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  • No. 1 goal is to get Parsons healthy
    Mike Conley said the No. 1 goal for the Grizzlies is to get Chandler Parsons (knee) healthy.

    Advice: "Chandler Parsons is a major piece. We can't overlook that," Conley said. After getting the max, Parsons played just 34 games at just 19.9 minutes per outing with the Grizzlies. His injuries led to some fellow NBA players calling him out on Twitter for his contract not exactly looking great. Parsons will be coming at a heavy discount next year in drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:39 am
  • Zach Randolph's goal is to stay
    Unrestricted free agent Zach Randolph said his goal is to stay with the Grizzlies next season.

    Advice: After Z-Bo hopped around on four different teams from 2007 to 2009, he's been with the Grizzlies since 2009. Randolph's style play has become part of the culture in Memphis and he's very active in the community. He also has a good rapport with coach David Fizdale, so the 35-year-old big man is likely staying put. He won't be worth drafting in standard leagues next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:36 am
  • 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 Today, 11:29 am
  • Vince Carter wants to keep playing
    Vince Carter said he wants to keep playing and staying in Memphis is up to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "It's a pleasure coming to work here with the fans, atmosphere," Carter said. He's a free agent and is 40 years old, but he did show he can still play with 12 points in 32 minutes during Game 6. If Chandler Parsons (knee) can stay on the court, Carter likely wouldn't play too much in Memphis. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:26 am
  • 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 Today, 10:51 am
  • Sam Dekker (hand) says he can play Monday
    Sam Dekker (hand) said that he will be available to play in Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: Dekker underwent surgery to repair his fractured left hand back on April 3rd. He is on schedule, as he was expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks. Dekker averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest during the regular season. However, Houston played well in the first round, eliminating the Thunder in five games. It will be difficult for Dekker to squeeze his way into coach Mike D'Antoni's eight-man rotation after the success Houston had in round one. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:34 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 Today, 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 Today, 9:35 am
  • Jason Smith (calf) remain GTD for Game 6
    Jason Smith (calf) says he is "feeling good" and went through shootaround but remains a game-time decision for Game 6 Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Smith exited Game 5 on Wednesday due to a left calf contusion and is attempting to work his way back. He told reporters after shootaround Friday morning: "Hopefully I'll be to go tonight." If Smith is unable to suit up, Marcin Gortat will likely be asked log close to 40 minutes, just as he did in Game 5. Markieff Morris and Bojan Bogdanovic might also see an uptick in playing time if the Wiz choose to go small. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:03 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 Today, 8:32 am
  • Pascal Siakam named MVP of D-League Finals
    Pascal Siakam was named MVP of the D-League Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Toronto's affiliate, the Raptors 905, beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to win the title. Siakam averaged 23 points (on 55 percent shooting), nine rebounds & two blocks in the series. Bruno Caboclo (31 points and 11 rebounds) and Fred VanVleet (28 points and 14 assists) also played well in the championship-clinching contest. All three players are under contract for next season, giving the Raps solid depth heading into the 2017-18 campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:02 am
  • Zhou Qi in Houston to train with the Rockets
    Zhou Qi is in Houston to train with the team and would like to sign a contract to play for the Rockets next season.

