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  • Andre Iguodala scores 16 points off bench
    Andre Iguodala scored 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

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

    Advice: He picked up most of the minutes at the three due to Moe Harkless struggling a bit and Allen Crabbe possibly at less than 100 percent. Turner did play well on both ends for most of this game and may have earned heavy run again for Game 4 on Monday. That said, coach Terry Stotts doesn't exactly roll with the same rotations night in and night out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores just one point
    Moe Harkless scored one point with one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: His playing time took a significant hit because of Jusuf Nurkic returning and the Blazers not using as many small-ball four and five lineups. He'll likely be in the same neighborhood for minutes on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Vince Carter hurt knee late in the game
    Vince Carter looked to have banged knees late in Saturday's game against the Spurs.

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

    Advice: His fourth quarter was one for the ages, scoring the Spurs' final 16 points in regulation. The Grizzlies were throwing doubles at him for most of his halfcourt sets and coach David Fizdale mentioned he pulled out all the stops to try and stop him. "I'm taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale said after the game. Leonard's offense has been unreal in this series as he matched his playoff career-high 32 in Game 1, set a new career high in Game 2 with 37, and followed that up with this explosion. He did struggle a bit in overtime with some offensive mistakes, so maybe he is human after all. Regardless, this is Exhibit A for anyone who wants to argue Kawhi is the best player in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Bad Danny Green shows up in Memphis
    Danny Green made 2-of-9 from the field for five points with one rebound and one block in 26 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: When Bad Danny Green shows up, you're going to notice. It wasn't just about his bad shooting line, he was also not the same defensive player. Green still saw a good amount of minutes in this game, but he may have a shorter leash in Game 4 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Matt Barnes out again for Saturday
    Matt Barnes (foot, ankle) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: Even with Kevin Durant (calf) out, the Warriors should still be OK because of Andre Iguodala getting more postseason minutes than in the regular season. Pat McCaw will likely start and look to get some easy looks a la Harrison Barnes last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:47 pm
  • Kelly Oubre scores nine in 24 minutes
    Kelly Oubre scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: The Wizards may have to call on him more with Otto Porter (neck) getting hurt today. Oubre has shown he can have success as either a small-ball four or a small forward, so he should have no problem picking up the minutes -- he has played some SG in his career, too. If Porter is out, Oubre could be a viable DFS play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:36 pm
  • Otto Porter dealing with a strained neck
    Otto Porter was dealing with a strained neck on Saturday, finishing with seven points, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was grimacing in the first half and the Wizards opted to hold him out for the final 18 minutes of this loss. Porter had a back problem earlier this month and it cost him two games, so perhaps this is related. If Porter can't go on Monday, Kelly Oubre and Bojan Bogdanovic will benefit the most. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: According to ESPN, the Warriors decided to hold Durant out for this game. He went through practice on Friday and did some work in shootaround on Saturday, but the Warriors just want to play the long game with what they hope are 14 more wins in the next two months. With him out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw picking up some added run while the other stars are asked to do more offensively. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan bounces back in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points during an 87-76 Game 4 victory over the Bucks on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It was vintage DeRozan with nine makes at the line while going to work in isolation, being assisted just twice to get to his 33 points today. DeRozan didn't have as much defensive responsibility and perhaps the extra space on offense with the small-ball lineup helped him. Maybe, just maybe DeRozan and the Raptors can stay hot in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:22 pm
  • Norman Powell gets 34 minutes in start
    Norman Powell started in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Norm is freed. He was basically out of the rotation in the first two games and was thrust into added minutes during Thursday's blowout loss. Powell likely just started as an offensive spark and to allow the Raptors to go with several small-ball lineups, but he held his own on defense against guys like Khris Middleton. There's little doubt that Norm will get another start on Monday, so he'll be an obvious cheap DFS option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • P.J. Tucker doesn't score in 28 minutes
    P.J. Tucker did not score in 28 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, adding one rebound and three fouls.

    Advice: While he did come off the bench, Tucker was an extension of the first unit with 25 of his minutes coming next to Kyle Lowry and 20 next to DeMar DeRozan. Tucker's energy on defense has been one of the constants in this series for the Raptors, so perhaps he's earned more playing time -- a start? While he won't score much, keep an eye on him as a DFS punt for his output in the hustle stats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo struggles in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made just 6-of-19 from the field for 14 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers during an 87-76 loss to the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides his 10 points in the second quarter, Giannis was not the 2016-17 version of himself during this game. Antetokounmpo was just 3-of-10 on jumpers in this game and was even worse on layups at just 2-of-8. He was also pressing a bit to cause those seven turnovers, as well. You could say Giannis was just due for a bad game after he dominated this series perhaps more than any other player has done so in the past week. He'll be better on Monday in Toronto as this series has now become just a best of three. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Tony Snell scores 19 points vs. Raptors
    Tony Snell scored a playoff career-high 19 points with four rebounds, one turnover and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Raptors during the Game 4 loss.

