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  • Will Barton not interested in an extension
    Will Barton will not agree to a contract extension with the Nuggets this offseason.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer move for Barton, as he can make a lot more money if he waits until he hits free agency in the summer of 2018. With one year left on his deal and the Nuggets loaded with depth at shooting guard, Barton is a prime trade candidate. He finished the 2016-17 season with averages of 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples on 44.3 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:11 am
  • Gerald Green will remain in starting lineup
    Gerald Green will remain in the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Wizards on Sunday.

    Advice: The Celtics will start Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Green, Jae Crowder and Al Horford. It's going to be difficult for Boston to hide both Thomas and Green on the defensive end, so don't be surprised if coach Brad Stevens makes a quick adjustment if Green doesn't have the hot hand early. The streaky shooter averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 triples in 20.5 minutes in his previous four starts in Round 1, so he's a punt option in DFS at his very affordable price. We should still see quite a bit of Marcus Smart in this series. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
  • Isaiah Thomas ready for Game 1 vs. WAS
    Isaiah Thomas is ready to go for Game 1 vs. the Wizards on Sunday.

    Advice: Thomas attended his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state, but he's already back with the team after a late night flight and was one of the first players on the floor for warmups. The Celtics have been nothing but supportive and told him to take the day off if he's not feeling up to it, but the All-Star PG will continue to play in his sister's honor the rest of the way. Daily Slant: Whether due to external factors or the Bulls’ defense, Thomas shot a below-average 43.0% from the field and 20.0% from deep in the opening series. Fortunately, Washington’s defense is much worse, which should help Thomas in either case. After the break, the Wizards were 27th in defensive rating (110.7), 29th in opponent FG% (48.4%) and 3P% (38.8%) while the Bulls were third (102.2), fourth (44.4%), and first (30.7%), respectively. He’s in a great spot to produce the monster game we’re all rooting for. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:02 am
  • Denzel Valentine hoping for a larger role
    Denzel Valentine said the front office thinks he can be a major rotational piece next season.

    Advice: Valentine got some burn after the All-Star break and averaged 7.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.9 triples in 23.0 minutes per game in that span, but he basically had to fight for scraps behind Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler and eventually fell out of the rotation in the playoffs. Wade has a player option for 2017-18 and Nikola Mirotic could leave in free agency, so there certainly is a path to more minutes for Valentine. He confirmed that he will play in the summer league and it's a safe bet that he will run most of the offense. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:52 am
  • Re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. is a priority
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. will be a priority of his this offseason.

    Advice: THJ was one of the most improved players in the NBA in 2016-17, averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 triples in 27.3 minutes per game. Hardaway was actually a candidate to be moved prior to the February deadline, but he made himself indispensable with some strong play after the turn of the new year. He's a restricted free agent which means the Hawks can match any offer he receives, so THJ will likely reprise his role as Atlanta's sixth man in 2017-18 as long as his price doesn't get out of hand. It's not out of the question that he could continue to start as well like he did to close out this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:20 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Avery Bradley shines again, scores 23 in win
    Avery Bradley was outstanding once again during a series-clinching 105-83 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 23 points with five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is just dominating right now and he got the best of Jimmy Butler. In fact, he admitted he felt disrespected by Jimmy Butler in the series, and had a little extra motivation when he heard the Bulls saying guys like him shouldn't be lighting them up. Coach Brad Stevens also said that the silver lining of Bradley missing time in January and February for his Achilles injury was that it wasn't in April and May. Bradley was playing like an All-Star before said injury and he's back to that form. The Celtics will be dangerous with AB shining. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:38 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
  • Gerald Green scores 16 points in start
    Gerald Green scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: The move to start Green was a risky one, but it paid off in spades. Coach Brad Stevens said Green was "great" in the role and he said it also allowed him to maximize Jae Crowder as a four man and Horford as a true five. Green could get minutes again vs. the Wizards. By the way, he did only score three points in the fourth, so this scoring output wasn't about garbage time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points in loss to BOS
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points during a season-ending 105-83 blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was hobbling throughout this game. On top of knee soreness, Butler also hurt his back and may have tweaked an ankle. He said the injuries were no excuses with any of the injuries and Butler said the Bulls didn't play to the Celtics' weaknesses. When asked about getting some clarity from the front office, Butler said he didn't know and he wanted to think about it. He also said "of course" when asked if he wants Dwyane Wade to stay, and he'll talk to Wade "when the time comes." He's an absolute superstar and just won't have much help on this current roster. He'll be in the mix as a first-round pick in fantasy next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:20 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
  • Isaiah Canaan scores nine points
    Isaiah Canaan scored nine points with one assist and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: After a 3-pointer in the first half, Canaan was actually talking trash to Isaiah Thomas. Needless to say, Thomas won the battle of the Isaiahs. Canaan isn't a lock to be in an NBA rotation next year, but he was encouraging in the postseason. Despite his three starts in the postseason, it would be a massive surprise to see him get any starting consideration next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:06 pm
  • John Wall scores 42 points in win vs. Hawks
    John Wall scored a playoff career-high 42 points during a series-clinching 115-99 win over the Hawks on Friday, adding one rebound, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes.

