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  • P.J. Tucker (calf) available for Game 1 vs. C's
    P.J. Tucker (right calf) will be available for Game 1 against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been a staple on Miami's injury report throughout the playoffs, so there wasn't much doubt that he'd take the court for Game 1. Expect the veteran forward to man his typical 3-and-D role against the Celtics. 19 minutes ago
  • Max Strus (hamstring) good to go Tuesday vs. BOS
    Max Strus (right hamstring strain) will be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: Good news for the Heat as Strus balled out in Games 5 and 6 of the Eastern Conference semis, finishing strong with back-to-back double-doubles while averaging 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.0 triples and 3.0 dimes. Expect him to be heavily involved in Tuesday's ECF opener. 23 minutes ago
  • Caleb Martin (left ankle) available for Game 1
    Caleb Martin (left ankle sprain) will be available for Game 1 against Boston on Tuesday.

    Advice: He averaged just 4.5 minutes over the Heat's final four games of their second-round series against Philadelphia, so need to get excited about this status update. 28 minutes ago
  • Marcus Smart (foot) out for Tuesday's Game 1
    Marcus Smart will miss Game 1 against Miami due to a right mid-foot sprain.

    Advice: Smart injured his foot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semis, and the injury is enough to keep him sidelined for Game 1 of the ECF. Expect more minutes for Derrick White and Payton Pritchard who have both been solid off the bench this postseason. Today, 3:05 pm
  • Al Horford enters protocols, out for Game 1
    Al Horford is out for Game 1 against the Heat on Tuesday after entering health and safety protocols.

    Advice: It's an enormous blow for Boston, who will also be without Marcus Smart. Horford had a renaissance performance in the second round against Milwaukee, making his impact felt on both ends of the court. With Robert Williams still at less than 100%, expect Grant Williams to log significant minutes. Today, 3:02 pm
  • Otto Porter (foot) off injury report for Game 1
    Otto Porter (foot) is off the injury report ahead of Wednesday's Game 1 matchup with the Mavericks. 

    Advice: OPJ injured his foot in Game 5 and missed Game 6 but played a key role off the bench in Games 1-4 of the Warriors' second-round series against Memphis. Porter averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 triples and 1.5 steals across 23.5 minutes and will likely fill a similar role in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals. Today, 2:50 pm
  • Shams: Derrick Favors opts into player option
    Derrick Favors opted into his $10.2 million player option on Tuesday and will remain with the Thunder for the 2022-2023 season, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: As expected, Favors chose to take the $10 million option instead of taking a veteran minimum elsewhere. He likely won't provide much for fantasy managers next season, especially lucks out in the draft lottery. Today, 9:17 am
  • Marcus Smart (foot) still sore, still questionable
    Marcus Smart (right mid-foot sprain) remains questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Heat for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: It looks like Smart will be a true game-time decision for Game 1. While it could be just to make the Heat prepare for both scenarios, we likely won't know whether Smart will play until closer to the 8:30pm ET tip-off. If he doesn't play, Derrick White would make the most sense to slide into the starting unit. Payton Pritchard would also likely be relied on more off the bench. Today, 8:46 am
  • Lonzo Ball's knee not healing, Bulls concerned
    Lonzo Ball's left knee has not gotten better, and the Bulls are concerned about him feeling pain every time he tries to ramp up, David Kaplan said on ESPN 1000 on Monday.

    Advice: Lonzo had surgery on his knee in late January and is still in pain. That's not a good sign. After signing with the Bulls last summer, he was a big part of their fast start to the season. His absence clearly hurt the team, which led to them losing to the Bucks in the first round. There's been multiple reports over the past few months saying he hasn't progressed in his recovery. We'll see if this impacts his status for training camp and even into the season. Today, 6:38 am
  • Sam Hauser (shoulder) ruled out for Game 1
    Sam Hauser has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 1 with a right shoulder injury. 

    Advice: He's not a rotation player when healthy and it's unknown when he'll be available again for the Celtics. Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Gabe Vincent questionable for Game 1 vs. Celtics
    Gabe Vincent (left hamstring) is listed as questionable ahead of Tuesday's Game 1 against the Celtics.

