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  • Ginobili starts Game 4, Anderson to bench
    Manu Ginobili was a surprise starter for Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He wasn't listed as the official starter, but coach Gregg Popovich isn't the most transparent coach with his lineups. With San Antonio trailing 3-0, this could be a great time for the Spurs to showcase Ginobili in what could be his final NBA game. Kyle Anderson will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:08 pm
  • McCaw will start Game 4, McGee to bench
    Patrick McCaw will start Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday with JaVale McGee returning to the bench.

    Advice: The Spurs are starting a small-ball lineup with Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons and LaMarcus Aldridge, so the Warriors will counter with Stephen Curry, Patrick McCaw, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. JaVale McGee will come off the bench, but he should still be involved with Zaza Pachulia (heel) out again. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:05 pm
  • David Lee (knee) ruled out for Game 4
    David Lee (knee) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: It's strange that the Spurs waited this long to rule Lee out, especially since an MRI confirmed a partially torn patella. His season is likely over even if the Spurs force a Game 5. Look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up the slack in Lee's absence. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:52 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out Monday
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors will play it safe with Zaza since they have a 3-0 series lead. Coach Steve Kerr said he won't decide on a starting lineup until he sees what San Antonio does, but he did add that he will give the nod to either JaVale McGee or Patrick McCaw. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:35 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) ruled out Monday
    Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will not play in Game 4 on Monday vs. the Warriors

    Advice: He was never expected to play and was previously considered doubtful. With the Spurs trailing the Warriors 3-0, this could be the end of Leonard's season. Expect to see a lot of Jonathon Simmons tonight with Kyle Anderson picking up some extra minutes as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:18 pm
  • 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 Today, 11:33 am
  • Andre Iguodala (left knee) will play Monday
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) will play in Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: Zaza Pachulia (heel) remains questionable. Iguodala was originally considered probable after logging 19 minutes in Game 3, but with the Warriors holding a comfortable 3-0 series lead, they may limit his workload again tonight. Fantasy owners should keep their expectations in check while he's limited. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:46 am
  • Guerschon Yabusele (foot) undergoes surgery
    Guerschon Yabusele underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet according to ESPN's Chris Forsberg.

    Advice: The 16th pick of the 2016 draft spent most of the season in China where he averaged 20.9 points and 9.4 rebounds before joining the Maine Red Claws of the D-League for their playoff run. Yabusele is "unlikely" to be ready for summer league, but he is expected to be good to go for the start of training camp. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound forward has lots of potential on both ends of the court and the Celtics could use some help in their frontcourt, so we'll be watching his progress closely. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:21 am
  • Paul Millsap opts out, will be a free agent
    According to The Vertical, Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract for the 2017-18 season and will become a free agent.

    Advice: The 32-year-old All-Star is arguably the top power forward available this summer and should be able to command a max deal. Millsap has said that he would like to re-sign with Atlanta and the Hawks have made it clear that bringing him back is their top priority, but he could potentially walk with the Hawks getting nothing in return (just like Al Horford did last summer). Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 triples on 44.2 percent shooting this season, but he had trouble staying healthy and appeared in just 69 games. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:07 am
  • Manu Ginobili unsure of future in NBA
    Manu Ginobili said he still hasn't decided if he will retire at the end of the season.

    Advice: "I’m going to go game by game," Ginobili said. "We’ll see if [Monday] is the last one of the season. We hope that it’s not, and that we have a few more. Once it’s over, then I’ll start wondering what the future brings." With the Spurs facing an elimination game in San Antonio tonight, there's a very real chance that this could be his last dance at the AT&T Center. Ginobili had arguably his best game of the season in Game 3 with 21 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in just 18 minutes, but the Spurs will need more of that Manu magic with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) expected to sit out again. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:47 am
  • Stephen Curry says his elbow is fine
    Stephen Curry said that his right (shooting) elbow is fine.

    Advice: "It’s fine, it’s kind of been banged up for a while," Curry said after Game 3. "Landing on the floor was kind of hard, but it doesn’t affect my performance or shot or anything like that." Curry was grabbing his elbow several times on Saturday, but he continues to light it up in the playoffs with 27.9 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting. He also banged knees with Dewayne Dedmon during Game 3 and was walking with a slight limp at shootaround, but he'll be good to go for tonight's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:16 am
  • Kevin Durant says he's happy in Golden State
    Kevin Durant made it clear that he's enjoyed his time with the Warriors.

