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  • Victor Oladipo scores 10 in Game 5 loss
    Victor Oladipo scored 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Rockets, adding six rebounds, one steal and two triples in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Billy Donovan tweaked his rotation so that Oladipo would run the point for the second unit, but he didn't play well in that role and the Rockets outscored the Thunder by 18 points during Russell Westbrook's six minutes on the bench. Oladipo was flying off draft boards in the second and third rounds of a lot of fantasy drafts this season, but only returned eighth-round value in standard leagues with averages of 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 triples. Playing next to a usage rate monster in Westbrook certainly didn't help things and Dipo battled through a couple nagging injuries, but the 24-year-old SG will look to bounce back in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com 36 minutes ago
  • Patrick Beverley finishes strong vs. OKC
    Patrick Beverley had 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 6-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: Beverley had really struggled in his previous two games, scoring a total of seven points, but bounced back in this one and was instrumental in the win. He's ready to play some serious defense against either Tony Parker or Mike Conley, and will be a key contributor for the Rockets on both ends of the floor going forward. With the Spurs and Cavaliers looking beatable, and the Clippers banged up, the only thing that may be standing between the Rockets and a championship is the Golden State Warriors. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Lou Williams comes through with 22 points
    Lou Williams hit 7-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes of Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: Williams stepped up, while Ryan Anderson (1-of-6, 2 points), Trevor Ariza (1-of-6, 2 points) and Eric Gordon (3-of-10, 8 points) all struggled tonight. It will be some combination of these guys getting it done for the Rockets in Round 2 of the playoffs, but trying to figure out which Rocket not named James Harden is going to step up each night will be next to impossible, just as it was all season long. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:04 pm
  • James Harden's Rockets close out Thunder
    James Harden hit just 8-of-25 shots, 2-of-13 3-pointers and 16-of-17 free throws for 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in Tuesday's 105-99 win over the Thunder to win their first-round series 4-1.

    Advice: Harden was easily outplayed by Russell Westbrook tonight, who hit 15-of-34 shots and 5-of-18 3-pointers for 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but the Rockets were able to hold on for the win, helped by a 14-4 start to the fourth quarter in a close game. Most of Harden's help came from Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Nene and Clint Capela, while Westbrook didn't have the same support system in place, which was the case for most of the season. Harden's Rockets will advance to face the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, and it looks like the Spurs will take a 3-2 lead tonight, as of this writing. Either way, Harden's arch nemesis (Westbrook) is out of the way and he can now focus on trying to lead his team to a championship, without all the triple-double and MVP talk getting in the way of his ultimate goal. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:58 pm
  • Austin Rivers to see more than 12 minutes
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play about 12 minutes in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Additionally, Rivers will come off the bench and Mo Speights will remain in the starting lineup. If Rivers' hamstring holds up well tonight, his minutes should quickly trend up and he will eventually have some nice DFS appeal with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the postseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:14 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) will play in Game 5
    Gordon Hayward (illness) will play without any minutes limit in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Hayward left Sunday's Game 4 after just nine minutes of floor time, but it sounds like he's recovered from the food poisoning episode, so he should be able to get out there for 30-plus minutes tonight. Assuming Hayward gets a full alottment of minutes, that'll likely translate to less run for guys like Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:06 pm
  • Dion Waiters hopes to re-sign with Miami
    In a column he authored for The Players Tribune, Dion Waiters expressed his desire to re-sign with the Heat.

    Advice: "I love Miami. I had a hell of a season here... Hopefully, we found a home down here," writes Waiters. There were a number of interesting tidbits in this piece (which is linked to below), including how Waiters thought he was headed back to OKC before Kevin Durant left and how Pat Riley and the Heat helped him get in the best shape of his life. Waiters, who made only $2.9 million last season, will receive a major raise this summer, either in Miami or elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:47 am
  • Brown (illness) misses practice Tuesday
    Jaylen Brown (illness) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Brown has another day to recover before Game 5 vs. Chicago. "Hopefully he'll be well enough to play [Wednesday]," said coach Brad Stevens. However, there will be minimal fantasy impact if he is sidelined. Brown played 11 minutes off the bench in Game 1, but has seen his playing steadily dimish in the three games since. For the series, he is averaging just 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 5.6 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:03 am
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) travels with team
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) traveled with the Jazz to Los Angeles on Monday.

    Advice: Utah beat reporter Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune writes that "chances are" Hayward will be available and ready to play in Game 5 on Tuesday night. It's also encouraging that Hayward was not listed on Utah's most recent injury report. We should have a formal update from the team following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:34 am
  • C.J. Miles unsure if he will opt out
    C.J. Miles is unsure if he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.

