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  • Nuggets 'hope' Hernangomez will play w/ Spain
    The Nuggets are "hopeful" that Juancho Hernangomez will play with the Spanish national team this summer, according to GM Tim Connelly.

    Advice: Hernangomez played three seasons in Spain's professional league, culminating in 2015-16 averages of 9.7 points, 1.0 threes, 5.7 boards, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in 23.7 minutes. The 21-year-old is on a rookie-scale contract, with Denver owing him no more than $3.3 million per season through the 2019-20 season, so it makes sense that they'd want to see him develop and compete at a high level. We'll keep a close eye on his progress this offseason. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • Tyronn Lue: LeBron could play 48 minutes
    Cavs coach Tyronn Lue dismissed criticism about his decision to play LeBron James 43.8 minutes per game during Cleveland's first-round sweep of the Pacers.

    Advice: "I don’t understand why people make a big deal out of his minutes," Lue said. "He had a week off before the series started. We won four straight games and then he had a week off again. So next [game] he might play 48 minutes." Lue also said that giving LeBron heavy minutes during the regular season "has helped him in the playoffs ... Now he is able to play those 42, 43 minutes." It's music to the ears of anyone relying on LBJ for fantasy purposes in the postseason. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
  • Celtics win Game 5, Avery Bradley scores 24
    Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 24 points during Wednesday's Game 5 home win, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Bradley shot 8-of-13 in the first half tonight, doubling the made field goals of Boston's other four starters combined. He finished 11-of-19 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers -- he didn't attempt any free throws, but that was fine since his teammates were a flawless 23-of-23 at the line tonight. Bradley was scuffling along in the first four games, at 38.3 percent shooting, so hopefully tonight's game will build some momentum. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:41 pm
  • Jae Crowder posts mixed line vs. Chicago
    Jae Crowder posted eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and zero turnovers in 35 minutes on Wednesday, making 4-of-4 free throws but just 2-of-11 field goals.

    Advice: Boston has been willing to live and die at the 3-point line, and tonight they survived despite going just 9-of-40 as a team (Crowder was 0-of-5). He's now a combined 6-of-27 from downtown in the first round, but he shot 39.8 percent from that range during the regular season and coach Brad Stevens has clearly given him permission to fire at will. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 pm
  • Jerian Grant gets healthy DNP-CD in Gm 5
    Jerian Grant was a healthy DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grant was awful in five minutes during Chicago's Game 4 loss, and he didn't play in the second half, so his disappearance tonight is no surprise. The Bulls wound up giving heavy minutes to starter Isaiah Canaan while running without a pure PG when he was off the court -- Michael Carter-Williams lasted just two scoreless minutes before getting yanked from the rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:32 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan plays 36 minutes in road loss
    Isaiah Canaan started Wednesday's Game 5 defeat in Boston and finished with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Canaan was the Bulls' best PG during Game 4, with Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams both struggling in limited minutes, so this was an obvious lineup tweak from the Bulls. Fred Hoiberg said he started Canaan for defensive purposes, and Isaiah Thomas did struggle early with Chicago's physicality, finishing 6-of-17 from the field, but the Celtics' star turned it up late. All signs point to Canaan playing a similarly big role during Friday's must-win home game. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:28 pm
  • Kent Bazemore shoots 3-of-12 in road loss
    Kent Bazemore faded on Wednesday with just six points on 3-of-12 shooting, two boards and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Bazemore had 16 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals on Monday, but he never found a rhythm during Atlanta's road loss tonight. He's shooting 17-of-47 in the series (36.2 percent), and is tough to trust for DFS since he's averaging a modest 24.2 minutes through five games. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 pm
  • Dwight Howard quiet again offensively in Gm 5
    Dwight Howard followed up Monday's big game with five points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block during a Game 5 loss in Washington.

    Advice: Dwight struggled with fouls throughout the game and he finished just 2-of-3 from the field and 1-of-4 from the FT line. He shot 63.3 percent from the field this season and Atlanta needs more from him to climb out of a 3-2 series deficit -- if you ignore Game 4, Dwight is averaging 5.8 points in the series. For what it's worth, his hard fall during Game 3 hasn't limited him whatsoever. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:24 pm
  • Hoiberg Canaan starting for his defense
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said the decision to start Isaiah Canaan has to do with defense against Isaiah Thomas.

