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  • Amir Johnson is probable
    Amir Johnson (right shoulder sprain) is probable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: If not for Kyrie Irving going off, the Celtics may have tied this series with Johnson out for Game 4. While Johnson may be ready to play, coach Brad Stevens may opt to leave his usual starter out of the rotation for this one. If he's not going to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko will get more run. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:19 pm
  • Jae Crowder on injury report
    Jae Crowder (left groin strain) is listed as probable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday and he did say he was "fine" after the game. Crowder has the unenviable task of guarding LeBron James and he's also contributing on the offensive side, averaging 15.5 points per game on a tidy 61.2 true shooting percentage in this series vs. Cleveland. He's almost a lock to play at home. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:16 pm
  • Jaylen Brown (hip) questionable for Game 5
    Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a key piece to the Celtics these days, especially with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the season. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and he's likely looking at more minutes, assuming he's healthy enough to go. If he can't go at home, there should be more big-ball lineups with Jonas Jerebko while Kelly Olynyk may play more. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:09 pm
  • Report: Chris Bosh and MIA agree to part ways
    The Heat, Chris Bosh and the players' union have tentatively agreed to a resolution that would allow all parties to move on, according to sources of Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: Bosh, his agents and lawyers still need to go over the fine tuning of this deal, but it looks as though Bosh's salary of $52.1 over the next two years will officially be removed from Miami's salary cap. Bosh has said on multiple occasions that he hopes to resume his NBA career, but as long as he's being forced to take blood thinners, his chances of getting medical clearance to play aren't great. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:14 am
  • Report: MIN interested in Derrick Rose as FA?
    The Timberwolves are reportedly interested in pursuing Derrick Rose as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: There were a lot of rumors flying around during the trade deadline that the Wolves were interested in trading away Ricky Rubio in a package that would net them Rose, so it does appear that Tom Thibodeau has a clear interest in reuniting with his former point guard. If Rose does wind up wearing a Timberwolves jersey next season, that would likely queue the end of Rubio's run in Minnesota. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:03 am
  • Jamal Murray (groin) running, taking jumpers
    Jamal Murray (groin) has progressed to light running and getting up jump shots.

    Advice: Murray was recently cleared to begin basketball-related activities after undergoing surgery back in April, although he's still not been cleared for contact, and as of right now, Summer League doesn't seem like a very realistic option. Still, he has plenty of time to get ready for the 2017-18 season, and he could see a big jump in his development during Year-2, particularly if the Nuggets lose Danilo Gallinari during free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:24 am
  • Seth Curry more confident going into Year-4
    Seth Curry said that Rick Carlisle putting him on the floor for big minutes in meaningful games helped his confidence during his first year in Dallas.

    Advice: "We obviously had a lot of injuries early on this season, so some of the young guys got an opportunity to play big minutes," said Curry. "A lot of time the young guys come in and play minutes, but it’s not really meaningful basketball. We had a lot of meaningful minutes to play trying to win games, and it helped me out to get my confidence going, playing every night and trying to play well." Curry put in career-highs across the board during his first year with the Mavs, and he'll make for a fine mid-round pick in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:56 am
  • Pat Connaughton could make the jump to MLB
    Pat Connaughton hinted during a recent interview that he may consider taking his talents to the MLB.

    Advice: Connaughton still has one more year remaining on his rookie deal with the Trail Blazers, but only the first two years of that contract were guaranteed, and he really hasn't seen many opportunities during his first two years in the league. "[I'm] not going to unrealistically chase a dream if it appears that dream is getting farther and farther away." said Connaughton. He was drafted by the Orioles during the fourth-round of the 2014 MLB draft, and Orioles executive VP has made it clear that he would welcome him to the team should he opt to switch careers and play professional baseball. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:39 am
  • Heat could waive/trade Josh McRoberts
    The Heat could opt to trade or waive Josh McRoberts this summer.