    Advice: Miles has a player option worth $4.8 million for the 2017-18 season. "I haven’t made a decision yet, but I’ll sit down with my agent in the next couple of days," Miles said after the Pacers were eliminated by the Cavs on Sunday. "If it does happen [opting out], it’s not solely because I’m trying to get out of here. It’s a business decision." With the salary cap rising this summer, Miles will be able to make more than $5 million on the open market. Thus, it's safe to assume he will opt out. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:14 am
  • Patrick McCaw returns to the bench
    Patrick McCaw returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Blazers and finished scoreless in 19 minutes.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant (calf) back in the lineup and Matt Barnes nearing a return, McCaw will likely be limited to a handful of minutes in the next round. He missed all three of his shots tonight, adding three rebounds and one assist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Curry scores 37, Warriors sweep the Blazers
    Stephen Curry scored 37 points in a 128-103 win as the Warriors swept the Blazers 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Warriors buried the Blazers early on with a 45-point first quarter which ties the postseason record and is something that has only been done by three other teams. Curry was completely unconscious tonight, hitting 12-of-20 shots and 6-of-7 from the line with seven 3-pointers, eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in just 30 minutes. The Warriors will now get 5-7 days of rest and will face the winner of the series between the Jazz and Clippers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • C.J. McCollum flops in Game 4 loss
    C.J. McCollum had one of his worst games of the season in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, scoring six points on 2-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He failed to score before halftime and didn't hit his first shot until the fourth quarter. It's a bitter ending to his season, especially since he became a star in real life and in fantasy with averages of 23.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 triples on 48.0 percent shooting. He was a top-30 player in standard fantasy leagues and the 25-year-old combo guard will look to take another step forward in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 32 points in Game 4 loss
    Bradley Beal scored 32 points in Monday's Game 4 111-101 loss to Atlanta, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Despite shooting 39.7 percent from the field in the first three games of the series, Beal kept firing away tonight and finished 11-of-23 from the field. He recently said that he removed the word "miss" from his vocabulary to keep his confidence high, and with Beal getting back into a rhythm tonight, the Wizards should be confident with the series shifting back to Washington for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) struggles in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) struggled in Game 5 vs. the Raptors with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't seem like himself and wasn't looking for his shot tonight, but he was able to salvage his line with six assists, three rebounds, five steals and one turnover in 36 minutes. To make matters worse, he was torched on the defensive end by Norman Powell. "You got to know how it feels to get your [butt] kicked," coach Jason Kidd said. "And that’s what happened tonight." With their season on the line, the Bucks will look to even the series up in Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon scores 19 points
    Malcolm Brogdon scored a playoff career-high 19 points in Monday's Game 5 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: An obvious Rookie of the Year candidate, Brogdon finally got himself going tonight after averaging 7.3 points on 34.3 percent shooting in the first four games of this series. He logged 33 minutes and shot 7-of-11 from the field, adding three assists, two rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers. Tony Snell notched nine points on three triples with two assists and Matthew Dellavedova added four points in 21 minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Giannis' 30 points not enough in Game 5 loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's 30 points weren't enough in a 118-93 loss to the Raptors in Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: He was coming off a 6-of-19 FG performance in Game 4 and got off to a nightmare start in the first quarter by hitting 1-of-6 shots, but he finally got things going in the second quarter when he hit all six of shots. Giannis finished the night 12-of-19 from the field in 41 minutes with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks, but simply didn't have enough help -- only two of his teammates scored in double digits. The Bucks now trail the Raptors (3-2) for the first time in this series and will look to save their season in Game 6 on Thursday at home. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 25 points w/ four treys
    Norman Powell started for the second game in a row in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday and scored a playoff career-high 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Despite playing a total of six minutes prior to Game 3, Powell will likely end up being the biggest X-Factor in this series. He got off to a hot start tonight with 11 points in the first quarter and never looked back, adding four rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and four triples to go with his 25 points. DeMar DeRozan said Powell's aggressiveness in the first unit spaces the floor for the Raptors and coach Dwane Casey praised him for staying ready, so expect him to keep seeing big minutes going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:47 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) out Monday
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 4 on Monday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Barnes hasn't played since April 8, but he was able to go through the morning shootaround which suggests that he's getting closer. He will simply provide some emergency depth off the bench once he's healthy with Kevin Durant (calf) returning to action. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Livingston and Barnes ruled out for Monday
    Shaun Livingston (hand) and Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Livingston has been out for a week, but if the Warriors sweep the series against Portland tonight he will get another 5-7 days to rest up for Round 2. Ian Clark will pick up the backup PG minutes again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Alec Burks (left knee) out Tuesday
    Alec Burks (left knee) will not play in Game 5 vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He had a PRP treatment to his left knee last week and there's no word of a timetable for his return. The oft-injured guard wasn't a big part of the rotation anyways. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Hayward (food poisoning) not on injury report
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) is not on the injury report for Game 5 vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: According to the report, only Alec Burks (knee) will be unavailable Tuesday. Hayward left Sunday's game after just nine minutes and was nowhere close to 100 percent, but we'll have a better idea of how he's feeling after the Tuesday morning shootaround. With Hayward likely back, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will lose a bit of appeal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:06 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Middleton skipped shootaround, but he was never expected to miss tonight's game. Jason Kidd will stick with the same starting group tonight featuring Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Rivers will play with minutes limit in Game 5
    Doc Rivers confirmed that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will play with a minutes limit in Game 5 against the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rivers hasn't taken the court since March 29, so his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton will likely lose some minutes with Rivers back in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Middleton (illness) going through warmups
    Khris Middleton (illness) is currently going through his pregame routine.

    Advice: Middleton sat out shootaround with the illness, but he's fully expected to play in Game 5 tonight. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • James Harden (ankle) says he'll play in G5
    James Harden (ankle) said that he will play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Thunder.

    Advice: "Got some treatment and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden said before Monday's practice. "It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games. For me, it's not necessarily scoring, I don't have to score a certain amount of points as long as I'm making the right plays and guys are getting shots everybody is in a good rhythm that's all that matters." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Jerian Grant will come off the bench for G5
    Jerian Grant will return to the bench for Wednesday's Game 5 vs. Boston.

    Advice: Over the past two games as Chicago's starter, Grant only managed to contribute averages of 3.0 points, 2.0 turnovers and not much else on 25.0 percent shooting, so he might not play at all on Wednesday. Michael Carter-Willians and Cameron Payne will likely split the backup minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Austin Rivers says he'll play in Game 5
    Austin Rivers said his hamstring has made "significant improvement," and he will return to the court for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

    Advice: This falls in line with an earlier report from Adrian Wojnarowski that stated Rivers was expected to play on Tuesday, so we should get official confirmation following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With Rivers back in action, Raymond Felton won't play as much. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) set to travel to LA
    Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said that Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) is scheduled to meet the team at their plane this afternoon and fly to Los Angeles for Tuesday's Game 5.

    Advice: Hayward only lasted nine minutes during Game 4, but the fact that he's traveling with the team for Game 5 is an encouraging sign. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Matt Barnes (ankle) went through shootaround, but remains questionable to play in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Barnes has been out since April 8 with the ankle injury, and he was originally shooting to return for Game 3, so it feels like he's got to be close to getting back out there. Him going through shootaround is certainly a positive sign, but if Kevin Durant (calf) is also able to get back to the court tonight, Barnes might not even get in the rotation regardless of his playing status. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Livingston, Barnes go through shootaround
    Shaun Livingston (hand) and Matt Barnes (ankle) went through shootaround, but both remain questionable to play Monday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Livingston has had a full seven days to rest up his bruised hand, so he has to be close to getting back to the court. Barnes also should be close after spending a little over two weeks on the sidelines, and if both these guys are able to get back to the floor tonight, there will be fewer minutes available for Patrick McCaw and Ian Clark. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:27 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) expected to play
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Khris Middleton (illness) misses shootaround
    Khris Middleton missed the Monday morning shootaround due to a sore throat.

