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  • Report: MIN interested in Derrick Rose as FA?
    The Timberwolves are reportedly interested in pursuing Derrick Rose as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: There were a lot of rumors flying around during the trade deadline that the Wolves were interested in trading away Ricky Rubio in a package that would net them Rose, so it does appear that Tom Thibodeau has a clear interest in reuniting with his former point guard. If Rose does wind up wearing a Timberwolves jersey next season, that would likely queue the end of Rubio's run in Minnesota. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:03 am
  • Jamal Murray (groin) running, taking jumpers
    Jamal Murray (groin) has progressed to light running and getting up jump shots.

    Advice: Murray was recently cleared to begin basketball-related activities after undergoing surgery back in April, although he's still not been cleared for contact, and as of right now, Summer League doesn't seem like a very realistic option. Still, he has plenty of time to get ready for the 2017-18 season, and he could see a big jump in his development during Year-2, particularly if the Nuggets lose Danilo Gallinari during free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:24 am
  • Seth Curry more confident going into Year-4
    Seth Curry said that Rick Carlisle putting him on the floor for big minutes in meaningful games helped his confidence during his first year in Dallas.

    Advice: "We obviously had a lot of injuries early on this season, so some of the young guys got an opportunity to play big minutes," said Curry. "A lot of time the young guys come in and play minutes, but it’s not really meaningful basketball. We had a lot of meaningful minutes to play trying to win games, and it helped me out to get my confidence going, playing every night and trying to play well." Curry put in career-highs across the board during his first year with the Mavs, and he'll make for a fine mid-round pick in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:56 am
  • Zach LaVine (knee) making solid progress
    Zach LaVine said he's making solid progress in his recovery from his torn left ACL.

    Advice: "Everything is going well. I have progress right now, doing everything I can do to get better—shooting, strengthening, lifting, all that good stuff," said LaVine. "The doctor said my knee is as healthy as it can get at this point right now." LaVine is still only able to run on an AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill, but according to his teammate Ricky Rubio (who has also dealt with an ACL tear), LaVine is ahead of schedule in his recovery. That being said, LaVine remains without an official timetable to return, and there are no guarantees he'll be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 am
  • San Antonio an option for Chris Paul as FA?
    Zach Lowe of ESPN stated during a recent podcast that he believes the Spurs could be a legitimate option for Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "There's been a lot of rumblings about Paul, and I think that's real," Lowe said of CP3 potentially joining the Spurs as a free agent. "I think there's mutual interest there. I don't know how real it is given the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team; and the Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I'm very curious about what they do this summer and who's on the team next year." If Paul wants to chase a ring, his best shot of realizing that goal may be in San Antonio, but he'd have to take a pay cut to make it work. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:19 am
  • 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
  • Kyrie Irving drops 42 points in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving went off for a playoff career-high 42 points in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 win, giving his team a 3-1 series lead.

    Advice: With LeBron James in foul trouble for most of the night, Irving helped the Cavaliers erase a 16-point deficit and dropped 21 of his 42 points in the third quarter. The entire arena went silent when Irving rolled his left ankle near the end of the third quarter, but he was able to stay in and said after the game that he felt "great." Maybe he sits out of Wednesday's practice to be safe, but expect him to be ready for Game 5 on Thursday in Boston as the Cavs look to close out this series. You can check out the incident in the link below. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:08 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
  • 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
  • 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 would like to revisit Rubio trade talk
    ESPN is reporting that the Knicks would like to re-engage the Minnesota Timberwolves in trade talks involving Ricky Rubio this offseason.

    Advice: The Knicks and Wolves were purportedly close to swapping Derrick Rose for Rubio at the trade deadline back in February, before that deal dissolved. Over the second half of last season, Rubio played some of the best basketball of his career. In 24 games after the All-Star break, Rubio averaged 16.0 points, 10.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Rose ended up tearing his meniscus. Also, Rose is now a free agent, so it is unknown what the Knicks could offer that would entice the Wolves to part with Rubio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Curry scores 36 as Warriors sweep Spurs
    Stephen Curry dropped a game-high 36 points in Monday's 129-115 Game 4 win as the Warriors swept the Spurs.

