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  • Ben Simmons (back) should be ready for camp
    Ben Simmons, who underwent successful back surgery on May 5, has reportedly been “progressing well” and should be ready in time for training camp.

    Advice: This came from a source close to Simmons, and he’s also apparently “in great spirits” following his surgery and in the beginning of his rehab process. Luckily, we’ve only heard positive things regarding the status of Simmons’ procedure, including Nets GM Sean Marks saying that he was feeling “great” exactly two weeks ago. Simmons didn’t play one second this season but as of this very moment, it looks like he should be ready well before the upcoming regular season begins in October. A lot can happen until then, however, but hopefully the good news keeps coming in as the months pass. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:36 pm
  • Kevin Durant hasn't spoken to Nets mangement
    According to a report in the NY Daily News, Kevin Durant has not spoken to the Nets management since the season ended.

    Advice: This could be nothing, or it could be something. The fact of the matter is that you always want to have communication with your franchise player, but Durant has been vocal at times that his responsibility lies on the hardwood, and he likes to take more of a hands-off approach. The report went on to mention that if the Nets don't sign Kyrie Irving to a long-term extension, Durant could be next out the door in Brooklyn. We will monitor the situation as more information becomes available this off-season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:01 pm
  • Smart, Robert Williams to test things pregame
    Marcus Smart (right ankle sprain) and Robert Williams (left knee soreness) are feeling better and will test things out pregame, according to Celtics head coach Ime Udoka.

    Advice: Smart missed Game 4 in Boston, while Williams was in the lineup. We will likely see both on the injury report each game for at least the rest of the series, and for Williams, for the rest of the postseason as Udoka noted on Wednesday. We will see if they can go in Game 5 in Miami, but it will be a game-time decision, so stay tuned for updates.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 11:26 am
  • Udoka: Robert Williams (knee) day-to-day going fwd
    Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said that Robert Williams will be day-to-day for the remainder of the postseason.

    Advice: Williams had surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of the regular season and he has been fighting through some pain and swelling for the entirety of the postseason. The Timelord's status game-to-game depends entirely on the recovery of his knee after days where he plays. This will not change, so expect for him to be on the injury report as long as Boston is still playing. As for his status on Wednesday night, Udoka said that he and Marcus Smart are feeling better and that both will test it out pregame, but are still questionable to play. For a quick update, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN later tweeted that there was "optimism" Williams will be available, but reiterated that he'll indeed have to test his knee in warmups. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 11:16 am
  • Jayson Tatum says shoulder is still an issue
    Jayson Tatum said on Wednesday that his shoulder is still giving him some issues, but that it will not keep him from playing going forward.

    Advice: This series between Boston and Miami has been marred by injuries on both sides, and there is a multitude of players who are playing through injuries at the moment. Tatum injured his shoulder in Game 3 in Boston, but still managed to play in Game 4, and looked great. This isn't much more than just something to monitor throughout the series and the remainder of the postseason should Boston advance.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 9:38 am
  • Nets unwilling to offer Irving long-term extension
    According to a report from the NY Daily News, the Nets are "outright unwilling" to offer Kyrie Irving a long-term extension this offseason. 

    Advice: "This is why...the Nets’ championship hopes hinge on an amicable solution with Irving, whose personal decision not to get vaccinated and unpredictable injury history have left the Nets hesitant, and now, according to a source familiar with the Nets’ thought process, outright unwilling to give him a long-term extension," Kristian Winfield wrote in the NY Daily News on Wednesday. Irving clearly doesn't have much incentive to agree to a short-term deal, so it will be interesting to see which side budges, or if the relationship has reached its end. If the latter is the case, this would mark the end of a disastrous experiment in Brooklyn, and could be the precursor for Kevin Durant leaving, according to Winfield.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:55 am
  • Jonathan Kuminga tallies 17 with eight boards
    Jonathan Kuminga shot 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line in Tuesday's loss to the Mavericks, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist, and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Kuminga wasn't in the rotation for the first three games of this series, playing a total of five minutes (all in Game 1). That changed in Game 4, due in large part to the Warriors getting blown out during the first three quarters. Give Kuminga credit for taking advantage of his opportunity, as he and fellow rookie Moses Moody (10 points, two rebounds, two steals, and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes) were two of the reasons why Golden State was able to trim a 29-point margin down to eight. Did either give Steve Kerr something to think about regarding his rotation ahead of Thursday's Game 5? We'll see.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 20 with eight assists Tuesday
    Stephen Curry finished Tuesday's 119-109 loss to the Mavericks with 20 points (7-of-16 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes. 