    Advice: To be clear, he's still fully expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Raptors on Monday. Through the first four games of the series, Middleton has posted averages of 15.0 points, 5.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples, but he's only shooting 38.6 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • DeRozan praises Norman Powell
    DeMar DeRozan said that Norman Powell's presence in the first unit helps to space the floor.

    Advice: "With Norm out there, he’s extremely aggressive so you’ve got to honour that," DeRozan said. "With that, the floor is spaced a little bit more, I was able to find spots, push the ball up. I know Norm’s going to find his spots. It just gives us another option with a perimeter guy out there." While coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to Powell starting in Game 5 on Monday, he praised him for staying ready and called him a true professional. Assuming he starts again, he will be on the DFS radar after scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Waiters working on his conditioning already
    Dion Waiters has already started his offseason conditioning program.

    Advice: The impending free agent is in the best shape of his life and has been posting before-and-after photos of what he looks like now compared to when he arrived in Miami. "Most important is getting your mind and body right," Waiters said of what he has learned from the Heat. "That's one thing they preach over here, just get in the best shape of your life." Waiters is coming off a career year with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting, and the Heat will make it a priority to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson this summer in an effort to keep their core together. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Dante Exum makes playoff debut on Sunday
    Dante Exum made his playoff debut on Sunday with three points and one assist in 12 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Jazz struggled to contain Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton tonight, even after coach Quin Snyder went to Exum over guys like Shelvin Mack (five minutes) and Raul Neto (seven minutes). Exum played well but his role isn't certain for Game 5 -- it's hard to trust him unless Snyder explicitly says he's earned reliable minutes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:25 pm
  • Rodney Hood starts 2nd half for Hayward
    Rodney Hood started the second half of Sunday's game in place of Gordon Hayward (food poisoning), finishing with 18 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward gets one day off before Game 5 on Tuesday, but there's a chance Hood will be asked to make another fill-in start. He made 6-of-15 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs tonight, with a 3-of-5 mark from downtown, resulting in his highest-scoring game since Mar. 29. Hood has battled knee injuries all season and the Jazz can't be keen on playing him 32+ minutes consistently, but it all comes down to Hayward's availability. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:21 pm
  • J.J. Redick logs game-high 42 minutes Sunday
    J.J. Redick played a game-high 42 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 loss, but he finished with just 12 points, two 3-pointers, four turnovers and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Redick's owners know that he doesn't provide more than scoring and 3-pointers, but even his 4-of-4 free throws tonight were tainted by a 3-of-11 mark from the field. The fact that his dozen points tonight marked a playoff-high is another cause for concern. Utah's defense has shut him down through four games, and the Clippers really need him to heat up as a tertiary offensive weapon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:12 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 25 points in 31 minutes
    Jamal Crawford scored 25 points during Sunday's 105-98 loss in Utah, making 9-of-13 field goals with two assists, one rebound and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Crawford went 5-of-7 from downtown and this was easily his highest-scoring game of the postseason. The veteran has always been an offensive microwave, and tonight's game is a reminder that even at age 37 he's capable of getting red-hot at a moment's notice. The Clippers need his scoring with Blake Griffin (toe) on the sidelines, so expect Crawford to post a hefty usage rate for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:09 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) won't return Sunday
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will not return to Sunday's game, finishing with three points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Hayward was on IVs due to food poisoning prior to the game, although he wasn't on the injury report and it was only reported minutes before tip-off. He checked out earlier than usual in the first quarter and soon headed to the locker room, after which the team eventually ruled him out for the night. We'll consider him questionable to play in Game 5 on Tuesday, and his absence means more minutes for Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:45 pm
  • Jerian Grant falls out of rotation Sunday
    Jerian Grant started Game 4 on Sunday but he lasted just five minutes and was replaced by Isaiah Canaan to begin the second half.

    Advice: Grant is now averaging 3.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in two games as a starter with Rajon Rondo (thumb) out of commission. He was a liability during his limited action tonight and quickly fell out of the rotation, burning DFS owners who rolled the dice on him as a dirt-cheap option. Nothing suggests that he'll bounce back in Game 5, especially since Canaan looked very good as his replacement. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:42 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will play Sun
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will play on Sunday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of his illness, which reportedly required him to take IVs throughout the day. Needless to say, he may not be 100 percent tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:02 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 4
    Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot) is listed as questionable for Monday's game.

    Advice: Barnes hasn't played since Apr. 8 and the Warriors have no incentive to rush him back with one victory separating them from the second round. Golden State could earn a long layoff with a victory on Monday, so there's a good chance Barnes will sit out again. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:43 pm
  • Victor Oladipo scores 15 points in G4 loss
    Victor Oladipo scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, adding one 3-pointer, four boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: After struggling through the first two games, Dipo has stepped it up over the past two, pumping out averages of 13.5 points, 5.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 block and just 0.5 turnovers per game on 66.7 percent shooting. He'll need to keep the efficient trend going for the Thunder to have any chance of sending this series back to OKC for a Game 6. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:42 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (finger, hand) iffy for Gm 4
    Shaun Livingston (bruised hand, sprained finger) is questionable for Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: Golden State could play it safe with a comfortable 3-0 lead in the series, but we'll know more after shootaround on Monday. If he can't play, expect to see more from backups Ian Clark and Pat McCaw. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:42 pm
  • James Harden struggles, HOU still wins Game 4
    James Harden didn't look great during the Rockets' Game 4 win over the Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, zero triples and seven turnovers through 39 minutes of play.

    Advice: Harden struggled with his shot for most of the game, going 5-of-16 from the field, and he summed up his play as "terrible" during his postgame interview. He also said that he tweaked his ankle during Game 3, which may have factored into his less-than-stellar stat line, but considering the Rockets are off until Tuesday and he still managed to get on the floor for 39 minutes, it would be shocking to see him miss any time with this minor injury. We're expecting a bounce-back performance in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Patrick Beverley struggles with shot in win
    Patrick Beverley went 2-of-13 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 win, on his way to six points, two 3-pointers, three assists, five steals and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Beverley has been connecting on just 10.5 percent of his shot attempts over the past two games, but there's no way he'll be this bad for an extended period. In general, he's been better at home this season, so he should be able to bounce back on Tuesday with the Rockets having an opportunity to close out this series on their home floor in Game 5. As a side note, Beverley screamed out an expletive towards the fans when the buzzer sounded, so he could be facing another fine. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:49 pm
  • Jerian Grant will remain a starter for Game 4
    Jerian Grant will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 matchup with the Celtics.

