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  • Denzel Valentine going to Summer League
    Denzel Valentine will play in Summer League.

    Advice: The Bulls may have just lost four games in a row during the 2016-17 playoffs, but you can't take away their 2016 Las Vegas Summer League championship. Valentine was expected to be a pro-ready guard and he was behind an injury-prone Dwyane Wade, but Valentine's rookie season was a mild letdown. We saw another NBA-ready Michigan State guard, Gary Harris, bust out in his second Summer League to set up two terrific seasons, so maybe Valentine can follow in his footsteps. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:50 pm
  • Shaun Livingston still questionable
    Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) is still questionable for Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Even the full week off didn't get him all the way back. The Warriors didn't miss Livingston whatsoever because Ian Clark just kills the Blazers. That may be different in the second round. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:36 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) probable for Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is probable for Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did not play at all in the first series due to an ankle sprain way back on Apr. 8. The Warriors added Barnes to help fill the void left from the Kevin Durant injury, so he's probably not going to play much in the playoffs. Plus, Andre Iguodala has been a difference maker. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:33 pm
  • Dwyane Wade unsure about his future
    Following the Bulls season-ending loss on Friday night, Dwyane Wade said he was unsure if he would exercise his player option and return to Chicago next season.

    Advice: Wade struggled in Game 6, scoring just two points on 1-of-10 shooting. His two points tied a career-low for the postseason. Wade has a $23.8 million player option for the 2017-18 campaign. "I'm far away from that now, just got through this 14th NBA season," Wade said when asked about his upcoming decision. "If I'm not winning a championship, I'm never satisfied. But you take things out of the season and see what you could have done better individually." It will be a very interesting offseason in Chicago. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:50 am
  • Austin Rivers score 13 with some clutch treys
    Austin Rivers came through in his start against the Jazz on Friday, scoring 13 points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He had two very clutch treys with less than four minutes left in the game, including a huge one with 1:29 remaining to give the Clippers a 10-point lead. Coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers were much better on the perimeter with defense, so you can pencil his son as a starter for Game 7. After playing just 18 minutes in Game 5, Rivers could be flirting with 40 minutes on Sunday. Daily Slant: Rivers price didn’t jump dramatically on FanDuel or DraftKings after his solid performance in Game 6, which keeps him in play as a nice value target. Across 246.0 minutes this season when Rivers was on the court with Chris Paul and without Blake Griffin, he managed a per-36 pace of 25.16 FD points and 27.18 DK points. Although his ownership will rise, he’s worth a roster spot given his expected workload. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 31 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 31 points with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers during a 98-93 Game 6 loss at home to the Clippers.