    Advice: The Warriors will be back in the finals for the third year in a row. Curry shot 14-of-24 from the field with six rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers and has never looked better, averaging 27.9 points per game in his previous 11 playoff games. Curry said after Game 3 that he's been battling a sore right (shooting) elbow for a little while, so the extra time off will be key -- Game 1 of the NBA Finals isn't until June 1. He will be looking to redeem himself after a poor showing in the Finals in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:54 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 14 points, Spurs eliminate
    Patty Mills scored 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Monday's Game 4 loss, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and three triples in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to be kicking himself all summer because he was very disappointing in this series, but Mills did have a solid 2016-17 campaign with regular-season averages of 9.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 44.0 percent shooting in 21.9 minutes per game. The PG will hit free agency this summer and turns 29 in July, so he can expect a massive raise after playing for just $3.5 million this season. Dejounte Murray is probably ready to take on more responsibility in San Antonio, so it's not a lock that Mills will be back with the Spurs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:46 pm
  • Dejounte Murray impresses in Game 4 loss
    Dejounte Murray was impressive in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, finishing with nine points (2-of-7 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), seven assists, two rebounds and five steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He also set a new Spurs record for most steals in a playoff game (5), passing Manu Ginobili (4). Coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are very high on the 20-year-old PG and he could potentially be the starter on opening night next season -- Tony Parker (quad) isn't going to be ready to go right away and Patty Mills becomes a free agent this summer. Expect Murray to light it up at the summer league. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Stephen Curry says his elbow is fine
    Stephen Curry said that his right (shooting) elbow is fine.

    Advice: "It’s fine, it’s kind of been banged up for a while," Curry said after Game 3. "Landing on the floor was kind of hard, but it doesn’t affect my performance or shot or anything like that." Curry was grabbing his elbow several times on Saturday, but he continues to light it up in the playoffs with 27.9 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting. He also banged knees with Dewayne Dedmon during Game 3 and was walking with a slight limp at shootaround, but he'll be good to go for tonight's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:16 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Celts win as Avery Bradley hits buzzer-beater
    Avery Bradley hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left on Sunday, finishing with 20 points in the Celtics' 111-108 Game 3 victory.

    Advice: Bradley's final shot bounced around the rim a few times before dropping through the hoop, a fortuitous time-waster that prevented the Cavs from getting off another shot. He didn't shoot well overall, at 8-of-23 from the field, but he added four assists, three rebounds and two steals without any turnovers in 42 minutes. With Isaiah Thomas (hip) out of commission, Bradley's production is as critical as ever for the Celtics' playoff hopes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:24 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas to meet specialists on Monday
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) will begin meeting with specialists on Monday.

    Advice: Thomas was ruled out of the postseason following an aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear, but he won't have a treatment plan set in stone until he meets with his doctors. Coach Brad Stevens said surgery is an option, so Thomas could be looking a lengthy rehab this summer. Marcus Smart will start Game 3 vs. Cleveland in Thomas' absence. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 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
  • Stephen Curry scores 21 points in victory
    Stephen Curry scored 21 points with five rebounds, three assists, six steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He passed Rick Barry for the Warriors all-time postseason record for points scored. Curry didn't have his best defensive game with a couple really bad fouls, which does happen more than it should for such a savvy player. On the offensive side, Curry isn't just counting on his jumpers and the Spurs continue to have trouble tracking him with his off-ball moves. Unlike last year, he looks very healthy in these playoffs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Patty Mills scores seven points
    Patty Mills made 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with one rebound, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been awful in this series and it's becoming even more clear why coach Gregg Popovich likes to bring him off the bench. Maybe Pop makes a change to start Dejounte Murray over Mills, but the Aussie guard should get heavy minutes regardless. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for rest of playoffs
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) will miss the remainder of this year’s postseason following an aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

    Advice: In layman's terms, there's a tear in the area in which the top part of his thigh bone meets his hip bone. Thomas initially hurt his hip on Mar. 15 and it cost him two games back then. He also aggravated this injury in Game 6 against the Wizards on May 12, and then again hurt it on Friday night. "Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred," said Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon. "The swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue." There's no word of a treatment plan yet, but labral tears could result in surgery, which may throw off IT's offseason plan. For the rest of the playoffs, Marcus Smart will get some heavy run while Terry Rozier will have to step up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:50 pm
  • OKC able to offer Westbrook 'super max' deal
    The Thunder will be able to sign Russell Westbrook to the Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.

    Advice: Russ will make $28.5 million for the 2017-18 season and can tack on another five years, beginning in 2018-19. The total value of the extension would be $207 million. If Westbrook decides not to sign the extension, thus enabling him to become a free agent in July of 2018, OKC will have a tough decision to make. Do they allow him to play out the 2017-18 season and hope he re-signs, or do they maximize his trade value and avoid risking losing him for nothing. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:48 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) uncertain for Game 3
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) will be re-evaluated Saturday and may be forced to miss Game 3 vs. Cleveland on Sunday.