    Advice: Grant wasn't very good at all in Chicago's Game 3 loss, but Fred Hoiberg likes that he can space the floor with his 3-point shot (something Michael Carter-Williams is incapable of doing), so he'll keep him in the starting five tonight. Joining Grant in the starting unit will be Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:58 pm
  • C.J. Miles hits two triples as a starter
    C.J. Miles scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one block through 25 minutes as a starter.

    Advice: Miles had an up-and-down year, but his 2.2 triples per game had him flirting with late-round value on the season. Still, he won’t be worth much more than a last-round flier in deep leagues for those seeking a 3-point specialist in next year’s drafts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:48 pm
  • Alec Burks (knee) ruled out for Game 4
    Alec Burks (left knee) will not suit up for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: He had a PRP treatment to his left knee on Thursday, so at the very least, he figures to miss the remainder of this first-round series. He's a non-factor in the rotation, so his playing status is irrelevant, anyway. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:24 pm
  • Patrick Beverley fined $25k
    The NBA is expected to fine Patrick Beverley $25,000 after an incident with a fan during Game 3.

    Advice: Beverley got into a heated argument with a fan who was later identified as the son of minority Thunder owner Jay Scaramucci, but there was no physical contact and the NBA will not issue a suspension as expected. Beverley and the Rockets will be back in action for Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:48 am
  • C.J. Miles will start again in Game 4
    C.J. Miles will start over Monta Ellis again in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Miles is generally more aggressive in the second unit, but his splits as a starter and reserve during the regular season are very similar. Miles can get hot in a hurry which makes him a DFS tournament play, but he's also no stranger to duds. In a start in Game 3, Miles scored nine points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:29 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 as Dubs take 3-0 lead
    Stephen Curry buried the Blazers during a 119-113 win in Game 3 on Saturday, scoring 34 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: A 19-1 run in this comeback victory propelled the Dubs to what is now a +47 margin of victory in this series. The Warriors now have a 3-0 lead and one of their biggest strengths in this win was an unusual one with only seven turnovers. Those seven turnovers match a playoff franchise record, and Curry only had one of them en route to his 21st 30-plus scoring game in his postseason career. With this win, the Warriors may opt to take it easier on Kevin Durant for at least one more game. They'll look to close this one out on Monday in Portland. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:56 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 32, Lillard scores 31
    C.J. McCollum scored a team-high 32 points during a 119-113 Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding six rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was right behind C.J. with 31 points in a tough loss. It looked like Dame and C.J. were going to lead the Blazers to a win with a 17-point lead in the second half, but a Warriors outburst in the third quarter was just too much to overcome. The Blazers will likely have more minutes from Jusuf Nurkic on Monday, but they're in what looks to be an insurmountable 0-3 hole. Hopefully, the Blazers can extend this series on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:37 pm
  • Matt Barnes out again for Saturday
    Matt Barnes (foot, ankle) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: Even with Kevin Durant (calf) out, the Warriors should still be OK because of Andre Iguodala getting more postseason minutes than in the regular season. Pat McCaw will likely start and look to get some easy looks a la Harrison Barnes last year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:47 pm
  • Shaun Livingston, Matt Barnes out again
    Matt Barnes (right ankle, foot sprain) and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) are out against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors will be a little thin on their bench, but it shouldn't be a big problem with Ian Clark, Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala fully capable to pick up the slack. Plus, the starters will likely have their minutes extended today. Iguodala could have a breakout game today while Clark continues to roast the Blazers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:45 pm
  • Norman Powell gets 34 minutes in start
    Norman Powell started in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Norm is freed. He was basically out of the rotation in the first two games and was thrust into added minutes during Thursday's blowout loss. Powell likely just started as an offensive spark and to allow the Raptors to go with several small-ball lineups, but he held his own on defense against guys like Khris Middleton. There's little doubt that Norm will get another start on Monday, so he'll be an obvious cheap DFS option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:23 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo struggles in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made just 6-of-19 from the field for 14 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers during an 87-76 loss to the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides his 10 points in the second quarter, Giannis was not the 2016-17 version of himself during this game. Antetokounmpo was just 3-of-10 on jumpers in this game and was even worse on layups at just 2-of-8. He was also pressing a bit to cause those seven turnovers, as well. You could say Giannis was just due for a bad game after he dominated this series perhaps more than any other player has done so in the past week. He'll be better on Monday in Toronto as this series has now become just a best of three. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores just 10 points
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Not only did he struggle on making shots, Middleton just didn't seem locked in during this game. The Raptors didn't put DeMar DeRozan on Middleton as much, so maybe coach Dwane Casey gets some credit for that adjustment. Middleton is still going to get big minutes and the off game was more about just not being in a rhythm. Expect a bounce-back game in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) still out for Sun
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) remains out for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Clippers could've used him now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs. With Rivers out, the Clippers will use more small-ball lineups with Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Paul Pierce soaking up minutes at the four. We should see more Brandon Bass and three-guard lineups, as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Report: TOR expected to start Powell over JV
    The Raptors are expected to start Norm Powell against the Bucks with Jonas Valanciunas coming off the bench for Game 4.

    Advice: It's not as surprising as the Gerald Green move, but Powell starting over Valanciunas is a surprise. The Raptors just can't have a first half like they did in Game 3, so that likely explains this offense-first approach. Powell hasn't done well in his starts when DeMar DeRozan is active, but he's still in play as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:33 am
  • NBA looking into incident with Beverley, fan
    The NBA is investigating an incident between a fan and Patrick Beverley after Game 3.

