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  • Rudy Gobert (knee) listed as probable
    The Jazz listed Rudy Gobert (mild left ankle sprain) as probable to face the Clippers in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He said he is going to play and coach Quin Snyder had some comments about Gobert suiting up. "There will be some carry over from that [ankle injury]. He was hurting enough to not be effective," Snyder said. "He didn’t finish the game, so hopefully it’s a quick turn, but sometimes those things in the course of a day or a day-and-a-half, you improve. He knows what’s at stake." Gobert may be somewhat limited, but his rim protection may be the most important factor in Game 7. The Clippers relentlessly attack the rim when he's off the court. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Alec Burks remains out for Sunday
    Alec Burks (knee) remains out for Sunday.

    Advice: He is out indefinitely with his PRP treatment to his left knee. Burks is not in the rotation and staying healthy has been a tough task for the slashing guard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Marc Gasol wants to work on rebounding
    Marc Gasol said his main goal this offseason is to work on his rebounding.

    Advice: "Obviously, rebounding is an issue for me," Gasol said. He's actually not bad at getting a rebound when he has a chance, but the stats say he's out of position a lot. Among the 176 players to log at least 24 minutes per game, Gasol ranked 41st in contested rebounding percentage, but he ranked just 91st in rebounding chance percentage. In other words, he should improve on getting better position before the shot hits the rim than after it. If Gasol can add 104 treys this season to his previous career total of just 12, maybe he can increase his boards from 6.4 per game in 2016-17 to closer to 10 in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:16 pm
  • J-Myke wants to return
    Restricted free agent JaMychal Green said he wants to return to the Grizzlies next season.

    Advice: "Memphis feels like home," Green said. The 26-year-old, undrafted power forward had a mini breakout season and had several eye-popping defensive showings. He did tail off a little late in the season, but the Grizzlies should still have a ton of interest in bringing him back, assuming another team doesn't go crazy with an offer sheet. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:04 pm
  • Julius Randle a 'beast' in the offseason?
    Julius Randle pledged to work like a "beast" in the offseason.

    Advice: Beast Mode is apparently back in two spots in Cali. Randle said he will try to develop his jump shot and keep working on his finishing at the rim, particularly with his right hand. Randle was below the league average within eight feet at just 55.0 percent, which is very important for him because 70.4 percent of his shots came in that range. With the Lakers not likely to have much depth up front and being at just 22 years old, Randle could be even better next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 1
    Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 1 against the Celtics.

    Advice: The Wizards haven't missed him too much. Jason Smith has been serviceable as a backup center to go with his PF minutes, and the Wizards have gone with Markieff Morris at the five on occasion. Marcin Gortat may have a tough time on Al Horford and all the pick-and-roll action the Celtics will be running. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Taurean Prince headed to Summer League
    Taurean Prince will play in Summer League.

    Advice: Even with the Hawks somewhat healthy, Prince ranked fourth on the team for playoff minutes. Prince was still assisted on 79.3 percent of his buckets in the playoffs, so he still needs to work on getting his own shot. He'll get the chance to increase his scoring arsenal in July and could add to his fantasy ceiling. If Paul Millsap leaves, Prince will be a fantasy sleeper. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Avery Bradley expecting IT to play
    Avery Bradley said he knows Isaiah Thomas will be prepared for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, coach Brad Stevens said he's fine with the idea of Thomas staying with his family following his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state. The sense around the team is that Thomas will be back and ready to go. While he didn't bust out in the first round, he was efficient in the second half against the Bulls with a 64.3 true shooting percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Denzel Valentine going to Summer League
    Denzel Valentine will play in Summer League.

    Advice: The Bulls may have just lost four games in a row during the 2016-17 playoffs, but you can't take away their 2016 Las Vegas Summer League championship. Valentine was expected to be a pro-ready guard and he was behind an injury-prone Dwyane Wade, but Valentine's rookie season was a mild letdown. We saw another NBA-ready Michigan State guard, Gary Harris, bust out in his second Summer League to set up two terrific seasons, so maybe Valentine can follow in his footsteps. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • DeAndre Bembry going to Summer League
    DeAndre Bembry will play in Summer League.

    Advice: The No. 21 pick of the 2016 draft was slightly better than expected. His highlight had to be defending James Harden in a thrilling comeback in Houston on national TV back on Feb. 2. However, Bembry has fallen way behind Taurean Prince, who also has more positional flexibility. Bembry could shine in Summer League. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:45 pm
  • Bobby Portis played through a foot burn
    Bobby Portis played through a third-degree foot burn for the last two months.

    Advice: He said he burned his foot on a heat pack back on Mar. 4. This isn't "Rajon Rondo fell in the shower" strange, but it's still an odd injury. "The heat pack burned me before the game," Portis said. "I was actually on the [trainer's] table. I couldn't feel it. I had my headphones in, but I didn't feel [the pack] burn through. ... Ever since then, it's been hurting." Portis said he didn't reveal the injury because he didn't want to lose his minutes, so maybe that explains the inconsistent play -- probably not. He'll have added opportunity next year, especially if the Bulls don't bring back Nikola Mirotic. Portis is not planning to play in Summer League to defend his title. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Kevin Durant is a full go
    Kevin Durant will be a full go for the first round.