    Advice: After all the smack talk in this series, Wall was pumped to get the win on the Hawks' floor. He was waving goodbye to the fans and he looked to be talking smack to Atlanta Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones in the front row. Wall is playing extremely well and basically did whatever he wanted in a favorable matchup. Moving forward, he actually did struggle against the Celtics, averaging 17.8 points, 8.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.5 treys. If he plays like he has lately, he'll still be unguardable. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 31 points in win
    Bradley Beal scored 31 points in a win over the Hawks on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one block, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It's been an absolute breakout campaign for Beal, dropping 26 per night in the playoffs to follow up his career-high 23.1 points per game during the regular season. Moving on to the Boston series, Beal performed about at expectations with 22.0 points per game. With all of the strong perimeter defenders on Boston, it won't come easy for Beal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:58 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 26 points vs. Wiz
    Dennis Schroder scored 26 points with one rebound, 10 assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He did put up plenty of stats in this series, but John Wall owned him through this round. Schroder was able to avoid the doghouse for most of this season with the exception of a handful of games, so he should go into next season with a significant role. Schroder was also able to put up better numbers after the break, so he'll be trending up heading into his age-24 season. His game just doesn't translate well enough to be worth reaching for early in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:11 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
  • Tony Allen is confident he'll be back
    Unrestricted free agent Tony Allen (calf) is confident he will stay in Memphis next season.

    Advice: "I'm not trying to break the bank," Allen said. In other words, it sounds like Allen is willing to give a hometown discount. Up until the last game of the year, Allen was fairly healthy this season with 71 games played. His calf string in the regular-season finale cost him a playoff run, but he'll be healthy before summer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:29 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
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) to play in Game 6
    Jimmy Butler (knee) only "did a little" at shootaround but, as expected, will play in Game 6 Friday night vs. Boston.

    Advice: Butler and the Bulls have acknowledged that he's dealing with some soreness in his left knee. It is believed the injury was initially suffered during a collision last Sunday. After getting to the free throw line 23 times in Game 4, Butler attempted only one free throw in Game 5. Also, he had just two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Chicago will likely need Butler to be extra aggressive if they want to stay alive. The question is whether or not the knee issue is hampering his ability to attack. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:35 am
  • Colangelo to watch Furkan Korkmaz play
    Sixers president Bryan Colangelo is in Spain this week to watch Furkan Korkmaz.

    Advice: Philadelphia selected Korkmaz, a 6'8" shooting guard, with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft. Korkmaz had an unmanageable $2 million buyout last summer and thus spent the season overseas. He averaged 8.4 points in 16 Turkish league games and 10.9 points (while shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point territory) in eight BCL games. Korkmaz is still under contract for the 2017-18 season. So, depending on the buyout numbers, he may have to spend another season in Europe before heading to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 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
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 29 points to beat MEM
    Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points during a series-clinching 103-96 win over the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: As you might expect, he got some serious praise after this win. Coach Gregg Popovich called Kawhi the best player in the NBA, and coach David Fizdale also talked about Robot Kawhi. "He actually just told me he does bleed antifreeze. He admitted to it. We're getting him checked out," Fizdale said. Moving to the next round, Leonard was already above average against the Rockets and was below average against Memphis during the regular season, so Playoff Kawhi could be in for some massive output in this series. Plus, Leonard only had an 87.9 pace against the Grizzlies in this series, which is nowhere near the 98.4 pace he had against the Rockets this season. There's a very good chance he can increase his 2017 playoff averages of 31.2 points, 6.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:02 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 26 points in loss to Spurs
    Mike Conley scored 26 points during a season-ending 103-96 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Even in a loss, Conley's star shined as bright as ever during this series. Coach David Fizdale said he would open up Conley's game as a scorer and he did just that, averaging 24.7 points per game in efficient fashion. After Conley turned in top-15 value in fantasy during the 2017 portion of the regular season, he'll enter his age-30 season with a ton of momentum after an injury-plagued run in his previous two seasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:40 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
  • Stevens intends to start Green again
    Coach Brad Stevens said he intends to start Gerald Green in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He played just 12 minutes in Game 5 and 23 minutes in Game 4 during his two starts. Stevens talked up Terry Rozier before the game, and the backup came through with some big plays in 18 minutes. Expect to see a similar distribution in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:47 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
  • Jimmy Butler playing through a knee issue
    Jimmy Butler has been playing through a left knee issue.