    Advice: It appeared Beverley had an argument with a fan just behind the basket, but there didn't appear to be any physical contact in the argument. As of Saturday afternoon, the NBA has not requested any video from Chesapeake Energy Arena. At worst, Beverley is likely just looking at a fine for this incident. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:09 am
  • Jerian Grant says he expects to start
    Jerian Grant said he is expecting to start in Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: He probably doesn't deserve it after a brutal Game 3, scoring six points with four turnovers and terrible defense. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he still has some confidence in Grant and that he is still evaluating his options. Grant will be a risky DFS play regardless. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:48 am
  • Rivers (hamstring) unlikely to play Sunday
    Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that he doesn't think Austin Rivers (hamstring) will be able to play Sunday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Rivers has been sidelined since initially injuring his hamstring back on March 29th. "I don't think so," Doc said when asked if Austin could be ready in time for Sunday's Game 4. "I don't know. I think he probably thinks that for sure. He's feeling better. He's working out. But I just don't see that. I think that's awfully quick." We should have a formal update regarding Rivers status either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning after shootaround. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:12 am
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) probable for Game 3
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. Golden State on Saturday night.

    Advice: McCollum tweaked his ankle is Game 1 but was listed as probable for Game 2 and was able to suit up. He is fully expected to log his typical 35-plus minutes on Saturday night. McCollum was on fire in Game 1, pouring in 41 points, but crashed back down to earth in Game 2, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting. The Blazers need an efficient and effective McCollum to show up on Saturday if they are to have a shot at knocking off the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:26 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 40 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 40 points during a 111-106 Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He got off to a fast start with a playoff franchise-record 21 points in the first quarter, and he becomes the fourth different Jazzman to score at least 40 points in a playoff game. This comes as a mild surprise after Hayward couldn't get many easy shots in his first two games, making just 12-of-33 from the field in the two L.A. games. Coach Quin Snyder looked to make an extra effort to get his Hayward some shots in sets, so maybe that'll continue in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Victor Oladipo scores 12 points in 35 minutes
    Victor Oladipo made 5-of-8 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: That's a big improvement following his 1-of-13 from deep in his first two games of the postseason. Oladipo's usage was still way down in this game and it's been way down all year despite a mini-breakout year in 2015-16 with the Magic. He's a bit of an afterthought in this offense and really hasn't fit in all year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:38 pm
  • James Harden scores 44 points in loss to OKC
    James Harden's 44 points were not enough in a Game 3 115-113 loss to the Thunder on Friday, adding six rebounds, six assists, one block, four 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: With the Rockets down two on the last possession of the game, Harden attempted a 3-pointer before the buzzer and couldn't get it to fall. It did look like he was trying to draw a foul on the play, and it's hard to blame him after he went 18-of-18 from the line in this loss. Harden's consistent scoring to start a postseason has been like nothing we've seen in quite some time, becoming the first player to start a postseason with three consecutive 35-plus scoring games since Michael Jordan in 1990. You can pencil him in for another one in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 22 points off bench
    Lou Wiliams scored 22 points with four rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The Rockets went with plenty of no-center lineups in this game as they tried to battle back. Williams only played 23.5 minutes per game in the first two, which is a more realistic expectation for playing time in Game 4 on Sunday. He has scored at least 21 in each of his last two games, so he can clearly get it done with minutes under 25. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:19 pm
  • Pat Beverley struggles on offense
    Patrick Beverley missed all six shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line against the Thunder on Friday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, three rebounds and six fouls.

    Advice: The 18.0 points per game he averaged in the first two games seemed like a fluke, but the law of averages was a little harsher than usual. Beverley will continue to see minutes in the 30s when he's not in foul trouble, so expect more scoring output with plenty of other stats on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:13 pm
  • Jerian Grant struggles big time in start
    Jerian Grant scored six points with one rebound, one steal and four turnovers in 15 minutes during a start against the Celtics on Friday night.

    Advice: Yeah, not great. He made mistakes all game and he was almost unplayable in the second half. Considering how much he struggled in this game, Grant may not get another chance to start. Although, Michael Carter-Williams was not very good either. Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:23 pm
  • Shaun Livingston is questionable again
    Shaun Livingston (hand) is questionable to play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has a right index finger sprain and a hand contusion, but is only day-to-day. If Livingston can't go, Ian Clark will look to add to his 12.5 points per game over the first two playoff outings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:26 pm
  • Matt Barnes remains questionable for Game 3
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is questionable to play in Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: With Andre Iguodala getting a minutes increase and Ian Clark feasting against the Blazers, there really hasn't been much of a need for Barnes. Pat McCaw could get another start if Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes can't make it. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:23 pm
  • OKC hoping Oladipo can bounce back in Gm 3
    The Thunder are hoping Victor Oladipo can break out of his shooting slump in Game 3 Friday night in OKC.

    Advice: Oladipo has struggled mightily in the series' first two games. He is just 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from the field, including 1-of-13 (6.5 percent) from 3-point territory, over Games 1 and 2 vs. Houston. Coach Billy Donovan stated that despite his offensive struggles, Oladipo has been solid overall. "Victor's not a one-dimensional player — he can do a lot of different things," Donovan said. Nonetheless, OKC will need more out of their second-leading scorer if they want to advance past the Rockets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:49 am
  • Jerian Grant to start at PG in Game 3 Friday
    Jerian Grant will start at point guard in place of Rajon Rondon (thumb) in Game 3 vs. Boston on Friday night.

    Advice: Grant started 28 games for the Bulls during the regular season. He averaged 8.0 points (on 44.4 percent shooting), 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 21.1 minutes over those 28 contests. Grant is worth DFS consideration on Friday due to his affordable price tag, but expectations should be held in check. Jimmy Butler will assume increased ball-handling responsibilities with Rondo sidelined. Michael Carter-Williams will backup Grant. Cameron Payne, who has yet to play in this series, will be active for Game 3 and could see a handful of minutes off the bench as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:44 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) out for Gm 3 Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 3 Friday night vs. Utah.