    Advice: With the Warriors off since Monday, KD has enjoyed his time off and even said the team was banged up. You may have seen a picture of Durant at a San Francisco Giants baseball game taking a picture with cupcakes and Giants mascot Lou Seal -- yeah, that's a seal named Lou. He'll get a tougher matchup in the second round, but KD is likely going to tear it up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Shaun Livingston still questionable
    Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) is still questionable for Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Even the full week off didn't get him all the way back. The Warriors didn't miss Livingston whatsoever because Ian Clark just kills the Blazers. That may be different in the second round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) probable for Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is probable for Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did not play at all in the first series due to an ankle sprain way back on Apr. 8. The Warriors added Barnes to help fill the void left from the Kevin Durant injury, so he's probably not going to play much in the playoffs. Plus, Andre Iguodala has been a difference maker. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Paul Millsap admits to likely opting out
    Paul Millsap admitted he will "most likely" opt out of his player option.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall for this one as Millsap looks to get one more big pay day. He did say he loved Atlanta, but a lot of teams will likely be after the 32-year-old Millsap. He was in what was close to a perfect spot for his stat output, so a change of scenery would likely hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) says he'll play in Game 7
    Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with a mild left ankle sprain but said he is "good to go" for Game 7 on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Gobert tweaked his ankle in the third quarter of Game 6 on Friday night, but was able to return in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, it appears to be only a minor injury, as there is a short turnaround for Game 7. The Jazz will likely need Rudy to dominate the paint on both ends of the floor if they hope to go on the road and knock off the Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Dante Cunningham to decline player option
    ESPN is reporting that Dante Cunningham plans to decline his player option and become unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: An unsurprising development, as Cunningham's option for the 2017-18 season was worth only $3.1 million. He appeared in 66 games (including 35 starts) for the Pelicans last season and averaged 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 1.1 3-pointers. A reliable and versatile veteran, Cunningham should have plenty of suitors interested in his services come July. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 am
  • Paul Millsap uncertain regarding his option
    Paul Millsap said he would "take some time" before deciding whether or not to exercise his player option.

    Advice: "These last four years have been great. Can't ask for nothing more," said Millsap. "Now I will take some time, relax and see what happens." He has a $21.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season. However, he'll have the opportunity a sign a new deal for well over $100 million thus summer, so opting out is a no-brainer. The only real question is whether he chooses to re-sign with the Hawks or land elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Hoiberg gives strong endorsement of Rondo
    Coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for Rajon Rondo on Friday.

    Advice: Hoiberg and Rondo had a rocky relationship for much of the season, but the coach gave a strong endorsement of his point guard after the Bulls were eliminated on Friday. "Obviously we played great basketball with Rajon toward the end of the season," Hoiberg said. "I love Rondo. I love coaching him. I love everything about the kid. He was so good to have out there on the floor." Jimmy Butler also stated he wants the Bulls to pick up Rondo's team option. "Of course," Butler said. "He's been huge for us this year." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:03 am
  • Dwyane Wade unsure about his future
    Following the Bulls season-ending loss on Friday night, Dwyane Wade said he was unsure if he would exercise his player option and return to Chicago next season.

    Advice: Wade struggled in Game 6, scoring just two points on 1-of-10 shooting. His two points tied a career-low for the postseason. Wade has a $23.8 million player option for the 2017-18 campaign. "I'm far away from that now, just got through this 14th NBA season," Wade said when asked about his upcoming decision. "If I'm not winning a championship, I'm never satisfied. But you take things out of the season and see what you could have done better individually." It will be a very interesting offseason in Chicago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Napier hoping for more minutes next season
    Shabazz Napier said he understands he has to serve as a backup in Portland, but wants to earn more minutes next season.

    Advice: Napier is stuck behind one of the most dynamic starting backcourts in the NBA. Both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum averaged over 35 minutes a night. That is not expected to change next season. "I would be lying to you if I said I'm comfortable [being a backup], but I understand," said Napier. "I understand it, but I'm not satisfied where I'm at." Shabazz did finish the season on an encouraging note, scoring 57 points over the final two games of the regular season and the scoring in double figures in two of Portland's four playoff games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas content to come off bench
    Jonas Valanciunas said he is content coming off the bench as long as the Raptors keep winning.

    Advice: Toronto got a big boost during their first round matchup with Milwaukee when they replaced Valanciunas with Norman Powell in the starting lineup. Down 2-1 at the time, the Raps went on to win three straight games and close out the series in six, thanks in part to Powell's strong play. "I’m good. I don’t feel bad if I don’t start," said Valanciunas. "I’ve just got to do my job. As long as we’re winning — I’ve been saying that a long time — as long as we’re winning I’m OK." It will be interesting to see if coach Dwane Casey sticks with the same starting five vs. Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Rudy Gobert (ankle) fine for Game 7
    X-rays were negative on Rudy Gobert (left ankle) and he will be fine for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: An ankle tweak in the second half did limit Gobert in the fourth quarter. The training staff gave him some treatment on the bench in the final minutes of the game, but he was also able to play through it earlier in the fourth. Gobert may not be 100 percent, but coach Quin Snyder isn't likely to cap his star big man. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:20 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 29, forces Game 7 on Sunday
    Chris Paul put his team on his back during a 98-93 Game 6 win in Utah on Friday, scoring 29 points with three rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers had a 10-point lead with less than 90 seconds left, but of course the Clippers made it exciting late to have this game come down to a missed Joe Johnson shot with three seconds left. Paul himself summed it up perfectly after the game. "It wouldn't be us if it wasn't dramatic," Paul said on the ESPN broadcast. The Clippers are 3-1 in Game 7 matchups since 2012, but anything is possible for this one, especially with a 12:30 PDT start. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:58 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 13 with 18 boards
    DeAndre Jordan scored 13 points with 18 rebounds and seven turnovers against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: With five seconds left, he got switched onto Joe Johnson for the last meaningful Jazz possession and forced Johnson to fade away to have his potential game-tying trey fall short. Jordan has a double-double in all six games this series and is the only player with that total in the NBA during these playoffs. With Blake Griffin out, Jordan's opportunity is massive. Of course, a lot hinges on Rudy Gobert (ankle) being healthy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:49 pm
  • Austin Rivers score 13 with some clutch treys
    Austin Rivers came through in his start against the Jazz on Friday, scoring 13 points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He had two very clutch treys with less than four minutes left in the game, including a huge one with 1:29 remaining to give the Clippers a 10-point lead. Coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers were much better on the perimeter with defense, so you can pencil his son as a starter for Game 7. After playing just 18 minutes in Game 5, Rivers could be flirting with 40 minutes on Sunday. Daily Slant: Rivers price didn’t jump dramatically on FanDuel or DraftKings after his solid performance in Game 6, which keeps him in play as a nice value target. Across 246.0 minutes this season when Rivers was on the court with Chris Paul and without Blake Griffin, he managed a per-36 pace of 25.16 FD points and 27.18 DK points. Although his ownership will rise, he’s worth a roster spot given his expected workload. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:45 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 31 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 31 points with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers during a 98-93 Game 6 loss at home to the Clippers.