    Advice: Other than constantly getting injured, McRoberts has done a whole lot of nothing since joining the Miami franchise, and with the Heat potentially looking to make a splash during free agency this offseason, it would make sense to get McRoberts' contract worth $6 million off the books. It's tough to envision a situation where the 30-year-old stretch-four will be worth a draft pick next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:27 am
  • Harrison Barnes says he's more consistent now
    Harrison Barnes said it was "great" to be able to prove he could be a consistent scoring threat for the Mavs this past season.

    Advice: "I can be consistent. That was the big knock on me when I first got here," said Barnes. "You know, I could be good for a night or maybe a couple of games, but over the course of 10-30 games that would be difficult. To finally be able to do that over the course of a season was great." Barnes scored a career-high 19.2 points per game during his first year in Dallas to go with averages of 5.0 boards, 1.5 dimes and 1.0 3-pointer per contest, which was good enough for seventh round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He'll make for a solid mid-round pick in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:15 am
  • Derrick Favors understands he could be traded
    Derrick Favors said he would love to remain with the Jazz, but he understands that scenarios exist where he could be traded next season.

    Advice: Favors will be an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason, and with Utah set to give a max deal to Gordon Hayward this summer, and both Dante Exum and Rodney Hood eligible for contract extensions, the Jazz may not have enough money to be able to retain Favors during free agency. Favors struggled with injuries during his 2016-17 campaign and put up some of his worst numbers since his rookie year, so he'll have a lot to prove next season in a contract year. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:01 am
  • Zach LaVine (knee) making solid progress
    Zach LaVine said he's making solid progress in his recovery from his torn left ACL.

    Advice: "Everything is going well. I have progress right now, doing everything I can do to get better—shooting, strengthening, lifting, all that good stuff," said LaVine. "The doctor said my knee is as healthy as it can get at this point right now." LaVine is still only able to run on an AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill, but according to his teammate Ricky Rubio (who has also dealt with an ACL tear), LaVine is ahead of schedule in his recovery. That being said, LaVine remains without an official timetable to return, and there are no guarantees he'll be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 am
  • San Antonio an option for Chris Paul as FA?
    Zach Lowe of ESPN stated during a recent podcast that he believes the Spurs could be a legitimate option for Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "There's been a lot of rumblings about Paul, and I think that's real," Lowe said of CP3 potentially joining the Spurs as a free agent. "I think there's mutual interest there. I don't know how real it is given the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team; and the Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I'm very curious about what they do this summer and who's on the team next year." If Paul wants to chase a ring, his best shot of realizing that goal may be in San Antonio, but he'd have to take a pay cut to make it work. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:19 am
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 15 points in start
    Kelly Olynyk started Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He started in place of Amir Johnson (shoulder) and finished 7-of-14 from the field with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, but he missed both of his 3-point attempts. Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice scoring punch in the first unit, but he was also exposed on the defensive end several times. Coach Brad Stevens has been indecisive with his starting lineups during the playoffs, so it's anybody's guess as to what he will do in Game 5 with Boston's season on the line. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jae Crowder strains thigh, says he's fine
    Jae Crowder strained his left thigh in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, but he said after the game that he's "fine."

    Advice: Crowder went back to the locker room for a few minutes, but quickly returned and appeared to be moving around OK. He was effective on offense with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes, but he didn't have a prayer against LeBron James on the defensive end yet again. We'll get an update at Wednesday's practice, but consider Crowder probable for Game 5 on Thursday as the Celtics try to keep their season alive. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 Tuesday
    Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Amir Johnson (shoulder) out, Olynyk should see a slight bump in minutes tonight in addition to Jonas Jerebko. After being held to a combined two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice spark in Game 3 with 15 points in 23 minutes. Boston needs offense and floor spacing with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so Olynyk should be heavily involved unless he starts out cold from the field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) out for Game 4
    Amir Johnson (right shoulder) will not suit up for Game 4 against the Cavs on Tuesday, according to sources of Michael Eaves of ESPN.