    Advice: Curry and the rest of the starting lineup had relatively rough nights, as Dallas took a 29-point lead into the fourth quarter. He and the other main options were on the bench as the Warriors rallied during the final frame, with the visitors pulling to within eight before Dallas finally closed the door. Maybe Golden State was simply going through the motions with the idea that they were playing with "house money" after winning the first three games, but letting a wounded opponent hang around can be risky. Look for Curry and company to do their best to end the series Thursday night.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Maxi Kleber bounces back, effective in Game 4 win
    Maxi Kleber recorded a line of 13 points (5-of-6 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks, and one 3-pointer in Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Warriors. 

    Advice: Despite outperforming starting center Dwight Powell (zero points, one rebound in 12 minutes), Kleber continues to come off the bench for the Mavericks. And after three relatively poor games, he put forth his best effort of the series in Game 4, hitting double figures while recording a full stat line. By comparison, Kleber accounted for totals of six points and seven rebounds in Games 1-3, going scoreless in Sunday's Game 3 defeat. If there's a concern regarding Kleber it may be his health, as he was getting his left foot checked out during the halftime break. He was able to play in the second half so this may not be a major issue, but keep an eye out for his name on the injury report ahead of Game 5.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Reggie Bullock bounces back in Game 4 victory
    Reggie Bullock shot 6-of-10 from the field in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, tallying 18 points, two rebounds, two assists, and six 3-pointers in 38 minutes. 

    Advice: After scoring 33 points and shooting 9-of-20 from three in the first two games of this series, Bullock was brutal in Game 3. Shooting 0-of-10 from the field, he missed all seven of his 3-points attempts in the loss. With the Mavs facing a sweep, the veteran wing bounced back in a big way, hitting six triples for the second time in this series. As a team Dallas hit 20, outscoring Golden State by 30 points from beyond the arc. They'll need a similar effort from Bullock if this series is to return to Dallas, as Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday in San Francisco.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Dorian Finney-Smith scores 23 with four triples
    Dorian Finney-Smith had his best game of the series in Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Warriors, scoring 23 points (9-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, two assists, and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. 

    Advice: With Dallas facing elimination, Tuesday was a great time for Finney-Smith to get back on track offensively. He was responsible for four of the team's 20 3-pointers, and the 23 points were one shy of his total in the first three games of this series combined. Having been signed to a contract extension during the season, there's no doubt that Finney-Smith is a key cog in the Mavericks' rotation. He'll continue to log heavy minutes, and the Mavericks have to hope that this performance will "travel" for Thursday's Game 5 in San Francisco.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Luka Doncic scores 30 as Mavericks extend series
    Luka Doncic played 37 minutes in Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Warriors, accumulating 30 points (10-of-26 FGs, 7-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, two blocks, and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Doncic didn't have his best night shooting the basketball, but that didn't matter much as the Mavericks managed to stave off elimination for one more game. The first-team All-NBA guard finished one assist shy of a triple-double, but neither that nor the field goal percentage was the most disappointing thing for Doncic or Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. Dallas' bench could not maintain a 29-point lead, with Golden State managing to pull to within eight points before falling. As a result of this failure, Doncic had to re-enter the game, meaning that he missed out on what would have been some welcome time on the bench. He'll once again take on a heavy workload in Game 5 on Thursday, which is why the Mavs were hoping to not have to go back to Doncic during the fourth quarter.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • LeBron James, CP3 among third team All-NBA choices
    Chris Paul, Trae Young, LeBron James, Pascal Siakam, and Karl-Anthony Towns were named third-team All-NBA on Tuesday. 

