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  • May need offseason surgery
    Brogdon said Monday after the Celtics' 103-84 loss to the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals that he may require offseason surgery to address a partial tendon tear in right elbow/forearm, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Brogdon reportedly suffered the injury in Game 1 of the series and proceeded to shoot 20 percent from the field while averaging 3.0 points per game in his remaining five appearances against the Heat. He ended up sitting out the Celtics' Game 6 win and was available only in a limited capacity for Game 7, playing just seven minutes. The injury resulted in a disappointing finish to what was a successful season overall for Brogdon, who took home the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award after averaging 14.9 points, 4.2 boards, 3.7 assists and 2.0 three-pointers in 26.0 minutes per game over 67 appearances during the regular season. He's on the Celtics' books for two more seasons and carries cap hits of $22.5 million for both years. 22 minutes ago
  • Shams: Bulls, Nikola Vucevic open extension talks
    According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Bulls and Nikola Vucevic have begun discussing a possible contract extension. 

    Advice: Vucevic is due to be a free agent at the end of June, but he and the Bulls are allowed to discuss a possible extension. Per the report, both sides are interested in getting a deal done before Vooch can hit the open market. Vucevic played in all 82 games for the Bulls this season, averaging 17.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.5 3-pointers in 33.5 minutes. And he did so with solid percentages, recording shooting splits of 52.0% from the field (highest since 2014-15), 34.9% from three, and 83.5% from the foul line. Vucevic outperformed his Yahoo ADP (35), finishing the season ranked just outside the top 25 in 9-cat, per-game value (33rd in 8-cat). Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Spoelstra: Tyler Herro won't play in Game 1 Thurs.
    Erik Spoelstra said on Wednesday that Tyler Herro (fractured right hand) won't play in Game 1 against Denver on Thursday.

    Advice: Spo also said that "[Herro's] not there yet" as far as returning. Other reports indicated that Herro is targeting a return in Game 3, which would be the first game of the series in Miami. If the Heat want to complete this miraculous run that they're on, they'll need Herro's offense. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon (right arm) considering surgery
    Malcolm Brogdon (right arm injury) said after Monday's loss to the Heat that he will consider undergoing surgery this summer. 

    Advice: While the Celtics continued to list Brogdon's injury as a strained right forearm, he confirmed media reports that he was dealing with a partially torn tendon. The injury, which was suffered during Game 1 of the conference finals, had a significant impact on Brogdon's shooting and ballhandling abilities. The veteran guard played just eight minutes in Game 5 before being held out of Game 6. And in Game 7, Brogdon played seven ineffective minutes. Possible surgery could impact his availability for the start of next season. From a fantasy standpoint, the move to Boston may have improved Brogdon's chances of winning a title, but his value took a hit. The NBA's Sixth Man of the Year finished the regular season just outside the top 100 in 8- and 9-cat formats, which was in line with his Yahoo ADP of 111.7. Tuesday, 5:31 pm
  • Derrick White (left leg) to undergo MRI Tuesday
    Derrick White will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the left leg injury he suffered during the second half of Monday's Game 7 loss to the Heat. 

    Advice: White was Boston's best player for the first three periods of Monday's season-ending defeat, as Jayson Tatum was hampered by a sprained left ankle and Jaylen Brown struggled with turnovers and poor shooting. Unfortunately for the Celtics, their chances of a late rally were extinguished when White limped back to the locker room after injuring his leg. While it was announced by the team that he was available to return, White did not play another minute. From a fantasy standpoint, the question now is whether or not the issue is bad enough to keep him out for the beginning of next season. Despite a Yahoo ADP of 141.5 in 8-cat, per-game value, White finished the regular season as a 10th-round player (8th-round in 9-cat, per-game value). Tuesday, 5:25 pm
  • Shams: Robert Williams battled stomach virus in G7
    Robert Williams played in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals while battling a stomach virus according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: The report on Williams playing through Game 7 with a stomach virus might explain why the Celtics center only saw 14 minutes of game action Monday night. Time Lord was reportedly "throwing up during timeouts" and when he subbed out of the game. He had been averaging a little over 19 mpg entering Game 7, putting up five rebounds and just under 10 points per game. Tuesday, 2:48 pm
  • Herroic finish? Tyler Herro expected back vs. DEN
    According to Chris Haynes, "Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (hand fracture) is ramping up workouts and is expected to make his return at some point during NBA Finals with Game 3 being the likely target."

    Advice: Herro injured his hand in Game 1 of the first round against Milwaukee, and he hasn't played since. The extended series against Boston bought Herro a little more time, and he's expected to return during the Finals. His availability will likely impact the playing time of guys like Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson, Kyle Lowry and Caleb Martin, who have all stepped up in his absence. Monday, 11:31 pm
  • Playoff Caleb ends Boston's season w/ 26/10 line
    Caleb Martin was blisteringly hot Monday, hitting 11-of-16 shots for 26 points and adding 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal.

    Advice: Martin was feeling it all evening, and he hit four of his six three-point attempts while finishing behind only Jimmy Butler (28 points) for team lead in scoring. Martin had his coming out party in the ECF, averaging 19.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 triples and making a case for ECF MVP. He and other Heat role players such as Gabe Vincent and Duncan Robinson stepped up in big ways with Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo sidelined, and without their steady contributions, this series win would not have been possible. There’s a chance Herro is back for at least part of the Finals, but after such a stellar series against Boston, there’s no way Martin’s role is marginalized. From Charlotte outcast to Eastern Conference hero, Martin's story is a true rags-to-riches tale. We're anxious to see how he follows it up against Denver. Monday, 11:25 pm
  • Ironic: Butler wins Larry Bird Trophy as ECF MVP
    Jimmy Butler delivered 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and three triples Monday as the Heat defeated the Celtics 103-84 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: Himmy Butler led all scorers in this one, as he willed his team to yet another improbable victory. This one was perhaps the most impressive of all, as all the momentum in this series seemed to be with the Celtics after three straight wins. Butler averaged 24.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists in the seven-game series, avenging a loss to Boston in Game 7 of the ECF exactly one year ago. The Nuggets are monster favorites to win the NBA Finals, but as we've seen through Miami's run through the East, Butler and Co. shouldn't be counted out so easily. Game 1 of the Finals tips off in Denver on Thursday, and the Heat have opened as 8.5-point dogs. Monday, 11:18 pm