    Advice: The Clippers brought the defense to limit the Jazz to just 41.0 percent from the field and 7-of-26 from three. It looked like it was a wrap with two minutes left, but Hayward scored seven points in a 40-second span with less than 1:30 remaining in the game to make it very close. Now, the Jazz will have to head back to L.A. for Game 7, but that shouldn't be too tall of an order with two wins at Staples during this series. Hayward is a strong bet for 42-plus minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:39 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores nine points
    Joe Johnson scored nine points with three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He had a chance to tie it on the Jazz's last possession, but DeAndre Jordan contested Johnson's three very well. The Clippers trapped Iso Joe about as much as they possibly could in the fourth quarter, so he was clearly in their game plan defensively. Coach Doc Rivers also called Joe "scary" after the game and he also mentioned how the Clippers had great ball pressure today. Johnson will get heavy run in Game 7 again. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Rudy Gobert tweaks ankle in Game 6
    Rudy Gobert played 33 minutes against the Clippers on Friday, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He looked to tweak a left ankle and had some treatment from the training staff in the fourth quarter. Gobert didn't look right in the third quarter, but this injury doesn't look as bad as his left knee sprain from the first possession of this series. He'll probably be on the injury report for Game 7 on Sunday. This new injury being on the same leg doesn't help, but there's a good chance Gobert is out there. The Jazz missed him badly late. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Stevens said IT could miss Game 1
    Coach Brad Stevens said that if Isaiah Thomas decides Saturday that his sister's funeral is too much and that he can't play in Game 1 against the Wizards on Sunday, he's totally fine with that.

    Advice: Following the win on Friday, Thomas will take a private jet to Seattle with general manager Danny Ainge. Thomas left the locker room early on Friday night and may already be en route. Thomas hasn't quite been right and is playing for his sister the rest of the way, but just about everyone is rooting for him. Expect an update on his status Saturday night or Sunday morning. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 12 points in win vs. CHI
    Isaiah Thomas scored 12 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: We still haven't seen the MVP-caliber IT, but he still gets a ton of credit to play after a family tragedy. Al Horford talked about how the team wasn't right while Avery Bradley said it took some time to play they way they've been accustomed to. He'll have his hands full against John Wall for Game 1 in Boston on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores just two points
    Dwyane Wade scored two points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers in a blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: Yuck. Wade just looked gassed out there after he said he was comfortable in his role at the point. He'll have a player option for next year, and after the game he said he didn't want to address that topic. The Bulls are really in a pickle as a franchise and missed a golden opportunity to rebuild this season. Wade has lost a lot of youth and athleticism, but the first-ballot Hall of Fame guard can still play ball when he's rested. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 31 points in loss to Wiz
    Paul Millsap scored 31 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block, four steals, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes during a season-ending 115-99 loss to the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: After a down regular season, Millsap really came through against the Wizards, but he didn't get enough help in the frontcorut. In the six games, he averaged 24.3 points, 9.3 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 treys. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and will be getting a lot of interest in the market. Millsap is already 32, so teams signing him to four years likely will not enjoy the last year of that contract. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Taurean Prince scores four in loss
    Taurean Prince scored four points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: There were not many rookies to make an impact late in the year quite like Prince. He showed he's more than a three-and-D guy and is already way ahead of the curve for a young perimeter defender. He'll be a factor in the rotation next year, especially if he shows any growth as a scorer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Austin Rivers starting over Mo Speights
    Austin Rivers is starting over Mo Speights in Game 6 against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to start either Paul Pierce or Speights, but he'll go with his son. This almost certainly means Rivers will see much more than his 18 minutes in Game 5, and he could even get into the 30s. The Clippers will do their best to push the pace here and get Utah out of their halfcourt rhythm on both ends. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 6
    Coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi (calf) will not play in Game 6 vs. the Hawks and that he is unlikely to play in Game 7 if the Wizards win on Friday.

    Advice: Mahinmi has battled injuries all year and has been unable to get back on the court since straining his calf in the Wizards' second-to-last game of the regular season. Jason Smith (calf) may also miss Game 6, which means Marcin Gortat would be forced to log heavy minutes once again. The Wiz may also ask Markieff Morris to play come minutes at the center spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:51 am
  • Rondo (thumb) out Gm 6 and unlikely for Gm 7
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo (thumb) remains out for Game 6 Friday vs. Boston and is unlikely to play in a potential Game 7.

    Advice: Isaiah Canaan will draw another start on Friday. He is averaging 13.0 points and 1.5 assists in 35.1 minutes over the last two games. With Jimmy Butler bothered by a sore knee, Hoiberg may again have to ask Dwyane Wade, and even Paul Zipser, to bring the ball up at times. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:48 am
  • Isaiah Thomas to travel to Tacoma after Gm 6
    Isaiah Thomas is expected to travel home to Tacoma, Washington, after Game 6 on Friday night to attend his sister's funeral.