    Advice: The Heat could use him with Kyle Lowry already ruled out due to his left hamstring injury and we're guessing he'll be able to play Tuesday night. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • P.J. Tucker questionable for Game 1 vs. BOS
    P.J. Tucker (right calf) is questionable ahead of Tuesday's Game 1 against the Celtics. 

    Advice: Tucker has been playing through the injury and we're guessing he'll be out there again on Tuesday night. Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Max Strus listed as questionable for Gm 1 vs. BOS
    Max Strus is listed as questionable ahead of Tuesday's Game 1 against the Celtics. 

    Advice: Strus went off for 20 points, 11 boards, five dimes and four 3-pointers in Thursday's series-clinching win over the Sixers. Strus will look to keep it going against the Celtics and we're guessing he'll be ready to go for Game 1. Just check back to make sure he's playing before putting him in a lineup. Yesterday, 5:17 pm
  • Joe Harris (ankle surgery) should be good for camp
    Joe Harris underwent left ankle surgery on March 21 and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall. 

    Advice: Harris missed most of the past season which opened up minutes for Bruce Brown to have a big season. Things will be a little crowded once Harris is back in action but both players should have some low-end fantasy value next year. Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Otto Porter gets through full practice; probable
    Otto Porter Jr. (foot) was a full participant in Monday's practice and he's probable for Game 1 vs. Dallas on Wednesday.

    Advice: OPJ missed Games 5 & 6 of the Warriors second round matchup with Memphis, but it looks like he'll be back in action for the Western Conference Finals, which could result in Nemanja Bjelica getting bumped from the rotation. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Caleb Martin, Strus, Tucker, Vincent questionable
    The Heat are listing Caleb Martin (left ankle), Max Strus (hamstring), P.J. Tucker (calf) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) as questionable for Tuesday's Game 1 matchup with Boston.

    Advice: Through the playoffs thus far, Miami has often confused "questionable" with "probable," consistently listing these guys as "questionable" and then later making them available to play before tip-off. It's annoying. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (hamstring) ruled out for Game 1
    Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.

    Advice: This isn't surprising considering Lowry wasn't able to practice on Monday, but now we have official word that he'll be watching from the sidelines tomorrow night. That should result in another start for Gabe Vincent and more minutes and playmaking responsibilities for Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro. Game 2 of this series comes on Thursday, and for now, we'll be considering Lowry questionable for that one. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Marcus Smart (foot) questionable for G1 vs. Miami
    Marcus Smart (right mid-foot sprain) will be listed as questionable for Game 1 against the Heat on Tuesday, according to head coach Ime Udoka.

    Advice: Udoka described the foot sprain as "pretty tender and sore right now". There remains optimism that he'll be able to play, though he'll be listed as questionable. If he can't play, Derrick White would likely slide into the starting rotation, with Payton Pritchard also playing a large role off the bench. Neither would provide what Smart does, but White is a very solid option as a backup defender, and Pritchard proved he can hit triples in bunches. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Udoka: No minutes restriction for Robert Williams
    Ime Udoka told reporters on Monday that Robert Williams (left knee bone bruise) will be available without a minutes restriction for Game 1 against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: After being cleared for Game 7, it shouldn't be shocking to hear that he's available in full for this series. Williams should return to his role as a starter, which would likely send Game 7 hero Grant Williams back to a bench role. Both Williams will be vital to the success of the Celtics in the frontcourt against a deep Heat squad. Yesterday, 10:54 am
  • LAL asking coaching candidates how they'd use Russ
    Sam Amick of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Lakers are asking coaching candidates how they'd utilize Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: So maybe Russ isn't destined to be traded? It would be very difficult for the Lakers to move him, so there's a solid chance he remains with the organization. Westbrook's success next season should be considered a vital part of the job, especially with how poorly Frank Vogel used him. We'll see who the Lakers hire to take on the task of turning around a team with such high expectations. Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Kyle Lowry misses practice again, unlikely for G1
    Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) missed practice again on Monday, and he's unlikely to play in Game 1.

    Advice: Lowry only did some practice on the side, which isn't really enough for him to be comfortable to play in a playoff game. The odds are very low for Lowry to play, which means we'll likely see another start from Gabe Vincent. Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler, and Tyler Herro will likely also take over some ball handling duties. Lowry has been very ineffective when he's played in the postseason, so hopefully when he plays again, he'll be at full strength. Otherwise, he's more of a liability. Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Deandre Ayton only plays 17 min in loss to Dallas
    Monty Williams on Deandre Ayton only playing 17 minutes during Sunday's 123-90 loss to Dallas in Game 7, "It's internal".

