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  • Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4
    Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: Payne was on the floor for just four minutes of garbage time in Game 3, so his absence from the active roster won't have any consequence in fantasy hoops. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will pick up most of the point guard minutes while Rajon Rondo (thumb) is on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:03 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 Today, 1:58 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores five points in 29 minutes
    J.R. Smith scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, two boards, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith was quiet through Cleveland’s first-round series, owning meager averages of 6.8 points, 1.8 triples and not much else on 45.0 percent shooting. He spent a lot of energy chasing around Paul George and was only operating with a usage rate of 10.2 (down from 14.5 during the regular-season), but maybe he’ll start going during Round 2. Smith also nearly blew the game for Cleveland with a bonehead turnover during the closing seconds, which can be viewed in the link below. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:07 pm
  • Lance Stephenson nets 22 points off the bench
    Lance Stephenson got hot from beyond the arc during Sunday's Game 4 loss, tallying 22 points, four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Stephenson was solid through this first-round series, pumping out averages of 16.0 points, 5.3 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.8 triples and just 1.0 turnover per game on 50.9 percent shooting. He’ll look to resurrect his career with the Pacers next season, and he might be someone to consider taking with a late-round flier in next year’s drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:00 pm
  • Monta Ellis logs just 6 minutes off the bench
    Monta Ellis was a no-show in his six minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 4 loss, going 0-of-2 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line on his way to one point, one board and one turnover.

    Advice: Ellis posted some of his worst numbers since his rookie year this season, with averages of just 8.5 points, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 turnovers per game on 44.3 percent shooting, which had him ranking well outside the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues. The 31-year-old’s numbers have been trending in the wrong direction for three years now, so he’s not going to be worth drafting in most leagues next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:49 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 Today, 12:24 pm
  • Brogdon praises Tony Snell
    Malcolm Brogdon said Tony Snell "doesn’t take a possession off.’’

    Advice: "At the beginning of the season, Tony said he wanted to be a 3 and D guy," Brogdon said. "He wanted to shoot 3s really well and play defense really well, locking up people. And he’s taken that to heart. He’s playing at a high level defensively.’’ Snell has been an X-factor in the series against Toronto, averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 boards, 1.3 assists and 3.3 triples while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. He's also peaking at the perfect time, as he's set to hit the market as a restricted free agent this summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:42 am
  • Gerald Green looking to give Boston energy
    Gerald Green said his job is to bring some energy and pace to the first unit.

    Advice: "I was just trying to bring energy. I think that was most important," Green said after logging 20 minutes in the starting lineup in Game 3 vs. Chicago. "I feel like my energy was there early on in the game. So that’s what I’m going to try to do [in Sunday's Game 4]: just try to come out with a lot of energy and just try to play up-tempo basketball, try to just bring it on both ends." Green played through a mild ankle tweak and scored eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers, and he's on the radar as a DFS play in tournaments because of his boom-or-bust appeal. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:49 am
  • Andre Iguodala scores 16 points off bench
    Andre Iguodala scored 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: No Kevin Durant, no problem. Iguodala just outfoxed the Blazers throughout this game, getting four dunks on the offensive side and providing great defense on the other end. Playoff Iggy is a very good Iggy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Evan Turner gets 40 minutes vs. Warriors
    Evan Turner scored 17 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He picked up most of the minutes at the three due to Moe Harkless struggling a bit and Allen Crabbe possibly at less than 100 percent. Turner did play well on both ends for most of this game and may have earned heavy run again for Game 4 on Monday. That said, coach Terry Stotts doesn't exactly roll with the same rotations night in and night out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 5:45 pm
  • P.J. Tucker doesn't score in 28 minutes
    P.J. Tucker did not score in 28 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, adding one rebound and three fouls.

    Advice: While he did come off the bench, Tucker was an extension of the first unit with 25 of his minutes coming next to Kyle Lowry and 20 next to DeMar DeRozan. Tucker's energy on defense has been one of the constants in this series for the Raptors, so perhaps he's earned more playing time -- a start? While he won't score much, keep an eye on him as a DFS punt for his output in the hustle stats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Tony Snell scores 19 points vs. Raptors
    Tony Snell scored a playoff career-high 19 points with four rebounds, one turnover and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Raptors during the Game 4 loss.