    Advice: "I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose," Durant said. "I feel like this is the place I was supposed to be. I appreciate everything I’ve done before this. But I’m here now, and I feel like it’s a great spot for me to be." Durant was non-committal when asked if he would exercise his $27.7 million option for the 2017-18 season, but added that he has no intention of leaving. Don't expect much drama if he opts out this summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:49 am
  • Cuban thinks Noel will remain in Dallas
    Mark Cuban hinted that Nerlens Noel will re-sign with Dallas this summer.

    Advice: "I'm not allowed to talk about [negotiations] but all I can tell you is he's one of a bunch of guys who came in, they all got together and said 'Let's go down to the practice facility and start working out together,'" Cuban said of the restricted free agent. "So they're down there now and so that's exciting to see, and he's part of that group." Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22.0 minutes per game during his time in Dallas, but his knee wasn't 100 percent and the Mavs limited his minutes while they tanked down the stretch. An elite source of rebounds, blocks, steals and FG percentage, the 23-year-old center will be poised for a career year if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:40 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 Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk come up big Sunday
    Boston played through Al Horford during Sunday's Game 3 win in Cleveland, and he finished with 16 points, six assists, two rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Celtics took their first lead of the series on a bucket from Horford to open the scoring tonight, and his playmaking was critical. He shot just 7-of-18 from the field, but was aggressive in the post and allowed his teammates to get open looks -- they had six players in double-figures tonight. Kelly Olynyk was also effective with 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), three rebounds and two assists, and Boston used their size to score 36 points in the paint vs. 24 for the Cavs. They'll try to duplicate the feat and even the series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • LeBron James scores 11 points in Gm 3 loss
    LeBron James had a rare off-night on Sunday, posting 11 points on 4-of-13 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs, with six rebounds, six assists and six turnovers.

    Advice: LBJ is in the midst of another amazingly effective playoff run, with his team boasting a 10-1 record, and tonight's struggles were an obvious aberration. "Me personally I didn't have it," James said after the game. "That's all I've got to say about my performance." It's the fourth time in his postseason career that he's scored fewer than a dozen points and he's likely to erupt in another home game on Tuesday, though that won't help DFS owners who paid up for him tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:39 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 Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) probable for Game 4
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is being listed as probable for Monday's Game 4 in San Antonio.

    Advice: Iguodala logged 19 minutes off the bench on Saturday despite the sore knee, and that's likely where his minutes will be for Game 4. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • MRI confirms partially torn patella for Lee
    An MRI confirmed a partially torn patella for David Lee, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

    Advice: Lee will go over his potential recovery options with the Spurs' medical staff over the next few days, and surgery is something that is being discussed. There's really no way that he'll be playing in Game 4 on Monday, which should translate to more minutes for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) questionable for Game 4
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) is being listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in this series, so they have the luxury of holding Pachulia out if they feel there's any risk of him suffering a setback; particularly with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) looking unlikely for the Spurs. We should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he's out again, JaVale McGee could get another start and there would be more minutes for guys like David West and Andre Iguodala. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) doubtful for Game 4
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hinted that Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: "If he's unable to play yesterday, I don't think there's going to be a miraculous healing by tomorrow," Popovich said at Sunday's practice. Popovich added that "it wouldn't make much sense" to play Leonard at less than 100 percent, especially with his team trailing 3-0. Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson will pick up Leonard's minutes and will try to help the Spurs avoid a series sweep. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 am
  • David Lee (knee) likely out for Game 4
    David Lee (knee) is not expected to play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: That's the bad news. The good news is that the injury isn't believed to be as serious as initially thought. Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Saturday that Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee, but that was before his MRI on Sunday morning. We'll have an update when we know more, but look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to see a bump in minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:43 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 Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • David Lee has partially torn patellar tendon?
    David Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.