    Advice: The Bulls may want him back after the game Michael Carter-Williams had on Friday. The Bucks were getting him plenty of good looks with some off-ball screens, but that probably won't happen again in this series. Snell was averaging 10.0 points per game in his previous three games, so that serves as a fair expectation in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores just 10 points
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Not only did he struggle on making shots, Middleton just didn't seem locked in during this game. The Raptors didn't put DeMar DeRozan on Middleton as much, so maybe coach Dwane Casey gets some credit for that adjustment. Middleton is still going to get big minutes and the off game was more about just not being in a rhythm. Expect a bounce-back game in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Draymond not expecting Durant to play
    Draymond Green said he's not expecting Kevin Durant (calf) to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: There is some context here. "I approach every game like he’s not there and then, if he is, that’s great for us," Green said. "I think it’s a lot easier adjustment to make if he’s playing than if he’s not playing. It’s a totally different mindset." Durant also had an icepack on his calf after shootaround and he reportedly didn't do as much work as normal. In other words, Durant's questionable tag looks to be closer to doubtful than probable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) still out for Sun
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) remains out for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Clippers could've used him now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs. With Rivers out, the Clippers will use more small-ball lineups with Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Paul Pierce soaking up minutes at the four. We should see more Brandon Bass and three-guard lineups, as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:51 am
  • Report: TOR expected to start Powell over JV
    The Raptors are expected to start Norm Powell against the Bucks with Jonas Valanciunas coming off the bench for Game 4.

    Advice: It's not as surprising as the Gerald Green move, but Powell starting over Valanciunas is a surprise. The Raptors just can't have a first half like they did in Game 3, so that likely explains this offense-first approach. Powell hasn't done well in his starts when DeMar DeRozan is active, but he's still in play as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through shootaround on Saturday and remains questionable to face the Blazers in Game 3.

    Advice: After going through practice on Friday, going through shootaround isn't a major development for his status. Durant is somewhat close to 100 percent, but the Warriors want to get him all the way back for what is likely to be a two-month playoff run. If KD can't go, Stephen Curry Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have added responsibility while guys like Andre Iguodala, Pat McCaw and maybe even Ian Clark get some added run. Matt Barnes (ankle) and Shaun Livingston (hand) are also still questionable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Raptors will make a change to starting lineup
    The Raptors will make a change to starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The Raptors have talked a lot about limiting Giannis Antetokounmpo, so Tucker is the heavy favorite to be starting here. While he did play just 14 minutes in Game 3, it was more because of how the Raptors desperately needed offense. It could also be someone like Norman Powell or even Delon Wright for either Jonas Valanciunas or DeMarre Carroll. After Gerald Green started for Boston on Friday, anything is possible. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Rivers (hamstring) unlikely to play Sunday
    Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that he doesn't think Austin Rivers (hamstring) will be able to play Sunday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Rivers has been sidelined since initially injuring his hamstring back on March 29th. "I don't think so," Doc said when asked if Austin could be ready in time for Sunday's Game 4. "I don't know. I think he probably thinks that for sure. He's feeling better. He's working out. But I just don't see that. I think that's awfully quick." We should have a formal update regarding Rivers status either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning after shootaround. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Luol Deng hopes to play more PF next season
    Luol Deng said he hopes to play more frequently at power forward next season.

    Advice: 2016-17 was a lost season for Deng. Despite signing a whopping four-year, $72 million contract last summer, Deng averaged career-lows in points (7.6), FG percentage (.387), assists (1.3) and minutes (26.5). He feels part of the problem was playing out position. "In terms of my future," Deng said, "I would like to play at the 4 more. The 3 is more of a spot-up position for a lot of teams. I think I struggle with that." We'll see how the Lakers handle Deng next season, but he should be avoided in standard fantasy leagues until he proves he can still produce. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute scores 15 points
    Luc Mbah a Moute scored a playoff career-high 15 points in a Game 3 win over the Jazz on Friday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He may have to score more now that Blake Griffin is banged up. For what it's worth, Mbah a Moute only had a 1.7 usage rate bump when Griffin was off the court during the regular season. If you're going to use him for DFS, he'll need to make his money in non-scoring stats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 40 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 40 points during a 111-106 Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He got off to a fast start with a playoff franchise-record 21 points in the first quarter, and he becomes the fourth different Jazzman to score at least 40 points in a playoff game. This comes as a mild surprise after Hayward couldn't get many easy shots in his first two games, making just 12-of-33 from the field in the two L.A. games. Coach Quin Snyder looked to make an extra effort to get his Hayward some shots in sets, so maybe that'll continue in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:02 pm
  • James Harden scores 44 points in loss to OKC
    James Harden's 44 points were not enough in a Game 3 115-113 loss to the Thunder on Friday, adding six rebounds, six assists, one block, four 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: With the Rockets down two on the last possession of the game, Harden attempted a 3-pointer before the buzzer and couldn't get it to fall. It did look like he was trying to draw a foul on the play, and it's hard to blame him after he went 18-of-18 from the line in this loss. Harden's consistent scoring to start a postseason has been like nothing we've seen in quite some time, becoming the first player to start a postseason with three consecutive 35-plus scoring games since Michael Jordan in 1990. You can pencil him in for another one in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Gerald Green scores eight points in start
    Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a mild left ankle tweak in the first half, but he did return and looked fine after getting re-taped. Even if Green is going to start, he's going to be the fourth guard at best in the rotation for total minutes behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart -- Terry Rozier played 23 minutes, as well. Green is only going to be a tournament play in DFS because we've seen him get hot at times. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Jimmy Butler gets held in check vs. Boston
    Jimmy Butler made just 7-of-21 from the field for his 14 points against the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, no assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics made it very tough on Jimmy today. Only eight of his shots came inside of the paint, so a ton of credit goes to Avery Bradley here for keeping Jimmy in check to limit defensive breakdowns. Also, Butler did not go to the line in this game, so take that for data. The Bulls will have to come up with some more inventive ways to get Jimmy some better looks, but he absolutely should fare better in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:36 pm
  • Gerald Green starts the second half
    Gerald Green started the second half on Friday.

