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  • Jae Crowder scores 24 points with six triples
    Jae Crowder caught fire from beyond the arc during Sunday's Game 1 win, registering 24 points, six 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The 24 points marks a new postseason-high for Crowder, and he made Washington pay for constantly leaving him open in the corner. As a team, the Celtics knocked down 19 triples in this one, which tied a franchise playoff record for Boston. 55 minutes ago
  • Al Horford just misses a triple-double in win
    Al Horford fell one rebound shy of a triple-double on Sunday, ending his evening with 21 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, one block and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Horford is the current leader in assists amongst centers this postseason by quite a wide margin with 7.0 a night, and he did an excellent job of helping facilitate the Celtics’ offense today. He was also incredibly efficient on the offensive end, going 10-of-13 from the field, and he made Marcin Gortat uncomfortable by forcing to step out and guard him on the perimeter. Kelly Olynyk also was solid in 18 minutes off the bench, tallying 12 points, four boards, two dimes, two triples and two turnovers. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Marcus Smart brings the defense in Game 1
    Marcus Smart was excellent on the defensive end during Sunday's Game 1 win, finishing with six points, three boards, one triple, four dimes, three steals, three blocks and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Smart replaced Gerald Green in the starting unit to begin the second half of action, and he did a nice job of making life difficult for John Wall. It’ll be interesting to see if he starts in Game 2, but either way, Smart’s elite defense should have him on the floor for at least 30 minutes a night during this second-round series. Today, 12:48 pm
  • Gerald Green invisible as a starter in Game 1
    Gerald Green did a whole lot of nothing through seven minutes of action as a starter on Sunday, committing one turnover without registering any other statistics.

    Advice: Green got yanked after just two minutes of play and was replaced in the starting five by Marcus Smart at the half. Green matched up well with the Bulls’ during the Celtics’ first-round series, but he probably won’t be playing much during Round 2. Today, 12:46 pm
  • Avery Bradley needs 20 shots to score 18 pts
    Avery Bradley went 7-of-20 from the field and 1-of-1 from the stripe on Sunday, finishing with 18 points, five boards, three 3-pointers, four assists, four steals and one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Bradley couldn’t buy a bucket in this one, but he also missed a lot of wide-open looks, so we'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance during Game 2. While Bradley wasn't great offensively, he made some clutch plays down the stretch for the Celtics, and was fantastic on defense, so it wasn't a total wash. Today, 12:41 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas nets 33 points in Game 1 win
    Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points during Boston's Game 1 win over Washington on Sunday, adding five 3-pointers, nine assists, one rebound, one block and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Thomas had his front tooth knocked out fighting around a screen during the first quarter, after which he picked up his tooth, handed it to one of the Boston trainers and proceeded to drain back-to-back triples. IT4 put in averages of 27.8 points, 2.3 triples, 8.0 assists, 4.0 boards and 3.3 turnovers through four games against the Wizards during the regular season, so he should be big in this second-round series. Today, 12:37 pm
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) will not return to G1
    Markieff Morris (sprained left ankle) will not return to Sunday's Game 1 vs. Boston.

    Advice: Morris rolled his ankle pretty badly, so unfortunately, he could be looking at a multi-game absence for Washington. Kelly Oubre started the second half in his place, and it'll be Oubre, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat logging extended minutes if Morris is forced into an extended absence. Today, 11:54 am
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) will play in Game 7
    Rudy Gobert (mild left ankle sprain) will play in Sunday's Game 7 against the Clippers, as expected.

    Advice: "It's a Game 7. He'll play," said head coach Quin Snyder. Gobert was never in any danger of missing tonight's game, although he will be playing hurt, so he could be somewhat limited. Joining Gobert in the starting five will be George Hill, Joe Ingles, Gordon Hayward and Boris Diaw. Today, 11:10 am
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) goes to locker room
    Markieff Morris (sprained left ankle) left Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Celtics and is questionable to return.