    Advice: Lee will have an MRI on Sunday morning to confirm, but the writing was on the wall when he was seen leaving the court in a wheelchair. Needless to say, Lee won't be playing in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday. Expect Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up some minutes with San Antonio's season on the line. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • David Lee (left knee) to have MRI on Sunday
    David Lee (left knee) will have an MRI on Sunday.

    Advice: He needed to come off the court in a wheelchair and was clearly in some pain. Lee took contact to his knee while he was in the air and he also landed awkwardly. Because Lee didn't shoot the free throws, he was automatically ruled out, so it's tough to gauge what he's dealing with. If he's out for Game 4, Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans should play more. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 33 points in Game 3 win
    Kevin Durant put on an offensive clinic during a Game 3 120-108 win over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 33 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire in the third quarter with 19 points in that frame, scoring the majority of those points in contested situations. According to ESPN, KD scored against eight different defenders, so coach Gregg Popovich just didn't have an answer. This was his third 30-point, 10-board game in these playoffs to get him to 16 in his career. There's obviously nothing to worry about from that calf injury from the first round and the Warriors clearly played it right to take it easy on him last month. This team is just so dangerous and also ties the record for most consecutive wins to start a postseason with 11 straight. They'll go for the sweep on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 21 points in victory
    Stephen Curry scored 21 points with five rebounds, three assists, six steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He passed Rick Barry for the Warriors all-time postseason record for points scored. Curry didn't have his best defensive game with a couple really bad fouls, which does happen more than it should for such a savvy player. On the offensive side, Curry isn't just counting on his jumpers and the Spurs continue to have trouble tracking him with his off-ball moves. Unlike last year, he looks very healthy in these playoffs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Andre Iguodala scores two points
    Andre Iguodala (knee soreness) scored two points with two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: While he didn't have a formal minutes cap, coach Mike Brown did bring in Iguodala a little later than usual in the second half. Iggy did look healthy during his game and even had a coast-to-coast basket in the first half. He'll get plenty of time off before the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Manu Ginobili scores 21 points in loss to GSW
    Manu Ginobili thrived off the bench in a 120-108 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 21 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in just 18 minutes.

    Advice: He was the best player for the Spurs tonight and it wasn't close. Ginobili also had one of the best nutmegs you'll see as he split the defense while putting the ball through David West's legs (video in link below). The future Hall of Fame guard said he's going to take some time off to decide if he wants to retire, so hopefully Monday isn't his last game. A quick injury note: Manu was grabbing his hamstring in the second half, so we'll keep an eye out to make sure he's OK. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:34 pm
  • David Lee (knee) will not return on Saturday
    David Lee (left knee) will not return to Saturday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on the and-one score. Lee did not shoot the free throws, so he's automatically ruled out for the game. The Spurs were already using David Bertans as a bench big ahead of Pau Gasol, so now Gasol should be in the rotation. Lee left the court on a wheelchair and may need to be re-evaluated. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:31 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) will play on Saturday
    Andre Iguodala (knee) will play on Saturday against the Spurs for Game 3.

    Advice: After not playing in the second half in Game 1 and sitting out in Game 2, Iguodala is back from his knee soreness. The time off does sound precautionary and Iggy has been practicing since Thursday. If he isn't limited, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and Pat McCaw could lose some minutes. The Warriors will need him against LeBron James, so they may take it easy on the former Finals MVP. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:33 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out of Game 3
    Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) has been ruled out of Game 3 vs. San Antonio on Saturday.