    Advice: It's unbelievable that Thomas has been able to play as well as he has during this first-round series vs. Chicago considering the incredibly sad situation he and his family is dealing with. If Bulls win on Friday and force a Game 7, it would be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Boston. Or, if both the Wizards and Celtics win on Friday, then Game 1 of the Boston vs. Washington series would be played on Sunday. Thus, Thomas may have to rush back east on Saturday night. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:37 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 18 points in loss
    Marc Gasol scored 18 points with five rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 45 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies did get away from the heavy usage of Gasol in the post in the last two games, but the Spurs were able to make an adjustment to limit him with more physicality. Coach David Fizdale played Gasol a whopping 41.4 minutes per game in the last five games, and Gasol's minutes held steady at 34.2 per game during his 74 regular season outings. Considering the major concerns about his foot fracture heading into this season, this year was a win for Gasol, especially with how he added some 3-point shooting. He's 32, but his style of play should translate for a few more years. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:35 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores six points in 17 min
    Jonas Valanciunas scored six points with five rebounds, one assist and no fouls in 17 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He played 9.7 minutes in the first quarter, but disappeared after that with no points in the final three frames and only 2.1 minutes in the fourth quarter. Moving forward, Valanciunas averaged a double-double against the Cavs during his 26.5 minutes per game over the four outings, so maybe he can earn more run in that series. He did not log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in any of the final three games of this series, so that's not a great sign. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Rajon Rondo listed as out for Game 6
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) is listed as out for Game 6 against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise after Rondo said his thumb was still broken before Game 5. Assuming there are not any changes, Isaiah Canaan will look to build off his 35.0 minutes per game over his last two, scoring 13 points in each. Wade's time at the point has also gone way up, but the Bulls really need to get Jimmy Butler going. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:55 pm
  • Dwyane Wade liked his point guard role
    Dwyane Wade said he felt better as a point guard in Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Isaiah Canaan started and played off the ball to allow the extra touches for Wade. "Now that I'm the point guard, it has to be led by me," Wade said. He's not kidding either. In Game 5, Wade had a time of possession with the ball of 6.4 minutes. In the first 4 games, it was just 3.1 minutes. Wade also went off in Game 5 with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists during his 35 minutes. While his defense wasn't really there, he should have ample opportunity to have another strong offensive game on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:52 pm
  • Dwyane Wade's 26/11/8 not enough in Game 5
    Dwyane Wade went off for 26 points (7-of-18 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during Wednesday's tough road loss in Boston.

    Advice: Wade has never triple-doubled in the playoffs, and his near-miss tonight wasn't enough for the Bulls to avoid falling into a 3-2 hole. Rajon Rondo is a "longshot" to return this series due to his fractured thumb, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, so the Bulls will be relying even more on Wade's playmaking. They simply can't afford to play him fewer than 32+ minutes per game, which buoys his DFS value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Paul Millsap posts 21 & 11 in Game 5 defeat
    Paul Millsap notched 21 points (8-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 11 rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes during the Hawks' loss in D.C. on Wednesday.

    Advice: Millsap has been a major problem for the Wizards throughout this series, but that hasn't stopped Markieff Morris from continually insulting him -- he even labeled Millsap a 'crybaby', and the Wizards' in-house music played the Rugrats theme song when he checked into the game late. That ridiculous sub-plot aside, Millsap has provided the same All-Star caliber play we've come to expect. It'll be interesting to see what the 32-year-old forward commands in free agency this summer, since he'll almost certainly turn down his $21.5 million player option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi still out for Game 5
    Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 5 against the Hawks.

    Advice: He is hoping to be available at some point in this series, but there hasn't been much progress. Marcin Gortat has been a major factor and has been able to negate Dwight Howard in three of the four games, so he figures to get a long look in the starting lineup again. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Kevin Durant says a lot of guys are banged up
    Kevin Durant said a lot of the Warriors are banged up and the time off will help get the team healthy.

    Advice: "I'm glad we got a few days off," Durant said. He only played 20 minutes in his return to the lineup on Monday with a stat line of 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers. Durant played 13 minutes in the first half, so the Warriors were likely looking to get KD in the uppers 20s had garbage time not been a factor. The Warriors will get the winner of the Clippers-Jazz series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Austin Rivers vows to be better in Game 6
    Austin Rivers vowed to be more aggressive in Game 6 in Utah on Friday.

    Advice: "All I needed was that one game just to get my rhythm back," Rivers said. "I’m not going to be out there trying to figure stuff out next game. I’m going to be aggressive." The rust was very apparent in his return from an 11-game absence on Tuesday, as he missed all four of his shots and brought very little to the box score in his 18 minutes off the bench. He should be able to flirt with 20 minutes again in Game 6, but given the matchup, he's not a great guy to target in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 am
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) ruled out for Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) said he will not suit up for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Rondo really wants to get out there, but the fact remains that he's dealing with a pretty badly fractured right (shooting) thumb in addition to a torn ligament in his wrist, and according to him: "the slightest fall on the floor might further damage it." Rondo's next opportunity to play will come in Game 6 on Friday, but tonight, it'll be Isaiah Canaan starting at point guard with Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams backing him up. Daily Slant: Canaan isn’t a great fantasy player but considering how poorly Grant and MCW played, he could push towards 30 minutes again tonight. During the season, he produced 0.71 FD ppm when he shared the court with Butler and Wade, so his $1,800 price tag on FD seems like a great deal. He received 24-31 minutes in ten games this season and he eclipsed 15 FD points in five of them while taking at least nine FGAs and/or five threes in eight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:16 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 18 minutes in return
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) returned to action in Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Jazz, scoring two points with two boards and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers was only expecting him to play around 12 minutes and the rust was obvious as the SG missed all four of his shots from the field. With that said, he did play some solid defense and his minutes will likely be in the 20s for Game 6 in Utah on Friday. He will be tough to trust in fantasy leagues until his restrictions are lifted. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 28 points w/ nine assists
    Chris Paul's 28 points weren't enough in Tuesday's 96-92 Game 5 defeat, as the Clippers fell to 2-3 against the Jazz.

    Advice: He has a lot on his plate with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs, but his impressive fourth quarter effort wasn't enough -- he scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth and sparked an 11-0 run at the beginning of that quarter. CP3 finished 10-of-19 from the field in 38 minutes with nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers, but the Clippers will need even more magic from him if they hope to avoid elimination on Friday for Game 6 in Utah. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 14 in win over Clips
    Joe Johnson hit 6-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers off the bench for 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal in Tuesday's Game 5 96-92 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson has been great in this series and is one of a handful of older NBA stars to come through in the playoffs, when their regular season wasn't all that special. Johnson scored 28 in Game 4 on Sunday and has been a double-digit scorer the entire series. He's tough to rely on when Gordon Hayward is healthy, but both Johnson and Rodney Hood (16 points, 4 3-pointers) came through off the bench tonight. They'll both need to do it again on Friday if the Jazz are going to close out the Clippers and avoid a Game 7 in L.A. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Gordon Hayward's 27 leads Utah to 3-2 lead
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-16 shots, 4-of-8 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws for 27 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 41 minutes of Tuesday's Game 5 96-92 win over the Clippers to take a 3-2 lead in the series, with Game 6 taking place in Utah.