    Advice: Morris was attempting a jumper and twisted his left ankle pretty severely when he landed on Al Horford's foot. While Morris was down for a while, he was able to take his free throw before limping off to the locker room. We'll have an update shortly, but expect the Wizards to play more small ball if Morris can't return. Today, 10:54 am
  • Will Barton not interested in an extension
    Will Barton will not agree to a contract extension with the Nuggets this offseason.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer move for Barton, as he can make a lot more money if he waits until he hits free agency in the summer of 2018. With one year left on his deal and the Nuggets loaded with depth at shooting guard, Barton is a prime trade candidate. He finished the 2016-17 season with averages of 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples on 44.3 percent shooting. Today, 10:11 am
  • Luis Scola likely to retire
    Luis Scola said he's leaning towards retiring.

    Advice: He was waived by the Nets in February because he was hoping to join a contender, but unfortunately that didn't work out. Scola just turned 36 years old Sunday, so it wouldn't be a surprise if this was the end of the road for the veteran. In 36 appearances for Brooklyn, Scola averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.5 triples in 12.8 minutes per game. Today, 9:46 am
  • Jason Smith (calf) is fine for Game 1
    Jason Smith (calf) will be "fine" for Game 1 vs. the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: He played through a left calf contusion in Game 6 vs. the Hawks and finished with just two rebounds in 11 minutes, but coach Scott Brooks confirmed that he will see his usual backup center minutes in Game 1. Expect him to see minutes in the teens. Today, 8:42 am
  • Gerald Green will remain in starting lineup
    Gerald Green will remain in the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Wizards on Sunday.

    Advice: The Celtics will start Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Green, Jae Crowder and Al Horford. It's going to be difficult for Boston to hide both Thomas and Green on the defensive end, so don't be surprised if coach Brad Stevens makes a quick adjustment if Green doesn't have the hot hand early. The streaky shooter averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 triples in 20.5 minutes in his previous four starts in Round 1, so he's a punt option in DFS at his very affordable price. We should still see quite a bit of Marcus Smart in this series. Today, 8:13 am
  • Isaiah Thomas ready for Game 1 vs. WAS
    Isaiah Thomas is ready to go for Game 1 vs. the Wizards on Sunday.

    Advice: Thomas attended his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state, but he's already back with the team after a late night flight and was one of the first players on the floor for warmups. The Celtics have been nothing but supportive and told him to take the day off if he's not feeling up to it, but the All-Star PG will continue to play in his sister's honor the rest of the way. Daily Slant: Whether due to external factors or the Bulls’ defense, Thomas shot a below-average 43.0% from the field and 20.0% from deep in the opening series. Fortunately, Washington’s defense is much worse, which should help Thomas in either case. After the break, the Wizards were 27th in defensive rating (110.7), 29th in opponent FG% (48.4%) and 3P% (38.8%) while the Bulls were third (102.2), fourth (44.4%), and first (30.7%), respectively. He’s in a great spot to produce the monster game we’re all rooting for. Today, 8:02 am
  • Paul Millsap wants to re-sign w/ the Hawks
    Paul Millsap said he wants to re-sign with the Hawks this summer.

    Advice: "I want to be here," Millsap said. "I think talks have been pretty good. ... It's something me, my agent and my family have got to sit down and talk about." Millsap already confirmed that he will "most likely" opt out of his player option and become a free agent, but the Hawks are "going to make every effort imaginable to keep him" according to team owner Tony Ressler. Head coach Mike Budenholzer said he's "incredibly optimistic and incredibly committed to Paul," so the Hawks have made their intentions pretty clear. A max contract offer seems likely for the 32-year-old All-Star. Today, 7:28 am
  • Re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. is a priority
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. will be a priority of his this offseason.

    Advice: THJ was one of the most improved players in the NBA in 2016-17, averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 triples in 27.3 minutes per game. Hardaway was actually a candidate to be moved prior to the February deadline, but he made himself indispensable with some strong play after the turn of the new year. He's a restricted free agent which means the Hawks can match any offer he receives, so THJ will likely reprise his role as Atlanta's sixth man in 2017-18 as long as his price doesn't get out of hand. It's not out of the question that he could continue to start as well like he did to close out this season. Today, 7:20 am
  • Taurean Prince's development is a priority
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said the development of Taurean Prince and Dennis Schroder will be one of his three priorities this summer.

