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  • Jerami Grant wants to bulk up
    Jerami Grant said getting stronger is one of his top priorities this summer.

    Advice: "I think they're doing a great job here of getting me stronger in certain areas," Grant said. "I think they're specific to what we want to do with my body. And on the court, being able to read the defense, slow my game down a little bit, not moving 100 miles an hour." Grant had some nice moments in OKC this season, but he only played 19.1 minutes per game with averages of 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 triples on 46.9 percent shooting. He's an elite shot blocker at the small forward position and shot 37.7 percent from beyond the arc, so the 23-year-old will be hoping that a strong offseason will help him earn a larger role in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Tony Parker (quad) to return in January?
    Tony Parker (quad) told L’Equipe that he plans to make his return in January.

    Advice: "I will play my best basketball when I return in January," he said. This confirms that Parker is expecting an eight month recovery after undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured left quadriceps, meaning he could miss the first couple months of the 2017-18 season. He will likely have heavy restrictions upon his return with plenty of maintenance days mixed in, so the 35-year-old veteran won't be a recommended fantasy asset next season. With Patty Mills hitting free agency, Dejounte Murray could open the season as the starting PG. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:51 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova an unlikely target for PHI
    Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly doesn't expect the 76ers to pursue free agent Ersan Ilyasova this summer.

    Advice: Ilyasova was a great fit in Philly before his trade to Atlanta, but one of the reasons the 76ers moved on is because he's going to be looking for a longer-term contract this offseason than the 76ers were interested in offering. Ilyasova turned 30 this month and finished the season with averages of 13.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 3-pointers on 43.2 percent shooting. Expect him to draw a lot of interest from contenders this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Clippers are favorites to re-sign Paul
    The Clippers are the "overwhelming favorites to re-sign Chris Paul," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: In case it's not obvious, the Chris Paul rumors are dominating the headlines this summer. There is some mutual interest between Paul and the Spurs, but just like Wojnarowski reported on Sunday, San Antonio would have a very difficult time making a competitive offer given their current cap situation. For now, it's hard to imagine Paul turning down a five-year offer from the Clippers that could be for $205 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Jaylen Brown excited about the summer
    Jaylen Brown said he's "excited by the now" while discussing his future with the Celtics.

    Advice: "I’m excited about this summer. I try not to look too far ahead," Brown said. "Everybody talks about the future and how much potential we have; I’m worried about the now. I want to be part of the now. That’s all I’m focused on." Brown made a name for himself in the final month of the season and played some nice defense on LeBron James in the Conference Finals, so the Celtics have every reason to be excited about his future. Jae Crowder and his bargain of a contract may be used as trade bait this summer, but Brown's ability to play multiple positions means he should be ready to step into a larger role next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Heat could use stretch provision on McRoberts
    Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post said that the Heat may waive Josh McRoberts by using the stretch provision.

    Advice: McRoberts picked up his player option last week for $6 million, but the Heat might be ready to move on from the oft-injured forward -- he has missed 146 games over the last three seasons. By using the stretch provision, the Heat would owe McRoberts $2 million over the next three seasons and would have an additional $4 million in cap space to spend this summer. With James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Willie Reed hitting free agency, the Heat could use all the space they can get. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Woj doesn't think Chris Paul will go to SA
    Adrian Wojnarowski is not expecting Chris Paul to sign with the Spurs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "[San Antonio] would have to just tear up that entire payroll," said Woj. "It's almost unlike anything the Spurs would've done or would do to even have a chance at him. I mean, they'd have to really gut the roster. And to do that for a 30-plus-year-old point guard, who has a couple great years left, there's no question -- I think there's more pressure on the Clippers to have to re-sign him than for the Spurs to turn their whole franchise over to make a run at him." CP3 would also have to give up a ton amount of money to join the Spurs, making this scenario an unlikely one. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Doug McDermott to play more power forward?
    Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Doug McDermott has the "versatility to play a little [power forward]" next season.