    Advice: Hayward lasted just nine minutes for three points in Game 4 due to food poisoning, but looked great tonight. Boris Diaw, Rudy Gobert (double-double), George Hill, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood all scored in double figures for the Jazz, as they came through down the stretch for the tough road win, and home-court advantage in their series. Hayward should be primed for another big game on Friday, and if he was able to do this with "not much legs" tonight, he should be even better in L.A. in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 17 in loss to Spurs
    Marc Gasol hit 6-of-12 shots for 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, zero steals, zero blocks and zero 3-pointers in 41 minutes in Tuesday's Game 5 116-103 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Gasol has been good for plenty of 3-pointers and blocked shots this season, but they weren't there tonight against San Antonio. He had 12 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in his previous game, a Grizzlies win, but didn't quite have it in this one. The Grizzlies will be looking for him to be on top of his game on Thursday, but if Gasol isn't rolling, along with Mike Conley, the Grizzlies' season could be ending that night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has a 'chance' to play Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) is "preparing to attempt to play" in Game 5 vs. Boston on Wednesday according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: This is a huge surprise because Rondo was initially ruled out. He was spotted getting up some shots at Tuesday's practice, but we should have a better idea of his status after the morning shootaround. If he plays, he will obviously be limited. Expect Isaiah Canaan to be the starter if Rondo can't get clearance. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:18 pm
  • Austin Rivers to see more than 12 minutes
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play about 12 minutes in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Additionally, Rivers will come off the bench and Mo Speights will remain in the starting lineup. If Rivers' hamstring holds up well tonight, his minutes should quickly trend up and he will eventually have some nice DFS appeal with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:14 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) will play in Game 5
    Gordon Hayward (illness) will play without any minutes limit in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Hayward left Sunday's Game 4 after just nine minutes of floor time, but it sounds like he's recovered from the food poisoning episode, so he should be able to get out there for 30-plus minutes tonight. Assuming Hayward gets a full allotment of minutes, that'll likely translate to less run for guys like Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi says he's ahead of schedule
    Ian Mahinmi indicated that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from his strained left calf, and he hopes to return at some points during Washington's first-round series against Atlanta.

    Advice: Mahinmi still hasn't been able to practice with the team, so him getting back out there for Wednesday's Game 5 seems unlikely, but maybe he can get back out there for Friday's Game 6 in Atlanta. Jason Smith will continue to act as Marcin Gortat's primary backup for however long Mahinmi is on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • Rondo (thumb) able to shoot around Tuesday
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) was able to get some shots up after the Bulls practiced on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was the first time Rondo has touched a basketball since injuring his thumb in the second half of Game 2. Rondo will not play in Game 5 on Wednesday. When asked if Rondo could possibly return later in the series, coach Fred Hoiberg said it's a "longshot," but "we'll see." Hoiberg also added that Rondo "winced every time the ball came to him." Isaiah Canaan will start in place of Rondo in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) travels with team
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) traveled with the Jazz to Los Angeles on Monday.

    Advice: Utah beat reporter Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune writes that "chances are" Hayward will be available and ready to play in Game 5 on Tuesday night. It's also encouraging that Hayward was not listed on Utah's most recent injury report. We should have a formal update from the team following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:34 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) plays 20 minutes
    Kevin Durant (calf) played 20 minutes against the Blazers in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 10 points with three boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and two triples.

    Advice: He was returning from a two-game absence for precautionary reasons, and while he didn't have any official minutes restrictions, he only needed to play 20 because the Warriors built a substantial lead by the end of the first quarter. KD hit 4-of-7 shots and appeared to be in a good rhythm, and now he can look forward to getting some extra rest with the Warriors off for several days before Round 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:53 pm
  • Millsap scores 19 w/ 9 boards and 7 dimes
    Paul Millsap flirted with a triple-double in Monday's Game 4 win over the Wizards, scoring 19 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple.

    Advice: Markieff Morris called him a "crybaby" after Game 3, so this victory had to feel good and Millsap said on Sunday that he has enjoyed the banter so far. "It’s fun. I’m enjoying this. It’s been an interesting series," he said. "It’s also been one of the most fun series I’ve been a part of. I’m enjoying every minute of it." Millsap has been dominant in this series and was averaging 25.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his previous three games, so it's easy to see why Hawks owner Tony Ressler said this week that he will "make every effort imaginable" to re-sign him this summer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) out Monday
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 4 on Monday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Barnes hasn't played since April 8, but he was able to go through the morning shootaround which suggests that he's getting closer. He will simply provide some emergency depth off the bench once he's healthy with Kevin Durant (calf) returning to action. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:44 pm
  • Livingston and Barnes ruled out for Monday
    Shaun Livingston (hand) and Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Livingston has been out for a week, but if the Warriors sweep the series against Portland tonight he will get another 5-7 days to rest up for Round 2. Ian Clark will pick up the backup PG minutes again. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Game 4
    Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Monday's Game 4 vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: After sitting out the past two games as a precaution, it's a great sign to see KD returning even though the Warriors have a comfortable 3-0 series lead. Durant practiced over the weekend with no problems and the Warriors will not put a restriction on his minutes tonight. Patrick McCaw will head back to the bench and there will be less touches to go around for the other studs in Golden State. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:42 pm
  • Alec Burks (left knee) out Tuesday
    Alec Burks (left knee) will not play in Game 5 vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He had a PRP treatment to his left knee last week and there's no word of a timetable for his return. The oft-injured guard wasn't a big part of the rotation anyways. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:11 pm
  • Hayward (food poisoning) not on injury report
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) is not on the injury report for Game 5 vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: According to the report, only Alec Burks (knee) will be unavailable Tuesday. Hayward left Sunday's game after just nine minutes and was nowhere close to 100 percent, but we'll have a better idea of how he's feeling after the Tuesday morning shootaround. With Hayward likely back, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will lose a bit of appeal. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:06 pm
  • Rivers will play with minutes limit in Game 5
    Doc Rivers confirmed that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will play with a minutes limit in Game 5 against the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rivers hasn't taken the court since March 29, so his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton will likely lose some minutes with Rivers back in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) ruled out for Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) will not play in Game 5 against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rondo has shed his cast, and Fred Hoiberg hasn't yet ruled him out for the series, but he won't be taking the court on Wednesday night. Isaiah Canaan will get the start in Game 5, and he'll be someone to consider in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:58 pm
  • Austin Rivers says he'll play in Game 5
    Austin Rivers said his hamstring has made "significant improvement," and he will return to the court for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