    Advice: There were reports of a third quarter spat between Williams and Ayton that led to the center's benching. It would usually mean nothing, but Ayton is a restricted free agent this summer. While the Suns still control his destiny, there could be a rift between Ayton and the Coach of the Year that could lead to his departure. It's all speculation at this point, but plenty of teams would be interested. However, it's far more likely that they're able to resolve this issue and move forward, given how high emotions were running in such a bad loss. Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Robert Williams (knee) a DNP-CD in Game 7 blowout
    Robert Williams (left knee bone bruise) did not see any action in Sunday's 109-81 win over the Bucks. 

    Advice: The Time Lord was cleared to play in Game 7, but only "if needed," according to Celtics coach Ime Udoka. With Boston managing to blow the game open after halftime, there was no need to even consider putting Williams on the court. His next opportunity to play will be Tuesday night in Miami, as the Celtics will visit the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Warriors 'hopeful' Otto Porter plays in WCF Game 1
    Steve Kerr told reporters on Sunday that Otto Porter (right foot soreness) was on the stationary bike today, and they're hopeful that he plays in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Porter left Game 5 of their series with Memphis and didn't play in Game 6 either. Golden State largely stuck with their starters in the series-clinching victory in Game 6, but Porter should play a prominent role off the bench as a backup forward if he is active. Sunday, 11:45 am
  • Robert Williams to come off the bench in Game 7
    Robert Williams (left knee) will be active and come off the bench in Game 7 of their conference semifinal series against the Bucks on Sunday, the team says.

    Advice: Ime Udoka said that he will play "if needed". It sounds like even if he's active, there's a chance he doesn't play at all. It's more likely that he plays in a limited capacity off the bench, which means that Grant Williams will likely remain the starter. The Time Lord will be active for the first time since Game 3, which could help Boston slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has averaged 40 points and 15.3 rebounds over the last four games of this series. Sunday, 10:53 am
  • Kyle Lowry misses practice, series status unclear
    Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) did not practice on Sunday, and his status for the conference finals is unclear.

    Advice: This isn't a good sign for Lowry. Whether they play the Bucks or the Celtics, it appears the Heat may be without their starting point guard. Lowry hasn't been truly healthy this playoffs and has been largely ineffective when he's played. If he's on the court, he's not a good DFS option. However, it seems far more likely they we don't see Lowry to start the series. Sunday, 9:30 am
  • Robert Williams (left knee) questionable Sunday
    Robert Williams (left knee) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Williams has missed the last three due to a sore left knee and could have his minutes monitored if he suits up for Game 7 Sunday. Saturday, 2:23 pm
  • Marcus Smart goes for 21, 7 and 5 in Game 6 win
    Marcus Smart scored 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting (5-of-9 3-pointers) to go with seven assists, five rebounds, and no turnovers as the Celtics beat the Bucks 108-95 in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: Smart bounced back from his blunder at the end of Game 5 with a solid outing to force a Game 7 in Boston on Sunday. After averaging 3.0 turnovers per game in the four games that he played this series, Smart was great with no turnovers in 40 minutes in this one. His five made threes were also his best mark of the series as were the five rebounds. Jaylen Brown added 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting (4-of-7 3-pointers) to go with five rebounds, four assists, one block, and two turnovers in 41 minutes. Game 7 will be in Boston at 3:30 Eastern Time, so get the popcorn ready. Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Otto Porter (right foot) ruled out Friday night
    Otto Porter (right foot soreness) has been ruled out for Friday's Game 6 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Porter hurt his foot in Wednesday's Game 5 in Memphis. Nemanja Bjelica started the second half for Porter on Wednesday, so he could step into those minutes in Game 6. Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damion Lee could also get some extra minutes off the bench in this one as the Warriors try to close out the Grizzlies in the bay. Friday, 5:19 pm
  • Robert Williams (left knee) out again for Game 6
    Robert Williams (left knee soreness) will not be available for Game 6 against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: If there’s any good news to come from this, it’s that this isn’t an injury related to the meniscus procedure he underwent during the regular season, but rather a bone bruise suffered in Game 3. Still, it’ll be Time Lord’s third straight game out of the lineup, and unless Ime Udoka changes his mind, Grant Williams will once again take the other Williams’ spot in the starting unit. Grant has been pretty awful in his two prior starts, and we’d much prefer paying up for Al Horford, who’s been a beast, or pivoting to Derrick White, who’s averaged 33.0 minutes per game in the two games Rob has missed. Friday, 3:08 pm
  • Mike Brown: Otto Porter a 'wait and see' situation
    Mike Brown said ahead of Game 6 on Friday that Otto Porter (right foot soreness) is a "wait and see" situation as far as his playing status against Memphis.