    Advice: One of McDermott's goals this offseason is to "add strength without bulk," as he wants to match up with bigger players without sacrificing mobility. A career 39.4-percent 3-point shooter, he also said he wants to prove he's "more than a catch-and-shoot player" and wants to improve his perimeter defense. Enes Kanter is rumored to be on the trade block and Taj Gibson is a free agent this summer, so there's certainly a path to minutes if McDermott is able to play some four. His upside isn't the greatest, so fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to be more than a 3-point specialist at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:41 am
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to mentor Zubac?
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has "expressed interest" in helping Ivica Zubac develop his post game.

    Advice: Yes, this includes his famous skyhook that Zubac was already using during his rookie season. "He’s equipped to use it well," Abdul-Jabbar said of Zubac. "He has the length to begin with. If he can develop his shooting touch and agility, he’ll use it well." Abdul-Jabbar is expected to meet with Magic Johnson in the next couple weeks to discuss a potential role with the franchise, but this is just another reason to be excited about the 20-year-old's long-term potential. With a strong offseason, Zubac will likely be the favorite to start over Timofey Mozgov on opening night. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:56 am
  • Zaza Pachulia on track to start Game 1
    Zaza Pachulia is on track to start Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Pachulia has practiced for three days in a row and still has a few more days to get back to full strength. "It’s good that we have one week off," he said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." Anthony Slater of The Mercury News expects the center to play his normal role of about 15-20 minutes, as the Warriors could use his size to help keep Tristan Thompson off the offensive glass. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:33 am
  • Isaiah Thomas to pass on extension?
    Isaiah Thomas said he's willing to pass up an extension this summer if it means the Celtics can bring in some help in free agency.

    Advice: Thomas has one year left on his deal for just $6.2 million and will be an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2018 if he doesn't sign an extension. "We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said. "Anything Danny [Ainge] and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that." Thomas has joked in the past that he wants the Celtics to "bring out the Brink's truck," but it sounds like he will wait another year to give Boston as much financial flexibility as possible. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Davis Bertans hype train already?
    Davis Bertans is expected to be "part of the future foundation" for the Spurs, according to beat writer Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News.

    Advice: The rookie made a splash in the playoffs for the Spurs and looks like he'll be getting more minutes in 2017-18. While he didn't have a huge impact all year, Bertans ranked first in true shooting percentage among rookies with at least 30 games played in the regular season. If the Spurs lose some depth, Bertans could wind up getting more minutes at both forward spots. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:54 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia back to being a full go
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through all parts of the three practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Advice: He is basically back to being healthy and is on track to start on Thursday. Coach Mike Brown said Zaza ran and did scrimmage over the past three days, and Zaza definitely appreciated the time off. "It’s good that we have one week off," Pachulia said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." The Warriors may have saved up Andre Iguodala more in the early rounds, so he could take some of Zaza's minutes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:22 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 21 points in easy win
    Kevin Love said he doesn't think the Cavs are underdogs in the NBA Finals.

    Advice: Of course, it's not like he's going to say the Cavs are underdogs to give a new version of the Chris Paul clip from the Utah series. Love said he thought the underdog angle could be used as motivation, though. Coach Tyronn Lue also said he's not worried about the Las Vegas odds and that the team shouldn't need any motivation from that. Love's defense has vastly improved lately and it'll be interesting to see how much he's used at center against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:26 pm
  • Lee to resume basketball activities in July
    David Lee (knee) is expected to resume basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: In case you missed it on Friday, he doesn't need surgery for his partially torn patellar tendon. Lee has a $1.6 million player option coming up, so he should be close to ready for basketball activities on July 1. He's said he likes playing in San Antonio after he wasn't in great physical shape while with the Celtics, so Lee may choose to pick up the option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:29 am
  • Wade Baldwin has much to prove this summer
    Wade Baldwin has an opportunity to prove he can handle more minutes next season by playing well in summer league action.

    Advice: When the Grizz selected Baldwin with the 17th pick in last year's draft, they assumed he would settle in as Mike Conley's backup. However, Baldwin was beaten out by Andrew Harrison for the primary backup point guard gig. Baldwin has the talent to be a significant contributor but needs to improve his focus and consistency. He shot just 31.6 percent from the floor and 13.6 percent from 3-point range as a rookie. Baldwin obviously needs to work on his jumper this offseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:08 am
  • Thomas reiterates desire to stay in Boston
    Speaking with reporters on Friday, Isaiah Thomas reiterated his desire to stay in Boston.