    Advice: Makes sense. Michael Carter-Williams was brought on for his defense, but IT has turned him into a pretzel throughout this series. Canaan did come in at 80 on defensive real plus minus for the 91 qualifying point guards during the season, and he's certainly had some bad runs in Chicago and in Philly. Canaan played 34 minutes in Game 4 and should be looking at decent minutes again today. He's an obvious DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:10 pm
  • Cam Payne inactive again
    Cameron Payne is inactive again for Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bulls will go with Isaiah Canaan as the starter and coach Fred Hoiberg will have to figure out what to do after that. Considering how bad Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have been, Payne not getting a shot isn't the best sign. The Bulls will probably roll with some no-PG lineups. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:04 pm
  • DEN GM: Top priority to bring back Gallinari
    General manager Tim Connelly said the top priority is to bring back Danilo Gallinari for next season.

    Advice: "You never know how the market is going to progress," Connelly said. There is a lot to this story with Gallo having a $16.1 million player option, and also Connelly said the Nuggets need to add more perimeter defense around Nikola Jokic. Gallinari cleared the 60-game mark for just the second time since joining the Nuggets for a full season in 2011-12, so it makes sense for him to hit the market at age 28. Plus, Juancho Hernangomez probably deserves more minutes for a litany of reasons. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:59 pm
  • Nuggets expect to sign Plumlee
    General manager Tim Connelly said Mason Plumlee "is going to be a huge piece of our core."

    Advice: Connelly said he's still happy with the Jusuf Nurkic and Plumlee deal, which is part of the reason the Nuggets didn't make the playoffs. The Blazers were happy to let Plumlee go because of his upcoming restricted free agency, but the Nuggets do look like they want to sign him. He'll be backing up Nikola Jokic, especially after the Jokic-Plumlee lineups were not working later in the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:52 pm
  • Nick Collison says he plans to play for sure
    Nick Collison said he plans to play next season "for sure."

    Advice: His contract is up, so the 36-year-old forward may be moving on from OKC. He's been with this franchise since its Seattle days and has been a veteran presence despite only playing in a grand total of 128 minutes this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:01 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) probable for Game 6
    Khris Middleton (illness) did not practice on Wednesday, but Jason Kidd expects him to play in Game 6 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Middleton played through the illness in Game 5 on Monday, but he didn't look quite right going 3-of-8 from the field, so hopefully, with some extra rest he'll be able to get closer to 100 percent for Game 6. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:55 am
  • Westbrook could sign another extension w/ OKC
    Russell Westbrook will be eligible to sign an extension with the Thunder this summer worth roughly $220 million over five years.

    Advice: Should Westbrook accept that deal, he'll become the highest paid player in the NBA with a $40 million annual salary, but he also could just play out his current contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, but Westbrook is guaranteed to spend at least one more season in OKC, so he'll make for a fine top-5 pick in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:15 am
  • Joe Ingles scoreless in Game 5 win
    Joe Ingles missed all four of his shots and failed to score in 29 minutes and a start in Tuesday's Game 5 win at Los Angeles.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward was back from his food poisoning incident and Ingles paid the price, failing to show up for his fantasy owners in Game 5. The Jazz got the win, as Hayward, Rudy Gobert, George Hill, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood all showed up against the Clippers, who were without Blake Griffin (out for the season). Ingles is likely to rise again, but he can't be trusted going forward with Hayward, Hood and Johnson playing so well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Westbrook drops 47 points, Thunder eliminated
    Russell Westbrook scored 47 points in a 105-99 Game 5 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday as the Thunder were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

    Advice: Westbrook played 42 minutes and was a +12 during his time on the court, but once again the Thunder melted down when he went to the bench. He finished 15-of-34 from the field with 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven turnovers. Westy was absolutely gassed by the end of the game and finished just 2-of-12 in the fourth quarter, and he also forced too many perimeter shots -- he hit 5-of-18 shots from beyond the arc. The MVP candidate had an epic season and broke Oscar Robertson's record with 43 triple-doubles, posting averages of 31.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 2.5 triples and 4.2 turnovers on 42.2 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Dwight Howard finally shows up for Hawks
    Dwight Howard had his best game of the playoffs in a Game 4 win over the Wizards on Monday, scoring 16 points with 15 rebounds.