    Advice: Porter hurt his foot after playing 12 minutes off the bench in Game 5. Jonathan Kuminga started the game, but Nemanja Bjelica started the second half and should play a big role if Porter is out for Game 6. Porter has been a solid role player for the Warriors this postseason and can be a solid DFS option if he plays. If he doesn't, Bjelica and Juan Toscano-Anderson should both make for decent replacements. Friday, 10:54 am
  • Robert Williams questionable with bone bruise
    Robert Williams is considered questionable for Game 6 against Milwaukee on Friday with a bone bruise in his knee that he suffered after a collision with Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3.

    Advice: Williams' knee is fine structurally, but the bone bruise is the main issue right now. There's no update on whether or not he'll play, but we do know more about what the injury is as of now. It's not directly correlated to his torn meniscus. If he remains out, we should see another start from Grant Williams, who hasn't done much in DFS formats. However, it does leave some extra rebounds and blocks for Al Horford to collect. Friday, 9:16 am
  • Deandre Ayton delivers 21 & 11 in ugly loss
    Deandre Ayton posted 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting and added 11 boards and an assist as the Suns dropped Game 6 to the Mavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Ayton posted his second straight 20-point performance and third double-double in four games, leading the Suns in scoring and rebounds in the ugly loss. It was a brutal night for most Phoenicians, but Ayton was a lone bright spot with another solid showing. He’ll look to keep the positive momentum going in Sunday’s decisive Game 7 back at home. Thursday, 9:27 pm
  • The Strus is loose: Max Strus goes off for 20/11/5
    Max Strus went off for 20 points, 11 boards, five dimes and four triples in Thursday’s series-clinching victory over the 76ers.

    Advice: Strus averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 boards in Games 1-4 but totally came alive in the final two wins of the series, posting back-to-back double-doubles with eight total triples. The double-doubles were the first of his career, playoff or otherwise, and Strus was clearly the second-best player on the floor for Miami in Games 5 and 6. He’ll be an X-factor for Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals where the Heat will take on either the Bucks or Celtics. Thursday, 7:27 pm
  • Otto Porter (foot) questionable for Game 6 Friday
    Otto Porter (right foot soreness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies. 

    Advice: Porter was ruled out for the remainder of Wednesday's blowout loss at halftime, and the fact that he's on the injury report is a bit concerning. While he hasn't been a prolific contributor during this series, Porter has been effective at the power forward position. If he's either limited or unable to play in Game 6, that would open up a few more minutes for a player like Jonathan Kuminga (who has been ineffective as a starter) or Nemanja Bjelica. However, neither offers much in the way of DFS upside. Thursday, 3:36 pm
  • Robert Williams (knee) questionable for Game 6
    Robert Williams (left knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Bucks. 

    Advice: Due to his left knee, which was operated on in March, flaring up, the Time Lord was not available for Wednesday's home defeat. Grant Williams filled the resulting void in the starting lineup, and while he has been solid for most of this series, Grant had an absolute nightmare from a DFS standpoint. Al Horford's value increases with Robert sidelined, and he's been good all series long. While Grant can be a bit of a gamble in DFS, Horford's value is secure whether Robert plays or not. Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Ayton not worrying about his upcoming FA yet
    Deandre Ayton said he's not concerned with where he may end up in free agency this offseason.

    Advice: "That's just the game, period, just knowing that you have to take care of business in order to get what you want," Ayton said. The big man was seeking a five-year contract worth a guaranteed $172.5 million in the fall but he and the Suns could not come to an agreement. It's worth noting that Ayton will be a restricted free agent, so even though he was unhappy that the Suns didn't view him as a max player they are still in the drivers seat in regards to his future. Thursday, 10:14 am
  • Otto Porter out for the rest of Game 5
    TNT is reporting that Otto Porter is out for the remainder of Game 5 due to right foot soreness.