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

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

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

    Advice: With Andre Iguodala getting a minutes increase and Ian Clark feasting against the Blazers, there really hasn't been much of a need for Barnes. Pat McCaw could get another start if Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes can't make it. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:23 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 3
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through practice on Friday and is questionable to play against the Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that if KD isn't 100 percent, the Warriors would be cautious with him. Durant posted a video on his YouTube page to show some treatment on his calf, and he also admitted he could've played in a must-win scenario. Considering how long the playoffs go, the Warriors may opt to hold Durant out for most of the first round. If he's out again, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw should pick up some added playing time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:36 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) out for Gm 3 Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 3 Friday night vs. Utah.

    Advice: This news was expected, as earlier this week coach Doc Rivers stated that Game 4 on Sunday was a more realistic target for his son's return. Rivers has not appeared in a game since he initially injured the hamstring back on March 29th. However, Doc said that Austin "had a good day" Wednesday and did a bit of running. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will continue to soak up extra minutes in Rivers absence. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:27 am
  • Durant (calf) 'hopeful' he will play Game 3
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) said that he is "getting better every day" and that "hopefully" he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Durant provided an update via a YouTube live streaming session. "Felt like I could go [in Game 2], but Coach [Steve] Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few days rest," said Durant. "So hopefully I see how I feel these next couple days." The extra day of rest should benefit KD. However, the Warriors blew out the Blazers in Game 2 even without Durant, so they have no need to rush him back. We should get a formal update from the team on Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 am
  • Report: Celtics may consider trading for Melo
    The New York Post is reporting that the Celtics will consider trading for Carmelo Anthony if they are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: According to the Post, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony at the trade deadline, but GM Danny Ainge had too many reservations. The article also states that Jae Crowder would be the primary player the Knicks would target in return. After a tumultuous past month for both Anthony and the Knicks franchise, it seems more likely than ever that Melo has already played his final game in a New York uniform. At this point, it appears it's only a matter of when, not if, Anthony gets traded. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:10 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores just 18 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard scored just 18 points during a 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-11 from the field and all four free throws, so he was still efficient. The Grizzlies were more aggressive on Kawhi when he was on the perimeter, which somewhat explains the dip in usage. Luckily for coach David Fizdale, they were able to keep Kawhi from getting to the line, so we won't get a "take that for data" rant today. Even the best robots have off days, so expect Kawhi to get a software upgrade for Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • Kyle Anderson scores 15 points
    Kyle Anderson scored 15 points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: The Spurs went small for most of the second half, so that explains most of the output here for Anderson. He'll have a very tough time matching this output in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 in Game 3 win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made an impact all over the court during a 104-77 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's easily the best player in this series and he continues to run the offense. Antetokounmpo's defense has been just as good as his offense as he's often been the last line of defense. The Bucks kept the Raptors to just 30 points in the first half to help them coast to a 2-1 lead. They'll look to take a bigger lead on Saturday in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 20 points vs. Raptors
    Khris Middleton scored 20 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back 20-plus scoring games for the first time since his hamstring tear. Middleton's defense was fantastic in this game and he's turned it up a notch as a creator on offense. He played 41 minutes in each of the first two games and didn't play in the final 5:56 of this game due to garbage time, so he was headed for minutes north of 40 again. Clearly, his breakout season last year was no fluke. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan goes 0-of-8 from field
    DeMar DeRozan missed all eight attempts from the field and made all eight from the line for eight points in a brutal loss to the Bucks on Thursday, adding two rebounds and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, not great. The Raptors managed just 30 points as a team in the first half thanks to having their nine turnovers top their seven field goals. The extra length on the Bucks has been a problem for DeRozan, so he may have to not count on his difficult shot selection. It'll be back to the drawing board for Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:52 pm
  • David Fizdale calls Kawhi Leonard a robot
    Coach David Fizdale said coach Gregg Popovich found a way to get a robot on an NBA roster with Kawhi Leonard.