    Advice: The Clippers brought the defense to limit the Jazz to just 41.0 percent from the field and 7-of-26 from three. It looked like it was a wrap with two minutes left, but Hayward scored seven points in a 40-second span with less than 1:30 remaining in the game to make it very close. Now, the Jazz will have to head back to L.A. for Game 7, but that shouldn't be too tall of an order with two wins at Staples during this series. Hayward is a strong bet for 42-plus minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores nine points
    Joe Johnson scored nine points with three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He had a chance to tie it on the Jazz's last possession, but DeAndre Jordan contested Johnson's three very well. The Clippers trapped Iso Joe about as much as they possibly could in the fourth quarter, so he was clearly in their game plan defensively. Coach Doc Rivers also called Joe "scary" after the game and he also mentioned how the Clippers had great ball pressure today. Johnson will get heavy run in Game 7 again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Avery Bradley shines again, scores 23 in win
    Avery Bradley was outstanding once again during a series-clinching 105-83 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 23 points with five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is just dominating right now and he got the best of Jimmy Butler. In fact, he admitted he felt disrespected by Jimmy Butler in the series, and had a little extra motivation when he heard the Bulls saying guys like him shouldn't be lighting them up. Coach Brad Stevens also said that the silver lining of Bradley missing time in January and February for his Achilles injury was that it wasn't in April and May. Bradley was playing like an All-Star before said injury and he's back to that form. The Celtics will be dangerous with AB shining. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Gerald Green scores 16 points in start
    Gerald Green scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: The move to start Green was a risky one, but it paid off in spades. Coach Brad Stevens said Green was "great" in the role and he said it also allowed him to maximize Jae Crowder as a four man and Horford as a true five. Green could get minutes again vs. the Wizards. By the way, he did only score three points in the fourth, so this scoring output wasn't about garbage time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points in loss to BOS
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points during a season-ending 105-83 blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was hobbling throughout this game. On top of knee soreness, Butler also hurt his back and may have tweaked an ankle. He said the injuries were no excuses with any of the injuries and Butler said the Bulls didn't play to the Celtics' weaknesses. When asked about getting some clarity from the front office, Butler said he didn't know and he wanted to think about it. He also said "of course" when asked if he wants Dwyane Wade to stay, and he'll talk to Wade "when the time comes." He's an absolute superstar and just won't have much help on this current roster. He'll be in the mix as a first-round pick in fantasy next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores just two points
    Dwyane Wade scored two points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in a blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: Yuck. Wade just looked gassed out there after he said he was comfortable in his role at the point. He'll have a player option for next year, and after the game he said he didn't want to address that topic. The Bulls are really in a pickle as a franchise and missed a golden opportunity to rebuild this season. Wade has lost a lot of youth and athleticism, but the first-ballot Hall of Fame guard can still play ball when he's rested. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 31 points in win
    Bradley Beal scored 31 points in a win over the Hawks on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one block, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It's been an absolute breakout campaign for Beal, dropping 26 per night in the playoffs to follow up his career-high 23.1 points per game during the regular season. Moving on to the Boston series, Beal performed about at expectations with 22.0 points per game. With all of the strong perimeter defenders on Boston, it won't come easy for Beal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Austin Rivers starting over Mo Speights
    Austin Rivers is starting over Mo Speights in Game 6 against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to start either Paul Pierce or Speights, but he'll go with his son. This almost certainly means Rivers will see much more than his 18 minutes in Game 5, and he could even get into the 30s. The Clippers will do their best to push the pace here and get Utah out of their halfcourt rhythm on both ends. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • Tony Allen is confident he'll be back
    Unrestricted free agent Tony Allen (calf) is confident he will stay in Memphis next season.

    Advice: "I'm not trying to break the bank," Allen said. In other words, it sounds like Allen is willing to give a hometown discount. Up until the last game of the year, Allen was fairly healthy this season with 71 games played. His calf string in the regular-season finale cost him a playoff run, but he'll be healthy before summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Vince Carter wants to keep playing
    Vince Carter said he wants to keep playing and staying in Memphis is up to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "It's a pleasure coming to work here with the fans, atmosphere," Carter said. He's a free agent and is 40 years old, but he did show he can still play with 12 points in 32 minutes during Game 6. If Chandler Parsons (knee) can stay on the court, Carter likely wouldn't play too much in Memphis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 am
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) to play in Game 6
    Jimmy Butler (knee) only "did a little" at shootaround but, as expected, will play in Game 6 Friday night vs. Boston.

    Advice: Butler and the Bulls have acknowledged that he's dealing with some soreness in his left knee. It is believed the injury was initially suffered during a collision last Sunday. After getting to the free throw line 23 times in Game 4, Butler attempted only one free throw in Game 5. Also, he had just two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Chicago will likely need Butler to be extra aggressive if they want to stay alive. The question is whether or not the knee issue is hampering his ability to attack. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 am
  • Colangelo to watch Furkan Korkmaz play
    Sixers president Bryan Colangelo is in Spain this week to watch Furkan Korkmaz.