    Advice: While All-NBA honors have become "old hat" for James and Paul, who are up to 18 and 11, respectively, the same cannot be said for the other three third-team selections. Towns earned All-NBA honors for the second time in his career, and this will have a major impact from a financial standpoint as well. As a result of this honor, he's now eligible to sign a four-year super-max extension worth $211 million this summer. Siakam now has two All-NBA selections on his resume as a result of Tuesday's announcement, while this is Young's first such honor.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 5:42 pm
  • Joel Embiid, Curry among second team All-NBA picks
    Stephen Curry, Ja Morant, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant, and Joel Embiid were named second-team All-NBA on Tuesday.

    Advice: For the second consecutive season, Embiid finished second to Denver's Nikola Jokic in the MVP voting, and he also fell short of earning first-team All-NBA honors for the first time in his career. This is Embiid's fourth All-NBA selection, while Durant is now up to ten, Curry eight, and DeRozan three. As for Morant, this is the first time in his three-year NBA career that he's been an All-NBA selection. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 5:37 pm
  • Nikola Jokic headlines First Team All-NBA squad
    Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Nikola Jokic were named first team All-NBA on Tuesday. 

    Advice: No surprises here, even though the NBA did make both Jokic and 76ers center Joel Embiid eligible to receive votes at the forward position. Jokic won his second straight MVP award this season, with Antetokounmpo and Doncic joining him as the only players on the All-NBA team to have multiple first-team honors to their credit. Tatum earned third-team All-NBA honors during the 2019-20 season, while this is Booker's first All-NBA appearance of any kind. And Booker's honor is a big deal financially, as he is now eligible to sign a four-year, super-max extension worth $211 million this summer. With Deandre Ayton set to hit restricted free agency, it will be interesting to see how Suns GM James Jones approaches the offseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 5:31 pm
  • Robert Williams (left knee) questionable for Gm 5
    Robert Williams (left knee soreness) is being deemed questionable to play in Game 5 against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: Williams played in Game 4, but he only played 19 minutes as his never-ending knee injury appeared to be bothering him by the time the third quarter came around. Luckily, the Heat did not come out to play so Williams wasn’t needed for any more floor time than that, and he could very well be a true game-time decision for Game 5. If Williams can’t go, Al Horford gets a decent boost while Grant Williams should play some more, and Heat center Bam Adebayo also gets a boost as well -- in the one game Rob Williams missed, Bam posted a 31/10/6/4/1 line but has averaged just 8.3 points per game in three games in which Williams has appeared. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • Marcus Smart, Robert Williams both iffy for Game 5
    Marcus Smart (right ankle sprain) and Robert Williams (left knee soreness) are both being listed as questionable to play in Game 5 against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smart did not play in Game 4 on Monday, but the Celtics won in blowout fashion thanks to Jayson Tatum bouncing back and the Heat starters combining for just 18 points on the evening. Williams did play last night, but he looked a bit gimpy in the third quarter and checked out for good with 7:26 left in that quarter and only ended up playing 19 minutes (which is all they needed him for). Derrick White filled in nicely for Smart on Monday and would be worth a look in DFS yet again if Smart can’t play, while Al Horford and Grant Williams would be the main beneficiaries as they’d soak up the majority of Time Lord’s minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Big Bob Williams neutralizes Bam in Game 4 return
    Robert Williams returned to the court Monday and provided 12 points, nine boards and two swats as the Celtics took the Heat down 102-82 in Game 4.