    Advice: His other two priorities are improving the offense and re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. and Paul Millsap. Prince showed fantasy owners a glimpse of his upside after the All-Star break, averaging 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.8 triples in 24.2 minutes per game in that span. The money stats are the key to his value (steals, blocks and triples), and with Thabo Sefolosha hitting free agency this summer, Prince has to like to his chances of opening the 2017-18 season as the starting small forward. He could be a sleeper in fantasy leagues and we'll get a long look at him during the summer league. Today, 7:11 am
  • Budenholzer to meet w/ Dwight Howard
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he plans to meet with Dwight Howard "within a week or two" to discuss his limited role during the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard did not play in the fourth quarter of Game 6 on Friday which was the second time in six playoff games that he did not play in the fourth. "It was very difficult. I want to play," Howard said Saturday. "I want to be on the floor. I want to make an impact. You can't do it on the bench." Howard averaged 13.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 29.7 minutes per game during the regular season, but those averages dropped to 8.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 26.2 minutes in the postseason. Coach Bud said he went away from Howard because he wanted to "play faster and more spread," so it was more of a matchup move. Howard will be 32 in December and is under contract for two more seasons. Today, 6:51 am
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) listed as probable
    The Jazz listed Rudy Gobert (mild left ankle sprain) as probable to face the Clippers in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He said he is going to play and coach Quin Snyder had some comments about Gobert suiting up. "There will be some carry over from that [ankle injury]. He was hurting enough to not be effective," Snyder said. "He didn’t finish the game, so hopefully it’s a quick turn, but sometimes those things in the course of a day or a day-and-a-half, you improve. He knows what’s at stake." Gobert may be somewhat limited, but his rim protection may be the most important factor in Game 7. The Clippers relentlessly attack the rim when he's off the court. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Taurean Prince headed to Summer League
    Taurean Prince will play in Summer League.

    Advice: Even with the Hawks somewhat healthy, Prince ranked fourth on the team for playoff minutes. Prince was still assisted on 79.3 percent of his buckets in the playoffs, so he still needs to work on getting his own shot. He'll get the chance to increase his scoring arsenal in July and could add to his fantasy ceiling. If Paul Millsap leaves, Prince will be a fantasy sleeper. Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Avery Bradley expecting IT to play
    Avery Bradley said he knows Isaiah Thomas will be prepared for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, coach Brad Stevens said he's fine with the idea of Thomas staying with his family following his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state. The sense around the team is that Thomas will be back and ready to go. While he didn't bust out in the first round, he was efficient in the second half against the Bulls with a 64.3 true shooting percentage. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Paul Millsap admits to likely opting out
    Paul Millsap admitted he will "most likely" opt out of his player option.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall for this one as Millsap looks to get one more big pay day. He did say he loved Atlanta, but a lot of teams will likely be after the 32-year-old Millsap. He was in what was close to a perfect spot for his stat output, so a change of scenery would likely hurt his fantasy value. Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) says he'll play in Game 7
    Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with a mild left ankle sprain but said he is "good to go" for Game 7 on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Gobert tweaked his ankle in the third quarter of Game 6 on Friday night, but was able to return in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, it appears to be only a minor injury, as there is a short turnaround for Game 7. The Jazz will likely need Rudy to dominate the paint on both ends of the floor if they hope to go on the road and knock off the Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Paul Millsap uncertain regarding his option
    Paul Millsap said he would "take some time" before deciding whether or not to exercise his player option.

    Advice: "These last four years have been great. Can't ask for nothing more," said Millsap. "Now I will take some time, relax and see what happens." He has a $21.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season. However, he'll have the opportunity a sign a new deal for well over $100 million thus summer, so opting out is a no-brainer. The only real question is whether he chooses to re-sign with the Hawks or land elsewhere. Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) fine for Game 7
    X-rays were negative on Rudy Gobert (left ankle) and he will be fine for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: An ankle tweak in the second half did limit Gobert in the fourth quarter. The training staff gave him some treatment on the bench in the final minutes of the game, but he was also able to play through it earlier in the fourth. Gobert may not be 100 percent, but coach Quin Snyder isn't likely to cap his star big man. Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Rudy Gobert tweaks ankle in Game 6
    Rudy Gobert played 33 minutes against the Clippers on Friday, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He looked to tweak a left ankle and had some treatment from the training staff in the fourth quarter. Gobert didn't look right in the third quarter, but this injury doesn't look as bad as his left knee sprain from the first possession of this series. He'll probably be on the injury report for Game 7 on Sunday. This new injury being on the same leg doesn't help, but there's a good chance Gobert is out there. The Jazz missed him badly late. Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Stevens said IT could miss Game 1
    Coach Brad Stevens said that if Isaiah Thomas decides Saturday that his sister's funeral is too much and that he can't play in Game 1 against the Wizards on Sunday, he's totally fine with that.