    Advice: Nemanja Bjelica started over Jonathan Kuminga for the second half and should get big minutes the rest of the way, especially if the Grizzlies continue to blow out the Warriors. They went on an 8-0 run to start the third quarter and are currently up by 30 points with nine minutes left in the third. Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Horford shines on defense, but Celtics fall to MIL
    Al Horford put up eight points with eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block in Wednesday’s Game 6 loss to Milwaukee.

    Advice: Horford was the hero in Game 4 with his 30-point explosion, and while his box score won’t turn any heads tonight, his defense was once again phenomenal. He’s certainly not showing his age in this series and has been a handful for Giannis to deal with. He even guarded Giannis all the way out to the 3-point line on one particular possession, contained him all the way to the rim and swatted it away to Derrick White. And then with two minutes to play, Horford put back one of the most athletic dunks of his career in emphatic fashion. Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Robert Williams (left knee) won't play in Game 5
    Robert Williams (left knee soreness) has been ruled out of Game 5 against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Celtics coach Ime Udoka said that Williams’ swelling has gone down, but he still has some soreness and they’ll be overly cautious with their defensive stud. This isn’t an encouraging development because, as we know, it’s the same knee that Williams had surgery on back in March, and we now officially fear that he rushed into things. Al Horford was freakishly good without him on his way to a new playoff career-high 30 points in Game 4, so he should see a ton of minutes as long as he can handle it, while Grant Williams will likely start again for Time Lord. Williams (Grant, that is) was pretty miserable in Game 4, however, and we’d prefer rolling Derrick White out there in DFS lineups, as he posted a 11/4/3 line with a swat in a personal playoff-high 34 minutes on Monday. Wednesday, 2:25 pm
  • Tucker, Strus, and Vincent questionable Thursday
    The Heat are listing P.J. Tucker (calf strain), Max Strus (hamstring), and Gabe Vincent (knee irritation) as questionable for Thursday's game 6 in Philadelphia. 

    Advice: All three of these guys should be in the lineup as the Heat try to close out the Sixers. Expect them to play until you hear otherwise. Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (hamstring) ruled out for Game 6 Thurs.
    Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) will not play in Thursday's Game 6 against the Sixers in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Lowry will travel with the team, but he will not play, meaning that Gabe Vincent will get another start at point guard. Victor Oladipo will continue to get a boost off the bench as the Heat will try to close out the Sixers and win on the road for the first time this series. If the Heat lose in Game 6, Lowry could potentially be available for a Game 7 back in Miami on Sunday. Wednesday, 11:54 am
  • Deandre Ayton goes off for 20 points on 9-of-13
    Deandre Ayton hit 9-of-13 shots and 2-of-2 free throws for 20 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes of Tuesday's easy 110-80 win over the Mavericks to take a 3-2 lead in the series. 

    Advice: The Suns were at home and it showed. The Suns were up three points at halftime and then blew out the Mavericks with a 17-0 run to start the third quarter and never looked back. Ayton's lack of steals and blocks remains a fantasy concern, but no one cares about that tonight. Game 6 is in Dallas on Thursday night. Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • Max Strus snaps out of funk, scores 19 points
    Max Strus had his best game of the series in Tuesday's 120-85 Game 5 win over the 76ers, accounting for 19 points (7-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 10 rebounds, one assist, and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes. 

    Advice: After averaging 14.0 points per game in the first round, Strus struggled mightily in the first four games of this series. He didn't hit double figures in any of those games, but the breakthrough came Tuesday night. Strus hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter alone, with the 19 points being one shy of his high for these playoffs. And he contributed in other ways, recording the first postseason double-double of his NBA career to date. Now, Strus and the Heat hope that this effort will travel, as Miami can close out the series Thursday night in Philadelphia. Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Gabe Vincent plays well in spot start, scores 15
    Gabe Vincent tallied 15 points (5-of-7 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in Tuesday's 120-85 win over the 76ers, playing 27 minutes. 