    Advice: "Boston's changed my career, changed my life. I would love to win championships here," said Thomas. GM Danny Ainge and the Celtics have some tough decisions to make over the next year. Thomas has just one season left on his contract before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2018. Would Boston be willing to pay Thomas upwards of $175 million to sign him to a long-term extension before he hits free agency? Might they consider trading him, especially now that Boston has the No. 1 pick in the draft and is expected to take PG Markelle Fultz? Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:23 am
  • Matt Barnes does not plan to retire
    Matt Barnes said that he does not plan on retiring at the end of the season.

    Advice: This is Barnes' 14th season in the league. He has played for nine teams. "I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank," Barnes said. "Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left in the tank." He has likely played well enough this season to earn a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:07 am
  • Spurs still exploring the CP3 possibility
    The Spurs are "exploring the feasibility" of making a free-agent run at Chris Paul, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: It's not going to be easy for the Spurs to keep Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as two of their big three. If they do make a run at CP3, it likely means they'll have a really tough time bringing back Jonathon Simmons and some of their other veterans. The Clippers are still considered as the heavy favorite to bring CP3 back, but this will be a story to watch. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:28 pm
  • David Lee (left knee) doesn't need surgery
    David Lee (left knee) doesn't need surgery on his partially torn patellar tendon.

    Advice: This is great news for Lee and he's expected to miss six weeks to recover from the injury. Lee has a player option coming his way and this news could make him more likely to enter free agency. Assuming he doesn't have a setback, Lee should be close to 100 percent for training camp. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:02 pm
  • Jaylen Brown's hip will be fine with rest
    Jaylen Brown (hip) said he was told his hip pointer will heal with rest.

    Advice: After the Game 5 loss, Brown said on a scale of 1-10 for pain in his hip, it was an 11, and it was 16 after the fall. He also said he wants to play in Summer League in July, so it sounds like he'll only need a couple weeks to get right. After a handful of eye-catching games in the past month, Brown is going to be a popular sleeper next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:16 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) says surgery is an option
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) said that while he would prefer not to have surgery, he acknowledged that it is an option.

    Advice: "We're waiting on the swelling to go down," Thomas told reporters on Friday. "Hopefully I don't have to have surgery, but I know that is an option." Even if Thomas does undergo surgery on his injured hip, he will likely get it done soon, giving him plenty of time to recover before the start of the 2017-18 season. The million dollar question in Boston is which new teammates will share the floor with Thomas at the start of next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:52 am
  • Clippers concerned with Spurs interest in CP3
    The Clippers take the threat of the Spurs pursuit of Chris Paul "very seriously," according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: It is important to note that the Spurs won't have the requisite cap space to make Paul a comparable offer unless they can clear some salaries off the books. Also, assuming the Clippers are willing to offer him a max contract, it's hard to imagine CP3 leaving $200 million in guaranteed money on the table. Nonetheless, Paul joining the Spurs would make San Antonio a legit threat to the Warriors out West, and give CP3 his best chance at experiencing postseason success. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:21 am
  • Jaylen Brown went to the locker room
    Jaylen Brown (hip) went to the locker room in the second half and did not return.

    Advice: He did limp to the locker room under his own power. Brown was playing through a hip pointer in this game, so he may have aggravated it. The Cal product did have a solid finish to his rookie season and is likely looking at a bigger role next year. He'll be a late-round in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:57 pm
  • Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5
    Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5 against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He did wince a little at shootaround, so he's not 100 percent. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and just 13 in Game 3, so he's likely looking at minutes in the teens for today. The Celtics will likely have a similar nine-man rotation today. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:51 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) goes through practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through a full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He has another week to get healthy and should be ready to roll for Game 1 at home. Pachulia actually leads the Warriors for net rating in the playoffs with his +28.4, which is a testament to how much the starters are dominating. He has missed the last two games to give JaVale McGee, Pat McCaw and David West get some added run. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas's decision a couple weeks away
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) won't decide on a treatment plan until the swelling in his hip goes down according to GM Danny Ainge.