    Advice: This news was expected, as earlier this week coach Doc Rivers stated that Game 4 on Sunday was a more realistic target for his son's return. Rivers has not appeared in a game since he initially injured the hamstring back on March 29th. However, Doc said that Austin "had a good day" Wednesday and did a bit of running. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will continue to soak up extra minutes in Rivers absence. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:27 am
  • Clippers want to get J.J. Redick more shots
    The Clippers would like to get J.J. Redick more open looks in Game 3 vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Redick has attempted a total of just 13 shots from the field over the first two games of the series. Coach Doc Rivers and the Clipper players praised Redick for his unselfishness and noted that he creates space and provides scoring opportunities for his teammates even when he is not shooting. However, ideally, they want to find ways to get their best shooter more looks at the basket. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:16 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 in Game 3 win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made an impact all over the court during a 104-77 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's easily the best player in this series and he continues to run the offense. Antetokounmpo's defense has been just as good as his offense as he's often been the last line of defense. The Bucks kept the Raptors to just 30 points in the first half to help them coast to a 2-1 lead. They'll look to take a bigger lead on Saturday in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 20 points vs. Raptors
    Khris Middleton scored 20 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back 20-plus scoring games for the first time since his hamstring tear. Middleton's defense was fantastic in this game and he's turned it up a notch as a creator on offense. He played 41 minutes in each of the first two games and didn't play in the final 5:56 of this game due to garbage time, so he was headed for minutes north of 40 again. Clearly, his breakout season last year was no fluke. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • C.J. Miles gets the start, scores nine points
    C.J. Miles scored nine points in the starting lineup during a loss to the Cavs on Thursday, adding two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It made a lot of sense to start Miles, but he was not looking for his shot at all. Miles made just 3-of-6 from the field, which may have been due to the comments from Paul George saying he should've had the last shot in Game 1. Miles is probably going to make another start for Game 4, but his usage looks like it'll remain low. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:13 pm
  • Alec Burks getting PRP treatment
    Alec Burks (knee) had a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection to his left knee on Thursday and he will not play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: He is basically out indefinitely. Burks has not been in the rotation and didn't really play much this season unless George Hill, Rodney Hood or Gordon Hayward missed time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:55 pm
  • C.J. Miles starting over Monta Ellis vs. Cavs
    C.J. Miles is set to start for Game 3 against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: This will move Monta Ellis to the bench. The Cavs have been causing the Pacers to switch a lot, so getting Miles out there adds some size to help prevent LeBron James getting a small on him. Miles should be looking at minutes in the 20s, so he could be an interesting option. Of course, he's one of the most inconsistent players as a starter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:15 pm
  • Thompson praises McCaw for Game 2 performance
    Klay Thompson heaped praise on Patrick McCaw following his impressive Game 2 performance during Wednesday's win over Portland.

    Advice: "That might have been the best game I’ve seen Pat play," Thompson said. "He was aggressive from the jump and he did it on both ends. He’s very athletic attacking the rim and he has some of the best hands on defense. He’s always good for a strip or two a game. He had a huge impact and changed the game for us." McCaw was a key part of the Warriors win, but head coach Steve Kerr acknowledged that he won't play much when Kevin Durant (calf) returns to the court. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:06 am
  • Bradley Beal doesn't know what a 'miss' is
    Bradley Beal said to keep his confidence high, he has removed the word "miss" from his vocabulary.

    Advice: "Something I always tell myself, I don’t know what a miss is. Like, it’s over. A miss is a lady. You just forget about it and you just move on to the next shot," Beal said. "That’s my way of helping me forget about my last shot, so I just stick with that and just keep it moving." Beal started cold in both Games 1 and 2, but he's consistently finished strong and has put in averages of 26.5 points, 3.0 triples, 3.0 dimes and 3.0 steals on 43.8 percent shooting through Washington's first-round series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:07 am
  • GSW win despite quiet lines from Steph & Klay
    Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 12-of-35 on Wednesday (34.3 percent), but the Warriors still won 110-81 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: It wasn't a total loss for DFS purposes, as Curry hit four 3-pointers with six rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block. Klay added three 3-pointers, two assists, two boards and one block, and Golden State rode their team defense to a blowout home win -- they limited the Blazers to just 33.3 percent shooting tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Patrick McCaw starts, logs 34 mins w/ KD out
    Patrick McCaw started in place of Kevin Durant (calf) on Wednesday, making 3-of-8 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs for nine points in 34 minutes.

    Advice: McCaw added five rebounds, one assist, one block and zero turnovers, helping the Warriors earn a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Durant is day-to-day and the Warriors don't play again until Saturday, so there's a good chance McCaw will be coming off the bench in Portland on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) quiet during Gm 2 loss
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) struggled in 30 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-17 from the field for 11 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The postseason has been a tale of two games for McCollum, who was terrific in Game 1 but lousy in a lopsided defeat tonight. McCollum's ankle injury might have played a role but credit is also due to the Warriors' defense, and in particular Klay Thompson. McCollum gets two days to rest before Game 3 in Portland. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • James Harden hits 18-of-20 FTs, scores 35 pts
    James Harden went 18-of-20 from the FT line and 7-of-17 from the field to finish Houston's Game 2 victory with 35 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: The showdown between Harden and fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook was as-advertised tonight. Westbrook scored 51 points while posting yet another triple-double, and Harden's big line was bolstered by super-subs Lou Williams (21 points) and Eric Gordon (22 points). Patrick Beverley was also terrific, notching 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 34 minutes. The Rockets are a handful, to say the least. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 21 points on 8-of-14 FGs
    Lou Williams made 8-of-14 shots to score 21 points on Wednesday, going 3-of-4 from deep with two assists, one rebound, one steal and zero turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Williams scored 16 points in the first half alone, helping Houston stay close despite giving up 68 first-half points to the visiting Thunder. He led an early fourth-quarter surge while James Harden was resting and continues to look like a smart bet for the Rockets, who acquired him from the Lakers in exchange for Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Victor Oladipo still struggling from field
    Victor Oladipo, who shot just 1-of-12 from the field in Game 1, finished Wednesday's 115-111 loss with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Oladipo had a disastrous playoff debut with the Thunder, and his team will need more from him to avoid a first-round loss to the No. 3 seed Rockets. He was 1-of-7 from deep tonight and OKC as a team went 7-of-30 beyond the arc (23.3 percent), which negated their advantage in rebounds (48-37). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Patrick McCaw starts Game 2 for Kevin Durant
    Patrick McCaw will start Game 2 on Wednesday in place of Kevin Durant.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala should also see his minutes increase, and Golden State could opt to go smaller with more minutes for Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark. Steve Kerr said "it's not worth it" to play Durant tonight, and it sounds like the team is simply being very cautious. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 31 points in Game 2 win
    Bradley Beal dropped 31 points on 12-of-27 shooting during Wednesday's Game 2 win in D.C., adding four 3-pointers, three assists, three steals and two rebounds in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards went on a 14-0 run in the first quarter to take control early, and they pulled away late thanks largely to the efforts of Beal and John Wall (32 points, nine assists, five rebounds). Injury concerns were the big knock against Beal coming into the season, but he wound up missing just five games while averaging career-highs in almost every category, including points (23.1), FG percentage (48.2), FT percentage (82.5), 3-pointers (2.9) and assists (3.5). He'll be a popular pick after the early rounds on draft day next year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) officially out for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnes was doubtful to play and he didn't go through shootaround, so this comes as no surprise. Kevin Durant (calf) is also out so we should see plenty of Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:51 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) out Wednesday
    Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) will not play in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark should be the biggest beneficiaries in Livingston's absence, with the starting backcourt also likely to play more minutes. Golden State is likely just playing it safe here, giving Livingston a total of five days off before Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:48 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) did not go through shootaround and he remains questionable to play in Game 2 against Portland on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Dubs could be without both Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes tonight, which would likely result in Patrick McCaw moving into the starting five with Andre Iguodala flirting with minutes in the mid-30s. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on Barnes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • Livingston (finger, hand) misses shootaround
    Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) did not participate during shootaround and he remains questionable to play in Wednesday's Game 2 vs. Portland.