    Advice: "He stood beside me and wasn't breathing," Fizdale said of Leonard. "He bleeds antifreeze." The Kawhitron 2000 is a learning computer with a neural-net processor sent to planet earth to dominate basketball games. Kidding aside, Kawhi is absolutely ridiculous so far in these playoffs, scoring 34.5 points per game on a pristine 85.6 true shooting percentage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:35 am
  • Andre Iguodala posts 6/10/6 on Wednesday
    Andre Iguodala grabbed 10 rebounds in 27 minutes vs. Portland on Wednesday, adding six points, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: Iguodala made 3-of-7 field goals without any free throw attempts, but he also committed zero turnovers, and he logged extra minutes with Kevin Durant (calf) held out as a precaution tonight. Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) and Matt Barnes (ankle) could also return for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday, which makes Iguodala a somewhat riskier DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:40 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores team-high 15 points Wed
    Moe Harkless scored a team-high 15 points in 29 minutes vs. the Warriors on Wednesday, making 5-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Harkless also grabbed eight rebounds with one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers. He started the game hot but quickly cooled off, and his team-high designation was purely the result of his teammates' inefficiency -- Portland shot a brutal 33.3 percent from the field. It's difficult to guess which Blazers' forward will play well on any given night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • James Harden hits 18-of-20 FTs, scores 35 pts
    James Harden went 18-of-20 from the FT line and 7-of-17 from the field to finish Houston's Game 2 victory with 35 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: The showdown between Harden and fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook was as-advertised tonight. Westbrook scored 51 points while posting yet another triple-double, and Harden's big line was bolstered by super-subs Lou Williams (21 points) and Eric Gordon (22 points). Patrick Beverley was also terrific, notching 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 34 minutes. The Rockets are a handful, to say the least. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Kelly Oubre (knee) logs 13 minutes off bench
    Kelly Oubre (knee) came off Washington's bench on Wednesday to score one point with one steal and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Oubre sat out Monday's practice with a sore knee but that appears to have been a precaution -- he practiced on Tuesday and was never truly in doubt tonight. As long as Bradley Beal and Otto Porter are healthy, however, there's no reason to trust Oubre for DFS value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Otto Porter (back) quiet due to foul trouble
    Otto Porter finished Wednesday's home victory with four points on 2-of-7 shooting, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Porter was coming off a relatively quiet Game 1 and he rode a stationary bike while off the court tonight, suggesting that his recent back injury isn't completely behind him. Don't let the low scoring fool you, though. Porter's fingerprints were all over the Wizards' impressive win, and his low playing time was simply the result of early foul trouble. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:13 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) officially out for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnes was doubtful to play and he didn't go through shootaround, so this comes as no surprise. Kevin Durant (calf) is also out so we should see plenty of Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:51 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play in Game 2
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Warriors initially said that Durant was merely suffering from cramps during Game 1, and it turns out he did strain his calf. He sat out Tuesday's practice as well as today's shootaround, and it sounds like Golden State is simply being extra cautious to avoid a long-term setback. It's unclear who will start in place of Durant, but Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw stand to gain the most in his absence. Daily Slant: Without Durant on the floor, Curry’s usage goes up 4.0% and his per-36 pace shoots up by 5.08 DK points to 54.23. He played 36 minutes last game, should do the same tonight, and he costs $8,600 on DK. If Durant goes, he could be limited in some capacity, keeping Curry as an elite option on tonight’s slate. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Stein: KD closer to doubtful
    The Warriors "are strongly weighing" whether to hold Kevin Durant out of Wednesday against the Blazers as a precaution, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This confirms a previous report saying the Warriors may opt to sit KD. They have been burned before with injuries in the playoffs when Stephen Curry struggled to stay healthy early in the postseason last year. If the Warriors do keep KD out, he'll have five full days to get right from a calf strain. With him out, it should be Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala picking up some extra minutes. The Warriors may go smaller with more Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark, too. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:32 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) did not go through shootaround and he remains questionable to play in Game 2 against Portland on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Dubs could be without both Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes tonight, which would likely result in Patrick McCaw moving into the starting five with Andre Iguodala flirting with minutes in the mid-30s. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on Barnes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) likely a game-time call
    Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not go through shootaround and will likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Durant was unable to practice on Tuesday, and given that this sort of injury can turn into a lingering issue, the Dubs may elect to play it safe and keep KD on the sidelines tonight. Matt Barnes (ankle) is also questionable to play, but he may be forced to gut it out tonight if Durant can't give it a go. Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala would likely pick up most of Durant's minutes if he does indeed hit the sidelines. For what it's worth, Sam Amick is reporting that KD is closer to doubtful for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) hopeful for Game 4
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is hopeful that he can get back on the court for Sunday's Game 4 vs. Utah.