    Advice: This falls in line with an earlier report from Adrian Wojnarowski that stated Rivers was expected to play on Tuesday, so we should get official confirmation following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With Rivers back in action, Raymond Felton won't play as much. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:36 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) set to travel to LA
    Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said that Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) is scheduled to meet the team at their plane this afternoon and fly to Los Angeles for Tuesday's Game 5.

    Advice: Hayward only lasted nine minutes during Game 4, but the fact that he's traveling with the team for Game 5 is an encouraging sign. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:15 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Matt Barnes (ankle) went through shootaround, but remains questionable to play in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Barnes has been out since April 8 with the ankle injury, and he was originally shooting to return for Game 3, so it feels like he's got to be close to getting back out there. Him going through shootaround is certainly a positive sign, but if Kevin Durant (calf) is also able to get back to the court tonight, Barnes might not even get in the rotation regardless of his playing status. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:29 am
  • Livingston, Barnes go through shootaround
    Shaun Livingston (hand) and Matt Barnes (ankle) went through shootaround, but both remain questionable to play Monday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Livingston has had a full seven days to rest up his bruised hand, so he has to be close to getting back to the court. Barnes also should be close after spending a little over two weeks on the sidelines, and if both these guys are able to get back to the floor tonight, there will be fewer minutes available for Patrick McCaw and Ian Clark. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:27 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) participated at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Durant has had a little more than a week to rest up his strained calf, but with the Dubs already up 3-0 in the series, they have the luxury of exercising some extreme caution with KD. In other words, if there's any concern at all about him suffering a setback, you can bet he won't be taking the court tonight, although it is a positive sign to see him go through shootaround. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:23 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) expected to play
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:06 am
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) double-doubles in return
    Rudy Gobert (knee) didn't miss a shot during his return on Sunday, going 6-of-6 from the field for 15 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one assist as the Jazz defeated the visiting Clippers in Game 4.

    Advice: Gobert made a surprisingly quick return from a hyperextension and bone bruise in his left knee, running and jumping without any apparent limitations. Quin Snyder said before the game that Gobert's minutes would be dictated by fatigue, but he was almost certainly on a 24-minute limit since he sat out down the stretch of a tight playoff game. Hopefully his minutes will increase during a crucial game in L.A. on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:29 pm
  • Joe Johnson posts 28/5/5, Jazz tie series 2-2
    Joe Johnson was incredible in 35 minutes on Sunday, making 12-of-17 shots to score 28 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and one steal during a series-tying victory vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The veteran scored 12 straight points to erase a late deficit and his contributions were the difference in the game, especially with Gordon Hayward ruled out early due to food poisoning. Johnson continues to have an amazing postseason, averaging 19.3 points and 1.5 threes through four games, including his memorable buzzer-beater in Game 1. Johnson's performance tonight was his most impressive yet, and Utah's decision to add him on a two-year, $22 million contract looks better than ever. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:20 pm
  • Clippers lose despite Chris Paul's 27/12/9
    Chris Paul did it all during Sunday's tough Game 4 defeat, posting 27 points, 12 assists, nine rebound, one steal, one 3-pointer and just two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers need CP3 to be extra aggressive with Blake Griffin (toe) done for the postseason, and he obliged tonight with 10-of-21 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs. He was particularly effective in pick-and-roll sets, for which Utah had few answers, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder is sure to throw new wrinkles at him in Game 5. Paul has seen it all, of course, so we're anticipating another big game from the future Hall-of-Famer on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:11 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) won't return Sunday
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will not return to Sunday's game, finishing with three points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Hayward was on IVs due to food poisoning prior to the game, although he wasn't on the injury report and it was only reported minutes before tip-off. He checked out earlier than usual in the first quarter and soon headed to the locker room, after which the team eventually ruled him out for the night. We'll consider him questionable to play in Game 5 on Tuesday, and his absence means more minutes for Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 7:45 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 33 as Celts win Game 4
    Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 33 points during Sunday's Game 4 road victory, going 10-of-21 from the field and 12-of-13 from the FT line.

    Advice: Thomas made one 3-pointer while chipping in seven assists, four rebounds and one steal, and as usual he was the Celtics' savior offensively. He dominated in the second half, despite battling foul trouble, and he earned a technical foul for accurately shouting "You can't guard me!" at Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams. He's playing freely, with MVP-like swagger, which is an ominous sight for Bulls fans. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 6:29 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will play Sun
    Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will play on Sunday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of his illness, which reportedly required him to take IVs throughout the day. Needless to say, he may not be 100 percent tonight. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 6:02 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) will play in Game 4 Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (knee) will start Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Gobert will be back in action for the first time since the opening minute of Game 1. Derrick Favors' minutes could dip with Gobert back in action, with either he or Boris Diaw likely shifting to a reserve role -- it was Favors coming off the bench in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 4:57 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 4
    Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot) is listed as questionable for Monday's game.

    Advice: Barnes hasn't played since Apr. 8 and the Warriors have no incentive to rush him back with one victory separating them from the second round. Golden State could earn a long layoff with a victory on Monday, so there's a good chance Barnes will sit out again. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 4:43 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (finger, hand) iffy for Gm 4
    Shaun Livingston (bruised hand, sprained finger) is questionable for Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: Golden State could play it safe with a comfortable 3-0 lead in the series, but we'll know more after shootaround on Monday. If he can't play, expect to see more from backups Ian Clark and Pat McCaw. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 4:42 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) game-time decision Sunday
    Rudy Gobert (knee) is working out prior to Game 4, after which Utah's trainers will decide his availability.