    Advice: With Johnson set to spend Game 4 on the sidelines, we could see Kelly Olynyk move into the starting five, and there should be some more playing time available for Jonas Jerebko. For now, we'll be considering Johnson questionable for Game 5 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Report: MIA & Bosh coming close to resolution
    The Heat and Chris Bosh are reportedly moving closer to a resolution that will allow Miami to remove Bosh's salary from their salary cap for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Bosh is still guaranteed the remaining 52.1 million left on his contract, but the Heat will likely waive him soon in order to ensure that they'll go into free agency with roughly $37 million in cap space. Bosh has hinted that he still would like to play in the NBA, but that might not be something in the cards for the All-Star forward due to the blood clotting issue that forced him to spend the entire 2016-17 season on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:43 pm
  • Report: Josh McRoberts picks up player option
    Josh McRoberts has reportedly picked up his player option worth $6 million for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: This is far from surprising as there's absolutely no way McRoberts would be able to command this sort of salary on the open market. Since coming to Miami three years ago, McRoberts has only managed to suit up for a total of 81 games, and he hasn't done anything impressive since joining the Heat. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) a GTD for Game 4
    Amir Johnson (shoulder) said he is feeling better but will be a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson initially injured the shoulder early in Game 3. He was able to return but was clearly limited. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday morning, Johnson stated that he has increased mobility in the shoulder area and that he will participate in shootaround and pre-game warmups before a decision on his availability is made. If Johnson is unable to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko would see an uptick in minutes. It's also possible that coach Brad Stevens slides Gerald Green into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 am
  • Knicks interested in free agent P.J. Tucker
    The Knicks have shown preliminary interest in free agent P.J. Tucker, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

    Advice: The Knicks were terrible defensively last season, allowing 108.7 points per 100 possessions and ranking 25th in the league in defensive efficiency. Thus, it makes sense they would target a defensive stalwart such as Tucker. The problem for New York is that they will likely have to overpay Tucker to get him to sign in NYC. Tucker will have plenty of interested suitors and, at age 32, it's probably safe to assume he'd prefer to play for a contender at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:22 am
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G4
    Amir Johnson (sprained right AC joint in shoulder) did not practice on Monday and is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Johnson tweaked his shoulder during Game 3, and while he was able to initially play through it, it sounds like it swelled up a bit overnight. He's headed for an MRI, so we'll have a better idea on his status for Game 4 once those results are made public, but if he is forced to the sidelines that would open up some minutes for guys like Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko. Gerald Green could also return to the starting five if Johnson is indeed unavailable on Tuesday night. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:33 am
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) quiet on Sunday
    Amir Johnson started on Sunday but had just two points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Johnson sprained his right shoulder during the first quarter but he did return, briefly, so we'll leave him off the injury report. He was torched defensively by Kevin Love, who made seven 3-pointers in the first half, and frontcourt reserves Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko had much more success tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 pm
  • Amir Johnson starts, Gerald Green to bench
    Amir Johnson will start Game 3 on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: The move sends Gerald Green back to the bench. Johnson's minutes are severely limited even when he's starting, so there's no real benefit for DFS purposes here. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:12 pm
  • Amir Johnson likely to start Game 3
    Amir Johnson is expected to start in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens just can't seem to settle on his starting five in the playoffs. Johnson is only averaging 10.6 minutes per game in the postseason, so DFS owners will want to look the other direction. Expect Gerald Green to return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 am
  • P.J. Tucker on the Wolves radar?
    ESPN's Darren Wolfson said that he has heard Minnesota is "very much" on P.J. Tucker's radar.

    Advice: The 32-year-old veteran will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it will be tough for the Raptors to bring him back to Toronto with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka also hitting the open market. The Wolves could definitely use some of Tucker's 3-point shooting and defense on the wings, so this report makes sense. He will have a number of suitors this summer, but a move away from Toronto would likely be good news for his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:18 am
  • Jae Crowder a target for Knicks?
    Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks will want Jae Crowder if the Celtics try to trade for Carmelo Anthony this summer.