    Advice: After coming off the bench in Games 3 and 4 Vincent was back in the starting lineup, as Kyle Lowry was sidelined after aggravating a left hamstring strain that he originally suffered in the first round. Vincent was at his best during the regular season when filling in for Lowry, and he came through with his best effort of the series in Game 5. The 15 points were only four less than his total in the first four games combined, and Vincent only scored two points in those losses in Philadelphia. If Lowry is unable to return for Game 6 on Thursday, look for Vincent to be in the starting lineup once again. Tuesday, 6:58 pm
  • Gabe Vincent returns to starting lineup for Game 5
    Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, P.J. Tucker, and Bam Adebayo will start Tuesday's game against the 76ers. 

    Advice: With Kyle Lowry (hamstring) ruled out, Vincent is back in the starting lineup as the Heat look to break a 2-2 series tie. While he hasn't offered much in the way of production during this series, Vincent was at his best during the regular season when replacing Lowry in the lineup. For that reason, he's worth a roll of the dice in DFS. Tuesday, 4:04 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (calf) will play in Game 5
    P.J. Tucker (calf) will play in Game 5 Tuesday night against the 76ers.

    Advice: Tucker, Tyler Herro (ankle), Caleb Martin (ankle), Max Strus (hamstring), and Gabe Vincent (knee) are all active for tonight's game. Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Robert Williams (left knee) questionable Wednesday
    Robert Williams (left knee) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Williams missed Game 4 due to knee soreness and if he is forced to sit out Wednesday night, Al Horford and Daniel Theis could see a bump in minutes. Tuesday, 2:05 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (hamstring) ruled out for Game 5
    Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) has been ruled out for Game 5 against the 76ers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lowry missed games in the first round with this injury and hurt it again in Game 4. Gabe Vincent started in Lowry's place in the first round, but Victor Oladipo has made a case to slide into the starting lineup. We'll see who Erik Spoelstra rolls with, but Miami will be without their starting point guard, which may end up benefitting them. Lowry has been ineffective this series, shooting 3-for-14 from the field and 0-for-8 from deep in the two games he has played in, which were both losses for Miami. We'll see if they can turn things around without him in Miami. Tuesday, 8:18 am
  • Giannis stare down 'didn't sit well' with Horford
    “I don’t know what [Giannis Antetokounmpo] said to me, but the way he was looking at me and the way he was going about it really didn’t sit well with me,” Al Horford said on Monday. “At that point, I think something switched with me in the game”

    Advice: Horford got the last laugh in his matchup with Giannis in this game. Though Giannis struck first with his dunk, Horford scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, which included returning the favor by dunking on Giannis. With the series now tied 2-2 as they head back to Boston, we should be in for some more intense, emotional games, which is always amplified by the Boston crowd. Tuesday, 7:09 am
  • Otto Porter Jr. comes through with four triples
    Otto Porter Jr. hit 4-of-7 shots (4-of-6 3-pointers) for 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes off the bench in Monday's 101-98 win over the Grizzlies to take a 3-1 lead. 

    Advice: The Warriors were awful from downtown tonight, especially in the first half, but Porter finally put them on the board from deep with 3:23 remaining in the first half of the game. His 3-point prowess allowed the Warriors to hang around all night and they finally took the lead for the first time with just 45.7 seconds remaining in the game on a pair of Steph Curry free throws. Porter's not a great fantasy option on most nights but has played well in two straight, scoring 12 and 13 points with seven 3-pointers in those games. He'll look to keep it going on Wednesday at Memphis in a potential closeout game for the Dubs. Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 18, dishes 8 dimes on Monday
    Marcus Smart went for 18 points, eight dimes, two rebounds, two blocks and two triples in Monday’s 116-108 win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Smart was limited in Game 1 and missed Game 2 due to a thigh injury, and he didn’t play particularly well in Game 3. He turned things around completely in Game 4 with a series-best performance that included his second-most points and second-most assists of the postseason. Smart hounded Milwaukee on defense and drew a key charge from Giannis Antetokounmpo late in the game. Boston faithful will surely be hoping for a repeat in Game 5 on Wednesday. Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Al Scoreford schools youngsters w/ 30 points
    Al Horford went ballistic with 30 points, eight rebounds, five triples, three assists and a block in Monday’s win over Milwaukee.