    Advice: The Bulls may want him back after the game Michael Carter-Williams had on Friday. The Bucks were getting him plenty of good looks with some off-ball screens, but that probably won't happen again in this series. Snell was averaging 10.0 points per game in his previous three games, so that serves as a fair expectation in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 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 Yesterday, 11:51 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 Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • Raptors will make a change to starting lineup
    The Raptors will make a change to starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The Raptors have talked a lot about limiting Giannis Antetokounmpo, so Tucker is the heavy favorite to be starting here. While he did play just 14 minutes in Game 3, it was more because of how the Raptors desperately needed offense. It could also be someone like Norman Powell or even Delon Wright for either Jonas Valanciunas or DeMarre Carroll. After Gerald Green started for Boston on Friday, anything is possible. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • J.J. Barea happy to end season healthy
    J.J. Barea said he was happy to finish the regular season healthy.

    Advice: Barea played in just 35 games in 2016-17 due to a nagging calf injury. "Personally, it was tough. I’ve never went through what I went through this year," Barea said. "But I was able to finish healthy. I’m going to be able to have a good summer, and I’m going to really work more on my body than basketball." The Mavs have a crowded backcourt, but Barea should be able to carve out a consistent role in 2017-18 if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 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 Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Gerald Green scores eight points in start
    Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

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

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

    Advice: He just went to go get re-taped and came running out from the locker room about 10 minutes later in real time. If he's limited, the Celtics may go with more Marcus Smart because of how the small-ball lineup worked early. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:56 pm
  • Gerald Green starting over Amir Johnson
    Gerald Green is starting for Amir Johnson in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Wow. This is basically uncharted waters for the Celtics with the Green, Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Al Horford lineup playing together for just 16 minutes this season -- they had a +1.8 net rating, for what it's worth. Coach Brad Stevens stressed rebounding, but he looks like he'll try to go with a smaller, faster lineup to offset that issue. Green will be a risky DFS play, but the four-fingered assassin has shown he can get hot in a hurry. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:35 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
  • Cameron Payne will be active for Game 3
    Cameron Payne will be active for Game 3 vs. the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls traded away important pieces (Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson) to acquire Payne at the deadline back in February, but Payne has been ineffective since arriving in Chicago. He appeared in 11 games and averaged just 4.9 points (on 33.3 percent shooting), 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.9 minutes for the Bulls over the final two months of the regular season. He did not play in either of the Bulls first two playoff games and will be behind Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams on the PG depth chart, but with Rajon Rondo (thumb) out, Payne may get a chance to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:51 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
  • J.R. Smith plays well in start vs. Indy
    J.R. Smith (hamstring) scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He was solid on the defensive end, had a big rebound and a big assist to help earn this win. Smith did not play in the second half in Game 2, but he should be feeling closer to 100 percent in Game 4 on Sunday. Expect Smith to see minutes in the upper 30s as the Cavs look to lock up this series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores eight points off bench
    Monta Ellis moved to the bench against the Cavs for Game 3 on Thursday, scoring eight points with one rebound, one block and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMillan went with Ellis as the point guard early in the third quarter, but Monta's defense was a bit of a problem late today. He'll probably be coming off the bench again for Game 4 and should be around 20 minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:57 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
  • Monta Ellis to the bench
    Monta Ellis will come off the bench for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: This move is likely due to the Pacers giving up some size in the backcourt. Ellis did come off the bench for 41 games, averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 24.3 minutes per game. That serves as a fair expectation for today and possibly Game 4. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • J.R. Smith will start against the Pacers
    J.R. Smith (hamstring) will start against the Pacers for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play in the second half in Game 2 due to a hamstring issue. Coach Ty Lue said he wasn't sure on the restriction for Smith, but there's a decent chance he won't be able to get to his 37 minutes from Game 1. If he is limited, that should mean more minutes for Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:41 pm
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) will start if cleared
    Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue said that J.R. Smith (hamstring) will be in the starting lineup if he's cleared to play in Game 3 against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith was reportedly moving around well during Wednesday's practice, and he's stated on more than a few occasions that if it were up to him, he'd be out there, so perhaps the Cavs medical staff will allow him to play tonight. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he is able to get back out there, Iman Shumpert won't play much more than 20 minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 am
  • PG says Stephenson needs to control emotions
    Paul George said that Lance Stephenson needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions during Game 3.

