• Steps up late
    Hart finished with 22 points (5-12 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 42 minutes during Saturday's 111-104 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    Advice: Hart posted 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, hitting back-to-back threes and securing a game-sealing offensive rebound to stifle Philadelphia's comeback in the final minutes. Hart doesn't have the most aesthetically pleasing offensive game, with his shot being a swing factor moving forward, but his relentless motor and huge workload fueled strong production Saturday. Hart played the entirety of the second half. Rotowire.com 7 minutes ago
  • Cools off as Game 1 progresses
    James produced 27 points (10-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, eight assists, one block and one steal across 41 minutes during Saturday's 114-103 loss to the Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Advice: James was absolutely dominant in the first half, and his play was instrumental to give the Lakers a three-point lead at the halftime break. However, he cooled off a bit in the second half, though that was mostly because the Nuggets tightened things up defensively against him. James usually finds a way to adjust, and he should continue to operate as the Lakers' main offensive option in Game 2 on Monday. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • LeBron James has poor second half, commits 7 TOs
    LeBron James finished Saturday’s loss to Denver with 27 points (10-of-16 FG), six rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and three triples across 40 minutes.

    Advice: To the casual observer of the final box score, James’ performance wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t what Los Angeles needed to defeat the juggernaut Nuggets. James went into halftime with 19 points and his team up three. He finished with just eight second-half points, two of which came in the final seconds with the game well out of reach. James was efficient from the field and got teammates involved, but he also committed seven turnovers and was deferential when his team needed him to take over. King James averaged 27.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 9.5 assists in the Western Conference Finals sweep to Denver last season, but his Achilles heel in that series was late-game play. He’ll need to correct that if his team hopes to steal a rare win at Ball Arena in Game 2. Rotoworld Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Stuffs stat sheet in loss Saturday
    Wagner posted 18 points (7-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal across 38 minutes during Saturday's 97-83 loss to Cleveland in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    Advice: Paolo Banchero led the way for the Magic in this loss, and while Wagner had a rough outing from the field, he still salvaged his fantasy value by delivering a strong performance across the board, particularly on defense, with four steals-plus-blocks combined. Most of Wagner's value is tied to what he can do offensively, however, and on that note, he's now scored 18 or more points in six of last seven appearances dating back to the regular season. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Scores 24 in playoff debut
    Banchero closed with 24 points (9-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-8 FT), seven rebounds and five assists across 41 minutes during Saturday's 97-83 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    Advice: The Magic fell short in the series opener against the Cavaliers, but Banchero had a solid showing and finished just three boards away from recording a double-double. Banchero was Orlando's most reliable scoring weapon during the regular season and posted 54 appearances with 20 or more points, so it wasn't shocking to see him reach that mark here. Banchero should operate as the Magic's primary offensive weapon for Game 2 on Monday. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Limited impact in spot start
    Isaac had 10 points (3-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and three steals in 29 minutes during Saturday's 97-83 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    Advice: This was Isaac's second start of the season, and while he posted better numbers than Wendell Carter, Isaac had a rough outing from the field while dealing with the defensive presence of Jarrett Allen. Given how outmatched Carter looked in the few minutes he had out there, Isaac could remain in the starting unit for Game 2 of the series Monday. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Closer to the Hart: Josh goes off with 22/13/2/1
    Josh Hart totaled 22 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, a steal and four three-pointers across 42 minutes in Saturday’s 111-104 win over the 76ers.

    Advice: As he was for most of the season, Hart was a monster on the glass in the Game 1 win, leading all players in rebounds. He averaged a career-best 8.3 boards this season, and he averaged 10.9 post-All-Star break. In addition to the strong effort as a rebounder, Hart hit a pair of clutch triples to close out the game in the waning minutes, and he tied Jalen Brunson for team-lead in points. He’s been phenomenal for New York as a swiss army knife, scoring when needed, getting teammates involved when the situation warrants, providing quality defense and grabbing much-needed rebounds. As Geddy Lee sang on the Rush classic, “Philosophers and ploughmen. Each must know his part.” Hart surely knows his part, and he’s played it exceptionally well. Expect more of the same when the two teams meet again for Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld Yesterday, 6:17 pm
  • Officially listed as questionable
    Leonard (knee) is questionable to play Sunday against the Mavericks, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Leonard received an injection in his knee Thursday, and while there's a lot of skepticism regarding his availability for the series opener Sunday, the questionable tag suggests the star forward has a shot at playing in Game 1 after being diagnosed with right knee inflammation. However, a final decision regarding his status will be made closer to Sunday's 3:30 p.m. ET tipoff. If Leonard can't go Sunday, then Paul George and James Harden would have to carry more of the offensive workload, whereas P.J. Tucker and Amir Coffey could be in line for extended minutes. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 5:12 pm
  • Available to face Denver
    James (ankle) has been upgraded to available for Game 1 against the Nuggets on Saturday, Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com reports.

    Advice: James has been listed in the injury report pretty much the entire season but has been available for every important game, so there was no doubt that he would play here. Expect him to handle his regular workload, as well as his regular usage rate, in this series opener. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 4:49 pm