    Advice: The 35-year-old tied Jayson Tatum for team lead in scoring and set a new playoff career high, eclipsing the 26 he scored in back-to-back games in April, 2018. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Horford appeared in 131 playoff games before recording a 30-point performance which is 41 more than any other player in NBA history. He delivered when it mattered most, scoring 16 in the decisive fourth quarter to hold Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. at bay and notch the series at two games apiece. Horford is having himself a series, averaging 18.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.7 stocks and 3.5 triples through four contests. Maybe Father Time isn’t undefeated after all? Monday, 7:15 pm
  • Robert Williams (left knee) ruled out for Game 4
    Robert Williams (sore left knee) has been ruled out for Game 4 vs. Milwaukee on Monday.

    Advice: This is the same knee that Williams had surgery on to trim a part of his damaged meniscus back in March, and it did seem like his return from that surgical procedure was quicker than most. To be clear had Williams had his meniscus repaired instead of removed when he went under the knife that would have involved a much lengthier timetable, but repairs tend to have better long-term outcomes than trimming/removal, and it's not great that he's already experiencing enough pain to make him sit out a playoff game. We'd anticipate Grant Williams getting the spot-start tonight, with more minutes falling to Derrick White and Daniel Theis. May 9, 3:09 pm
  • Miami lists everyone as questionable again for G5
    The Heat have for some reason again chosen to list P.J. Tucker (calf), Tyler Herro (ankle), Caleb Martin (ankle), Max Strus (hamstring) and Gabe Vincent (knee) as questionable for Game 5 vs. the 76ers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Heat don't understand how an injury report works or what it's for. May 9, 2:45 pm
  • Kerr: Otto Porter (right hand) will play in Game 4
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that Otto Porter (right-hand contusion) will play in Monday's Game 4 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "Yeah, Otto's fine," Kerr said when asked about Porter's status for Monday's Game 4. We figured this would be the case, so expect for him to be a big part of the Warriors rotation as they continue to be without Andre Iguodala (neck) and Gray Payton II (elbow). May 9, 11:29 am
  • Otto Porter (right hand) probable for Monday
    Otto Porter (right-hand contusion) is listed as probable for Monday's Game 4 against Memphis.

    Advice: Porter must have aggravated his hand at some point during Saturday's Game 3. It looks like he will still be able to give it a go, but we will monitor it throughout the game to see if there is any discomfort. Expect him to be in the lineup until you hear anything different. May 9, 8:05 am
  • Kyle Lowry re-injures hamstring, iffy for Game 5
    Kyle Lowry reportedly re-injured his hamstring in Sunday's Game 4 against the Sixers, and he is considered questionable for Game 5 on Tuesday, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN.

    Advice: Lowry has struggled through two games since returning to the floor for Game 3 of this best-of-7 series. He has scored a total of six points on 3-of-14 shooting (0-of-8 3-pointers) in 55 minutes in two games. "Put it this way, you don't want to play with it," Lowry admitted after Sunday's 116-108 Game 4 loss on Sunday night. "We'll see," Lowry said. "... Tough timing for a hamstring. I've never had a soft tissue [injury]. This goal is to be out there. So if you're asking if I'm gonna try and play, yes, I'll be trying to play Game 5." We'll see if Lowry can give it a go, but if he can't, Gabe Vincent or Victor Oladipo will likely slide into the starting lineup. May 9, 7:41 am
  • Kyle Lowry hits 3-of-10 shots for six points
    Kyle Lowry hit 3-of-10 shots for six points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers across 30 minutes in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the 76ers.

    Advice: Lowry bricked all four of his shot attempts across 25 scoreless minutes in his return to action on Friday, and the slump continued tonight with him going 0-of-6 from distance. He also seemed to tweak his hamstring during the first half, and wasn’t moving around all that great through the second half of action, so it seems like he's playing through significant pain right now. Don’t be surprised if he pops up on the injury report ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday. May 8, 7:48 pm
  • Tucker, Herro, Martin, Strus, Vincent to play Sun.
    P.J. Tucker (right calf strain), Tyler Herro (left ankle sprain), Caleb Martin (left ankle sprain), Max Strus (right hamstring strain), and Gabe Vincent (right knee irritation) will all be available for Sunday's game against the 76ers. 