    Advice: Williams missed Game 3 due to a lingering knee issue, and he’s been sidelined for five of the Celtics’ last seven. He only logged 19 minutes in this one, as Boston raced out to a monster lead and never looked back. Williams doesn’t need a ton of time on the court to make an impact, and Bam Adebayo’s nine-point, six-rebound clunker is proof after Adebayo went off for 31/10/6 last game. Williams is likely going to be a permanent fixture on Boston’s injury report for as long as they’re still in contention. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Jayson Tatum scores 31 as C's obliterate Heat
    Jayson Tatum piled up 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks as the Celtics comfortably handled the Heat.

    Advice: Tatum went for just 10 points in Saturday’s loss, scoring two points and committing three turnovers in the second half of the close contest. He bounced back in a big way in Game 3, shaking off the poor showing and leading the Celtics to a massive, series-tying victory. Boston is now 5-0 in games following a loss this postseason, and Tatum has averaged 32.6 points in those contests. Boston will have a chance to go up 3-2 in the series with a win in South Beach on Wednesday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) ruled out for Game 4
    Marcus Smart (right ankle) has been ruled out for Game 4 on Monday vs. Miami.

    Advice: Smart has seen some increased swelling in his sprained right ankle since suffering the injury on Saturday, and he was sporting a major limp when he arrived to the arena tonight, so this could wind up being a multi-game absence. Derrick White will likely find himself in the first unit with Smart watching from the sidelines, and there will be more minutes available for Payton Pritchard. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:26 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (shoulder) good to go for Game 4
    Jayson Tatum (right shoulder) is good to go for Game 4 on Monday vs. Miami.

    Advice: Tatum tweaked his shoulder during Game 3, but he was able to play through it and was listed as probable for this game, so there was never much worry about his availability. He'll look to bounce back tonight from a tough Game 3 loss in which he converted just three of his 14 shot attempts. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 3:57 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) iffy for Game 4 on Monday
    Marcus Smart (right ankle) is questionable for Monday's Game 4 matchup with Miami.

    Advice: Smart is being listed as questionable for tonight's game, but he seems to be closer to doubtful, with Adrian Wojnarowski hinting that it's unlikely Smart will get out there. While he was able to play through the ankle issue on Saturday, it seems it's gotten worse for him since then and might keep him out of tonight's game. That would mean more opportunity for Derrick White and Payton Pritchard. Stay tuned. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 3:27 pm
  • Robert Williams (knee) expected to play in Game 4
    Robert Williams (left knee soreness) is expected to be available for Game 4 on Monday vs. Miami.

    Advice: The Time Lord wasn't able to suit up for Game 3 as he continues to experience soreness in his surgically repaired knee, but it sounds like he'll be able to get back out there tonight, which should result in Daniel Theis returning to the second unit and Grant Williams' minutes could dip a bit. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 2:40 pm
  • Marcus Smart wins NBA's Hustle Award for 2nd time
    Marcus Smart has won the NBA's Hustle Award for the 2021-2022 season, the league announced on Monday.

    Advice: Smart won the award for the second time in his carer, becoming the first two-time winner since the award debuted in 2016-2017. He also won the award in the 2018-2019 season. He adds this honor to the Defensive Player of the Year honor and the 1st-Team all defense nod that he has garnered this season. Smart is experiencing some swelling in his right ankle and is currently considered questionable for Monday night's Game 4 against Miami.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:58 am
  • Luka Doncic goes for 40 & 11 in Game 3 loss Sunday
    Luka Doncic scored 40 points to go with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks, four triples, and three turnovers but the Mavericks still lost to the Warriors in Game 3 on Sunday night.

    Advice: Doncic shot 11-of-23 from the floor and 4-of-9 from three while going 14-of-17 from the foul line. He also tallied his eighth 40-point game, which breaks a tie with Dirk Nowitzki for the most in franchise history. Unfortunately, the Mavericks are just 2-6 in those games. They will try to extend their season on Tuesday in game 4 and attempt to avoid being swept out of the postseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 9:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry goes for 31 & 11 in Game 3 win Sun.
    Stephen Curry scored 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting (5-of-10 3-pointers) to go with 11 assists, five rebounds, and three turnovers as the Warriors beat the Mavericks 109-100 in game 3 to take a 3-0 lead on Sunday night.