    Advice: Following the win on Friday, Thomas will take a private jet to Seattle with general manager Danny Ainge. Thomas left the locker room early on Friday night and may already be en route. Thomas hasn't quite been right and is playing for his sister the rest of the way, but just about everyone is rooting for him. Expect an update on his status Saturday night or Sunday morning. Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Avery Bradley shines again, scores 23 in win
    Avery Bradley was outstanding once again during a series-clinching 105-83 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 23 points with five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is just dominating right now and he got the best of Jimmy Butler. In fact, he admitted he felt disrespected by Jimmy Butler in the series, and had a little extra motivation when he heard the Bulls saying guys like him shouldn't be lighting them up. Coach Brad Stevens also said that the silver lining of Bradley missing time in January and February for his Achilles injury was that it wasn't in April and May. Bradley was playing like an All-Star before said injury and he's back to that form. The Celtics will be dangerous with AB shining. Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 12 points in win vs. CHI
    Isaiah Thomas scored 12 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: We still haven't seen the MVP-caliber IT, but he still gets a ton of credit to play after a family tragedy. Al Horford talked about how the team wasn't right while Avery Bradley said it took some time to play they way they've been accustomed to. He'll have his hands full against John Wall for Game 1 in Boston on Sunday. Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Al Horford scores 12 points in win
    Al Horford scored 12 points with six rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: After the game, he said the spread lineup was key and it made their offense harder to guard. The Celtics leaned heavily on Horford as a roll man since the lineup change, so expect that to be a staple against the Wizards. Although, the Bulls were not good in switches on that play. Horford playing well could be the difference. Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Gerald Green scores 16 points in start
    Gerald Green scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: The move to start Green was a risky one, but it paid off in spades. Coach Brad Stevens said Green was "great" in the role and he said it also allowed him to maximize Jae Crowder as a four man and Horford as a true five. Green could get minutes again vs. the Wizards. By the way, he did only score three points in the fourth, so this scoring output wasn't about garbage time. Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Jason Smith (left calf) gets some C minutes
    Jason Smith (calf) played 11 minutes against the Hawks with two rebounds and three fouls.