    Advice: Gobert looked good during his warmups and he played through some contact, so early indications are positive. We should have a conclusive update very soon. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 4:29 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 4
    Kevin Durant (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in the series, so they definitely have the luxury of holding Durant out as a precautionary measure, as they should be able to close this thing out on Monday night. We'll have a better idea on Durant's status based on what he's able to do during Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:12 pm
  • Alec Burks (knee) ruled out for Game 4
    Alec Burks (left knee) will not suit up for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: He had a PRP treatment to his left knee on Thursday, so at the very least, he figures to miss the remainder of this first-round series. He's a non-factor in the rotation, so his playing status is irrelevant, anyway. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 12:24 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's Game 4 vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He was originally listed as doubtful, but now it sounds like he will be a game-time call. For what it's worth, he did not go through shootaround. With Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs and Gobert on the verge of a return, the Jazz have to feel pretty good about their chances. Gobert will likely have restrictions if he's cleared to play, making him a risky play in DFS. His return would limit the fantasy appeal of Derrick Favors. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:01 am
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) fined $25k
    The NBA has fined Rajon Rondo $25,000 for his sideline antics during Game 3.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Rondo was sitting on the bench and stuck a leg out in an attempt to trip Jae Crowder, though he still maintains that he was just stretching. Rondo currently doesn't have a timetable to return to action because of his fractured thumb and hinted that he could miss a couple weeks. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:56 am
  • ATL to do everything possible to keep Millsap
    Hawks owner Tony Ressler made it clear that re-signing Paul Millsap this offseason is a priority.

    Advice: "We are going to make every effort imaginable to keep him," Ressler said. This isn't the first time we've heard this from the Hawks, but it will likely take a max deal to keep the 32-year-old All Star in Atlanta. The Hawks explored the idea of trading him around the turn of the new year to avoid losing him for nothing this summer, but pulled him off the market right before the trade deadline. The Hawks had to let Al Horford walk as a free agent last summer, so we'll see if they have better luck with Millsap. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 8:23 am
  • Marc Gasol hits game-winning shot in OT
    Marc Gasol hit a game-winning 12-foot runner with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to beat the Spurs 110-108 on Saturday, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, one block, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.

    Advice: It was a very difficult shot over LaMarcus Aldridge to earn the win in one of the best games you'll see in the next two months (video in link below). Gasol did look a step slow for most of this game and seven turnovers is very unusual for him. Coach David Fizdale has clearly hitched his wagon to Gasol and is likely going to ask him to play 40 minutes every night when garbage time isn't a factor. Considering how much Mike Conley dominated, the Spurs may focus more on limiting him, which may open things up for Gasol. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:06 pm
  • JaMychal Green comes up big in OT win
    JaMychal Green scored 14 points with four rebounds and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been quite some time since we saw J-Myke bring off-the-charts energy, but that's what the Grizzlies got today. Green is a very underrated defender and coach David Fizdale gave him some key fourth-quarter minutes during this one. As great as this outing was for him, Marc Gasol is a minutes eater like few other bigs and Fizz likes Zach Randolph a whole lot. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 8:45 pm
  • Update: Rudy Gobert still doubtful to play
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gobert (knee) remains doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The questionable update from earlier today did seem a little odd and another report called him unlikely to play, so Gobert likely needs at least another game off. The Jazz haven't provided many encouraging notes on Gobert outside of a report he is walking without a limp. For now, expect Derrick Favors to log most of the minutes at center. Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood also should benefit, especially with no Blake Griffin (toe). Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 6:48 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 29 points in win vs. Wiz
    Paul Millsap torched the Wizards during the Game 3 116-98 victory, scoring 29 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in just 33 minutes.

    Advice: After battling through a knee injury earlier this month, it's safe to say he is back with this gem and a 27-point, 10-board game in Game 2. As great as the outing was, all the talk will be about how Markieff Morris called Millsap a "crybaby" on top of all the MMA talk leading up to this game. When Millsap found out about the comment, he had a little trash talk of his own. "I don't care. So what? Take his loss and go back to the hotel," Millsap said. The Hawks are about inconsistent as it gets for these playoff teams, but they sure can get hot in a hurry. All eyes will continue to be on the Millsap-Morris battle. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 6:42 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable to face the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Interesting. An earlier report said he was unlikely to play and there has been very little encouraging news on Gobert since the day after his injury. The Jazz listed Derrick Favors as doubtful for almost a month last season, so don't put too much stock into this update. If he can go, this would obviously be a massive swing with him in and Blake Griffin (toe) out. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 6:19 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 Apr 22, 5:47 pm
  • Shaun Livingston, Matt Barnes out again
    Matt Barnes (right ankle, foot sprain) and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain, hand contusion) are out against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors will be a little thin on their bench, but it shouldn't be a big problem with Ian Clark, Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala fully capable to pick up the slack. Plus, the starters will likely have their minutes extended today. Iguodala could have a breakout game today while Clark continues to roast the Blazers. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 5:45 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 Apr 22, 5:24 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas shifts to a straight backup
    Jonas Valanciunas moved to the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He was a straight backup five man and didn't log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in this game. The Ibaka-JV lineups were crushed on the defensive end in the first three games with a 130.6 defensive rating, so coach Dwane Casey completely dropped it and it worked out in this win. Valanciunas is likely looking at around 20 minutes again in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 2:58 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 Apr 22, 12:08 pm
  • Confirmed: Norm Powell starting, JV to bench
    Norman Powell will indeed get the start and Jonas Valanciunas will come off the bench in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Today's starting lineup for the Raptors has not played together yet, so we're headed for a new frontier. Coach Dwane Casey is going to try to outscore the Bucks and live with Giannis Antetokounmpo having an advantage on the offensive side. JV's minutes may drop below 20 in this game, so he's a tough DFS player to trust. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 11:55 am
  • 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 Apr 22, 11:51 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 Apr 22, 11:22 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 Apr 22, 7:12 am
  • Chris Paul scores 34 points in comeback win
    Chris Paul carried the Clippers to a comeback 111-106 win in Utah on Friday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: No Blake Griffin in the second half, no problem. The Clippers overcame a 14-point deficit for their largest road comeback since 2012, and CP3's 24 points in the second half were a big reason why -- also had seven rebounds in the second half. Even if BG has to miss time, the Clippers may be OK with CP3 at the helm and getting more shots. He also passed Wilt Chamberlain for 30th on the all-time playoffs assists list. The Clippers will take their 2-1 lead to Utah again for Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 10:16 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 Apr 21, 10:02 pm
  • Rajon Rondo out for at least 2 weeks
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) said he is expecting to miss "a couple weeks."