    Advice: The Warriors used another big third quarter to pull away from the Mavericks and they were able to hold on in the fourth to push the Mavericks to the brink of elimination. Curry tallied his 47th career 30-point playoff game, which broke a tie with Dirk Nowitzki and moved him into eleventh place on the all-time list. He has now scored over 30 in four of his last seven games, including two straight, and he will try to make it three as the Warriors look to close out the Mavericks in Dallas on Tuesday and get back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2019. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:55 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (shoulder) probable for Game 4 Monday
    Jayson Tatum (right cervical nerve impingement) is probable for Monday's game against the Heat. 

    Advice: Tatum suffered what appeared to be a stinger during the second half of Game 3, but he was able to return to the game. Tatum being listed as probable for Game 4 is obviously great news as far as the Celtics are concerned. If he suffers a setback of some sort, that would put even more responsibility on the shoulders of Jaylen Brown.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 2:04 pm
  • Marcus Smart has swelling in right ankle
    Marcus Smart has swelling in his right ankle, and the Celtics will see how he feels on Monday before determining his status for Game 4.

    Advice: Smart twisted his ankle pretty bad in Game 3 but wasn't out of the game long. It must've been adrenaline keeping him in, because his status is now up in the air. If he can't play, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard will be relied on to make up for his absence. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 10:40 am
  • Robert Williams (knee) considered 'day-to-day'
    Robert Williams (left knee soreness) is considered "day-to-day" after missing Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday.

    Advice: Williams has missed five of the last seven games for the Heat because of issues with his left knee after missing a month because of a meniscus tear. Daniel Theis got the start in place of Williams, but he only played 11 minutes. Grant Williams filled the majority of the minutes, playing 39 off the bench. If Robert Williams misses more time, Grant Williams and Al Horford will fill the majority of the frontcourt minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 7:02 am
  • Marcus Smart scores 16, survives ankle injury
    Marcus Smart played 37 minutes before fouling out in a Game 3 loss to the Heat on Saturday, tallying 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting (3-of-5 FTs) to go with four rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers.

    Advice: Smart twisted his ankle pretty badly to start the third quarter and needed help to the locker room, but he came back rather quickly and drilled a triple that got TD Garden roaring. His ankle was quite literally sideways and it seemed like he could not only miss the rest of this game but possibly more time, but the tough-as-nails Smart didn’t want to go down easy. It’s a story that’s worth keeping an eye on in case it swells up overnight, so we’ll let you know if he pops up on Boston’s injury report ahead of Game 4 on Monday. Jayson Tatum also survived a shoulder injury late in this one, with Miami’s Jimmy Butler exiting before the second half due to a right knee issue. This game was madness, to say the least. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Tatum struggles in Game 3, injures shoulder late
    Jayson Tatum suffered a right shoulder injury in a Game 3 loss to the Heat on Saturday, but finished the game and ended with 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting, six boards, four assists, one 3-pointer and six turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like Tatum reached awkwardly and he was down in a lot of pain for multiple possessions, eventually heading to the locker room with around five minutes left in the fourth quarter -- coach Ime Udoka was calling it a stinger after the game. He soon returned to the game with 3:40 left in the game, and the never-ending chaos of this game entailed Tatum and Marcus Smart avoiding injuries, and Miami’s Jimmy Butler being ruled out for the entire second half due to right knee inflammation. It wasn’t Tatum’s night even before the injury, recording twice as many turnovers (6) as shots made (3), but the shoulder is going to be the main area of concern by far. We’ll be sure to let you know if Tatum shows up on the injury report ahead of Game 4, which will take place on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:24 pm
  • Robert Williams (knee) expected to miss Game 3
    Robert Williams is expected to sit out of Saturday's Game 3 against the Heat due to lingering left knee soreness.