    Advice: He was tested early due to Marcin Gortat getting in some foul trouble. Smith had some fine rim protection during this game and his ability to play both big-man spots is very helpful to coach Scott Brooks, especially with Ian Mahinmi (calf) on the shelf. Friday, 7:49 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 points vs. Hawks
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He bookended this series with a terrific Game 1, terrible games leading up to tonight, and just bringing it on both ends in this series-clinching win. Moving forward, the NBA is going to have to look at an incident with Morris leaving the bench. Bradley Beal landed awkwardly and did turn around to confront Kent Bazemore, so Morris left the bench just after the contact. Morris did back away when things were escalating, so he should be OK. If Morris plays like this against the Celtics, the Wizards could be a problem. Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 31 points in loss to Wiz
    Paul Millsap scored 31 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block, four steals, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes during a season-ending 115-99 loss to the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: After a down regular season, Millsap really came through against the Wizards, but he didn't get enough help in the frontcorut. In the six games, he averaged 24.3 points, 9.3 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 treys. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and will be getting a lot of interest in the market. Millsap is already 32, so teams signing him to four years likely will not enjoy the last year of that contract. Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Taurean Prince scores four in loss
    Taurean Prince scored four points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: There were not many rookies to make an impact late in the year quite like Prince. He showed he's more than a three-and-D guy and is already way ahead of the curve for a young perimeter defender. He'll be a factor in the rotation next year, especially if he shows any growth as a scorer. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Dwight Howard doesn't show up in Game 6
    Dwight Howard scored nine points with seven rebounds, one assist two steals and five turnovers in 23 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Not good. Howard has been neutralized for most of this series and just didn't have energy. The Hawks frequently didn't close with Howard once they acquired Ersan Ilyasova and had a healthy Paul Millsap, so there's a decent chance his minutes and production see a hit next year. Howard did see a minutes decrease compared to last season, but he put up similar numbers. He'll be 32 in December. Friday, 7:21 pm
  • Jason Smith (left calf) will play vs. Hawks
    Jason Smith (left calf) will play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He got some shots up pre-game and is calf contusion doesn't sound like it'll affect him too much. Considering how Markieff Morris has picked up five fouls in each of the last four games, this is big for the Wizards. Smith is getting some minutes at the five and he's also done really well next to the other non-Morris starters. Morris' upside in DFS takes a hit here, but he's still in play in hopes he bounces back. Smith is still a risky DFS play, unless you want to bet against Morris. Friday, 3:05 pm
  • Jason Smith (calf) remain GTD for Game 6
    Jason Smith (calf) says he is "feeling good" and went through shootaround but remains a game-time decision for Game 6 Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Smith exited Game 5 on Wednesday due to a left calf contusion and is attempting to work his way back. He told reporters after shootaround Friday morning: "Hopefully I'll be to go tonight." If Smith is unable to suit up, Marcin Gortat will likely be asked log close to 40 minutes, just as he did in Game 5. Markieff Morris and Bojan Bogdanovic might also see an uptick in playing time if the Wiz choose to go small. Friday, 9:03 am
  • Isaiah Thomas to travel to Tacoma after Gm 6
    Isaiah Thomas is expected to travel home to Tacoma, Washington, after Game 6 on Friday night to attend his sister's funeral.

    Advice: It's unbelievable that Thomas has been able to play as well as he has during this first-round series vs. Chicago considering the incredibly sad situation he and his family is dealing with. If Bulls win on Friday and force a Game 7, it would be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Boston. Or, if both the Wizards and Celtics win on Friday, then Game 1 of the Boston vs. Washington series would be played on Sunday. Thus, Thomas may have to rush back east on Saturday night. Friday, 6:37 am
  • Stevens intends to start Green again
    Coach Brad Stevens said he intends to start Gerald Green in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He played just 12 minutes in Game 5 and 23 minutes in Game 4 during his two starts. Stevens talked up Terry Rozier before the game, and the backup came through with some big plays in 18 minutes. Expect to see a similar distribution in Game 6. Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call
    Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call for Game 6 in Atlanta on Friday.

    Advice: He suffered a left calf contusion during Wednesday's Game 5 and wasn't able to return. He's considered day-to-day and received treatment on Thursday instead of practicing. We'll have a better idea of his status after Friday's morning shootaround. If he's out, Marcin Gortat will have to play more and the Wizards may have to use smaller lineups with Markieff Morris logging some center minutes. Thursday, 9:24 am
  • Gerald Green starts, plays only 11 minutes
    Gerald Green started Game 5 on Wednesday but he played only 11 minutes, finishing with two points on 1-of-3 shooting and one rebound.

    Advice: Boston's starters came out flat and both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier provided welcome energy off the bench. The result was Green sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters, to the chagrin of everyone who gambled on him in DFS tonight. He contributes almost nothing beyond scoring, which makes him a risky option even if his role weren't so precarious. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Celtics win Game 5, Avery Bradley scores 24
    Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 24 points during Wednesday's Game 5 home win, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Bradley shot 8-of-13 in the first half tonight, doubling the made field goals of Boston's other four starters combined. He finished 11-of-19 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers -- he didn't attempt any free throws, but that was fine since his teammates were a flawless 23-of-23 at the line tonight. Bradley was scuffling along in the first four games, at 38.3 percent shooting, so hopefully tonight's game will build some momentum. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Jae Crowder posts mixed line vs. Chicago
    Jae Crowder posted eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and zero turnovers in 35 minutes on Wednesday, making 4-of-4 free throws but just 2-of-11 field goals.