    Advice: He reportedly picked up the injury in Game 4 when he collided with a Celtics player. "I'm good. Everyone's a little nicked up," Butler said. "I'll be all right." Butler seemed fine in Game 5 on Thursday up until the fourth quarter, as he only attempted two shots in that frame and didn't have his usual lift. He has been playing 41.4 minutes per game in this series, but with Chicago's season on the line, expect another massive workload in Game 6 on Friday even if he's less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:41 am
  • Gerald Green starts, plays only 11 minutes
    Gerald Green started Game 5 on Wednesday but he played only 11 minutes, finishing with two points on 1-of-3 shooting and one rebound.

    Advice: Boston's starters came out flat and both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier provided welcome energy off the bench. The result was Green sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters, to the chagrin of everyone who gambled on him in DFS tonight. He contributes almost nothing beyond scoring, which makes him a risky option even if his role weren't so precarious. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • 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 Wednesday, 8:41 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
  • 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 Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Bradley Beal posts 27 pts in Wizards win
    Bradley Beal had 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting, five rebounds, three steals, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 41 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Hawks haven't had any answers for Beal or John Wall in this series. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said afterward, "I think [Beal] is one of the best two-way players in the league," and among shooting guards it's hard to disagree. Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, with another highlight-reel dunk (see the link below), and the Wizards' star backcourt has them one game away from advancing to the second round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:38 pm
  • Dennis Schroder double-doubles in Game 5 loss
    Dennis Schroder posted his first double-double of the playoffs on Wednesday with 29 points, 11 assists and two steals, making 10-of-18 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with a 5-of-6 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Schroder was huge down the stretch and he committed just one turnover tonight, compared to his regular-season average of 3.3 per game. He's thriving in the postseason spotlight, which is critical since Atlanta's alternatives are 35-year-old Jose Calderon and undrafted rookie Malcolm Delaney. "All year we’ve expected so much of Dennis and he may have tried to do too much on occasion," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Right now he’s being very aggressive, getting people involved, moving the ball, making good decisions." Expect more of the same in a must-win Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:29 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 Wednesday, 4:10 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
  • Leonard scores 28 as Spurs take 3-2 lead
    Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Leonard has now scored in double digits in 25 straight playoff games which is the longest streak by a Spur since Tim Duncan's 26 from 2011-2013. He finished 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line (his first FT miss of the series), adding six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples. The Spurs can close out this series with a Game 6 win in Memphis on Thursday and the Grizzlies still have no answer for Leonard. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Mike Conley plays well again in Game 5 loss
    Mike Conley hit 10-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, two rebounds, six dimes, four steals and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's 116-103 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: The Spurs took a 3-2 lead tonight with Game 6 set to take place at Memphis on Thursday night. Conley has finally been playing up to his massive contract in these playoffs, averaging 27.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his last four games. He'll have to bring his A game on Thursday at home to force a Game 7 in San Antonio on Saturday, but the odds are stacked against the Grizzlies advancing out of this series, despite Conley's heroic play of late. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 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
  • 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
  • Dennis Schroder scores 18 as Hawks tie series
    Dennis Schroder scored 18 points to lead the Hawks to a 111-101 Game 4 win over the Wizards on Monday to tie the series 2-2, adding three rebounds, one assist and two triples in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up three fouls in the first quarter and didn't even play in the second, but he won this game for the Hawks. Schroder notched all 18 of his points after the break including 10 in the fourth quarter, and he hit a few huge daggers down the stretch to put this one out of reach. These playoffs have been his coming out party so far, as he was averaging 25.0 points and 8.0 assists in his previous three games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 32 points in Game 4 loss
    Bradley Beal scored 32 points in Monday's Game 4 111-101 loss to Atlanta, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Despite shooting 39.7 percent from the field in the first three games of the series, Beal kept firing away tonight and finished 11-of-23 from the field. He recently said that he removed the word "miss" from his vocabulary to keep his confidence high, and with Beal getting back into a rhythm tonight, the Wizards should be confident with the series shifting back to Washington for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:57 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Apr 24, 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 Apr 24, 11:27 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 Apr 24, 10:06 am
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler hits 19-of-23 FTs, scores 33 pts
    Jimmy Butler drained 19-of-23 free throws en route to a 33-point game on Sunday, adding a playoff career-high nine assists with five rebounds, one steal, and only one turnover in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Butler's efforts weren't enough tonight despite the impressive free throw shooting, which has been a staple of his value all season. His 8.9 attempts per game crushed his previous career-high and ranked fourth in the NBA behind James Harden, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins. He looked gassed down the stretch tonight, after getting a mere two minutes of rest and playing the entire second half, so it's good news that he gets two days off before Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 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 Apr 23, 6:41 pm
  • Gerald Green w/ playoff career-high 18 points
    Gerald Green scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers during Sunday's Game 4 win in Chicago, adding seven rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls left Green wide open early in the game and he made them pay dearly, helping Boston roar out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. Green said that his goal was simply to bring "energy" to the first unit, but he brought much more than that tonight. He'll likely be a popular DFS option during Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 6:31 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gerald Green looking to give Boston energy
    Gerald Green said his job is to bring some energy and pace to the first unit.