    Advice: Thomas missed the second half of Game 2, and it turns out he's been dealing with pain in his hip since last week. "He's had a nagging hip injury," coach Brad Stevens said. "He aggravated it pretty significantly last Friday in Washington in Game 6 (of the conference semifinals), went through a bunch of testing on Saturday and Sunday and was able to play Monday, (but) hasn't felt great either of the two days." Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will see an uptick in minutes if Thomas is sidelined for Game 3. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:19 am
  • Isaiah Thomas has been playing through injury
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) has been playing through injury since the Wizards series and his injury is "considered significant," according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.

    Advice: The report adds the Celtics had "doubts Thomas could play in Game 7" on Sunday, but he's been gutting it out since. Thomas hasn't quite looked right in some time, so perhaps this explains it. After not playing in the second half tonight, he'll likely have an MRI coming in the next day and the Celtics seem like the have no chance to make this a series. If IT is out, Marcus Smart will get some heavy run while Terry Rozier would also have to step up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in win vs. BOS
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points in 30 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists, one block, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: While LeBron James is stealing the show, Kyrie is starting to come around after an underwhelming start to this postseason. He beat up on the Celtics all season with 25.5 points per game on 62.8 true shooting percentage, so a big game today is no surprise. After the game on TNT, Irving also said the Cavs are playing "pissed off" ad they're being more aggressive. With Isaiah Thomas (hip) now banged up, it's possible Irving gets more Marcus Smart in Game 3. It probably won't matter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:56 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
  • Terry Rozier scores six points
    Terry Rozier scored six points with one rebound, three assists and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) was hobbling a bit during this game and he didn't play in the second half. If IT can't play in Game 3, Rozier figures to be the next man up and he may even start to keep Marcus Smart in the second unit -- Smart is the heavy favorite to start. Rozier has played better than expected lately, so he may be a factor regardless as the Celtics are now in desperation mode. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:50 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (right hip) will not return
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip) will not return to Friday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: He was limping at the end of the first half and the team is calling it a right hip strain. The Celtics were dominated 72-31 for the biggest halftime deficit in the history of the NBA playoffs, so there's no reason to bring IT back. He was terrible in this game, scoring just two points in 18 minutes. Marcus Smart started the third quarter for Thomas. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:55 pm
  • Westbrook, Harden, Kawhi finalists for MVP
    Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for Most Valuable Player.

    Advice: It just feels weird to not see LeBron James in this group, but there's no denying the three finalists turned in magnificent seasons. The NBA world became obsessed with triple-doubles as Westbrook averaged one for the entire season while also breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most trip-dubs on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:14 pm
  • Lou Williams, Gordon, Iguodala for 6MOY
    Lou Williams, Eric Gordon and Andre Iguodala are the finalists for Sixth Man of the Year.

    Advice: Williams was almost lapping the field during his Lakers days, but he did lose some ground in Houston with even coach Mike D'Antoni calling him the seventh man. Williams also only made one start all season, averaging 18.6 points per game in his 58 outings as a Laker. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:50 pm
  • Jazz envision Exum at multiple positions
    Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey said that Utah plans play to play Dante Exum at multiple positions next season.

    Advice: Exum has not lived up to expectations since being selected fifth overall in the 2014 draft, due in part to missing the entire 2015-16 season due to an ACL tear. However, he did show signs of progress in the 2017 postseason. Going forward, Utah envisions making the most of his versatility, including playing him off the ball. "The team functioned better when Dante was playing a wing, versus point guard, but there’s point guard in his future, there’s two-guard and even three because of his unique size, length and speed and hopefully developing strength," said GM Dennis Lindsey. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:57 am
  • 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
  • Jazz confident they can re-sign George Hill
    Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said he is confident that Utah will be able to re-sign George Hill.

    Advice: "There’s a very good chance, we’re each other’s best option come July," Lindsey said of Hill. However, Lindsey did acknowledge that if Hill got an exorbitant offer, Utah might not be able to match it. "I told him if he gets a crazy offer somewhere else and we helped him get that offer, 'you’re not going to get one poor thought, much less a word (from us)’ if he were to go," Lindsey said. "He helped us." Three of Utah's most important players, Hill, Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles, are all set to hit free agency in July. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:26 am
  • Isaiah Thomas not afraid of Cleveland
    Isaiah Thomas said the Celtics are not afraid of the Cavs.

    Advice: "They're not Space Jam," Thomas said. "They just happened to play better than us in Game 1." The Celtics starters were destroyed on Wednesday and played just eight minutes together. Coach Brad Stevens could opt to make a change, but he could also change his plan and look to double LeBron James more. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:29 pm
  • Report: Mavericks interested in Jrue Holiday
    According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Mavericks are interested in free agent PG Jrue Holiday.