    Advice: "We don’t know if he needs surgery or what kind of surgery, or if that is a choice," Ainge said. "We’ll wait until the hip calms down, do more tests and get more opinions." There's still no word of a timetable, but Ainge added that it will be couple more weeks until a decision is made on a treatment plan. The Celtics are expected to draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the draft, but both players have talked about how they can coexist together and Thomas' fantasy value should be fine. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Jaylen Brown (hip pointer) in a lot of pain
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is in a "lot of pain."

    Advice: Ainge still called Brown questionable, so it sounds like he's shaping up to be a game-time call. Brown has had a strong run in the playoffs and is arguably Boston's best defensive option on LeBron James, so it will be a huge blow for the Celtics if he can't go. Expect to see some bigger lineups if Brown can't play with more minutes falling to Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:06 am
  • Jaylen Brown (hip) questionable for Game 5
    Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a key piece to the Celtics these days, especially with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the season. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and he's likely looking at more minutes, assuming he's healthy enough to go. If he can't go at home, there should be more big-ball lineups with Jonas Jerebko while Kelly Olynyk may play more. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:09 pm
  • Heat could waive/trade Josh McRoberts
    The Heat could opt to trade or waive Josh McRoberts this summer.

    Advice: Other than constantly getting injured, McRoberts has done a whole lot of nothing since joining the Miami franchise, and with the Heat potentially looking to make a splash during free agency this offseason, it would make sense to get McRoberts' contract worth $6 million off the books. It's tough to envision a situation where the 30-year-old stretch-four will be worth a draft pick next season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:27 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 Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Kevin Love grabs 17 boards in win
    Kevin Love grabbed a playoff career-high 17 rebounds to go with 17 points, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston.

    Advice: He finished 6-of-13 from the field and is quickly gaining a reputation for his incredible full-court outlet passes (link below). He may even be the best quarterback in Cleveland right now. All kidding aside, Love has been dominant in this series with averages of 24.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks, and his play on the defensive end has also been solid. The big question is whether or not he can carry this momentum into the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Report: Josh McRoberts picks up player option
    Josh McRoberts has reportedly picked up his player option worth $6 million for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: This is far from surprising as there's absolutely no way McRoberts would be able to command this sort of salary on the open market. Since coming to Miami three years ago, McRoberts has only managed to suit up for a total of 81 games, and he hasn't done anything impressive since joining the Heat. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:14 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia says he'll be fine for Finals
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) said he'll be fine to play when the NBA Finals begin.

    Advice: Pachulia sat out Games 3 and 4 of the Dubs' Western Conference Finals matchup with the Spurs, so he'll have at least a full nine days to rest up before the Finals begin. It sounds like he'll be back in the starting five for Game 1 of the Finals, which will result in Patrick McCaw moving back to the second unit. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • David Lee (knee) ruled out for Game 4
    David Lee (knee) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: It's strange that the Spurs waited this long to rule Lee out, especially since an MRI confirmed a partially torn patella. His season is likely over even if the Spurs force a Game 5. Look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up the slack in Lee's absence. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:52 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out Monday
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors will play it safe with Zaza since they have a 3-0 series lead. Coach Steve Kerr said he won't decide on a starting lineup until he sees what San Antonio does, but he did add that he will give the nod to either JaVale McGee or Patrick McCaw. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:35 pm
  • Cavs lose despite Kevin Love's seven triples
    Kevin Love made 8-of-16 field goals with seven 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love hit all seven of his 3-pointers in the first half, a perimeter barrage that kept Boston at bay and set a franchise record for first-half triples. He was solid defensively, as well, and has been terrific in the Conference Finals after a quiet first two rounds of the playoffs. Love's second-half disappearance on offense tonight is puzzling, but he's been much more involved on that end and should be a safe play when Cleveland looks to take a commanding 3-1 lead on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:48 pm
  • MRI confirms partially torn patella for Lee
    An MRI confirmed a partially torn patella for David Lee, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

    Advice: Lee will go over his potential recovery options with the Spurs' medical staff over the next few days, and surgery is something that is being discussed. There's really no way that he'll be playing in Game 4 on Monday, which should translate to more minutes for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans. Rotoworld.com May 21, 12:07 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) questionable for Game 4
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) is being listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in this series, so they have the luxury of holding Pachulia out if they feel there's any risk of him suffering a setback; particularly with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) looking unlikely for the Spurs. We should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he's out again, JaVale McGee could get another start and there would be more minutes for guys like David West and Andre Iguodala. Rotoworld.com May 21, 11:39 am
  • David Lee (knee) likely out for Game 4
    David Lee (knee) is not expected to play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: That's the bad news. The good news is that the injury isn't believed to be as serious as initially thought. Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Saturday that Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee, but that was before his MRI on Sunday morning. We'll have an update when we know more, but look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to see a bump in minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 21, 10:00 am
  • 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 May 21, 8:34 am
  • David Lee has partially torn patellar tendon?
    David Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.