    Advice: Kevin Durant (calf) and Matt Barnes (ankle) also missed shootaround, and it's looking like there's a chance all three of these guys could miss Wednesday's game. If they're all out, Patrick McCaw could enter the starting five, and he'd be in line for some extended minutes, along with Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark. Stephen Curry would also be forced into heavy minutes, and he'd see a decent uptick in usage sans KD. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Pat Riley wants to keep his team together
    Pat Riley said that the new CBA will make it tough to sign free agent superstars away from teams, so he's more focused on keeping his team together this offseason.

    Advice: Dion Waiters and James Johnson are bound for free agency, but both those guys hinted during their exit interviews that they'd be interested in re-upping with Miami this offseason, which would be a good thing for their fantasy value considering they both just had career years with the Heat. Riley also mentioned that he feels a trade might prove to be more efficient at bringing in some elite talent rather than free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:20 am
  • Jamal Crawford downplays shooting woes
    Jamal Crawford is not concerned with the fact that he's shot just 29.2 percent from the field through the Clippers' first two games of their first-round series with the Jazz.

    Advice: "For me, it’s not about percentage," Crawford said. "The only thing that matters is trying to win. As long as the good shots are there, I’m going to continue to take them and continue to be aggressive and go from there." Crawford can be a streaky shooter, but head coach Doc Rivers said he likes the looks that Crawford has been getting and wants him to keep firing away. He should continue to flirt with minutes in the mid-20s for however long Austin Rivers (hamstring) is out. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) hopeful for Game 4
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is hopeful that he can get back on the court for Sunday's Game 4 vs. Utah.

    Advice: Head coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that he wasn't expecting his son to return to the floor for Friday's Game 3, and with Rivers now shooting for Game 4 on Sunday, it seems safe to assume he'll be watching Friday's game from the sidelines. He hasn't played since March 29, so he'll likely be eased back into things once he's finally cleared to play. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton will continue to see an uptick in minutes with Rivers on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 20 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 20 points in Tuesday's 99-91 Game 2 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: The series is all tied up at one win apiece, but it will shift to Utah for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday. Hayward is getting a lot of attention from the Clippers' best perimeter defender in Luc Mbah a Moute, and while he only shot 5-of-15 from the field, he hit all seven of his free throws with six rebounds, two assists and three triples in 39 minutes. He should flirt with 40+ minutes the rest of the way. George Hill added 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two triples, while Joe Johnson notched 13 points with one rebound, one assist and one steal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Giannis scores 24 w/ 15 boards in Game 2 loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple in Tuesday's 106-100 Game 2 loss to Toronto.

    Advice: This was actually an off night for Giannis as he hit 9-of-24 shots and 5-of-7 free throws with four turnovers. The Raptors said their No. 1 priority was to slow down the Greek Freak, but it's clear that he's going to get eat no matter what and the Bucks even had a chance to steal this game -- they missed their final five shots of the contest. With the series tied up 1-1, the Bucks should be feeling good and the next two games will be in Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday. Khris Middleton added 20 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and three triples for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Casey hints young guys will play more in G2
    Dwane Casey hinted that some of the younger players on the roster could be a larger part of the rotation for Game 2.

    Advice: Norman Powell only managed to log six minutes off the bench during Toronto's Game 1 loss to Milwaukee, so he might be able to see his minutes closer to the teens tonight, which would likely come at the expense of DeMarre Carroll. Still, it's unlikely Powell will make much of an impact on the box score with the Raptors at full strength. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:38 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) probable for Game 2
    C.J. McCollum (right ankle sprain) is being listed as probable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when McCollum tweaked his ankle, but it didn't appear to be an issue at all during his 41-point explosion in Portland's Game 1 loss, and him being listed as probable further suggests that it will be a non-issue moving forward. Check back for official confirmation on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnes was quoted on Sunday saying that he was hopeful to get back on the court for Game 3, so he seems a lot closer to doubtful for Game 2. However, if Kevin Durant (calf) is forced to the sidelines, there would be much more of a need for Barnes to get out there, so his playing status might hinge on what goes on with Durant. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (hand) questionable for G2
    Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) is questionable to play in Game 2 against Portland on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Livingston suffered this injury, but we should have a better idea on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he's out, Stephen Curry could be forced into heavy minutes with Ian Clark acting as his primary backup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:34 pm
  • Dion Waiters (ankle) will rehab sans surgery
    Dion Waiters will not require surgery to repair his sprained left ankle.

    Advice: "It’s getting better. It’s still a little swollen. A little pain in there, keep icing it," said Waiters. "I ain't getting no surgery. I don't want nobody cutting me and all that. I hate needles anyway." Head coach Erik Spoesltra said that Waiters would have been ready to go had the Heat advanced to the playoffs, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around next season. Waiters did have a career-year in Miami, but he didn't really start making noise until Justise Winslow (foot) went down for the year. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 2:10 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) doubtful for Game 3
    Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and that he's "probably" out for Friday's Game 3 as well.

    Advice: Austin was able to get some shots up during Saturday's shootaround, and while he was hopeful he'd be able to get back on the court for Game 3, it doesn't sound like that's a very likely scenario. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton should continue to flirt with minutes in the 20s with Rivers on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 11:47 am
  • Waiters would've been ready for playoffs
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters (ankle) would've been ready to play if the Heat advanced to the postseason.