    Advice: This update was expected after it was revealed that Pachulia "didn't do much" at practice on Friday. Spurs fans are undoubtedly disappointed that they won't have the opportunity to boo Pachulia out of the building on Saturday. JaVale McGee will likely draw the start at center. David West may pick up some extra run as well. However, Golden State may also choose to go small early and often, playing Draymond Green in the middle more frequently. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) probable for Game 3
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is probable for Game 3 vs. the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Iguodala sat out the final 25 minutes of Game 1 and was ruled out for Game 2. However, he got in a full practice on Friday and is expected to suit up on Saturday night. Warrior reserves Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and Pat McCaw will see their playing time reduced in Game 3, assuming Iggy logs his usual allotment of minutes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:36 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) ruled out of Game 3
    Coach Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will not play in Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: A brutal blow for the Spurs, who need to win Game 3 if they have any chance of salvaging this series. The fact that Leonard has already been ruled out this early on Saturday isn't an encouraging sign regarding his chances of suiting up for Game 4, which will be played on Monday. Jonathon Simmons will draw another start in place of Kawhi. Simmons played well in Game 2, scoring a team-high 22 points. Kyle Anderson will also see an uptick in minutes. San Antonio will desperately need LaMarcus Aldridge to step up and carry the load offensively. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 am
  • Not Just A Regular Guy: LeBron crushes Boston
    LeBron James crushed the Celtics in Boston during a blowout 130-86 win on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, seven assists, four steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: So it turns out he's not just a regular guy. The Cavs set the NBA playoffs record with a 41-point lead at halftime thanks to winning the second quarter 40-13 to get them to the 72-31 lead at the break. LeBron becomes the first player since Michael Jordan to score 30-plus points in eight consecutive games, and this one hands the Celtics their worst home playoff loss ever. The Cavs have also won 13 straight playoff games to tie the 1988-89 Lakers for the NBA record. LeBron is doing whatever he wants on offense and Celtics coach Brad Stevens may have to be more aggressive in defending him with more double teams. Regardless, it probably isn't going to matter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Al Horford struggles again on Friday night
    Al Horford scored 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes in a loss to the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: What happened to the Horford from the last round? He didn't make any field goals in the first half today and he's also been a no-show on the defensive end. The Celtics can't figure out what to put next to Horford with Amir Johnson being next to him in Game 1 and Jae Crowder shifting to the four in this ugly loss. He really needs to play better in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 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
  • Dray nd KD think Kawhi will play
    Both Draymond Green and Kevin Durant are expecting Kawhi Leonard (ankle) to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: "No doubt in my mind," Green said. Obviously, theses opinions don't mean much, but it's a slow day. Leonard had plenty of treatment on Thursday and he said if he feels good, he'll play. Expect an update on Kawhi at shootaround on Saturday morning. He'll likely be a game-time decision. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:04 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia doesn't do much at practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) didn't do much at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is still listed as questionable for Game 3, but not doing much at practice doesn't bode well for his chances to play on Saturday. If Zaza isn't out there, it'll likely be more JaVale McGee and David West at the five with more Draymond in there, as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:31 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) goes through practice
    Andre Iguodala (knee) went through a full practice in San Antonio on Friday.

    Advice: That means he has a great chance to play in Game 3 on Saturday. Iguodala is still questionable for the game and the Warriors may want to take it easy on their vet with still six wins to go. If Iguodala is back, guys like Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and Pat McCaw may lose some playing time. Shaun Livingston may be more of a backup PG than the wing he's been lately. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:28 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) listed as questionable
    The Spurs are officially listing Kawhi Leonard (ankle) as questionable for Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Speaking with reporters, Leonard said his ankle is feeling "better" but did not sound overly optimistic. "It's still not ready... I could be feeling way better." When asked if he thought he would be able to play on Saturday, Leonard replied: "We'll see how it feels tomorrow." We should get another update Saturday morning after shootaround, but at this point, it appears we may be heading towards a game-time decision. Jonathon Simmons would once again be asked to shoulder an increased load if Kawhi is unable to play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:14 am
  • Zaza Pachulia goes through part of practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through parts of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed he only has a bruise to his heel. Pachulia did have some issues with his right Achilles earlier in his career, so there's a chance this could be affecting that ailment. If he can't go, JaVale McGee and David West will likely get some added run. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) does light practice
    Andre Iguodala (knee) went through a full light practice on Thursday.

    Advice: A "full light practice" isn't exactly clear, but this is a good sign after Iguodala missed the last 1.5 games -- he didn't play in the final 25 minutes of Game 1. With Iggy out, it was Shaun Livingston, Pat McCaw, Matt Barnes and Ian Clark stepping up. Iguodala may still be limited with the Warriors having a 2-0 advantage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:24 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard's (ankle) status still unclear
    Kawhi Leonard (ankle) "didn't do much, if anything, on the court" at Thursday's practice according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.