    Advice: "He’s gotta learn to control himself, he’s gotta learn to just be in the moment," George said. "Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader. One of our leaders. His body language has to improve, just for the team. We all know Lance is an emotional guy. A lot of it is just his heart and his competitiveness that that emotion comes out on." Born Ready was visibly upset on a few defensive miscues during Indiana's Game 2 loss, but he's also brought some much-needed playmaking and defense to the Pacers' second unit. His minutes should again be in the mid-20s for Game 3 tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 am
  • Andre Iguodala posts 6/10/6 on Wednesday
    Andre Iguodala grabbed 10 rebounds in 27 minutes vs. Portland on Wednesday, adding six points, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: Iguodala made 3-of-7 field goals without any free throw attempts, but he also committed zero turnovers, and he logged extra minutes with Kevin Durant (calf) held out as a precaution tonight. Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) and Matt Barnes (ankle) could also return for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday, which makes Iguodala a somewhat riskier DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:40 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
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) questionable for G3
    J.R. Smith (hamstring) participated during Wednesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Thursday's Game 3 in Indiana.

    Advice: Smith was seen jogging and getting some shots up when media was allowed into the practice facility on Wednesday and didn't appear to be all that hampered by his left hamstring, so things are trending in a positive direction regarding his status for Game 3. Smith has said that he'll play if the Cavs medical staff clears him, but given that hamstring injuries have a tendency to flare up if a player is brought back too soon, Cleveland might want to play it safe considering they're already up 2-0. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 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
  • Tony Snell scores 14 w/ four triples
    Tony Snell looked great in Game 2 vs. the Raptors on Tuesday with 14 points, two boards and four triples in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He finished 5-of-7 from the field and is now averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 boards, 1.5 assists and 3.5 3-pointers through the first two games of this series. With both the Bucks and Raptors using mostly small-ball lineups, Snell has been a huge key in this series so far and he's worth a glance if you need a punt play in DFS. Malcolm Brogdon added seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one block and a triple, while Matthew Dellavedova finished with seven points, three rebounds, one assist and one triple. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:13 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
  • Iguodala very likely to re-sign with Warriors
    Andre Iguodala is expected to re-sign with the Warriors this offseason.

    Advice: Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are the pending free agents in Golden State that garner the most attention, but Iggy will also hit free agency this summer. However, much like KD and Curry, Iguodala is expected to remain with the Warriors. "The people that need to know, they know the situation, and there’s not going to be any issue," said Iguodala. "I don’t see it being a big problem at all. And here right now will probably be the best place." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 am
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) hopeful for Game 3
    J.R. Smith (left hamstring) said he will play in Game 3 vs. the Pacers if the Cavaliers let him.

    Advice: "If they let me play, I'll play," he said. "My leg ain't broke." The Cavs held him out of the second half, but he didn't need an MRI and walked out of the arena without a limp. "I wanted to play. They didn't want me to play," a clearly frustrated Smith added. It sounds like the Cavs were just being cautious, but don't be surprised if he misses some time since the Cavs have a 2-0 series lead. He will have a few days to rest up before Thursday's game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:24 pm
  • Lance Stephenson scores 13 points in Game 2
    Lance Stephenson scored 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting in Game 2 vs. the Cavaliers on Monday, adding four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: We saw good Lance and bad Lance tonight, and at one point coach Nate McMillan had to tell him to "calm down." He had the ball in his hands a ton just like Game 1 and made some good decisions for the most part, but coach McMillan made a mistake by putting him on Kevin Love on the defensive end in the second half -- the Cavs exploited that matchup several times and Stephenson picked up three fouls in the span of 90 seconds. He scored 16 points with seven rebounds and three assists in his previous outing, so he will continue to be a nice play in DFS until his price catches up to his production. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • J.R. Smith (hamstring) won't return Monday
    J.R. Smith (left hamstring injury) will not return to Game 2 vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He can't catch a break this season. Smith looked visibly frustrated on the bench and the Cavs ruled him out very quickly. He's going to be re-evaluated after the game, so hopefully we'll get a better idea of the severity. Iman Shumpert started the second half and should see a nice bump in minutes along with Kyle Korver if Smith misses additional time in this series. Smith finished with three points and a turnover in 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:39 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
  • Pacers unlikely to change lineup
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan isn't expecting to shake up his lineup for Game 2 vs. the Cavaliers on Monday.

