will play Monday
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) will play in Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: Zaza Pachulia (heel) remains questionable. Iguodala was originally considered probable after logging 19 minutes in Game 3, but with the Warriors holding a comfortable 3-0 series lead, they may limit his workload again tonight. Fantasy owners should keep their expectations in check while he's limited. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:46 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
  • Deron Williams goes scoreless in nine minutes
    Deron Williams failed to score in nine minutes of action during Sunday's Game 3 loss to the visiting Celtics.

    Advice: Williams is now averaging 2.0 points on combined 2-of-11 shooting in the series, while averaging 12.7 minutes off the bench. Richard Jefferson was also scoreless in four minutes, and Kyle Korver had just three points on 1-of-5 shooting, while Iman Shumpert chipped in six points, four boards and two assists. Channing Frye was a DNP-CD tonight and there's simply no way to trust the Cavs' reserves as DFS options. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:45 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
  • Marcus Smart posts 27/7/5 in Game 3 victory
    Marcus Smart started Game 3 in place of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring a career-high 27 points on 8-of-14 FGs, including seven 3-pointers, with seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Smart scored 20+ points just four times during the regular season, while shooting 35.9 percent from the field, and he chose an ideal time to break out offensively. Brad Stevens admitted that with Smart starting in place of Thomas the Celtics are "a little bit bigger across the board [defensively]," and they limited the Cavs' high-powered offense to a relatively low 108 points tonight. Backup PG Terry Rozier played just eight minutes tonight, and Smart should have a massive role again on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 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
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) probable for Game 4
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is being listed as probable for Monday's Game 4 in San Antonio.

    Advice: Iguodala logged 19 minutes off the bench on Saturday despite the sore knee, and that's likely where his minutes will be for Game 4. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:33 pm
  • 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
  • Marcus Smart to draw the start in Game 3
    Marcus Smart will draw the start at point guard in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Smart started the second half of Game 2 when Isaiah Thomas (hip) left the game for good. Smart isn't in a rhythm right now and is shooting 34.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, but his minutes will likely be in the high 30s as he looks to contain Kyrie Irving -- he said wants to force Irving to be more of a facilitator. In addition to Smart, expect a heavier workload for Terry Rozier. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:23 am
  • P.J. Tucker on the Wolves radar?
    ESPN's Darren Wolfson said that he has heard Minnesota is "very much" on P.J. Tucker's radar.

    Advice: The 32-year-old veteran will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it will be tough for the Raptors to bring him back to Toronto with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka also hitting the open market. The Wolves could definitely use some of Tucker's 3-point shooting and defense on the wings, so this report makes sense. He will have a number of suitors this summer, but a move away from Toronto would likely be good news for his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:18 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
  • Andre Iguodala scores two points
    Andre Iguodala (knee soreness) scored two points with two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: While he didn't have a formal minutes cap, coach Mike Brown did bring in Iguodala a little later than usual in the second half. Iggy did look healthy during his game and even had a coast-to-coast basket in the first half. He'll get plenty of time off before the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) will play on Saturday
    Andre Iguodala (knee) will play on Saturday against the Spurs for Game 3.

    Advice: After not playing in the second half in Game 1 and sitting out in Game 2, Iguodala is back from his knee soreness. The time off does sound precautionary and Iggy has been practicing since Thursday. If he isn't limited, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and Pat McCaw could lose some minutes. The Warriors will need him against LeBron James, so they may take it easy on the former Finals MVP. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:33 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) probable for Game 3
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is probable for Game 3 vs. the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Iguodala sat out the final 25 minutes of Game 1 and was ruled out for Game 2. However, he got in a full practice on Friday and is expected to suit up on Saturday night. Warrior reserves Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and Pat McCaw will see their playing time reduced in Game 3, assuming Iggy logs his usual allotment of minutes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:36 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
  • Marcus Smart misses all six shots from field
    Marcus Smart missed all six shots from the field and made all four from the line against the Cavs on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) didn't play in the second half, but the Celtics being down 41 points at halftime was likely a factor here. Smart continues to get open looks, but he's just been terrible at converting those chances. He did start the second half on Friday night for IT. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:51 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
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) goes through practice
    Andre Iguodala (knee) went through a full practice in San Antonio on Friday.

    Advice: That means he has a great chance to play in Game 3 on Saturday. Iguodala is still questionable for the game and the Warriors may want to take it easy on their vet with still six wins to go. If Iguodala is back, guys like Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and Pat McCaw may lose some playing time. Shaun Livingston may be more of a backup PG than the wing he's been lately. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:28 pm
  • John Wall now eligible to sign DPVE extension
    As a result of being named to the All-NBA Third Team, John Wall is eligible to sign a Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.