    Advice: Head coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that he wasn't expecting his son to return to the floor for Friday's Game 3, and with Rivers now shooting for Game 4 on Sunday, it seems safe to assume he'll be watching Friday's game from the sidelines. He hasn't played since March 29, so he'll likely be eased back into things once he's finally cleared to play. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton will continue to see an uptick in minutes with Rivers on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 20 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 20 points in Tuesday's 99-91 Game 2 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: The series is all tied up at one win apiece, but it will shift to Utah for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday. Hayward is getting a lot of attention from the Clippers' best perimeter defender in Luc Mbah a Moute, and while he only shot 5-of-15 from the field, he hit all seven of his free throws with six rebounds, two assists and three triples in 39 minutes. He should flirt with 40+ minutes the rest of the way. George Hill added 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two triples, while Joe Johnson notched 13 points with one rebound, one assist and one steal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Jimmy Butler drops 22-8-8 in easy Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler had 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 8-of-19 shooting in Tuesday's easy 111-97 win over the Celtics to take a 2-0 lead over the No. 1 seed.

    Advice: The Celtics are probably wishing they'd done what it would have taken to trade for Butler prior to the trade deadline, as Boston looks like a dead duck, sitting in an 0-2 hole with Games 3 and 4 in Chicago. Butler simply looks miles better than any forward in Boston and the Bulls now look like a team that could possibly emerge in the NBA Finals, despite being the No. 8 seed. Look for Butler to continue to go off in Games 3 and 4 with hopes of sweeping the favorites. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Tony Snell scores 14 w/ four triples
    Tony Snell looked great in Game 2 vs. the Raptors on Tuesday with 14 points, two boards and four triples in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He finished 5-of-7 from the field and is now averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 boards, 1.5 assists and 3.5 3-pointers through the first two games of this series. With both the Bucks and Raptors using mostly small-ball lineups, Snell has been a huge key in this series so far and he's worth a glance if you need a punt play in DFS. Malcolm Brogdon added seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one block and a triple, while Matthew Dellavedova finished with seven points, three rebounds, one assist and one triple. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:13 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 23 in Raptors win
    DeMar DeRozan hit 9-of-18 shots for 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's crucial 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their series at 1-1.

    Advice: DeRozan's numbers were a little better in Game 1, but he hit just 7-of-21 shots in that one, so he was clearly more effective tonight. The Raptors' great backcourt has been a little stifled by the Bucks' defensive-minded backcourt and Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee should be another great battle. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Giannis scores 24 w/ 15 boards in Game 2 loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple in Tuesday's 106-100 Game 2 loss to Toronto.

    Advice: This was actually an off night for Giannis as he hit 9-of-24 shots and 5-of-7 free throws with four turnovers. The Raptors said their No. 1 priority was to slow down the Greek Freak, but it's clear that he's going to get eat no matter what and the Bucks even had a chance to steal this game -- they missed their final five shots of the contest. With the series tied up 1-1, the Bucks should be feeling good and the next two games will be in Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday. Khris Middleton added 20 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and three triples for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Casey hints young guys will play more in G2
    Dwane Casey hinted that some of the younger players on the roster could be a larger part of the rotation for Game 2.

    Advice: Norman Powell only managed to log six minutes off the bench during Toronto's Game 1 loss to Milwaukee, so he might be able to see his minutes closer to the teens tonight, which would likely come at the expense of DeMarre Carroll. Still, it's unlikely Powell will make much of an impact on the box score with the Raptors at full strength. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:38 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnes was quoted on Sunday saying that he was hopeful to get back on the court for Game 3, so he seems a lot closer to doubtful for Game 2. However, if Kevin Durant (calf) is forced to the sidelines, there would be much more of a need for Barnes to get out there, so his playing status might hinge on what goes on with Durant. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 2
    Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not practice on Tuesday and is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Dubs said that Durant dealt with some cramping in his left leg during their Game 1 win on Sunday, but apparently it was a bit more serious than that. There is some concern here with Durant sitting out practice, and if there's a chance of this turning into a lingering issue, Golden State may opt to play it safe. We'll have a better idea on his status for Game 2 based on what he's able to do during Wednesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Kelly Oubre (knee) will play Game 2 Wednesday
    Coach Scott Brooks says Kelly Oubre (knee) practiced with the team on Tuesday and will play in Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wizards held Oubre out of practice on Monday due to knee soreness, but it appears that was only precautionary. Oubre tallied 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 19 minutes in Game 1 on Sunday. Expect him to log around 20 minutes in Game 2 as well. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Iguodala very likely to re-sign with Warriors
    Andre Iguodala is expected to re-sign with the Warriors this offseason.