    Advice: Waiters missed the final 13 games of the season, but it sounds like his ankle should be 100 percent as he enters free agency -- he's going to decline his player option for next season. The Heat have been dropping hints that they plan to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson, and that's likely a good thing for his fantasy value as he had a career year in Miami with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 8:49 am
  • Rockets beat Thunder as Harden posts 37/9/7
    James Harden finished Sunday's blowout Game 1 victory with a game-high 37 points on 13-of-28 FGs and 8-of-11 FTs, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and just two turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harden went 3-of-11 from downtown, but as usual he was unstoppable when attacking the rim -- his first eight makes all came in the restricted area. He also torched the Thunder in isolation sets because they insisted on switching big men in screen-and-rolls, which left Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Taj Gibson defending him on the perimeter. Harden has been impervious to most defensive schemes this season, but OKC will likely tweak their approach for Wednesday's rematch -- just watch the video linked below. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:34 pm
  • Patrick Beverley gets 21 & 10, HOU takes Gm 1
    Patrick Beverley made 8-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring a playoff career-high 21 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a mere 26 minutes during a Game 1 victory vs. OKC.

    Advice: Beverley was leveled on a screen by Steven Adams and he later complained of a sore back once the score was in hand, but he finished the game on Houston's bench so we're leaving him off the injury report. He's earned his reputation as a defensive irritant, but he obviously brings more to the table than getting under Russell Westbrook's skin. Bev finished the regular season averaging 9.5 points and 1.6 triples, with career-highs in rebounds (5.9), assists (4.2) and steals (1.5). Given the pace of this series, he's likely to have a few more formidable stat lines. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:30 pm
  • Victor Oladipo shoots 1-of-12 in Game 1 loss
    Victor Oladipo made 1-of-12 field goals for six points (0-of-6 from deep) with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal during Sunday's series-opening loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The effort was there for Oladipo but he obviously wasn't in a comfort-zone offensively, which is something that must happen to take pressure off Russell Westbrook as the overclocked engine of the offense. He gets two days off and should fare much better on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:19 pm
  • C.J. McCollum nets 41 points in Game 1 loss
    C.J. McCollum scored a playoff career-high 41 points during Sunday's Game 1 loss, adding four 3-pointers, eight boards, one assist, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: This was McCollum's second career 40-plus-point performance, and he became just the eighth Trail Blazer to score at least 40 points in a playoff game. McCollum also got his points very efficiently, going 16-of-28 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe for a sterling true shooting percentage of 66.9 to accompany his 34.4 usage rate. It'll be interesting to see what the Dubs try to do to slow him down during Game 2, because they had precisely zero answers in this one. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:12 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 29 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 29 points on 9-of-19 shooting during Sunday's Game 1 win, adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Curry has now recorded at least one 3-pointer in 59-straight playoff games, and he also surpassed Wilt Chamberlain for the most postseason field goal makes in Warriors' history in this one. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, giving Curry an impressive 64.4 true shooting percentage to accompany his 31.4 usage rate. It doesn't look like it'll be a lengthy first-round series for Golden State. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 3:34 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 22 points w/ three steals
    Bradley Beal scored 22 points on 9-of-21 shooting during Sunday's Game 1 win, adding two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists, three steals and three turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Beal got into some early foul trouble and seemingly couldn’t get anything to drop through the first half, going just 3-of-10 from the field, but he was much better through the second half of action, scoring 15 of his 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Kelly Oubre also had a nice showing off the bench, scoring 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) to go with three boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 1:17 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (hand) will play Sunday vs. GSW
    C.J. McCollum will return to the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: McCollum sat out Portland's final two regular season games with a minor hand issue, but he was never expected to miss any postseason action. Joining McCollum in the starting five for today's matinee will be Damian Lillard, Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:20 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) hopeful for Game 3
    Matt Barnes (ankle) said he might be able to return to the court for Game 3 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Barnes didn't completely rule out getting back on the floor for Game 2, but because he's still experiencing discomfort, he said that Game 3 is a much more realistic scenario. He won't be a major part of the Dubs' rotation during their postseason run. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:07 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) targeting Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) said he's targeting a return on Friday for Game 3 against the Jazz.

    Advice: Rivers was able to shoot around on Saturday for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29, and that's encouraging because his previous attempt to get back on the floor didn’t go well. "I was on the court three or four days ago," Rivers said on Saturday, "and it didn’t really go as I planned. Didn’t feel good and they took me off and waited a couple more days, with a little treatment and stuff like that. Today we tried it again and it worked." With Rivers already ruled out for Game 2, Jamal Crawford will continue to see a bump in minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:28 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a scoring clinic during a 97-83 win over the Raptors on Saturday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors simply had no answer for him. Antetokounmpo did it all as a scorer in all different types of sets, dunking the ball four times with five layups. Coach Jason Kidd has shown he's willing to play Antetokounmpo huge minutes and was already playing him 36.8 minutes per game when given two days off during the regular season, so Giannis could be getting minutes close to 40 the rest of the way. He's an absolute treat to watch and looks like fantasy's No. 2 pick next year. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:53 pm
  • Khris Middleton struggles with shot
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-15 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 41 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He couldn't get his shot to fall, but Middleton did a great job on defense and getting the ball to his teammates. Despite talk of him focusing on his shooting before he returned from his hamstring tear, Middleton has created a lot for his teammates and is doing a lot of driving. He's said he's not all the way back from his injury, but he's clearly going to be a major factor in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:51 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: He is expected to miss more games after rolling his right ankle on Apr. 8. The Warriors are going to extend Andre Iguodala's minutes and Kevin Durant is back, so the Warriors won't be needing Barnes much in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 12:16 pm
  • Heat want to bring back Waiters and Johnson?
    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison posted a picture on Instagram standing beside Dion Waiters and James Johnson and captioned it: "The Heat's future looks very bright."

    Advice: Both Waiters and Johnson will be unrestricted free agents this summer. After a dismal start, Miami finished the season strongly, and Waiters and Johnson were major reasons why. Waiters averaged 15.8 points and posted career-highs in assists (4.3), rebounds (3.3) and 3-pointers (1.8). Waiters also posted a message via Instagram on Friday, stating that the Heat were a special group of guys. It will be interesting to see if the two sides agree to a new deal this summer. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 8:42 am
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