    Advice: Boston has been willing to live and die at the 3-point line, and tonight they survived despite going just 9-of-40 as a team (Crowder was 0-of-5). He's now a combined 6-of-27 from downtown in the first round, but he shot 39.8 percent from that range during the regular season and coach Brad Stevens has clearly given him permission to fire at will. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Markieff Morris struggles with fouls...again
    Markieff Morris struggled with fouls yet again on Wednesday, contributing eight points, five boards and one block with five personal fouls in 20 minutes.

    Advice: With former VP Joe Biden in attendance, the Wizards held on for a tense 103-99 victory, giving them a 3-2 edge in the series. Morris is averaging 5.0 fouls in just 23.3 minutes over the past four games, and he's shooting 33.3 percent in that span. The Wizards will need more from him going forward, especially if Jason Smith (calf) is forced to miss any time. Wednesday, 6:41 pm
  • Paul Millsap posts 21 & 11 in Game 5 defeat
    Paul Millsap notched 21 points (8-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes during the Hawks' loss in D.C. on Wednesday.

    Advice: Millsap has been a major problem for the Wizards throughout this series, but that hasn't stopped Markieff Morris from continually insulting him -- he even labeled Millsap a 'crybaby', and the Wizards' in-house music played the Rugrats theme song when he checked into the game late. That ridiculous sub-plot aside, Millsap has provided the same All-Star caliber play we've come to expect. It'll be interesting to see what the 32-year-old forward commands in free agency this summer, since he'll almost certainly turn down his $21.5 million player option. Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Dwight Howard quiet again offensively in Gm 5
    Dwight Howard followed up Monday's big game with five points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block during a Game 5 loss in Washington.

    Advice: Dwight struggled with fouls throughout the game and he finished just 2-of-3 from the field and 1-of-4 from the FT line. He shot 63.3 percent from the field this season and Atlanta needs more from him to climb out of a 3-2 series deficit -- if you ignore Game 4, Dwight is averaging 5.8 points in the series. For what it's worth, his hard fall during Game 3 hasn't limited him whatsoever. Wednesday, 6:24 pm
  • Jason Smith (bruised calf) exits Wednesday
    Jason Smith didn't return after exiting Wednesday's game in the second half with a left calf contusion, finishing with five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Smith crashed into the basket stanchion prior to exiting. He jogged into the locker room but had his left leg iced when he returned to the bench, and we'll have to wait for updates before determining his status for Game 6 on Friday. If he misses more time, Marcin Gortat's minutes should increase and the Wizards will be forced to run plenty of small lineups. Wednesday, 5:29 pm
  • Millsap scores 19 w/ 9 boards and 7 dimes
    Paul Millsap flirted with a triple-double in Monday's Game 4 win over the Wizards, scoring 19 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple.

    Advice: Markieff Morris called him a "crybaby" after Game 3, so this victory had to feel good and Millsap said on Sunday that he has enjoyed the banter so far. "It’s fun. I’m enjoying this. It’s been an interesting series," he said. "It’s also been one of the most fun series I’ve been a part of. I’m enjoying every minute of it." Millsap has been dominant in this series and was averaging 25.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his previous three games, so it's easy to see why Hawks owner Tony Ressler said this week that he will "make every effort imaginable" to re-sign him this summer. Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Dwight Howard finally shows up for Hawks
    Dwight Howard had his best game of the playoffs in a Game 4 win over the Wizards on Monday, scoring 16 points with 15 rebounds.

    Advice: Marcin Gortat has been outplaying him for most of this series, but that wasn't the case tonight. Howard eclipsed the 30-minute mark for the first time in four games and finished 6-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line with one assist and one block, though he did slow down considerably after halftime. Howard had a hard fall in Game 3 and was held out of some free-throw exercises during Sunday's practice, but it doesn't look like he will be limited going forward if tonight was any indication. Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) double-doubles in return
    Rudy Gobert (knee) didn't miss a shot during his return on Sunday, going 6-of-6 from the field for 15 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one assist as the Jazz defeated the visiting Clippers in Game 4.