    Advice: Houston selected Zhou with the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 draft. He spent last season in China, where averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds and helped lead his team to the CBA championship. According to his agent, Zhou is "looking forward to sitting down and talking and seeing what might happen in the future. His dream is to one day play in the NBA." The 7'2" forward/center would provide som depth along the Rockets frontline if they decided to bring him stateside for the 2017-18 campaign. They could also choose to stash him overseas for another season. It is unknown if Zhou will play with Rockets' summer league team. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:57 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 Today, 6:37 am
  • Clippers hope to re-sign Blake Griffin
    The Clippers are committed to signing Blake Griffin to a long-term contract this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Despite a rash of injuries in recent years that have derailed him in the postseason, Griffin is still just 28 years old and supremely skilled. The current core of Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan has yet to get over the hump; however, losing a player as talented as Griffin in his prime and having nothing to show for it would be devastating to the franchise. The safest course of action may be re-signing Blake and then trading him down the line if the results remain unsatisfactory. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:19 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 Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Renaissance: Tony Parker scores 27 in win
    Tony Parker made 11-of-14 from the field for 27 points with two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: It was classic Parker. He made all four free throws to give him an 85.7 true shooting percentage, including three field goal makes in the final two minutes to help the Spurs advance. Excluding his goose egg in Game 3, Parker scored at least 15 points in the other five games and was able to mix in all sorts of scoring. Against Houston, Parker was above his average in scoring with 14.3 points per game, so maybe he can keep this impressive run going. Game 1 is on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 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 Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 13 points in 38 minutes
    Zach Randolph played 38 minutes in the starting lineup during a loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: After Randolph played just 24.5 minutes per game in the regular season, coach David Fizdale leaned heavily on his guy a ton during this series with 32 minutes per game. Randolph is going to be a free agent this summer, but the Grizzlies have to be a heavy favorite to bring him back. He may even have a statue outside of FedEx Forum one day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Vince Carter scores 12 points in 32 minutes
    Vince Carter scored 12 points in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had the unenviable task of guarding Kawhi Leonard for some key minutes and had a big steal against him. Carter is 40 years old, but he showed he still has plenty left in the tank. Carter is a first-ballot Hall of Fame player as one of the league's best players over the last two decades. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 13 points vs. Bucks
    Kyle Lowry scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block, two steals, and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He was getting some treatment on his back during this game, so he's still not all the way back. With the Cavs already set to face them in Cleveland, Lowry will get three full days off before Game 1 on Monday. Lowry hasn't been close to the offensive weapon he was with only a 19.2 usage rate in these playoffs, which is way down from his 24.9 during the regular season. Although, he'll get a much better matchup against Kyrie Irving. For what it's worth, Lowry had a 28.6 usage rate in his six games vs. Kyrie in the playoffs last year and a 26.0 in the four regular-season games. If his back allows it, Lowry could look like a superstar in the next round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 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 Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 34 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points in a season-ending 92-89 loss to the Raptors on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He was extremely aggressive early in this game, going 5-of-5 from the field with all of those shots coming in the paint. The Bucks offense was not very successful outside of the Giannis drives in the first half, making just 3-of-17 outside of the paint in the first 24 minutes. Antetokounmpo also only checked out with 6:26 left in the second, sat out for 81 seconds, and played the rest of the game. He reached superstardom this season and he'll be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in drafts next year. He's still just 22, so he could get even better. Let your imagination run wild with how good he could be. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call
    Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call for Game 6 in Atlanta on Friday.

    Advice: He suffered a left calf contusion during Wednesday's Game 5 and wasn't able to return. He's considered day-to-day and received treatment on Thursday instead of practicing. We'll have a better idea of his status after Friday's morning shootaround. If he's out, Marcin Gortat will have to play more and the Wizards may have to use smaller lineups with Markieff Morris logging some center minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Andre Roberson would like to re-sign w/ OKC
    Andre Roberson said he would "definitely" like to stick with the Thunder this summer.

    Advice: The 25-year-old defensive stopper averaged 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 0.6 triples in 80 regular-season games, but played the best basketball of his career in the playoffs. In the first-round series vs. Houston, Roberson averaged an impressive 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.4 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.4 triples. Those defensive stats are intriguing, but fantasy owners are still waiting for his offensive game to come around. He should be looking at a significant raise this summer and hopefully he expands his game during the offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Neil Olshey excited about Vonleh
    Portland GM Neil Olshey said Noah Vonleh's development excited him the most of any player this season.