    Advice: Marcin Gortat has been outplaying him for most of this series, but that wasn't the case tonight. Howard eclipsed the 30-minute mark for the first time in four games and finished 6-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line with one assist and one block, though he did slow down considerably after halftime. Howard had a hard fall in Game 3 and was held out of some free-throw exercises during Sunday's practice, but it doesn't look like he will be limited going forward if tonight was any indication. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) struggles in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) struggled in Game 5 vs. the Raptors with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't seem like himself and wasn't looking for his shot tonight, but he was able to salvage his line with six assists, three rebounds, five steals and one turnover in 36 minutes. To make matters worse, he was torched on the defensive end by Norman Powell. "You got to know how it feels to get your [butt] kicked," coach Jason Kidd said. "And that’s what happened tonight." With their season on the line, the Bucks will look to even the series up in Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Middleton skipped shootaround, but he was never expected to miss tonight's game. Jason Kidd will stick with the same starting group tonight featuring Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:40 pm
  • Middleton (illness) going through warmups
    Khris Middleton (illness) is currently going through his pregame routine.

    Advice: Middleton sat out shootaround with the illness, but he's fully expected to play in Game 5 tonight. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:10 pm
  • Jerian Grant will come off the bench for G5
    Jerian Grant will return to the bench for Wednesday's Game 5 vs. Boston.

    Advice: Over the past two games as Chicago's starter, Grant only managed to contribute averages of 3.0 points, 2.0 turnovers and not much else on 25.0 percent shooting, so he might not play at all on Wednesday. Michael Carter-Willians and Cameron Payne will likely split the backup minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:55 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan will start at PG on Wednesday
    Isaiah Canaan will replace Jerian Grant in the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Grant wasn't giving Chicago anything as their starting point guard, so he might fall out of the rotation entirely on Wednesday night. As for Canaan, he looked pretty good through 34 minutes on Sunday, posting 13 points, three triples, three dimes, two boards and two steals, so he might be someone to consider as a potential punt play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:49 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) misses shootaround
    Khris Middleton missed the Monday morning shootaround due to a sore throat.

    Advice: To be clear, he's still fully expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Raptors on Monday. Through the first four games of the series, Middleton has posted averages of 15.0 points, 5.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples, but he's only shooting 38.6 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 am
  • Joe Ingles dishes 11 assists in Game 4 win
    Joe Ingles handed out 11 assists during Sunday's thrilling Game 4 win, adding eight points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ingles' dimes were more than any Jazz player had all season. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer and he's significantly boosted his stock during the playoffs, averaging 8.5 points, 2.0 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals. He's an interesting DFS option given his high playing time and moderate price, especially if Gordon Hayward (illness) is still limited on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Jerian Grant falls out of rotation Sunday
    Jerian Grant started Game 4 on Sunday but he lasted just five minutes and was replaced by Isaiah Canaan to begin the second half.

    Advice: Grant is now averaging 3.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in two games as a starter with Rajon Rondo (thumb) out of commission. He was a liability during his limited action tonight and quickly fell out of the rotation, burning DFS owners who rolled the dice on him as a dirt-cheap option. Nothing suggests that he'll bounce back in Game 5, especially since Canaan looked very good as his replacement. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:42 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan starts 2nd half, plays 34 mins
    Isaiah Canaan started the second half of Sunday's game, playing 34 minutes to finish with 13 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have been lousy in Rajon Rondo's absence, so coach Fred Hoiberg turned to the seldom-used Canaan tonight. Canaan wasn't on the active roster for Game 3 and he'd played just 21 minutes since March 1, but he gave the Bulls a huge boost to stay competitive tonight. Fred Hoiberg wouldn't commit to starting him for Game 5 on Wednesday, but either way we expect him to maintain a healthy role. Keep an eye on him as a DFS punt play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:41 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in G4 loss
    Russell Westbrook notched his third straight triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 loss to Houston, racking up 35 points, 14 boards, 14 dimes, three triples, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Westbrook already had his triple-double by halftime, and he became the first player in NBA history to record three straight 30-plus-point triple-doubles during the postseason. He scored 18 of his 35 points during the fourth quarter while posting an unfathomable 61.5 usage rate, but he also forced up a ton of shots and finished the game with just 10 makes on his 28 attempts. He'll assuredly again be posting an insane stat line in Tuesday's Game 5, but it's looking like that might be the last game of this MVP-series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:25 pm
  • Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4
    Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: Payne was on the floor for just four minutes of garbage time in Game 3, so his absence from the active roster won't have any consequence in fantasy hoops. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will pick up most of the point guard minutes while Rajon Rondo (thumb) is on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:03 pm
  • Jerian Grant will remain a starter for Game 4
    Jerian Grant will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 matchup with the Celtics.