    Advice: The Spurs will likely keep Leonard's availability close to their chest as long as they can, so don't expect a real update until Saturday. Pau Gasol said Leonard was "sitting nicely on the sideline," but did hint that he's making progress. If Leonard sits out in Game 3 on Saturday, Jonathon Simmons will be the clear winner after scoring a team-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Game 2. Kyle Anderson and Dejounte Murray would also benefit. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:53 am
  • Al Horford has 11/8/6 in lopsided Gm 1 defeat
    Al Horford had 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 38 minutes during the Celtics' 117-104 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: Horford missed his first six shot attempts before finding a rhythm offensively. He was also torched early on defense while switching onto LeBron James, and the Celtics are likely to tweak their approach for Game 2, but fatigue is a potential culprit. Boston was two days removed from an exhausting seven-game series, while the Cavs had a nine-day rest following their sweep of the Raptors. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:55 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
  • 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
  • Cavs win Game 1 behind LeBron James' 38/9/7
    LeBron James was dominant during the Cavs' Game 1 victory in Boston, scoring 38 points (14-of-24 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs had a nine-day break prior to tonight's game, but the rest-vs.-rust question was decisively in favor of rest tonight. The Celtics switched everything defensively against LeBron and he feasted against bigger players like Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk, as well as smaller guys like Marcus Smart, scoring 15 points in the first quarter alone. LeBron has at least one road victory in an NBA-record 29 consecutive playoff series, and the Celtics have no obvious answers for him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • MRI confirms heel bruise for Zaza Pachulia
    An MRI confirmed that Zaza Pachulia suffered a bruised right heel vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: The MRI didn't reveal any structural damage and Pachulia is considered day-to-day. The Warriors don't play again until Game 3 on Saturday, which is a big help, but if Zaza misses any games JaVale McGee stands to gain the most minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) to have an MRI
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a right heel contusion in Game 2 vs. the Spurs and wasn't able to return for the second half. X-rays were negative, but we should get an update on his timetable later tonight or on Thursday morning once the results of the MRI are known. If the big man misses time, expect more small-ball lineups from the Warriors with JaVale McGee also picking up a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:17 am
  • Curry says McCaw was 'amazing'
    Stephen Curry said Patrick McCaw was "amazing" in Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: "Obviously, with Andre Iguodala (knee) out, it’s the next-man-up philosophy," Curry said. "Everybody says it, but when you have a guy like Pat who doesn’t really know when his minutes are going to come, he always stays ready. We just told him to be aggressive, make the right decision and make things happen, and he did that the whole game. That was a huge pickup for us." Head coach Steve Kerr suggested to Mike Brown to use McCaw in Iguodala's role and the rookie delivered, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 from the field with five assists, three rebounds, three steals and three triples in 27 minutes. If Iggy sits out in Game 3, McCaw will be on the DFS radar as a punt option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • Patrick McCaw scores 16 points in blowout
    Patrick McCaw scored a playoff career-high 16 points in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Spurs.