    Advice: Time Lord missed the last four games of the Milwaukee series due to his knee, and he's been on the injury report since returning for the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. Expect Williams to remain there for as long as Boston is in the playoffs, and count on Grant Williams and Daniel Theis logging more minutes in his absence. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • Robert Williams (knee) questionable for Game 3
    Robert Williams (left knee soreness) is considered questionable for Game 3 against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: This seems like it'll be an on and off issue as long as the Celtics are in the playoffs. If Williams isn't able to play, Grant Williams should slide right back into the starting unit with Daniel Theis seeing a role off the bench. Hopefully Robert Williams will be able to resolve this issue this off-season, so it isn't an issue heading into next season. If he plays, he shouldn't have a problem approaching a double-double with multiple blocks. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 9:55 am
  • Stephen Curry posts 32/8/5 line vs. DAL
    Stephen Curry put up 32 points with eight rebounds, five dimes and six triples in Friday’s Game 2 comeback win vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The Mavericks have defended Curry better than pretty much every other team in the NBA this season, but he seemed to find his groove early tonight with 20 points by halftime and kept it going throughout. The Warriors will also be thrilled with the lift they have gotten from Jordan Poole in this series as he had 23 points tonight for a combined 40 points on 15-of-22 FGs through two games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Luka's 42 points not enough in Game 2 loss vs. GSW
    Luka Doncic poured in 42 points with eight assists, five rebounds, three steals, one block and a triple but it wasn’t enough in Friday’s 126-117 Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Luka was reportedly sick during Game 1 and it certainly looked that way as he shot 33% from the field. Tonight was another story, obviously, and coach Jason Kidd sounded confident before the game about a bounce back because they still got a ton of good looks that didn’t fall in Game 1. “Just make the shots,” he said. “We had good looks. We had open looks. We just missed them. That’s all. We make those shots, it’s a different situation.” The Mavericks got off to a wonderful start with 72 points in the first half, but they imploded in the third quarter and never quite recovered. The series will now shift to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:38 pm
  • All-D Team: Smart, Bridges, Giannis, JJJ, Gobert
    Marcus Smart (BOS), Mikal Bridges (PHO), Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Rudy Gobert (UTA) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (MEM) have been selected for the 2021-2022 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

    Advice: With the exception of Giannis, all five of these guys were top five in DPOY voting, but Giannis was selected for the First Team whereas Bam Adebayo (MIA), who was fourth in DPOY voting, was placed on the Second Team. Joining Bam on the Second Team are Draymond Green (GSW), Matisse Thybulle (PHI), Robert Williams (BOS) and Jrue Holiday (MIL), with Boston’s Al Horford being the only player in the top-10 for DPOY voting to not make either team. Congrats to all of the above, and it’s no coincidence that four of these 10 players are still fighting for a championship as we speak. You can check out the full voting results here. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:23 pm
  • Luka Dončić 'good to go' despite reported sickness
    Luka Dončić is "good to go" for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors on Friday despite his reported illness.

    Advice: Dallas would've been in panic mode without Luka, so it's good that he'll be able to play. There's nothing that indicates that he won't be at full strength, though the Mavs likely wouldn't want Golden State to know ahead of time if he is feeling sick. He'll look to bounce back from an off night in Game 1 of the series as they look to steal one on the road before heading back to Dallas. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:57 am
  • Luka Doncic sick all night after Game 1 of WCF?
    Kevin Harlan said on Thursday night that he heard from two sources that Luka Doncic was up all night sick after Game 1 and was still ill on Thursday.

    Advice: Harlan did clarify that his sources weren't within either organization, and that he wasn't sure if it affected him during the loss. Doncic isn't listed on the injury report, so it doesn't appear to be something that would keep him from playing in Game 2. He'll likely be asked by a reporter before the game about it, so we may have to wait for an answer from him or Jason Kidd before we know if it's true. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 6:49 am
  • Marcus Smart goes 24/12/9 as C's humiliate Heat
    Marcus Smart ended Thursday’s blowout win over Miami with 24 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, three steals and a block.