    Advice: Philadelphia selected Korkmaz, a 6'8" shooting guard, with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft. Korkmaz had an unmanageable $2 million buyout last summer and thus spent the season overseas. He averaged 8.4 points in 16 Turkish league games and 10.9 points (while shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point territory) in eight BCL games. Korkmaz is still under contract for the 2017-18 season. So, depending on the buyout numbers, he may have to spend another season in Europe before heading to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 29 points to beat MEM
    Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points during a series-clinching 103-96 win over the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: As you might expect, he got some serious praise after this win. Coach Gregg Popovich called Kawhi the best player in the NBA, and coach David Fizdale also talked about Robot Kawhi. "He actually just told me he does bleed antifreeze. He admitted to it. We're getting him checked out," Fizdale said. Moving to the next round, Leonard was already above average against the Rockets and was below average against Memphis during the regular season, so Playoff Kawhi could be in for some massive output in this series. Plus, Leonard only had an 87.9 pace against the Grizzlies in this series, which is nowhere near the 98.4 pace he had against the Rockets this season. There's a very good chance he can increase his 2017 playoff averages of 31.2 points, 6.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:02 pm
  • Vince Carter scores 12 points in 32 minutes
    Vince Carter scored 12 points in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had the unenviable task of guarding Kawhi Leonard for some key minutes and had a big steal against him. Carter is 40 years old, but he showed he still has plenty left in the tank. Carter is a first-ballot Hall of Fame player as one of the league's best players over the last two decades. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:33 pm
  • Stevens intends to start Green again
    Coach Brad Stevens said he intends to start Gerald Green in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He played just 12 minutes in Game 5 and 23 minutes in Game 4 during his two starts. Stevens talked up Terry Rozier before the game, and the backup came through with some big plays in 18 minutes. Expect to see a similar distribution in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • Dwyane Wade liked his point guard role
    Dwyane Wade said he felt better as a point guard in Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Isaiah Canaan started and played off the ball to allow the extra touches for Wade. "Now that I'm the point guard, it has to be led by me," Wade said. He's not kidding either. In Game 5, Wade had a time of possession with the ball of 6.4 minutes. In the first 4 games, it was just 3.1 minutes. Wade also went off in Game 5 with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists during his 35 minutes. While his defense wasn't really there, he should have ample opportunity to have another strong offensive game on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:52 pm
  • Jimmy Butler playing through a knee issue
    Jimmy Butler has been playing through a left knee issue.

    Advice: He reportedly picked up the injury in Game 4 when he collided with a Celtics player. "I'm good. Everyone's a little nicked up," Butler said. "I'll be all right." Butler seemed fine in Game 5 on Thursday up until the fourth quarter, as he only attempted two shots in that frame and didn't have his usual lift. He has been playing 41.4 minutes per game in this series, but with Chicago's season on the line, expect another massive workload in Game 6 on Friday even if he's less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:41 am
  • Gerald Green starts, plays only 11 minutes
    Gerald Green started Game 5 on Wednesday but he played only 11 minutes, finishing with two points on 1-of-3 shooting and one rebound.

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

    Advice: Bradley shot 8-of-13 in the first half tonight, doubling the made field goals of Boston's other four starters combined. He finished 11-of-19 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers -- he didn't attempt any free throws, but that was fine since his teammates were a flawless 23-of-23 at the line tonight. Bradley was scuffling along in the first four games, at 38.3 percent shooting, so hopefully tonight's game will build some momentum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Dwyane Wade's 26/11/8 not enough in Game 5
    Dwyane Wade went off for 26 points (7-of-18 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during Wednesday's tough road loss in Boston.

    Advice: Wade has never triple-doubled in the playoffs, and his near-miss tonight wasn't enough for the Bulls to avoid falling into a 3-2 hole. Rajon Rondo is a "longshot" to return this series due to his fractured thumb, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, so the Bulls will be relying even more on Wade's playmaking. They simply can't afford to play him fewer than 32+ minutes per game, which buoys his DFS value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Bradley Beal posts 27 pts in Wizards win
    Bradley Beal had 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting, five rebounds, three steals, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 41 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Hawks haven't had any answers for Beal or John Wall in this series. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said afterward, "I think [Beal] is one of the best two-way players in the league," and among shooting guards it's hard to disagree. Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, with another highlight-reel dunk (see the link below), and the Wizards' star backcourt has them one game away from advancing to the second round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:38 pm
  • Austin Rivers vows to be better in Game 6
    Austin Rivers vowed to be more aggressive in Game 6 in Utah on Friday.

    Advice: "All I needed was that one game just to get my rhythm back," Rivers said. "I’m not going to be out there trying to figure stuff out next game. I’m going to be aggressive." The rust was very apparent in his return from an 11-game absence on Tuesday, as he missed all four of his shots and brought very little to the box score in his 18 minutes off the bench. He should be able to flirt with 20 minutes again in Game 6, but given the matchup, he's not a great guy to target in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 18 minutes in return
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) returned to action in Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Jazz, scoring two points with two boards and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers was only expecting him to play around 12 minutes and the rust was obvious as the SG missed all four of his shots from the field. With that said, he did play some solid defense and his minutes will likely be in the 20s for Game 6 in Utah on Friday. He will be tough to trust in fantasy leagues until his restrictions are lifted. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 14 in win over Clips
    Joe Johnson hit 6-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers off the bench for 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal in Tuesday's Game 5 96-92 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson has been great in this series and is one of a handful of older NBA stars to come through in the playoffs, when their regular season wasn't all that special. Johnson scored 28 in Game 4 on Sunday and has been a double-digit scorer the entire series. He's tough to rely on when Gordon Hayward is healthy, but both Johnson and Rodney Hood (16 points, 4 3-pointers) came through off the bench tonight. They'll both need to do it again on Friday if the Jazz are going to close out the Clippers and avoid a Game 7 in L.A. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Gordon Hayward's 27 leads Utah to 3-2 lead
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-16 shots, 4-of-8 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws for 27 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 41 minutes of Tuesday's Game 5 96-92 win over the Clippers to take a 3-2 lead in the series, with Game 6 taking place in Utah.