    Advice: Each was listed as questionable for Game 4, with the expectation being that they would be available to play. That is indeed the case, so look for Tucker and Strus to occupy their usual spots in the starting lineup. Herro remains a valuable reserve for the Heat, and he'll look to turn things around after struggling in Game 3. Vincent and Martin will also be in line for rotation minutes, but neither is worth the risk in DFS. May 8, 3:42 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (hamstring) expected to play in Game 4
    Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the 76ers. 

    Advice: No surprise here, as Lowry was one of many Heat players essentially listed on the injury report so that the team doesn't run the risk of getting fined. He'll be in his usual starting role, with the hope being that Lowry will play much better than he did in Game 3 Friday night. Gabe Vincent will once again come off the bench. May 8, 3:38 pm
  • Deandre Ayton records another double-double in G4
    Deandre Ayton posted a line of 14 points (7-of-12 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots in Sunday's 111-101 loss to the Mavericks, playing 33 minutes. 

    Advice: Outside of the dud that he offered up in Game 2, Ayton has been solid in the middle for the Suns. He recorded a double-double in Games 3 and 4, with Phoenix's issue being the struggles of starting point guard Chris Paul. While DFS players would like to see more points out of Ayton, he's a relatively safe option for the center position in lineups. Ayton will look to extend his double-double streak to three games on Tuesday when the Suns host Game 5. May 8, 3:16 pm
  • Sam Hauser (shoulder) ruled out for Game 4 Monday
    Sam Hauser (right shoulder instability episode) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Bucks. 

    Advice: Hauser isn't a rotation player when healthy, so his absence will not have an impact on either the Celtics or DFS rosters. Given the nature of the injury, consider him to be out indefinitely until the Celtics say otherwise. May 8, 2:32 pm
  • Al Horford outstanding in Game 3 loss to Milwaukee
    Al Horford was outstanding in Saturday's 103-101 loss to the Bucks, tallying 22 points (9-of-16 FGs), 16 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. 

    Advice: Milwaukee made a change to its starting lineup, replacing Bobby Portis with Grayson Allen, and Horford took full advantage. This was his second 20/10 line of these playoffs, with the first coming in Boston's Game 1 win over Brooklyn in the first round. His play was one of the reasons why Boston nearly stole Game 3 despite Jayson Tatum (10/1/3/1/4) shooting a brutal 4-of-19 from the field. If Milwaukee sticks with this new starting lineup for Game 4, Horford stands to be a very good DFS target. May 7, 3:51 pm
  • Marcus Smart (quad) struggles in return Saturday
    Marcus Smart (right quad contusion) shot 1-of-8 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line in Saturday's 103-101 loss to the Bucks, scoring nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.  

    Advice: Smart, who was held out of Tuesday's Game 2 victory due to the injury that he suffered in the series opener, was not on a minutes restriction Saturday afternoon. He struggled mightily with his shot, and just as disappointing for DFS players who may have slotted Smart into their lineups was the lack of production in other categories. Interestingly Derrick White, who moved back to the bench for Game 3, had his best game of the series on Saturday. Shooting 3-of-6 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line, White played 21 minutes and finished with a line of 14 points, two rebounds, one steal, and two 3-pointers. Hopefully Smart will offer more in the way of production in Game 4 on Monday, and White may be worthy of consideration as a low-cost DFS option. May 7, 3:46 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (hamstring) questionable for Game 4
    Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 76ers. 

    Advice: Lowry made his return to game action on Friday, logging 25 minutes and playing poorly in Miami's Game 3 defeat. He should be good to go for Sunday, and the hope is that the rust that was on display on Friday will be gone. Gabe Vincent's DFS value takes a major hit with Lowry back in the fold, so there's no need to even consider rostering him. May 7, 2:41 pm
  • Celtics to go with preferred starters for Game 3
    Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Robert Williams will start Saturday's game against the Bucks. 

    Advice: No surprise here, as the Celtics announced earlier Saturday that Smart (right quad contusion) would be available to play without any restrictions. Derrick White, who was a disappointment from a DFS standpoint when he received the starting nod in Game 2, will be back with the second unit for this pivotal Game 3 in Milwaukee. May 7, 12:02 pm
  • Marcus Smart (quad) available Saturday for Game 3
    Marcus Smart (right quad contusion) is available for Saturday's Game 3 against Milwaukee.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Smart was expected to be available for this one. Derrick White will shift back to the bench, while Smart will slide back into his usual place within the starting five. May 7, 11:11 am