    Advice: The Celtics have been heavily linked to Gordon Hayward and could also make another run at Jimmy Butler or Paul George, so Carmelo probably isn't too high on their wish list (if they even want him at all). Jaylen Brown has really emerged during the postseason, but it's not clear if Crowder and his bargain of a contract is expendable -- he's owed $22 million over the next three seasons. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:44 am
  • Jaylen Brown scores 19 points in bad loss
    Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 19 points during an embarrassing 130-86 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

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

    Advice: After a rough Game 1 from Johnson and based on how that starting lineup hasn't fared well vs. Cleveland, Johnson may not be getting minutes. Jonas Jerebko could also be in the mix for this game while Jaylen Brown should play more, as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:47 pm
  • Jaylen Brown not afraid of LeBron
    Jaylen Brown said he sees LeBron James as "just a regular guy."

    Advice: "There's bigger threats in my neighborhood than LeBron James," Brown added. You could argue Brown was the best Celtic on Wednesday, scoring 10 points in 20 minutes. It sounds like coach Brad Stevens is going to get him out there again, and it makes a lot of sense to even start him. He makes a lot of sense as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:39 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half vs. Cleveland
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half of the Celtics' Game 1 loss on Wednesday, finishing with two points, three rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Olynyk replaced Amir Johnson after halftime but it didn't have a big impact at either end of the court, mainly because Olynyk missed his shots. The 26-year-old big man had a phenomenal Game 7 vs. the Wizards, and he could make an impact in this series, but the early returns aren't encouraging. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:54 pm
  • Amir Johnson gets DNP-CD after halftime
    Amir Johnson didn't play after halftime during Wednesday's loss to the visiting Cavaliers.

    Advice: He failed to defend well vs. the Cavs' frontcourt and offered nothing offensively, so coach Brad Stevens opted to start Kelly Olynyk in the third quarter. Tyler Zeller even cracked the rotation tonight, which doesn't bode well for Johnson. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Jaylen Brown plays well off bench in Gm 1
    Jaylen Brown was one of the few bright spots for Boston on Wednesday, coming off the bench for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, nine rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: "Jaylen [earns minutes] because he adds value to winning," Brad Stevens said before the game. Brown missed a pair of free throws late, with the game out of reach, but otherwise he was excellent in Game 1. He played admirable defense against LeBron James, and his four offensive rebounds gave Boston some much-needed (albeit short-lived) momentum. The rookie seems to have earned a significant role in this series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 21 pts w/ four 3-pointers
    Jae Crowder made 8-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers to score 21 points during Wednesday's Game 1 defeat, adding eight rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics opened the game 5-of-16 from the field, including 1-of-7 from deep, but their biggest issues were on defense -- Crowder and his teammates had no answers for LeBron James. Crowder's offensive efforts tonight are a faint silver lining, at least, as he shot just 40.9 percent vs. the Bulls in the first round, and 43.6 percent vs. the Raptors in the semifinals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Sounds like Jaylen Brown is going to get run
    Coach Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown has been playing "because he adds value to winning."

    Advice: "It’s been a great situation for us to see his growth," Stevens said. "It’s been pretty evident." It sounds like the Celtics will use their No. 3 pick in this series. Plus, Stevens also said that he may have a tough time doubling LeBron James because of all the shooters around him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk drops 26 points in Game 7 win
    Kelly Olynyk dropped a playoff career-high 26 points in Monday's 115-105 Game 7 over the Wizards.

    Advice: Channeling his inner Larry Bird, Olynyk scored 14 points alone in the fourth quarter and outscored Washington's bench 26-5. He shot 10-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, adding five rebounds, four assists and two triples in 28 minutes. Washington's small-ball lineup had no answer for Olynyk defensively and he became the first player in more than 30 years to score 25+ points and grab five boards off the bench in a Game 7. Boston will be hoping that he can build off this momentum because he was held to single-digit points in four of his previous five games. Rotoworld.com May 15, 8:00 pm
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