    Advice: "I was just trying to bring energy. I think that was most important," Green said after logging 20 minutes in the starting lineup in Game 3 vs. Chicago. "I feel like my energy was there early on in the game. So that’s what I’m going to try to do [in Sunday's Game 4]: just try to come out with a lot of energy and just try to play up-tempo basketball, try to just bring it on both ends." Green played through a mild ankle tweak and scored eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers, and he's on the radar as a DFS play in tournaments because of his boom-or-bust appeal. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 6:49 am
  • Maximum Effort: Mike Conley scores 35 in win
    Mike Conley scored a playoff career-high 35 points during a thrilling 110-108 overtime victory over the Spurs in Game 4 on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe his contract was a bargain after all. Conley just continues to cause defensive breakdowns, including a beautiful drive with five seconds left in regulation to send this one to overtime. As you might expect, coach David Fizdale had some thoughts about his guy. "I don't think we'll be talking about how much money he makes anymore," Fizdale said. Conley always gets the "underrated" tag, but his fantasy owners know that Conley has been absolutely crushing for months. We have a series and Game 5 will break this 2-2 tie on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:04 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 43 points in OT loss
    Kawhi Leonard was incredible during a 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 43 points with eight rebounds, three assists, six blocks and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: His fourth quarter was one for the ages, scoring the Spurs' final 16 points in regulation. The Grizzlies were throwing doubles at him for most of his halfcourt sets and coach David Fizdale mentioned he pulled out all the stops to try and stop him. "I'm taking suggestions on how to guard Kawhi Leonard," Fizdale said after the game. Leonard's offense has been unreal in this series as he matched his playoff career-high 32 in Game 1, set a new career high in Game 2 with 37, and followed that up with this explosion. He did struggle a bit in overtime with some offensive mistakes, so maybe he is human after all. Regardless, this is Exhibit A for anyone who wants to argue Kawhi is the best player in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 8:40 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 27 points
    Dennis Schroder scored 27 points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer said he wanted Schroder to be more like Kawhi Leonard and try to avoid the trash talk, but it's going to be really tough for him now. When Schroder found out that Markieff Morris called Paul Millsap a crybaby, Schroder had a hilarious reaction to the comment (video in link below). He plays with a lot of confidence and he'll likely have a little more after this game. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 6:32 pm
  • John Wall scores 29 in loss to Hawks
    John Wall made 10-of-12 from the field for 29 points in a 116-98 loss to the Hawks on Saturday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't get much help with Bradley Bealy only scoring 12 points on 6-of-20 from the field. The other four starters only combined for 30 in this game, as well. The Wizards starters were absolutely smashing in this series for the first two games, but the slow start led to their undoing. Wall's usage rate should be higher in Game 4 and he may try to put the team on his back even more than usual. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 5:59 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Apr 21, 7:17 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
  • Gerald Green scores eight points in start
    Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