    Advice: Hayward lasted just nine minutes for three points in Game 4 due to food poisoning, but looked great tonight. Boris Diaw, Rudy Gobert (double-double), George Hill, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood all scored in double figures for the Jazz, as they came through down the stretch for the tough road win, and home-court advantage in their series. Hayward should be primed for another big game on Friday, and if he was able to do this with "not much legs" tonight, he should be even better in L.A. in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Leonard scores 28 as Spurs take 3-2 lead
    Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Leonard has now scored in double digits in 25 straight playoff games which is the longest streak by a Spur since Tim Duncan's 26 from 2011-2013. He finished 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line (his first FT miss of the series), adding six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples. The Spurs can close out this series with a Game 6 win in Memphis on Thursday and the Grizzlies still have no answer for Leonard. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:00 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 Tuesday, 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 allotment of minutes, that'll likely translate to less run for guys like Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • 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 Tuesday, 7:34 am
  • 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 Monday, 7:57 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 5:43 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 Monday, 5:06 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 Monday, 2:15 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 10:06 am
  • Joe Johnson posts 28/5/5, Jazz tie series 2-2
    Joe Johnson was incredible in 35 minutes on Sunday, making 12-of-17 shots to score 28 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and one steal during a series-tying victory vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The veteran scored 12 straight points to erase a late deficit and his contributions were the difference in the game, especially with Gordon Hayward ruled out early due to food poisoning. Johnson continues to have an amazing postseason, averaging 19.3 points and 1.5 threes through four games, including his memorable buzzer-beater in Game 1. Johnson's performance tonight was his most impressive yet, and Utah's decision to add him on a two-year, $22 million contract looks better than ever. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:20 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
  • Jimmy Butler hits 19-of-23 FTs, scores 33 pts
    Jimmy Butler drained 19-of-23 free throws en route to a 33-point game on Sunday, adding a playoff career-high nine assists with five rebounds, one steal, and only one turnover in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Butler's efforts weren't enough tonight despite the impressive free throw shooting, which has been a staple of his value all season. His 8.9 attempts per game crushed his previous career-high and ranked fourth in the NBA behind James Harden, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins. He looked gassed down the stretch tonight, after getting a mere two minutes of rest and playing the entire second half, so it's good news that he gets two days off before Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:42 pm
  • Gerald Green w/ playoff career-high 18 points
    Gerald Green scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers during Sunday's Game 4 win in Chicago, adding seven rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls left Green wide open early in the game and he made them pay dearly, helping Boston roar out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. Green said that his goal was simply to bring "energy" to the first unit, but he brought much more than that tonight. He'll likely be a popular DFS option during Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:31 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
  • 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
  • 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 Sunday, 6:49 am
  • Vince Carter hurt knee late in the game
    Vince Carter looked to have banged knees late in Saturday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: He hobbled off the court and hopefully he'll be able to recover for Tuesday. If not, there will be more minutes going to James Ennis, Andrew Harrison and Troy Daniels. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 43 points in OT loss
    Kawhi Leonard was incredible during a 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 43 points with eight rebounds, three assists, six blocks and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: His fourth quarter was one for the ages, scoring the Spurs' final 16 points in regulation. The Grizzlies were throwing doubles at him for most of his halfcourt sets and coach David Fizdale mentioned he pulled out all the stops to try and stop him. "I'm taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale said after the game. Leonard's offense has been unreal in this series as he matched his playoff career-high 32 in Game 1, set a new career high in Game 2 with 37, and followed that up with this explosion. He did struggle a bit in overtime with some offensive mistakes, so maybe he is human after all. Regardless, this is Exhibit A for anyone who wants to argue Kawhi is the best player in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Avery Bradley shines on both ends, scores 15
    Avery Bradley was a factor on both ends of the floor during a 104-87 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's been a while since we saw peak Avery Bradley, but he showed up today. Bradley's defense on Jimmy Butler may have been his biggest contribution in this game, and his play-making skills were also on display. Before his Achilles injury, Bradley showed off his polished ball-handling skills, but they've subsided in the past few months. If he starts playing like he did in the 2016 portion of the season, the Celtics could be dangerous again. The Celtics will look to tie the series in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Gerald Green scores eight points in start
    Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a mild left ankle tweak in the first half, but he did return and looked fine after getting re-taped. Even if Green is going to start, he's going to be the fourth guard at best in the rotation for total minutes behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart -- Terry Rozier played 23 minutes, as well. Green is only going to be a tournament play in DFS because we've seen him get hot at times. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 18 points in Game 3 loss
    Dwyane Wade scored a team-high 18 points during a 104-87 loss in Chicago on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls offense was a complete disaster, especially in the third quarter. They couldn't get a single assist in the third and also had just one dime in the first quarter. Wade was really the only one to keep the Bulls in it early with 10 of the Bulls' first 23 points, but he fizzled out after that. He'll have more ball handling responsibility going forward with Rajon Rondo (wrist, thumb) out, so he'll offer a nice upside on a given night. The Bulls will look to keep their homecourt advantage in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:43 pm
  • Jimmy Butler gets held in check vs. Boston
    Jimmy Butler made just 7-of-21 from the field for his 14 points against the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, no assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics made it very tough on Jimmy today. Only eight of his shots came inside of the paint, so a ton of credit goes to Avery Bradley here for keeping Jimmy in check to limit defensive breakdowns. Also, Butler did not go to the line in this game, so take that for data. The Bulls will have to come up with some more inventive ways to get Jimmy some better looks, but he absolutely should fare better in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:36 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
  • Tony Allen out of a walking boot
    Tony Allen (calf) is out of his walking boot and is conditioning on a stationary bike.