    Advice: Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are the pending free agents in Golden State that garner the most attention, but Iggy will also hit free agency this summer. However, much like KD and Curry, Iguodala is expected to remain with the Warriors. "The people that need to know, they know the situation, and there’s not going to be any issue," said Iguodala. "I don’t see it being a big problem at all. And here right now will probably be the best place." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 am
  • Danny Green scores 12, hits four triples
    Danny Green scored 12 points with two rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers in Monday's Game 2 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: After a two-point dud in Game 1, Green got back on track tonight and all five of his shot attempts were from beyond the arc. Green is now second in 3-pointers made in Spurs playoff history with 162, as he passed Bruce Bowen (161) and now only trails Manu Ginobili (309). Speaking of Ginobili, he had his second scoreless game in a row, missing all four of his shots from the field with four boards, three assists and three steals. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 37, hits 19-of-19 FTs
    Kawhi Leonard scored a playoff career-high 37 points in Monday's 96-82 Game 2 win over the Grizzlies, giving the Spurs a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: The Grizzlies really miss Tony Allen (calf). Leonard finished 9-of-14 from the field and added 11 rebounds and two assists, and he also set the franchise record for most free throws made without a miss (19-of-19) -- Tim Duncan was the previous record holder (15-of-15). Leonard had 32 points with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in Game 1, and he's now shooting 71.4 percent from the field in this series. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:24 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) doubtful for Game 3
    Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and that he's "probably" out for Friday's Game 3 as well.

    Advice: Austin was able to get some shots up during Saturday's shootaround, and while he was hopeful he'd be able to get back on the court for Game 3, it doesn't sound like that's a very likely scenario. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton should continue to flirt with minutes in the 20s with Rivers on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:47 am
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. (knee) sits out practice
    Kelly Oubre Jr. (knee) was held out of Monday's practice.

    Advice: According to coach Scott Brooks, Oubre is day-to-day with some soreness. The Wizards are off until Wednesday, so Oubre will hopefully be good to go. If he misses time, Bojan Bogdanovic would get a nice bump in minutes and could be back on the DFS radar as a punt. Oubre played 19 minutes in Game 1 on Sunday, scoring 11 points with three rebounds, one assist, one block, two steals and one triple. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:54 am
  • Rockets beat Thunder as Harden posts 37/9/7
    James Harden finished Sunday's blowout Game 1 victory with a game-high 37 points on 13-of-28 FGs and 8-of-11 FTs, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and just two turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harden went 3-of-11 from downtown, but as usual he was unstoppable when attacking the rim -- his first eight makes all came in the restricted area. He also torched the Thunder in isolation sets because they insisted on switching big men in screen-and-rolls, which left Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Taj Gibson defending him on the perimeter. Harden has been impervious to most defensive schemes this season, but OKC will likely tweak their approach for Wednesday's rematch -- just watch the video linked below. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:34 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 30 pts, Bulls win Game 1
    Jimmy Butler got going late to score 30 points on Sunday, making 9-of-19 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs with three 3-pointers, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Butler settled a lot offensively in the early goings, but a scoring flurry to end the third quarter sent him into All-Star mode. He also set the tone defensively in the final frame, shutting down the Celtics on enough possessions to help the No. 8 seed steal an impressive road win vs. the No. 1 seed. Expect to see plenty of the aggressive and assertive version of Butler during Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:39 pm
  • Kevin Durant's calf cramps up on Sunday
    Kevin Durant experienced cramps in his left leg during Game 1 on Sunday, but he's in no danger of missing time.

    Advice: A trainer wrapped up Durant's calf but this confirms that it's a minor issue, and he has two days off before facing Portland again on Wednesday. KD said after the game that he was in the "flow" of the game, and felt great, which was obvious in light of his 32-point, 10-rebound performance. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:30 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores 11 points with two steals
    Moe Harkless scored 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting through 35 minutes as a starter during Sunday's 121-109 Game 1 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The shooting wasn't all that pretty, but Harkless still found a way to be effective with one triple, one assist, two steals and a block. Al-Farouq Aminu was a no-show off the bench, recording just three rebounds and two turnovers in 23 scoreless minutes off the bench, and Allen Crabbe was equally ineffective with just three points (1-of-5 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), one 3-pointer, two boards, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes. These guys need to do more for Portland to have a chance during Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:23 pm
  • Evan Turner double-doubles in Game 1 loss
    Evan Turner posted a 12-point, 10-board double-double during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Warriors, adding four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Turner was brought into the starting lineup to better matchup with Kevin Durant, and while KD still went off for 32 points, Turner performed admirably at the nearly impossible defensive task of trying to contain Durant. The Trail Blazers don't really have an obvious lockdown defender to put on KD, so Turner could be getting another start in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:17 pm
  • Otto Porter posts low-end line in Game 1 win
    Otto Porter scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting (3-of-3 from the line) on Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: While this wasn't the most impressive stat line from Porter, he displayed some excellent hustle throughout the contest, and he also had an impressive 23.3 defensive rebounding rate in this one. He should be able to produce a more diversified stat line during Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 1:27 pm
  • Evan Turner starting, Leonard to the bench
    Evan Turner will be in the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday, with Meyers Leonard coming off the bench.