    Advice: Grant wasn't very good at all in Chicago's Game 3 loss, but Fred Hoiberg likes that he can space the floor with his 3-point shot (something Michael Carter-Williams is incapable of doing), so he'll keep him in the starting five tonight. Joining Grant in the starting unit will be Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:58 pm
  • LeBron James nets 33 points; CLE sweeps IND
    LeBron James helped the Cavs complete their first-round sweep of the Pacers on Sunday with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: James has now won 21-straight first-round games, which is the longest streak by any player since 1984, and this was also his 10th sweep in a Best-of-7 playoff series which amounts to the most sweeps by any player in NBA history. He basically got whatever he wanted all game long, had an incredible chase-down block during the third quarter, and hit a dagger 3-pointer during the closing minutes; so, par for the course for King James. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:30 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 Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • Jerian Grant says he expects to start
    Jerian Grant said he is expecting to start in Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: He probably doesn't deserve it after a brutal Game 3, scoring six points with four turnovers and terrible defense. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he still has some confidence in Grant and that he is still evaluating his options. Grant will be a risky DFS play regardless. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:48 am
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in win
    Russell Westbrook scored 32 points during a 115-113 win over the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: After his abysmal fourth quarter in Game 2, Westbrook was a little better from the field with his 3-of-7 for nine points. However, he did make just 3-of-6 from the line in the fourth to give the Rockets several chances late in this game. In his post-game interview, Westbrook was also upset about missing those. Westbrook becomes the first player since Jason Kidd in 2002 to have a triple-double in back-to-back games in a series. In the regular season, Westbrook played 34.6 minutes per game with an NBA-record 40.8 usage rate, but in his three playoff games he's played 38.0 minutes per outing with a 47.7 usage rate. He's one of a kind. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:52 pm
  • Avery Bradley shines on both ends, scores 15
    Avery Bradley was a factor on both ends of the floor during a 104-87 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's been a while since we saw peak Avery Bradley, but he showed up today. Bradley's defense on Jimmy Butler may have been his biggest contribution in this game, and his play-making skills were also on display. Before his Achilles injury, Bradley showed off his polished ball-handling skills, but they've subsided in the past few months. If he starts playing like he did in the 2016 portion of the season, the Celtics could be dangerous again. The Celtics will look to tie the series in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Jerian Grant struggles big time in start
    Jerian Grant scored six points with one rebound, one steal and four turnovers in 15 minutes during a start against the Celtics on Friday night.

    Advice: Yeah, not great. He made mistakes all game and he was almost unplayable in the second half. Considering how much he struggled in this game, Grant may not get another chance to start. Although, Michael Carter-Williams was not very good either. Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:23 pm
  • Billy Donovan defends Russell Westbrook
    Thunder coach Billy Donovan defended Russell Westbrook on Thursday.

    Advice: Westbrook has taken some heat in the media after attempting 18 shots in the final quarter of Game 2's defeat. Donovan, as expected, stood up for his superstar. "I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games," Donovan said. "I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions." Don't expect Westbrook to be bashful merely because some reporters questioned his approach. Russ will come out firing in Game 3, stuffing the stat sheet in the process, playing the only way he knows hows to. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:04 am
  • Cameron Payne will be active for Game 3
    Cameron Payne will be active for Game 3 vs. the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls traded away important pieces (Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson) to acquire Payne at the deadline back in February, but Payne has been ineffective since arriving in Chicago. He appeared in 11 games and averaged just 4.9 points (on 33.3 percent shooting), 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.9 minutes for the Bulls over the final two months of the regular season. He did not play in either of the Bulls first two playoff games and will be behind Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams on the PG depth chart, but with Rajon Rondo (thumb) out, Payne may get a chance to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:51 am
  • Jerian Grant to start at PG in Game 3 Friday
    Jerian Grant will start at point guard in place of Rajon Rondon (thumb) in Game 3 vs. Boston on Friday night.