    Advice: "I can't even use a fork with my thumb," Rondo said. In other words, he won't be playing in this series. It's hard to believe a player who was a DNP-CD earlier this season could be so irreplaceable, but the Bulls got almost nothing out of their point guard spots. Coach Fred Hoiberg said "we'll see" about his point guard, but fantasy owners will have a very tough time trusting Jerian Grant or Michael Carter-Williams. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 7:19 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 16 points in win vs. CHI
    Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a Game 3 win on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls were able to keep IT in check for the first half with just six points, but Thomas busted out in the third with eight points, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in those eight minutes. He rejoined his team on Thursday night after a trip to Washington to be with his family, so he still isn't quite in his routine. Regardless of how he plays, IT gets a ton of credit for playing through such a family tragedy. We may see IT time on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 7:12 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 18 points in Game 3 loss
    Dwyane Wade scored a team-high 18 points during a 104-87 loss in Chicago on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls offense was a complete disaster, especially in the third quarter. They couldn't get a single assist in the third and also had just one dime in the first quarter. Wade was really the only one to keep the Bulls in it early with 10 of the Bulls' first 23 points, but he fizzled out after that. He'll have more ball handling responsibility going forward with Rajon Rondo (wrist, thumb) out, so he'll offer a nice upside on a given night. The Bulls will look to keep their homecourt advantage in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 6:43 pm
  • Hawks sticking with same starters
    Coach Mike Budenholzer said he is sticking with the same starting lineup of Dennis Schroder, Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard for Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: The starters have been really bad in this series, turning in a -35.3 net rating in their 28 minutes together. The next most-used lineup is just at eight minutes in the two games, so the Hawks still have a lot of adjustments to make. Plus, Dwight Howard has been disappointing in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 12:51 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas rejoins team, will play Friday
    Isaiah Thomas has rejoined his teammates and will play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: He was expected to fly into Chicago on Thursday night following his trip to Washington for his sister's funeral. Thomas is coming off a subpar game with only 20 points in 42 minutes, so it'll be easy to root for him in a bounce back game. He's also had a tougher time against Rajon Rondo (thumb), so the Celtics are in good shape today. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 12:42 pm
  • Shaun Livingston is questionable again
    Shaun Livingston (hand) is questionable to play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has a right index finger sprain and a hand contusion, but is only day-to-day. If Livingston can't go, Ian Clark will look to add to his 12.5 points per game over the first two playoff outings. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 12:26 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 Apr 21, 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 Apr 21, 11:36 am
  • Mahinmi (calf) to miss at least 2 more games
    Coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi (calf) has been re-evaluated and will miss at least two more games.

    Advice: Mahinmi initially injured his calf back on April 10th and has not been able to suit up since. Mahinmi will travel with the team to Atlanta, but will not have a chance to play until Game 5 back in D.C. on April 26. Starter Marcin Gortat will continue to log heavy minutes, and Jason Smith will see additional minutes off the bench as well. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 9:23 am
  • Rondo (thumb) to be re-evaluated in 7-10 days
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo (fractured thumb) is currently in a cast and that he will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Rondo initially suffered the injury in the third quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday night but was able to play through it. When asked if Rondo would be able to make it back at some point this postseason, Hoiberg said it is "still too early to tell." Hoiberg also stated that Rondo has been playing through a wrist injury as well and explained that the cast would help the wrist heal by immobilizing it. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will soak up most of the minutes at PG, and Jimmy Butler will be asked to handle the ball more frequently. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 8:48 am
  • JaMychal Green scores eight off the bench
    JaMychal Green scored eight points with six rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: While he was an effective defender throughout the season, Green hasn't really had much luck against the Spurs when he's next to Marc Gasol. This plan will almost certainly stick, so Green's playing time will likely stay in the lower 20s. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 9:26 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas comes off bench in 2nd half
    Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench in the second half against the Bucks during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: If the Raptors didn't get blown out in the first half, chances are JV would've started in the second half. Still, he's only sitting at 22.0 minutes per game in these three 2017 playoff outings. This is a mild surprise after Valanciunas was fantastic before his injury in the 2016 playoffs. He'll probably be in the low 20s again on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 7:55 pm
  • Cory Joseph starts 3Q for Jonas Valanciunas
    Cory Joseph started the third quarter for Jonas Valanciunas on Thursday.

    Advice: When you only score 30 points in the first half, it's time for a change. The Raptors are going to need threes in a hurry, so that likely explains the move. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 6:34 pm
  • Alec Burks getting PRP treatment
    Alec Burks (knee) had a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection to his left knee on Thursday and he will not play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: He is basically out indefinitely. Burks has not been in the rotation and didn't really play much this season unless George Hill, Rodney Hood or Gordon Hayward missed time. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 3:55 pm
  • Celtics planning to have IT meet in CHI
    Coach Brad Stevens said the plan is for Isaiah Thomas (personal) to meet with the Celtics in Chicago on Thursday night.

    Advice: Thomas went to his home state of Washington to attend his younger sister's funeral. He is fully expected to play in Game 3 on Friday as the Celtics look to rebound from their 0-2 start. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 1:57 pm
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