    Advice: He's still very doubtful for the series against the Spurs. Coach David Fizdale went with James Ennis in the starting lineup and it worked to get a win after two blowup losses. Wayne Selden, Vince Carter and Ennis figure to take on most of the minutes on the wings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:56 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
  • Kawhi Leonard scores just 18 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard scored just 18 points during a 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-11 from the field and all four free throws, so he was still efficient. The Grizzlies were more aggressive on Kawhi when he was on the perimeter, which somewhat explains the dip in usage. Luckily for coach David Fizdale, they were able to keep Kawhi from getting to the line, so we won't get a "take that for data" rant today. Even the best robots have off days, so expect Kawhi to get a software upgrade for Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • David Fizdale calls Kawhi Leonard a robot
    Coach David Fizdale said coach Gregg Popovich found a way to get a robot on an NBA roster with Kawhi Leonard.

    Advice: "He stood beside me and wasn't breathing," Fizdale said of Leonard. "He bleeds antifreeze." The Kawhitron 2000 is a learning computer with a neural-net processor sent to planet earth to dominate basketball games. Kidding aside, Kawhi is absolutely ridiculous so far in these playoffs, scoring 34.5 points per game on a pristine 85.6 true shooting percentage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:35 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
  • 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
  • Tony Allen out again for Game 3
    Tony Allen (calf) will not play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely with a calf strain, which usually requires a couple weeks on the sidelines. The Grizzlies have missed Allen terribly and have to figure out how to stop a red-hot Kawhi Leonard. Vince Carter, James Ennis and Andrew Harrison should pick up some wing minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:10 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
  • Bradley feels like his team gave up during G2
    Avery Bradley said the Celtics need to be better at pushing through adversity following their Game 2 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: "I looked around and a few times in the game guys were putting their heads down, I think getting down on themselves," Bradley said. "I could even hear [Rajon] Rondo, like, 'Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.' But you never can let a team see that." Bradley is right that the Celtics can't let their emotions show during a loss, but he also needs to be better for Boston to have a chance. Through the first two games he's been connecting on just 35.7 percent of his shot attempts, while also committing 3.0 turnovers a game, and if that trend holds, the losses will continue. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:49 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
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