    Advice: Smart finished one board shy of a triple-double and led Boston to a comfortable series-tying victory Thursday, making his presence felt on both ends after he was forced to sit out of Tuesday’s Game 1. Smart averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 triples across the final two wins against Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semis, so Thursday’s monster line shouldn’t be much of a surprise. He’ll be back for an encore in Game 3 on Saturday where the Celtics will have a chance to go up 2-1 in the series. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:27 pm
  • Jayson Tatum scores 27 in Game 2 rout over Miami
    Jayson Tatum finished with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting and added five rebounds, five assists, four triples and a steal in Thursday’s commanding win over Miami.

    Advice: Oh, mercy! That’s two big games in a row for Tatum, who went off for 29 points, eight boards, six dimes, four steals and a block in Tuesday’s loss. Miami boasts a formidable defense, but the Heat haven’t had an answer for the All-Star forward who’s averaging 28.3 points, 6.1 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 3.4 triples and 2.5 stocks in the postseason. Expect him to be at his best when the Celtics head home for Game 3 on Saturday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:22 pm
  • Marcus Smart (foot) will start Game 2 Thursday
    Marcus Smart (right mid-foot sprain) will start Thursday's game against the Heat. 

    Advice: With Al Horford (health and safety protocols) also cleared, the Celtics will have their preferred starting lineup for Game 2. Celtics coach Ime Udoka did not say anything about Smart being on a minutes restriction, so DFS players should expect to see him take on his usual workload. The absence of Derrick White (personal) opens up a few minutes for Payton Pritchard, but he won't be enough to make him a player worth slotting into your lineups. Smart and Horford will be joined in the starting lineup by Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Robert Williams.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:13 pm
  • Luka Doncic held in check vs. Warriors in Game 1
    Luka Doncic was held in check vs. the Warriors in Wednesday's Game 1 with 20 points (6-of-18 FGs), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and three triples. 

    Advice: According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Golden State’s plan on defense isn’t to overload on Luka Doncic but to “cut off the others” instead. We saw that in Rounds 1 and 2, with Nikola Jokic averaging 31.0 points vs. GSW and Ja Morant averaging 38.3. Luka got off to a decent start in this one but Andrew Wiggins had his number this evening with some terrific defense. Look for the Mavs to try and do a better job getting Luka switched onto Steph Curry and Jordan Poole when he’s in attack mode in Game 2. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 21 w/ 12 boards in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 21 points (7-of-16 FGs, 4-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three triples in Wednesday's blowout Game 1 win over Dallas. 

    Advice: This will be a brutal matchup for Curry and it showed early tonight, as the Mavs will throw double teams at him and force the ball out of his hands as much as possible. During the regular season, Curry averaged just 20.0 points in four games vs. Dallas while shooting 38% from the field and 29% from the line. He certainly seemed uncomfortable in the first quarter tonight, but he gradually got himself going and got a big lift from his teammates as well. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:18 pm
  • Robert Williams (leg) 'ready to roll' for Game 2
    Robert Williams told reporters on Wednesday that he is "ready to roll" for Game 2 against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Williams left Game 1 early with a left leg issue that ended up just being cramps. He'll play his usual minutes load in Game 2 and will be even more vital to Boston's success with Al Horford still sidelined. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 9:14 am
  • Nets GM remains noncommittal about Kyrie Irving
    Nets GM Sean Marks remains noncommittal about Kyrie Irving's future with Brooklyn, telling reporters, "We’ll see if it’s the right fit for both sides."

    Advice: “You want people here to be part of something bigger than themselves," Marks said. "It’s a team sports team game. It’s not individuals ... We want to avoid the drama, we want to avoid the distractions." Kyrie can opt into a one-year deal at $36.9 million for 2022-23, or ink a longer-term deal with Brooklyn worth more than $245 million over five years, but that's assuming the Nets still want him as a franchise pillar. Fantasy GMs should be equally wary, considering Kyrie is averaging 55.5 games played in his 11 seasons. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 4:46 am
  • Robert Williams plays well, sits late w/ left leg
    Robert Williams returned from a four-game absence due to a left knee injury and hit 6-of-8 shots and 6-of-7 free throws for 18 points, nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes of Tuesday's Game 1 loss to the Heat. 