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

    Advice: The Celtics made it very tough on Jimmy today. Only eight of his shots came inside of the paint, so a ton of credit goes to Avery Bradley here for keeping Jimmy in check to limit defensive breakdowns. Also, Butler did not go to the line in this game, so take that for data. The Bulls will have to come up with some more inventive ways to get Jimmy some better looks, but he absolutely should fare better in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 6:36 pm
  • Gerald Green starts the second half
    Gerald Green started the second half on Friday.

    Advice: His left ankle tweak doesn't look like it'll be an issue for coach Brad Stevens' rotation, which has been very odd and perhaps too deep. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 5:26 pm
  • Gerald Green goes to the locker room
    Gerald Green went to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday and he is available to return.

    Advice: He just went to go get re-taped and came running out from the locker room about 10 minutes later in real time. If he's limited, the Celtics may go with more Marcus Smart because of how the small-ball lineup worked early. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 4:56 pm
  • Gerald Green starting over Amir Johnson
    Gerald Green is starting for Amir Johnson in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Wow. This is basically uncharted waters for the Celtics with the Green, Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Al Horford lineup playing together for just 16 minutes this season -- they had a +1.8 net rating, for what it's worth. Coach Brad Stevens stressed rebounding, but he looks like he'll try to go with a smaller, faster lineup to offset that issue. Green will be a risky DFS play, but the four-fingered assassin has shown he can get hot in a hurry. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 2:35 pm
  • Tony Allen out of a walking boot
    Tony Allen (calf) is out of his walking boot and is conditioning on a stationary bike.

    Advice: He's still very doubtful for the series against the Spurs. Coach David Fizdale went with James Ennis in the starting lineup and it worked to get a win after two blowup losses. Wayne Selden, Vince Carter and Ennis figure to take on most of the minutes on the wings. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 12:56 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
  • 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
  • Mike Conley scores 24 points in win vs. Spurs
    Mike Conley scored 24 points during a 105-94 win over the Spurs on Thursday, adding one rebound, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, coach David Fizdale said he wanted to figure out how to get Conley loose, so he did just that with Conley going 7-of-13 from the field and making all eight from the line. The max-contract guard did struggle more on his two-point shots in the first two games, but he put Tony Parker on skates throughout this win. He dominated as an offensive weapon for the final two months of the season, so expect to see another strong game in Game 4 on Saturday as the Grizzlies look to level this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 9:42 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores just 18 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard scored just 18 points during a 105-94 loss to the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-11 from the field and all four free throws, so he was still efficient. The Grizzlies were more aggressive on Kawhi when he was on the perimeter, which somewhat explains the dip in usage. Luckily for coach David Fizdale, they were able to keep Kawhi from getting to the line, so we won't get a "take that for data" rant today. Even the best robots have off days, so expect Kawhi to get a software upgrade for Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 9:20 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
  • David Fizdale calls Kawhi Leonard a robot
    Coach David Fizdale said coach Gregg Popovich found a way to get a robot on an NBA roster with Kawhi Leonard.

    Advice: "He stood beside me and wasn't breathing," Fizdale said of Leonard. "He bleeds antifreeze." The Kawhitron 2000 is a learning computer with a neural-net processor sent to planet earth to dominate basketball games. Kidding aside, Kawhi is absolutely ridiculous so far in these playoffs, scoring 34.5 points per game on a pristine 85.6 true shooting percentage. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 11:35 am
  • Bradley Beal doesn't know what a 'miss' is
    Bradley Beal said to keep his confidence high, he has removed the word "miss" from his vocabulary.

    Advice: "Something I always tell myself, I don’t know what a miss is. Like, it’s over. A miss is a lady. You just forget about it and you just move on to the next shot," Beal said. "That’s my way of helping me forget about my last shot, so I just stick with that and just keep it moving." Beal started cold in both Games 1 and 2, but he's consistently finished strong and has put in averages of 26.5 points, 3.0 triples, 3.0 dimes and 3.0 steals on 43.8 percent shooting through Washington's first-round series. Rotoworld.com Apr 20, 9:07 am
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