    Advice: It's hard to put a lot of stock into this performance since the Warriors won by 36, but McCaw was excellent all night and stepped up in the absence of Andre Iguodala (knee). He shot 6-of-8 from the field in 27 minutes with five assists, three rebounds, three steals and three triples, helping the Golden State bench score a season-high 63 points. This will likely go down as his best game of the postseason, but expect him to be in the rotation again in Game 3 if Iggy sits out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:16 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 29 points in 136-100 win
    Stephen Curry lit up the Spurs for 29 points in Tuesday's 136-100 Game 2 win, giving the Warriors a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: He sat out the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score, but still had a monster night with seven assists, seven rebounds, three steals and six 3-pointers. He was also very efficient, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line. The Warriors are 10-0 in the playoffs which extends a franchise record, but they will need another big night from Curry if they want to take Game 3 with the series shifting to San Antonio. Draymond Green scored 13 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and two triples, while Klay Thompson added 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:12 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 16 points in easy win
    Kevin Durant scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's easy 136-100 Game 2 win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Durant landed on LaMarcus Aldridge's foot after a shot attempt and was lucky to walk away without an injury -- it looked like LMA slid his foot under KD just like Zaza Pachulia did to Kawhi Leonard in Game 1, so he was fortunate that he didn't roll his ankle. Durant only played 28 minutes due to the lopsided score, so he's not in any danger of missing Game 3 on Saturday. He added three assists, two rebounds, one block and two triples. You can check out the incident in the link below. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not return Tuesday
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not return to Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He left the game just before halftime and did not come back out for the second half. Pachulia has been diagnosed with a right heel contusion, but we'll know more about his status after he undergoes X-rays. Matt Barnes started the second half, but JaVale McGee would also pick up some minutes if Pachulia misses additional time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) won't play in Game 2
    Kawhi Leonard has been officially ruled out for Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Leonard was previously considered doubtful. Game 3 isn't until Saturday which will give Leonard several days to rest up, but coach Gregg Popovich said that his superstar forward will likely be listed as questionable. Jonathon Simmons will start in Game 2 and is the big winner in fantasy formats, but Kyle Anderson, Dejounte Murray and Manu Ginobili should also get a bump. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) ruled out for Game 2
    Andre Iguodala (left knee) has been ruled out for Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: His MRI on Monday came back clean and he's simply dealing with some soreness. However, Game 3 isn't until Saturday and the Spurs are expected to without Kawhi Leonard (ankle) tonight, so it makes sense for the Warriors to play it safe. Shaun Livingston will pick up the slack in the second unit, while Matt Barnes may see a handful of minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:47 pm
  • Andre Iguodala's (knee) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Andre Iguodala's left knee came back clean according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: This confirms that he's simply dealing with soreness, but he is still considered questionable for Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday. With Kawhi Leonard (ankle) expected to sit out Game 2, the Warriors may opt to hold Iguodala out as well. If they do, he will have several days to rest up for Game 3 on Saturday. Shaun Livingston will likely benefit the most if Iggy sits, while Matt Barnes would likely pick up a handful of minutes. Rotoworld.com May 15, 7:21 pm
  • Leonard's ankle has no structural damage
    An MRI taken on Kawhi Leonard's left ankle revealed no structural damage.

    Advice: While this is obviously good news, the Spurs are still listing Leonard as doubtful for Game 2 on Tuesday. If he sits out as expected, he will then have several days to rest up for Game 3 in San Antonio on Saturday. Expect Jonathon Simmons, Kyle Anderson, Manu Ginobili and Dejounte Murray to pick up the slack on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com May 15, 4:14 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia unlikely to be disciplined
    Zaza Pachulia is unlikely to be disciplined by the NBA for his foul on Kawhi Leonard in Game 1.

    Advice: Pachulia stuck his foot under under Leonard which caused the San Antonio star to roll his ankle and leave the game for good, but the big man denies that he did it on purpose and his teammates backed him up. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ripped Pachulia at Monday's press conference and called the foul an "unnatural closeout," but the NBA isn't planing to take any action. For now, expect Pachulia to be in the lineup for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com May 15, 2:15 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Andre Iguodala (left knee) is questionable for Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He already underwent an MRI, but the Warriors are still waiting on the results. It was reported on Sunday that there's a "strong chance" Iguodala won't play in Game 2, so he's likely closer to doubtful. As expected, he was also held out of Monday's practice. Look for Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes to pick up the slack if Iggy can't play in Game 2. Daily Slant: Livingston earned 23 minutes on Sunday, 15 of them after Iggy was shut down. Although he's far from a lock, as he's averaged just 0.60 FD ppm this postseason, he's very affordable at or near the minimum across the industry and provides a route towards unique lineups on a two-game slate. However, the opportunity cost of missing big games from the three elite point guards - Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, and Stephen Curry - may be too great. Rotoworld.com May 15, 12:48 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (ankle) doubtful for Game 2
    Kawhi Leonard (ankle) isn't expected to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Tuesday according to coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: Leonard was undergoing an MRI while Popovich was speaking, so we might get another update later today. The two-way superstar has rolled his ankle a few times this week, so the Spurs may hold him out for Game 2 because Game 3 isn't until May 20 in San Antonio -- that would give him an additional five days of rest. If he's out, Jonathon Simmons, Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili will all have to step up, with Simmons offering the most upside in DFS. The Spurs would also have to use more two-PG lineups which would benefit Dejounte Murray. Rotoworld.com May 15, 10:44 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (left ankle) will have an MRI
    Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will have an MRI Sunday night on his left ankle.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise for a guy who has rolled his ankle three times this week, which is by far the roughest stretch of ankle injuries he's had of his career. Leonard didn't have much of a limp and didn't have anything on his ankle besides some tape. For now, he's likely looking at a game-time call. While the Spurs did sit him in Game 6, it may be tougher to do so against the Warriors in a 0-1 hole. If he's out, Jonathon Simmons, Kyle Anderson, Manu Ginobili and Dejounte Murray will have to step up. Rotoworld.com May 14, 4:15 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 40 in Game 1 win vs. SA
    Stephen Curry scored 40 points during a 113-111 win over the Spurs on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and seven 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors were down 25 in the first half and pulled off the comeback with some strong offensive play. Curry saved the day with a strong third while Kevin Durant closed this one out with several tough buckets. The Warriors finished 58-33 after the Kawhi Leonard injury, posting a 159.3 offensive rating when Kawhi was off the court and while Durant was on. Kawhi aside, the Spurs lost Curry a lot off screens and perhaps they're not used to that after going against James Harden. This was a 2017 postseason high and his fifth career postseason 40-plus scoring game. Rotoworld.com May 14, 4:10 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 34 points in win
    Kevin Durant scored 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Spurs in a Game 1 win on Sunday.