    Advice: Gobert made a surprisingly quick return from a hyperextension and bone bruise in his left knee, running and jumping without any apparent limitations. Quin Snyder said before the game that Gobert's minutes would be dictated by fatigue, but he was almost certainly on a 24-minute limit since he sat out down the stretch of a tight playoff game. Hopefully his minutes will increase during a crucial game in L.A. on Tuesday. Apr 23, 9:29 pm
  • Marcus Smart impacts game w/ limited scoring
    Marcus Smart made only 2-of-7 shots for five points on Sunday, but he impacted the game elsewhere with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Rough shooting is nothing new for Smart, who is 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) through four playoff games. Avery Bradley also struggled from the field, going 3-of-9 for eight points, but they did enough to help Boston earn a road win tonight. The series shifts to Boston tied 2-2, with the road team winning every game. Apr 23, 6:33 pm
  • Gerald Green w/ playoff career-high 18 points
    Gerald Green scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers during Sunday's Game 4 win in Chicago, adding seven rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls left Green wide open early in the game and he made them pay dearly, helping Boston roar out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. Green said that his goal was simply to bring "energy" to the first unit, but he brought much more than that tonight. He'll likely be a popular DFS option during Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston. Apr 23, 6:31 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 33 as Celts win Game 4
    Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 33 points during Sunday's Game 4 road victory, going 10-of-21 from the field and 12-of-13 from the FT line.

    Advice: Thomas made one 3-pointer while chipping in seven assists, four rebounds and one steal, and as usual he was the Celtics' savior offensively. He dominated in the second half, despite battling foul trouble, and he earned a technical foul for accurately shouting "You can't guard me!" at Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams. He's playing freely, with MVP-like swagger, which is an ominous sight for Bulls fans. Apr 23, 6:29 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) will play in Game 4 Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (knee) will start Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Gobert will be back in action for the first time since the opening minute of Game 1. Derrick Favors' minutes could dip with Gobert back in action, with either he or Boris Diaw likely shifting to a reserve role -- it was Favors coming off the bench in Game 1. Apr 23, 4:57 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) game-time decision Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (knee) is working out prior to Game 4, after which Utah's trainers will decide his availability.

    Advice: Gobert looked good during his warmups and he played through some contact, so early indications are positive. We should have a conclusive update very soon. Apr 23, 4:29 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's Game 4 vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He was originally listed as doubtful, but now it sounds like he will be a game-time call. For what it's worth, he did not go through shootaround. With Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs and Gobert on the verge of a return, the Jazz have to feel pretty good about their chances. Gobert will likely have restrictions if he's cleared to play, making him a risky play in DFS. His return would limit the fantasy appeal of Derrick Favors. Apr 23, 10:01 am
  • ATL to do everything possible to keep Millsap
    Hawks owner Tony Ressler made it clear that re-signing Paul Millsap this offseason is a priority.

    Advice: "We are going to make every effort imaginable to keep him," Ressler said. This isn't the first time we've heard this from the Hawks, but it will likely take a max deal to keep the 32-year-old All Star in Atlanta. The Hawks explored the idea of trading him around the turn of the new year to avoid losing him for nothing this summer, but pulled him off the market right before the trade deadline. The Hawks had to let Al Horford walk as a free agent last summer, so we'll see if they have better luck with Millsap. Apr 23, 8:23 am
  • Gerald Green looking to give Boston energy
    Gerald Green said his job is to bring some energy and pace to the first unit.

    Advice: "I was just trying to bring energy. I think that was most important," Green said after logging 20 minutes in the starting lineup in Game 3 vs. Chicago. "I feel like my energy was there early on in the game. So that’s what I’m going to try to do [in Sunday's Game 4]: just try to come out with a lot of energy and just try to play up-tempo basketball, try to just bring it on both ends." Green played through a mild ankle tweak and scored eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers, and he's on the radar as a DFS play in tournaments because of his boom-or-bust appeal. Apr 23, 6:49 am
  • Update: Rudy Gobert still doubtful to play
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gobert (knee) remains doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The questionable update from earlier today did seem a little odd and another report called him unlikely to play, so Gobert likely needs at least another game off. The Jazz haven't provided many encouraging notes on Gobert outside of a report he is walking without a limp. For now, expect Derrick Favors to log most of the minutes at center. Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood also should benefit, especially with no Blake Griffin (toe). Apr 22, 6:48 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 29 points in win vs. Wiz
    Paul Millsap torched the Wizards during the Game 3 116-98 victory, scoring 29 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in just 33 minutes.