    Advice: Terry Stotts will go with a small ball lineup featuring Noah Vonleh-Moe Harkless frontcourt pairing, but Leonard should still see a good amount of minutes with the second unit as the Trail Blazers use a committee approach to fill the void left by Jusuf Nurkic (leg). Turner likely won't be doing all that much tonight with both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum back in action. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:38 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) hopeful for Game 3
    Matt Barnes (ankle) said he might be able to return to the court for Game 3 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Barnes didn't completely rule out getting back on the floor for Game 2, but because he's still experiencing discomfort, he said that Game 3 is a much more realistic scenario. He won't be a major part of the Dubs' rotation during their postseason run. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:07 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) targeting Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) said he's targeting a return on Friday for Game 3 against the Jazz.

    Advice: Rivers was able to shoot around on Saturday for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29, and that's encouraging because his previous attempt to get back on the floor didn’t go well. "I was on the court three or four days ago," Rivers said on Saturday, "and it didn’t really go as I planned. Didn’t feel good and they took me off and waited a couple more days, with a little treatment and stuff like that. Today we tried it again and it worked." With Rivers already ruled out for Game 2, Jamal Crawford will continue to see a bump in minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:28 am
  • Kawhi Leonard drops 32 points with five dimes
    Kawhi Leonard set a new playoff career-high five assists and matched his best with 32 points during an easy 111-82 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in just 32 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 15 points in the third quarter to match Memphis' scoring output as a team in that frame and is really just unfair. Heck, even coach Gregg Popovich gave him credit after the game. "That's what star players do," Pop said after the game. Leonard made 11-of-14 from the field and all nine free throws, so it's abundantly clear the Grizzlies will miss Tony Allen (calf) a whole lot. There figures to be a lot of garbage time in this series, but Leonard is going to feast in the first three quarters. It looks like the Spurs will be just fine without Tim Duncan. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 8:00 pm
  • Danny Green comes through on defense
    Danny Green scored two points with five rebounds, one assist, four blocks and one steal in 20 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: Yeah, that's not a great stat line, but Green's defense on Mike Conley was key in this win. Green should wind up playing minutes in the upper 20s most nights, so he could be a viable DFS play in the right situation. As anyone who has used/owned him in fantasy knows, he could lay eggs with the best of them. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 7:44 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a scoring clinic during a 97-83 win over the Raptors on Saturday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors simply had no answer for him. Antetokounmpo did it all as a scorer in all different types of sets, dunking the ball four times with five layups. Coach Jason Kidd has shown he's willing to play Antetokounmpo huge minutes and was already playing him 36.8 minutes per game when given two days off during the regular season, so Giannis could be getting minutes close to 40 the rest of the way. He's an absolute treat to watch and looks like fantasy's No. 2 pick next year. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:53 pm
  • Khris Middleton struggles with shot
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-15 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 41 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He couldn't get his shot to fall, but Middleton did a great job on defense and getting the ball to his teammates. Despite talk of him focusing on his shooting before he returned from his hamstring tear, Middleton has created a lot for his teammates and is doing a lot of driving. He's said he's not all the way back from his injury, but he's clearly going to be a major factor in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:51 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 27 points in loss
    DeMar DeRozan made 7-of-21 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line for 27 points during a 97-83 loss to the Bucks in Game 1 on Saturday, adding eight rebounds and one assist in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The second half was a disaster all around for the Raptors. They scored just 32 points in the second half, including DeRozan's 1-of-8 from the field. Coach Dwane Casey obviously wasn't happy with the performance. "Our second half was just abysmal," Casey said after the game. "We didn't play with any pace, any rhythm." The Raptors are somehow now 0-9 in Game 1 of a first-round series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:34 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores seven points
    P.J. Tucker (illness) scored seven points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

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

    Advice: The good news is he shot around for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29. Rivers could miss additional time and it feels like he's out for the first round. With Rivers out, there should be more minutes going to J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute and maybe even Paul Pierce. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:11 pm
  • Lowry, DeMar, Carroll, Ibaka & JV starting
    Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valancianas will start against Bucks for Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: DeRozan didn't exactly play well in the postseason last year, so he'll look to hit the ground running. Additionally, Valanciunas has not been very good lately, but he should be able to feast against Thon Maker down low. Expect to see plenty of P.J. Tucker off the bench. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:08 pm
  • P.J. Tucker will play; all Raptors available
    P.J. Tucker (illness) will play against the Bucks in Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: The Raptors are all set and have their whole squad ready to go. Tucker is expected to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo quite a bit, so he should find himself getting minutes in the upper 20s today. It'll be very interesting to see how Jonas Valanciunas fits in for the postseason, especially after he dominated last year. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 12:51 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: He is expected to miss more games after rolling his right ankle on Apr. 8. The Warriors are going to extend Andre Iguodala's minutes and Kevin Durant is back, so the Warriors won't be needing Barnes much in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 12:16 pm
  • Matt Barnes is doubtful for Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is doubtful to play in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: While he should be in the rotation, the Warriors are not likely going to miss Barnes now that Kevin Durant is healthy again. Plus, the Warriors will likely be pushing up Andre Iguodala's minutes into the 30s in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 12:48 pm
  • Phil: Melo would be better off somewhere else
    Knicks president Phil Jackson said he thinks Carmelo Anthony "would be better off somewhere else."