    Advice: Wall has two years left on his current deal but is now able to sign a four-year, $168 million extension that would kick in for the 2019–20 season. In the past, Wall had previously voiced his displeasure after seeing inferior point guards, such as Reggie Jackson, sign contracts worth more than his. Both he and the Wiz may consider committing to each other long term, which would lock in a major pay raise for Wall. He would earn $37.5 million in the first season of that new deal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:25 am
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) does light practice
    Andre Iguodala (knee) went through a full light practice on Thursday.

    Advice: A "full light practice" isn't exactly clear, but this is a good sign after Iguodala missed the last 1.5 games -- he didn't play in the final 25 minutes of Game 1. With Iggy out, it was Shaun Livingston, Pat McCaw, Matt Barnes and Ian Clark stepping up. Iguodala may still be limited with the Warriors having a 2-0 advantage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:24 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. Rotoworld.com 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. 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
  • Curry says McCaw was 'amazing'
    Stephen Curry said Patrick McCaw was "amazing" in Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: "Obviously, with Andre Iguodala (knee) out, it’s the next-man-up philosophy," Curry said. "Everybody says it, but when you have a guy like Pat who doesn’t really know when his minutes are going to come, he always stays ready. We just told him to be aggressive, make the right decision and make things happen, and he did that the whole game. That was a huge pickup for us." Head coach Steve Kerr suggested to Mike Brown to use McCaw in Iguodala's role and the rookie delivered, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 from the field with five assists, three rebounds, three steals and three triples in 27 minutes. If Iggy sits out in Game 3, McCaw will be on the DFS radar as a punt option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • Patrick McCaw scores 16 points in blowout
    Patrick McCaw scored a playoff career-high 16 points in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Spurs.

    Advice: It's hard to put a lot of stock into this performance since the Warriors won by 36, but McCaw was excellent all night and stepped up in the absence of Andre Iguodala (knee). He shot 6-of-8 from the field in 27 minutes with five assists, three rebounds, three steals and three triples, helping the Golden State bench score a season-high 63 points. This will likely go down as his best game of the postseason, but expect him to be in the rotation again in Game 3 if Iggy sits out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:16 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) ruled out for Game 2
    Andre Iguodala (left knee) has been ruled out for Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: His MRI on Monday came back clean and he's simply dealing with some soreness. However, Game 3 isn't until Saturday and the Spurs are expected to without Kawhi Leonard (ankle) tonight, so it makes sense for the Warriors to play it safe. Shaun Livingston will pick up the slack in the second unit, while Matt Barnes may see a handful of minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:47 pm
  • John Wall feels fine heading into offseason
    John Wall said that he feels fine physically heading into the offseason and that he doesn't expect to undergo any further knee procedures.

    Advice: Despite a bitterly disappointing end to the season due to a poor performance in Game 7 vs. Boston, the 2016-17 campaign was very encouraging overall for Wall. Not only did he put up the best all-around numbers of his career in the regular season and the playoffs, he was also able to remain healthy. He was held out of back-to-backs in November, and there was fear he would frequently be sidelined, but he ended up starting 78 of 82 regular season contests and all 13 playoff games. He won't last past the second round in fantasy drafts next fall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:47 am
  • John Wall fades in Game 7 loss
    John Wall faded down the stretch of Monday's Game 7 loss to Boston, finishing with 18 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and one triple in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Wall was one of the best performers in the postseason prior to Monday, but he ran out of gas tonight and gave the Wizards very little when it mattered the most -- he failed to score in the final 19 minutes and was 0-of-11 from the field as he settled for jumpers instead of taking it to the rim. While this is a brutal way to end his season, Wall can hold his head high after leading his team to a 49-33 record with averages of 23.1 points, 10.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers. Despite having surgeries on both knees before the season, he rewarded his fantasy owners with a top-20 campaign. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:41 pm
  • Marcus Smart steps up in Game 7 win
    Marcus Smart was everywhere in Monday's Game 7 win over the Wizards, racking up 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two triples in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He played within himself tonight and didn't force things on the offensive end, but Smart also made several winning hustle plays and played some incredible lock-down defense. He finished 4-of-7 from the field, hitting a massive 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter in addition to a couple of key baskets in the fourth. "When it’s all on the line, he’s going to make it," coach Brad Stevens said of Smart coming up big down the stretch. "That’s a unique trait." Expect the combo guard to spend a lot of time guarding either LeBron James or Kyrie Irving in the next round. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:19 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Andre Iguodala's (knee) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Andre Iguodala's left knee came back clean according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: This confirms that he's simply dealing with soreness, but he is still considered questionable for Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday. With Kawhi Leonard (ankle) expected to sit out Game 2, the Warriors may opt to hold Iguodala out as well. If they do, he will have several days to rest up for Game 3 on Saturday. Shaun Livingston will likely benefit the most if Iggy sits, while Matt Barnes would likely pick up a handful of minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:21 pm
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