    Advice: He dominated to close this game out, but you could definitely chalk it up to the Kawhi Leonard (ankle) injury. In the 17 minutes with Kawhi out, KD scored 23 points on a 33.7 usage rate and an 85.1 true shooting percentage to get him to a +78.1 net rating. When Kawhi was on in 22 minutes, KD had 11 points on a 43.1 TS% for a -29.4 net rating. If Kawhi is limited, Durant could be eating like he has for most of this postseason. Regardless, he's playing lights out right now. Rotoworld.com May 14, 4:02 pm
  • Zaza gets 26 minutes on Sunday
    Zaza Pachulia scored 11 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll be under fire for an incident in this game. Pachulia may have stuck his foot under Kawhi Leonard (ankle) to possibly cause an ankle roll, which was a huge development to help the Warriors get the win. Besides that, coach Mike Brown did give Zaza some credit for playing more minutes than usual. Rotoworld.com May 14, 3:49 pm
  • Manu Ginobili scores 17 points in loss
    Manu Ginobili scored 17 points with one rebound, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes in a Game 1 loss to the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He made some big buckets, including a driving dunk in the last minute (video in link below). If Kawhi Leonard (ankle) can't play on Tuesday, Ginobili may have to step up even more. After it looked like he had very little left in the tank during the season, Ginobili has been a factor in these playoffs. He's 39 years old. Rotoworld.com May 14, 3:32 pm
  • Kevin Durant not worried about opener
    Kevin Durant said the season opener against the Spurs "seems like years ago."

    Advice: The Spurs thumped the Warriors in the opener 129-100 with red-hot Jonathon Simmons scoring 20, but a lot has changed. Durant is basically saying the chemistry for the Warriors wasn't there, and also KD didn't play in the other two games. The Warriors are playing their best defense all year and they're still not hitting all cylinders on offense. Rotoworld.com May 13, 12:23 pm
  • Al Horford scores 20 points
    Al Horford scored 20 points with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Despite the loss, he's been outstanding and his jumpers just keep falling. Horford had a 63.9 effective field goal percentage on his 54 jumpers in his previous playoff games while he's only been blocked just four times on his 111 attempts. This is the Horford the Celtics signed up for last summer. Rotoworld.com May 12, 7:53 pm
  • Jae Crowder flirts with a triple-double
    Jae Crowder scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, no turnovers and a postseason career-high eight assists.

    Advice: Credit to coach Brad Stevens to giving Crowder plenty of chances to make some easy passes to open guys -- he assisted Isaiah Thomas three times, Avery Bradley four times and Al Horford once. As Stevens has hinted, he's playing Crowder more as a small-ball four and he's been better in that role lately. Expect him to get some serious run in Game 7 on Monday. Rotoworld.com May 12, 7:51 pm
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