    Advice: Williams looked great while he was out there but sat out the last portion of the game due to a left leg issue. It appeared to be a cramp, as he went to the bench, downed a bunch of fluids and then had his calf worked on. Hopefully, his knee is fine and he simply cramped up tonight. The Celtics, who were without both Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (COVID) tonight, are going to need a healthy Time Lord going forward, with or without those guys.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Jayson Tatum's 29 not enough in Game 1 loss @ Heat
    Jayson Tatum hit 10-of-21 shots, two 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws for 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, a block and seven turnovers in 44 minutes of Tuesday's 118-107 Game 1 loss at Miami. 

    Advice: Tatum and the Celtics held a 62-54 halftime lead and looked to be in control of the game, but the Heat then went on a 22-2 run to start the third quarter and finished it with a 39-14 win to the put the game away. The Heat forced Tatum into a ridiculous six third-quarter turnovers and the Celtics never recovered. In short, Tatum is going to have to do a better job of taking care of the ball going forward in this series.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Udoka: No minutes restriction for Robert Williams
    Ime Udoka told reporters on Monday that Robert Williams (left knee bone bruise) will be available without a minutes restriction for Game 1 against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: After being cleared for Game 7, it shouldn't be shocking to hear that he's available in full for this series. Williams should return to his role as a starter, which would likely send Game 7 hero Grant Williams back to a bench role. Both Williams will be vital to the success of the Celtics in the frontcourt against a deep Heat squad. NBCSportsEDGE.com May 16, 10:54 am
  • Luka Doncic goes for 35 & 10 in Game 7 win Sunday
    Luka Doncic scored 35 points on 12-of-19 shooting (6-of-11 3-pointers) to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two turnovers as the Mavericks blew the Suns out in Game 7 on Sunday night.

    Advice: This was just a good old-fashioned whooping by the Mavericks, and they got whatever they wanted on offense all night long. Doncic had 27 points at the half to match the Suns’ team total and the Mavericks took a 30-point lead into the break. He became the first player in the last 25 postseasons to equal or exceed the opposing team’s point total in a half. He also is the second-youngest player in postseason history with 35 points and 10 rebounds in a game 7. The Mavericks will now take on the Golden State Warriors for the right to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. NBCSportsEDGE.com May 15, 7:41 pm
  • Jayson Tatum finishes Game 7 win with 23 points
    Jayson Tatum played 37 minutes in Sunday's 109-81 win over the Bucks, finishing with 23 points (7-of-14 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), six rebounds, eight assists, one block, and five 3-pointers. 

    Advice: Tatum's first half was a bit of a mixed bag; while he did score 17 points, he was also responsible for five turnovers and three personal fouls. However, Tatum and the Celtics were able to get the turnovers issues under control after the intermission, grabbing control of the game and outscoring the Bucks by a 61-38 margin in the second half. Next up for Boston is an Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Heat, with Game 1 set for Tuesday night in Miami. Who wins the matchup between Tatum and Jimmy Butler will go a long way towards determining which team represents the East in the NBA Finals.  NBCSportsEDGE.com May 15, 3:20 pm
  • Ben Simmons, Nets to work together on summer plan
    “We will work together with the Nets on a summer plan,” a source close to Ben Simmons told The New York Post. “Everyone is confident.” 

    Advice: After missing a full season, Simmons and his camp seem intent on making things work in Brooklyn. He clearly had plenty of physical and mental barriers that prevented him from playing this season, and they want to make sure that doesn't happen again. Hopefully they'll make a plan that will have him ready to play in the regular season opener, as Simmons could be a tremendous fantasy asset this upcoming season. Of course, you'll have find triples and free throws elsewhere. NBCSportsEDGE.com May 15, 6:47 am