    Advice: After battling through a knee injury earlier this month, it's safe to say he is back with this gem and a 27-point, 10-board game in Game 2. As great as the outing was, all the talk will be about how Markieff Morris called Millsap a "crybaby" on top of all the MMA talk leading up to this game. When Millsap found out about the comment, he had a little trash talk of his own. "I don't care. So what? Take his loss and go back to the hotel," Millsap said. The Hawks are about inconsistent as it gets for these playoff teams, but they sure can get hot in a hurry. All eyes will continue to be on the Millsap-Morris battle. Apr 22, 6:42 pm
  • Avery Bradley shines on both ends, scores 15
    Avery Bradley was a factor on both ends of the floor during a 104-87 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's been a while since we saw peak Avery Bradley, but he showed up today. Bradley's defense on Jimmy Butler may have been his biggest contribution in this game, and his play-making skills were also on display. Before his Achilles injury, Bradley showed off his polished ball-handling skills, but they've subsided in the past few months. If he starts playing like he did in the 2016 portion of the season, the Celtics could be dangerous again. The Celtics will look to tie the series in Game 4 on Sunday. Apr 21, 7:17 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 16 points in win vs. CHI
    Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a Game 3 win on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls were able to keep IT in check for the first half with just six points, but Thomas busted out in the third with eight points, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in those eight minutes. He rejoined his team on Thursday night after a trip to Washington to be with his family, so he still isn't quite in his routine. Regardless of how he plays, IT gets a ton of credit for playing through such a family tragedy. We may see IT time on Sunday. Apr 21, 7:12 pm
  • Al Horford scores 18 points vs. Bulls
    Al Horford scored 18 points with eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Bulls during a Game 3 win on Friday.

    Advice: It was easily his best game of this series. The Celtics going smaller more often opened up more pick-and-roll opportunities for Horford and more space for cutting, so coach Brad Stevens will likely continue to throw Horford out there with four smalls. After two disappointing games, Horford may start to show why the Celtics paid up to get him last summer. Apr 21, 7:00 pm
  • Gerald Green scores eight points in start
    Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a mild left ankle tweak in the first half, but he did return and looked fine after getting re-taped. Even if Green is going to start, he's going to be the fourth guard at best in the rotation for total minutes behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart -- Terry Rozier played 23 minutes, as well. Green is only going to be a tournament play in DFS because we've seen him get hot at times. Apr 21, 6:57 pm
  • Gerald Green starts the second half
    Gerald Green started the second half on Friday.

    Advice: His left ankle tweak doesn't look like it'll be an issue for coach Brad Stevens' rotation, which has been very odd and perhaps too deep. Apr 21, 5:26 pm
  • Gerald Green goes to the locker room
    Gerald Green went to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday and he is available to return.

    Advice: He just went to go get re-taped and came running out from the locker room about 10 minutes later in real time. If he's limited, the Celtics may go with more Marcus Smart because of how the small-ball lineup worked early. Apr 21, 4:56 pm
  • Hawks sticking with same starters
    Coach Mike Budenholzer said he is sticking with the same starting lineup of Dennis Schroder, Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard for Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: The starters have been really bad in this series, turning in a -35.3 net rating in their 28 minutes together. The next most-used lineup is just at eight minutes in the two games, so the Hawks still have a lot of adjustments to make. Plus, Dwight Howard has been disappointing in this series. Apr 21, 12:51 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas rejoins team, will play Friday
    Isaiah Thomas has rejoined his teammates and will play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: He was expected to fly into Chicago on Thursday night following his trip to Washington for his sister's funeral. Thomas is coming off a subpar game with only 20 points in 42 minutes, so it'll be easy to root for him in a bounce back game. He's also had a tougher time against Rajon Rondo (thumb), so the Celtics are in good shape today. Apr 21, 12:42 pm
  • Celtics planning to have IT meet in CHI
    Coach Brad Stevens said the plan is for Isaiah Thomas (personal) to meet with the Celtics in Chicago on Thursday night.

    Advice: Thomas went to his home state of Washington to attend his younger sister's funeral. He is fully expected to play in Game 3 on Friday as the Celtics look to rebound from their 0-2 start. Apr 20, 1:57 pm
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