    Advice: The Pelicans can offer him more money than any other team and coach Alvin Gentry said their No. 1 priority is to re-sign him, so Begley adds that the Mavs will likely have to clear some cap space to make a competitive offer. Begley also said that the Knicks are fans of the 26-year-old PG, but the length and amount of Holiday's contract could take them out of the running. Holiday averaged 15.4 points, 7.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.5 treys on 45.4 percent shooting and should be able to at least double his salary this summer after making $11.2 million in the final year of his deal. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:24 am
  • Brandon Jennings says he was 'terrible'
    Brandon Jennings said that he was "terrible" in the series against Boston.

    Advice: At least he's honest, as Jennings averaged just 1.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists on 18.8 percent shooting against the Celtics in the second round. The 27-year-old PG has clearly lost a step since his Achilles injury and is a huge defensive liability. He averaged just 3.5 points and 4.7 assists on 27.4 percent shooting after his trade from the Knicks, so he wasn't much better in the regular season. A return to Washington in free agency doesn't seem likely. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:23 am
  • Trey Burke unlikely to re-sign w/ WAS
    Trey Burke is expected to move on from the Wizards this summer.

    Advice: "I don’t plan on my role being the same next year," Burke said. "My agency is working very hard for me right now. I know what type of player I can be and I know what type of player I want to be. That’s not my plan." He was leapfrogged by Brandon Jennings late in the year and completely fell out of the rotation, so it's not a surprise that he's ready to move on. Still only 24 years old, Burke has struggled on both ends of the floor early in his NBA career and averaged just 5.0 points and 1.8 assists on 45.5 percent shooting this season. At best, Burke will land a backup job somewhere this summer. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:19 am
  • Isaiah Thomas struggles in Gm 1 loss vs. Cavs
    Isaiah Thomas struggled in 38 minutes on Wednesday, making 7-of-19 shots with two 3-pointers for 17 points, 10 assists, one rebound, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Thomas was trapped often by the Cavs' defense, as expected, but he just didn't have it going offensively -- he missed shots he usually makes, committed some costly turnovers, and the Celtics looked lost in the first half. Thomas was a mere 1-of-3 from the FT line tonight, after averaging 10.5 made free throws vs. Cleveland during the regular season. He should fare better in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Kyrie Irving w/ 11 points on 11 shot attempts
    Kyrie Irving scored 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting during the Cavs' Game 1 victory in Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: Irving handed out six assists with two rebounds, two steals and one block in 34 minutes. He boasts a gaudy usage rate during the postseason but the Cavs had great success with LeBron James as their de facto point guard tonight, so Irving was relegated to second-string duties. We anticipate a bigger game, usage-wise, on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Kemba Walker undergoes left knee surgery
    The Hornets announced that Kemba Walker had a successful "minor" arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

    Advice: Not good. This is his third surgery on his left knee in three years. The "typical recovery time" is six weeks according to the Hornets, so the good news is that he should be ready to go for training camp. His left knee is a major concern, so fantasy owners may want to tread carefully next season despite the fact that he's coming off a career year -- the first-time All-Star averaged a career-high 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 3.0 triples on 44.4 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 29 points in 136-100 win
    Stephen Curry lit up the Spurs for 29 points in Tuesday's 136-100 Game 2 win, giving the Warriors a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: He sat out the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score, but still had a monster night with seven assists, seven rebounds, three steals and six 3-pointers. He was also very efficient, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line. The Warriors are 10-0 in the playoffs which extends a franchise record, but they will need another big night from Curry if they want to take Game 3 with the series shifting to San Antonio. Draymond Green scored 13 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and two triples, while Klay Thompson added 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:12 pm
  • Dejounte Murray scores eight points
    Dejounte Murray scored eight points with six assists, six rebounds, four steals and five turnovers in 27 minutes in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Warriors in Game 2.

    Advice: The rookie shot just 3-of-12 from the field with five turnovers, but at least he was in attack mode and it's easy to see why the Spurs are so excited about his long-term potential. Murray rewarded his DFS owners in garbage time, but don't expect him to see this type of workload if Kawhi Leonard (ankle) returns for Game 3 on Saturday. Patty Mills added just five points in 21 minutes, while Manu Ginobili had two points in five minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Gentry says re-signing Holiday is a priority
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said re-signing Jrue Holiday "is a number one priority" this summer.