    Advice: "Right now, the rotation we have hasn't hurt us," McMillan said when asked if Lance Stephenson would start ahead of Monta Ellis. "I think it's been pretty good for us. With Lance coming in, we're bringing energy off the bench." Stephenson looked great in Game 1 with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes, and while he may continue to come off the bench, he's a nice low-priced option in DFS until further notice. He could be looking at 30+ minutes tonight if he has the hot hand again. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 6:40 am
  • Evan Turner double-doubles in Game 1 loss
    Evan Turner posted a 12-point, 10-board double-double during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors, adding four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Turner was brought into the starting lineup to better matchup with Kevin Durant, and while KD still went off for 32 points, Turner performed admirably at the nearly impossible defensive task of trying to contain Durant. The Trail Blazers don't really have an obvious lockdown defender to put on KD, so Turner could be getting another start in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:17 pm
  • Evan Turner starting, Leonard to the bench
    Evan Turner will be in the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday, with Meyers Leonard coming off the bench.

    Advice: Terry Stotts will go with a small ball lineup featuring Noah Vonleh-Moe Harkless frontcourt pairing, but Leonard should still see a good amount of minutes with the second unit as the Trail Blazers use a committee approach to fill the void left by Jusuf Nurkic (leg). Turner likely won't be doing all that much tonight with both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum back in action. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:38 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
  • P.J. Tucker scores seven points
    P.J. Tucker (illness) scored seven points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Not even P.J. Tucker could stop Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Raptors did have much better luck with their smaller lineup, so maybe we see more of it in Game 2 on Tuesday. Tucker still isn't going to get enough shots to be anything more than a DFS punt in tournaments. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:16 pm
  • Austin Rivers out for at least two games
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) will miss at least the next two games.

    Advice: The good news is he shot around for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29. Rivers could miss additional time and it feels like he's out for the first round. With Rivers out, there should be more minutes going to J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute and maybe even Paul Pierce. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:11 pm
  • J.R. Smith gets 37 minutes vs. Pacers
    J.R. Smith scored six points with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Pacers in Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Despite numerous issues as a defender in the last month, coach Ty Lue leaned heavily on Smith to guard Paul George for most of his time out there. While George did light him up at times, Smith did contest for most of the shots and George was just locked in as a shooter. While Smith didn't do much on the stat sheet, he should have ample opportunity to improve in Game 2 on Monday. He's a viable punt in DFS. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 3:07 pm
  • Still Ready: Lance Stephenson drops 16 points
    Lance Stephenson played 27 minutes off the bench against the Cavs on Saturday, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

    Advice: He was effective in the fourth quarter and had the ball in his hands much more than expected. Considering the starting five's struggles in pick-and-roll defense due to their lack of size at the guard spots, there's a very good chance we see Stephenson get in the 30-34 minute range for Game 2 on Monday. He'll be a popular DFS play. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:47 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 11 points in 28 minutes
    Monta Ellis scored 11 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He did play well, but the lack of size for Ellis as a two guard could become a problem on the defensive end. Plus, Lance Stephenson did close this game out over Ellis despite a solid game from Monta on the offensive side. His minutes may trend down to around 24 the next time out on Monday. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:42 pm
  • P.J. Tucker will play; all Raptors available
    P.J. Tucker (illness) will play against the Bucks in Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: The Raptors are all set and have their whole squad ready to go. Tucker is expected to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo quite a bit, so he should find himself getting minutes in the upper 20s today. It'll be very interesting to see how Jonas Valanciunas fits in for the postseason, especially after he dominated last year. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 12:51 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
  • Matt Barnes is doubtful for Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is doubtful to play in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: While he should be in the rotation, the Warriors are not likely going to miss Barnes now that Kevin Durant is healthy again. Plus, the Warriors will likely be pushing up Andre Iguodala's minutes into the 30s in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 12:48 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (illness) probable for Saturday
    Coach Dwane Casey said that P.J. Tucker (illness) did not practice on Friday but is expected to play Saturday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Casey said that Tucker was sent home from the practice facility so that "he wouldn't contaminate anybody else." Casey acknowledged that he was also dealing with a bug, which apparently started with DeMar DeRozan. Kyle Lowry has it "a bit" as well. Something to keep an eye on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 10:56 am
  • Shaun Livingston returned to action on Wednesday April 12. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 11:40 pm
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