    Advice: Vonleh will only be 22 years old in August and played well for Portland down the stretch, averaging 6.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.5 steals on 57.5 percent shooting after the All-Star break. Barring some trades, the Blazers are basically returning their entire frontcourt with the exception of Festus Ezeli (knee) for 2017-18, but Vonleh has made a decent case to remain in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • Joakim Noah undergoes successful surgery
    Joakim Noah had surgery to repair his rotator cuff in his right shoulder on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was reported over two weeks ago that Noah would need surgery, but after evaluating other treatment plans, he listened to the doctors and finally opted for surgery. According to head coach Jeff Hornacek, his recovery time will be approximately five months which means he will be targeting a return around training camp. Even if he's ready to go for opening night, the oft-injured big man still has to serve the remainder of his suspension for a drug violation back in March -- he has 12 games left on his initial 20-game suspension. Willy Hernangomez is the center that fantasy owners will want to spend a draft pick on in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:26 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
  • Jason Smith (bruised calf) exits Wednesday
    Jason Smith didn't return after exiting Wednesday's game in the second half with a left calf contusion, finishing with five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Smith crashed into the basket stanchion prior to exiting. He jogged into the locker room but had his left leg iced when he returned to the bench, and we'll have to wait for updates before determining his status for Game 6 on Friday. If he misses more time, Marcin Gortat's minutes should increase and the Wizards will be forced to run plenty of small lineups. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:29 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
  • Kyle Lowry says his body is fantastic
    When asked about his back injury, Kyle Lowry said his body is "fantastic right now".

    Advice: He wasn't quite as aggressive in Game 5, driving the ball just nine times compared to the 14 per game in the first four games of the series. Lowry's time with the basketball is also down compared to the regular season and he's also made just 32.4 percent of his jumpers. The All-Star getting an extra day off before Game 6 on Thursday should help him, so maybe he has one of those "Kyle Lowry Over Everything" explosions. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:43 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kyle Lowry (back) is feeling 'better'
    Coach Dwane Casey said Kyle Lowry's back was feeling better on Tuesday.

    Advice: Here's the full quote from Casey: "Not much better, but better". Casey also added he hopes that Lowry's back will continue to loosen up with time and treatment. Game 6 in the in the Raptors vs. Bucks series is not until Thursday night, so Lowry has a couple of days to heal. Lowry is fully expected to suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:53 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
  • Raps assign Caboclo and Siakam to D-League
    Raptors have assigned Bruno Caboclo, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: The Raptors D-League team, the 905, is currently playing in the D-League Finals, so expect these three players to be shuffled back and forth. It should not have any fantasy impact. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:45 am
  • Sam Dekker (hand) increasing rehab activity
    Sam Dekker (hand) received approval from team doctors to increase his rehab activity.

    Advice: Dekker had surgery to insert six screws and a plate in his left hand back on April 3. He began shooting last week and has now been cleared to start using his left hand in drills. "I can't play yet, but they said I can start being more aggressive, ball-handling, catching and trying to get comfortable doing that," Dekker said. He is still without a timetable, but Dekker said he was hopeful to play in the second round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:35 am
  • Noah Vonleh starts the second half
    Noah Vonleh started the second half of Monday's blowout Game 4 loss to the Warriors, finishing with three points on 1-of-2 shooting with 14 rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Vonleh was buried on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, but due to several injuries in the frontcourt, he took on a larger role after the All-Star break and averaged 6.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.5 steals on 57.5 percent shooting in that span. He's far from a finished product, but he's still only 21 years old and has made a decent case for a larger role next season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Giannis' 30 points not enough in Game 5 loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's 30 points weren't enough in a 118-93 loss to the Raptors in Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: He was coming off a 6-of-19 FG performance in Game 4 and got off to a nightmare start in the first quarter by hitting 1-of-6 shots, but he finally got things going in the second quarter when he hit all six of shots. Giannis finished the night 12-of-19 from the field in 41 minutes with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks, but simply didn't have enough help -- only two of his teammates scored in double digits. The Bucks now trail the Raptors (3-2) for the first time in this series and will look to save their season in Game 6 on Thursday at home. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:12 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) scores 16 in Game 5 win
    Kyle Lowry (back) scored 16 points (4-of-9 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) with 10 assists, three boards, three steals and two triples in 36 minutes in a 118-93 Game 5 win over the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He deserves a ton of credit for playing because he was clearly hurting out there. Lowry would try to avoid sitting down during his trips to the bench and was frequently stretching out his back on the baseline. He asked out of the game in the first couple minutes of the fourth quarter, but quickly returned and was able to hang in there. Lowry will now be able to rest up for a couple days for Game 6 on Thursday as the series shifts back to Milwaukee with the Raptors leading 3-2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:43 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will play in Game 5 vs. MIL
    Kyle Lowry (back) is a go for Monday's Game 5 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Lowry was never in any real danger of sitting this one out, and it's unlikely he'll have any sort of minutes limit for tonight's pivotal Game 5. Joining Lowry in the starting five will be DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:17 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) a game-time decision
    Kyle Lowry (back) said he is feeling much better, but he remains a game-time decision for Monday's Game 5 matchup with the Bucks.