    Advice: Grant started 28 games for the Bulls during the regular season. He averaged 8.0 points (on 44.4 percent shooting), 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 21.1 minutes over those 28 contests. Grant is worth DFS consideration on Friday due to his affordable price tag, but expectations should be held in check. Jimmy Butler will assume increased ball-handling responsibilities with Rondo sidelined. Michael Carter-Williams will backup Grant. Cameron Payne, who has yet to play in this series, will be active for Game 3 and could see a handful of minutes off the bench as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:44 am
  • 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
  • LeBron James dominates Pacers with 41 points
    LeBron James had one of his signature moments during a 119-114 win over the Pacers in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 41 points with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the Cavs giving up 74 points in the first half and trailing by 26 points at one point, LeBron led an incredible comeback with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. He played the entire fourth quarter to help him get just the seventh 40-point triple-double in NBA playoff history -- it was the 17th triple-double of LeBron's playoff career. The King also has a 20-game winning streak in the first round of the playoffs, so he'll look to make it 21 and sweep the Pacers on Sunday. Sure, there are some major defensive concerns, but is it really that big of a problem when LeBron is locked in? Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 pm
  • Russell Westbrook doesn't care about stats
    Russell Westbrook said he couldn't care less about his historic 51-point triple-double during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets because the end result was a loss.

    Advice: "I don't give a f--- about the line," Westbrook said. "We lost. "We can't give away leads like that on the road, man. It's too difficult." Westbrook scored the most points ever in a playoff triple-double during the Game 2 loss, but he didn't get much help from his teammates, as OKC's second-leading scorer was Andre Roberson with 12 points and Victor Oladipo needed 14 shots to score his 11 points. For OKC to have any chance in this series, they'll need their role players to step it up. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:14 am
  • OKC loses Game 2 despite Westbrook's 51/13/10
    Russell Westbrook was phenomenal for most of Wednesday's tough Game 2 defeat, scoring a career playoff-high 51 points (17-of-43 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs) with 13 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals and one block.

    Advice: Westbrook had his usual handful of uniquely dominant plays, including a block that he converted into a nifty layup at the other end (see the link below). He nearly triple-doubled in the first half alone, but fatigue might have been a factor during his rough fourth quarter, which included an 0-of-7 stretch from the field. He's an absolute force of nature, and needless to say his DFS owners were thrilled with the end result tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Dwight Howard struggles in 20 minutes on Wed
    Dwight Howard struggled with foul trouble during Wednesday's 109-101 defeat, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with seven boards, one assist, one steal and one block in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: Dwight scored four points in the opening minutes of the game and it looked like he'd be a featured option offensively. Unfortunately, Marcin Gortat proceeded to block a pair of his shots, after which foul trouble and a lack of touches did the rest. The Hawks won't get far if Howard plays this poorly, so expect them to look for him more often in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 pm
  • Bradley feels like his team gave up during G2
    Avery Bradley said the Celtics need to be better at pushing through adversity following their Game 2 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: "I looked around and a few times in the game guys were putting their heads down, I think getting down on themselves," Bradley said. "I could even hear [Rajon] Rondo, like, 'Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.' But you never can let a team see that." Bradley is right that the Celtics can't let their emotions show during a loss, but he also needs to be better for Boston to have a chance. Through the first two games he's been connecting on just 35.7 percent of his shot attempts, while also committing 3.0 turnovers a game, and if that trend holds, the losses will continue. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:49 am
  • Joe Ingles thrives in starting role
    Joe Ingles looked great in another start at shooting guard, scoring nine points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two triples in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's arguably one of the most underrated players in the NBA and has been a huge contributor to the Jazz all season. Ingles finished 3-of-5 from the field and his ability to handle the ball in the first unit takes a lot of pressure off George Hill and Gordon Hayward. Ingles had eight points, two rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one triple in Game 1, and it helps that he has some extra motivation in this matchup -- he was waived by the Clippers back in 2014. The restricted free agent can expect a significant raise this summer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • LeBron James scores 25 points in Game 2 win
    LeBron James had a monster night in a 117-112 Game 2 win over Indiana, racking up 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and four steals in 42 minutes.