    Advice: The unrestricted free agent will be 27 years old in June and is widely expected to at least double his salary this offseason after making $11.2 million in 2016-17. Holiday missed the first 12 games of the season to take care of his family while his wife underwent a successful brain surgery, but he was solid upon his return and finished the campaign with averages of 15.4 points, 7.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.5 treys on 45.4 percent shooting. The Pelicans obviously have two usage rate monsters in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, so a move away from New Orleans likely wouldn't be a bad thing for his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:39 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
  • Moses Malone Jr. suing James Harden
    Moses Malone Jr. is suing James Harden for allegedly orchestrating a plan to rob him.

    Advice: According to a report from Fox 26 in Houston, Malone Jr. is alleging that Harden paid a group of people $20,000 in cash to attack and rob Malone at a club last year. Apparently, Malone claims Harden was offended by a Facebook post from Malone that criticized Harden. Harden's attorney denies all charges on behalf of his client. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:28 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
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 29 points w/ 12 assists
    Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 29 points on 9-of-21 shooting in Monday's Game 7 win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Playing in his first ever Game 7, Thomas said before the game that he doesn't "believe in pressure" and he backed those comments up with a monster performance. He dished out 12 assists in 40 minutes, hitting 8-of-9 free throws with two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers. It's not a bad day to be a Boston fan, as the Celtics will move on to face the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals and have a 25.0 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick during the draft lottery on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:07 pm
  • George Hill would like to re-sign w/ Utah
    George Hill said that he's hoping to re-sign with the Jazz this summer.

    Advice: "I really enjoyed playing with the guys here. I think we created a heck of a bond" Hill said. "Let’s stay together, build on what we’ve done this year. Hopefully we can do that." A report in early March by Tim MacMahon of ESPN indicated that Hill's camp is seeking a four-year deal worth $132 million, so a return to Utah is going to be difficult with Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles also hitting free agency. Hill recently turned 31 and missed a total of 36 games if you include the playoffs, so handing out that type of money will be a massive gamble. Rotoworld.com May 15, 9:40 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 40 in Game 1 win vs. SA
    Stephen Curry scored 40 points during a 113-111 win over the Spurs on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and seven 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors were down 25 in the first half and pulled off the comeback with some strong offensive play. Curry saved the day with a strong third while Kevin Durant closed this one out with several tough buckets. The Warriors finished 58-33 after the Kawhi Leonard injury, posting a 159.3 offensive rating when Kawhi was off the court and while Durant was on. Kawhi aside, the Spurs lost Curry a lot off screens and perhaps they're not used to that after going against James Harden. This was a 2017 postseason high and his fifth career postseason 40-plus scoring game. Rotoworld.com May 14, 4:10 pm
  • Dejounte Murray scores six in 13 minutes
    Dejounte Murray scored six points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 13 minutes against the Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He was in the rotation even before the Kawhi Leonard (ankle) injury, but Kawhi going down gave Murray some added responsibility next to Patty Mills. Considering his length and how he's not making as many bad mistakes, Murray figures to play more in this series. If Kawhi can't go on Tuesday, he could get to 20 minutes. Rotoworld.com May 14, 3:26 pm
  • Patty Mills has a rough Game 1
    Patty Mills struggled in his start against the Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday, making 1-of-8 from the field for five points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It was not his best game on the offensive end with several wide-open misses. Before the game, coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Mills' upcoming free agency this summer. "I don't want to talk too much about Patty Mills because the more good things I say, the more we're going to have to pay him," Pop said. Bad game aside, Mills should get heavy minutes and he did handle the ball much more when Kawhi Leonard (ankle) was out for Game 6, so he could have an even bigger role. Rotoworld.com May 14, 3:24 pm
  • Patty Mills sticking in the starting lineup
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Patty Mills will start in Game 1 against the Warriors.

    Advice: This is the expected move, but it wasn't 100 percent given how Game 6 went on Thursday. Dejounte Murray was phenomenal in that one and coach Gregg Popovich sounded like he may trust him with minutes. Pop used a Mills-Murray combo for six minutes in that game, but that likely had to do with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) not playing. Expect to see Mills get most of the minutes at the point today. Daily Slant: This postseason, Mills has played 116.8 minutes with Aldridge and Leonard on the court and Tony Parker off; in that sample, he set a per-36 pace of 23.04 DK points with a usage rate of 18.4%. Since earning the starting job his price has jumped across the industry, preventing him from being a great value. On top of that, he has a tough matchup and there are three elite PGs available, two of whom are in a Game 7 and playing softer defenses. It may make sense to pay up at PG and save elsewhere. Rotoworld.com May 14, 11:14 am
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