    Advice: Lee will have an MRI on Sunday morning to confirm, but the writing was on the wall when he was seen leaving the court in a wheelchair. Needless to say, Lee won't be playing in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday. Expect Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up some minutes with San Antonio's season on the line. Rotoworld.com May 21, 6:21 am
  • David Lee (left knee) to have MRI on Sunday
    David Lee (left knee) will have an MRI on Sunday.

    Advice: He needed to come off the court in a wheelchair and was clearly in some pain. Lee took contact to his knee while he was in the air and he also landed awkwardly. Because Lee didn't shoot the free throws, he was automatically ruled out, so it's tough to gauge what he's dealing with. If he's out for Game 4, Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans should play more. Rotoworld.com May 20, 8:48 pm
  • Davis Bertans scores two points in 18 mintues
    Davis Bertans scored two points with four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He actually saw minutes in the first quarter and was a factor even before the David Lee (knee) injury. The Spurs need all the firepower they can get on offense and Bertans has been hot before during his rookie season, so maybe he's a possible solution for Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 20, 8:30 pm
  • David Lee (knee) will not return on Saturday
    David Lee (left knee) will not return to Saturday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on the and-one score. Lee did not shoot the free throws, so he's automatically ruled out for the game. The Spurs were already using David Bertans as a bench big ahead of Pau Gasol, so now Gasol should be in the rotation. Lee left the court on a wheelchair and may need to be re-evaluated. Rotoworld.com May 20, 6:31 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 May 20, 2:50 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out of Game 3
    Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) has been ruled out of Game 3 vs. San Antonio on Saturday.

    Advice: This update was expected after it was revealed that Pachulia "didn't do much" at practice on Friday. Spurs fans are undoubtedly disappointed that they won't have the opportunity to boo Pachulia out of the building on Saturday. JaVale McGee will likely draw the start at center. David West may pick up some extra run as well. However, Golden State may also choose to go small early and often, playing Draymond Green in the middle more frequently. Rotoworld.com May 20, 9:38 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 May 20, 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 May 19, 8:20 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 21 points in easy win
    Kevin Love scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He's actually been a solid defender in this series and he's also lighting up the Celtics as a shooter. Love wasn't playing very well in the first two series, especially with just 12.0 points per game against the Raptors. Whatever happened in the time off, it's certainly helping. He's had a tough time against the Warriors, though. Rotoworld.com May 19, 7:55 pm
  • Jaylen Brown scores 19 points in bad loss
    Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 19 points during an embarrassing 130-86 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, he might not want to talk about LeBron James again. Before the game, Brown said LeBron is "just a regular guy" and there are bigger threats in his neighborhood. TD Garden probably won't have to worry about LeBron threatening the Celtics again as the Celtics take their 0-2 deficit to Cleveland. As bad as the Celtics were, at least Brown looked decent today and he probably deserves more minutes in Game 3. Maybe take the mic away from him, though. Rotoworld.com May 19, 7:54 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 May 19, 6:55 pm
  • Jaylen Brown not afraid of LeBron
    Jaylen Brown said he sees LeBron James as "just a regular guy."

    Advice: "There's bigger threats in my neighborhood than LeBron James," Brown added. You could argue Brown was the best Celtic on Wednesday, scoring 10 points in 20 minutes. It sounds like coach Brad Stevens is going to get him out there again, and it makes a lot of sense to even start him. He makes a lot of sense as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com May 19, 2:39 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia doesn't do much at practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) didn't do much at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is still listed as questionable for Game 3, but not doing much at practice doesn't bode well for his chances to play on Saturday. If Zaza isn't out there, it'll likely be more JaVale McGee and David West at the five with more Draymond in there, as well. Rotoworld.com May 19, 12:31 pm
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