    Advice: LeBron is coming off the worst free throw percentage of his career during the regular season (67.4 percent), and he's even changed up his stance at the line with the help of Kyle Korver. However, it's still a work in progress as he hit just 3-of-6 freebies tonight. "Myself and Kyle, we kind have been brainstorming about it, how to get it to be more efficient," James said before the game. James also turned the ball over eight times tonight, but his DFS owners can't complain about a near triple-double with four steals and four blocks. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 7:34 pm
  • Russell Westbrook, OKC struggle in opener
    Russell Westbrook struggled during his team's Game 1 loss on Sunday, scoring 22 points on 6-of-23 shooting with 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, three 3-pointers and nine turnovers.

    Advice: Westbrook is obviously a stat-magnet but most of his turnovers were unforced momentum killers. He'll need to rein it in for OKC to compete with the Rockets' firepower in a seven-game series -- he'll also need more help from his teammates, who combined for 65 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Tonight's loss and the matchup vs. Pat Beverley should give Westbrook some added fuel for Game 2, not that the MVP candidate needs an excuse to play full-throttle on every possession. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:17 pm
  • Avery Bradley cools off in loss to Chicago
    Avery Bradley was hot early on Sunday, but he quickly cooled off to finish with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, three boards, three steals, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Bradley did his damage in 35 minutes, and in fairness most of his energy was directed to the defensive end of the court. His ability to spread the court makes everything easier for teammates, and he and Jae Crowder (4-of-12 FGs) need to be more efficient for Boston to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole vs. the No. 8 seed Bulls. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:46 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores nine points on 12 shots
    Jae Crowder scored just nine points on 12 shots during Sunday's Game 1 loss, making four of his attempts with one 3-pointer and eight rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder was a no-show for long stretches tonight and he finished just 1-of-5 from deep, which placed an even bigger offensive burden on Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. The Celtics' underrated SF was shooting the ball extremely well to finish the regular season, and we're expecting a bounce-back performance on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:45 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores 12 points off the bench
    Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise) scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with three rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one block and one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Bazemore missed seven of Atlanta's final 13 games of the regular season due to the bruised knee, but his right knee was a complete non-issue during this one, and it would be shocking to see him spend any additional time on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 2:08 pm
  • Dwight Howard grabs 14 boards in Game 1 loss
    Dwight Howard hauled in 14 rebounds during Sunday's Game 1 loss, adding seven points, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards went with a lot of small ball lineups to try and make things uncomfortable for Howard, and that strategy worked. D12 didn’t really have any plays called for himself, more so being tasked with cleanup duty on the boards, and that’s likely the role he’ll have during this first-round series. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 2:06 pm
  • Wizards could use 'Hack-a-Dwight' strategy
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said he will use the "Hack-a-Dwight" strategy if necessary.

    Advice: "That definitely could be in effect, depending on the game and our foul situations. There's no secret that he shoots 50 percent from the free throw line," Brooks said. "But also we have to check the temperature because there have been some games where he's made some, or more than his average. If we get in a bad position, we would rather wrap him up and get him to the line rather than give him the open layup." In case it needs to be said, there's always a slight risk to using Howard in DFS when the "Hack-a-Dwight" strategy is on the table. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:49 am
  • Kent Bazemore (right knee) will play
    Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise) will play in Game 1 on Sunday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Bazemore is going to come off the bench with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Taurean Prince getting the nod in the first unit. He missed seven out of the final 13 games of the regular season because of his knee, and since he's coming off the bench, his minutes will likely be limited to the 20s. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 8:44 am
  • Kent Bazemore (right knee) is probable
    Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise) is probable for Game 1 on Sunday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Bazemore is expected to play, but the Hawks are going to bring him off the bench this afternoon -- it's already been confirmed that Tim Hardaway Jr. and Taurean Prince will start on the wings. If his role in April was any indication, Bazemore will likely see minutes in the 20s during this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:53 am
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