    Advice: "We have not able to win with him on the court," Jackson said. It's no secret that the Zen Master has been trying to get Melo out of New York, but it took until the offseason for him to go with a clear statement like this one. Earlier today, an ESPN report said Melo is "leaning strongly" to waiving his no-trade clause. He and his family love NY, but he may have played his last game as a Knick. This will be a major storyline this summer. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 11:55 am
  • P.J. Tucker (illness) probable for Saturday
    Coach Dwane Casey said that P.J. Tucker (illness) did not practice on Friday but is expected to play Saturday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Casey said that Tucker was sent home from the practice facility so that "he wouldn't contaminate anybody else." Casey acknowledged that he was also dealing with a bug, which apparently started with DeMar DeRozan. Kyle Lowry has it "a bit" as well. Something to keep an eye on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 10:56 am
  • Report: Melo willing to waive no-trade clause
    According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony is "leaning strongly" toward waiving his no-trade clause this summer.

    Advice: ESPN also reports that the Knicks remain committed to moving Anthony this offseason. It sure seems Melo and the Knicks are heading towards a divorce, but Anthony has to approve the trade, which complicates everything. "I have a lot of thinking and reflecting to do," said Anthony on Wednesday. "It's all on me at this point." We should have a better idea of where the Knicks stand after Phil Jackson's press conference, which scheduled for Friday at 2:30 pm EST. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 7:15 am
  • Carroll and Tucker to guard Giannis?
    P.J. Tucker and DeMarre Carroll are expected guard Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said Giannis is one of the best players in the NBA, so he knows it'll be a challenge. "We’re gonna bank on those guys to do their jobs," Casey said about his defensive specialists. The Raptors would do well to keep Giannis out of the paint, especially after 72.0 percent of his shot total came in the paint against them this season. Playoff Giannis should be a treat. Rotoworld.com Apr 13, 1:07 pm
  • Carmelo will have exit meeting w/ Jackson
    Carmelo Anthony will have an exit meeting with Phil Jackson, coach Jeff Hornacek and GM Steve Mills on Thursday.

    Advice: Melo plans to discuss his future with the team, but his decision on whether to part ways with the Knicks will hinge on whether Phil Jackson expresses "a commitment to win’’ now. Anthony also plans to meet with his own advisors, and he said it won’t be a rushed decision. "I would love to be back, but there’s some things I’d love to see different — the mentality, a winning mentality, being committed to that,’’ Anthony said. "I want to win. Hopefully everybody else does." It sounds like Melo and the Knicks could be looking at an ugly divorce this offseason, but Melo still holds all the cards with his no-trade clause. Rotoworld.com Apr 13, 6:21 am
  • Moe Harkless returns, shuns 3-point line
    Moe Harkless returned from a rest day to finish Wednesday's home loss with 11 points on 5-of-6 field goals and 1-of-5 free throws, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Harkless came in shooting 35.1 percent from deep, and he has a contract bonus of $500k if he finishes the regular season above 35.0 percent. Unsurprisingly, he did not attempt a 3-pointer tonight -- he said before that if the game were on the line with his team down three points, he would "pump fake it and try to draw a foul." With Portland's playoff seeding already determined and nothing at stake tonight, that was the logical answer. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 10:30 pm
  • James Harden drops 22nd triple-double
    James Harden turned in his 22nd triple-double in a 123-118 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Basically, Harden feels like you can rest when his season is over. Harden is the only player ever to score more than 2,000 points, hand out at least 900 dimes and pull down at least 600 boards in a season. Those stats made him the No. 1 player for eight-category leagues. It'll be a battle of MVP candidates with Harden against Russell Westbrook. Make sure you clear your schedule for Sunday night. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 9:54 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (quad) hits 7-of-9 shots
    Gordon Hayward (quad) made 7-of-9 shots for 14 points on Wednesday, adding two boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward could have sat out to rest his quad injury, but Utah was still battling for the No. 4 seed -- their victory shifted pressure to the Clippers, who had a later start-time tonight. All signs point to Hayward playing without limitations in the first round. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 9:19 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard plays 31 minutes in finale
    Kawhi Leonard played 31 minutes in the Spurs' final regular-season game, posting 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: "Tonight's gotta be a good workout," Gregg Popovich said before the game. "Nobody's gonna play until Saturday or Sunday." Kawhi wasn't up to his usual standards tonight, but it's far better than the DNP-CD most owners probably expected to see with San Antonio's playoff position locked in. Rotoworld.com Apr 12, 9:15 pm
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