    Advice: Lowry was limited at shootaround, but all indications are that he'll take the court tonight for a crucial Game 5 in Toronto. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:21 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
  • Raptors recall Siakam
    The Raptors have recalled Bruno Caboclo and Pascal Siakam from the D-League.

    Advice: Neither player has been in the rotation lately, so there are no fantasy implications here. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:46 am
  • Kyle Lowry (back) expected to play Game 5
    Kyle Lowry (back) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Lowry arrived to shootaround with some stiffness in his back, so the Raptors gave him some treatment and sent him home instead of having him go through practice. It sounds like he's fully expected to play, but there's now some added risk if you're planning on using him in DFS. We'll be on the lookout for more updates as we approach the 7:00 ET tip-off. If he's unable to play, Cory Joseph and Delon Wright will pick up minutes, while DeMar DeRozan would see a huge bump in usage. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:18 am
  • 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 Sunday, 6:42 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 6:29 pm
  • Andre Roberson racks up the defensive stats
    Andre Roberson racked up the defensive stats during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, recording five blocks and two steals through 38 minutes of floor time.

    Advice: Roberson also added 13 points, one triple, four boards and three turnovers to his stat line, and he did an excellent job of making life difficult for James Harden. Unfortunately, Billy Donovan refused to pull Roberson late when the Rockets started going with a hack-a-Roberson strategy, and Roberson proceeded to go just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe, which was a misstep that certainly factored into OKC blowing their fourth-quarter lead. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:36 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 6:49 am
  • Noah Vonleh scores 10 points with 7 board
    Noah Vonleh scored 10 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was effective off the bench and had three putback jams. Vonleh's minutes are likely going to drop into the teens during Game 4 on Monday, but he still gets a lot of credit for turning it on over the last month or so. Maybe he can parlay his recent play with a strong offseason to get him going next year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • 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 Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • 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 Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Vince Carter hurt knee late in the game
    Vince Carter looked to have banged knees late in Saturday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: He hobbled off the court and hopefully he'll be able to recover for Tuesday. If not, there will be more minutes going to James Ennis, Andrew Harrison and Troy Daniels. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 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 Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Tony Parker looks good again in Game 4
    Tony Parker bounced back in Game 4 against the Grizzlies, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Those 37 minutes were by far the most he's played all season and in the playoffs. Parker hasn't hit the 32-minute mark since Jan. 10, so coach Gregg Popovich went into uncharted waters. After his zero-point, 19-minute game on Thursday, the Spurs have to be satisfied Parker was able to produce. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • Noah Vonleh to the bench
    Noah Vonleh will move to the bench for Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes sense as the Blazers try to limit the perimeter, so Vonleh may not get much playing time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 18 points in 43 minutes
    Kyle Lowry scored 18 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in a Game 4 win against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a ghost in the first half with only four points and one assist in his 21.2 minutes before halftime, but Lowry busted out in the third for eight points on a 133.3 effective field goal percentage to help the Raptors pull away. Lowry still hasn't really exploded like he was for basically the first three months of the year, so maybe there's a rust factor here. He'll have the home folks behind him for Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 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 Saturday, 2:58 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo struggles in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made just 6-of-19 from the field for 14 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers during an 87-76 loss to the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides his 10 points in the second quarter, Giannis was not the 2016-17 version of himself during this game. Antetokounmpo was just 3-of-10 on jumpers in this game and was even worse on layups at just 2-of-8. He was also pressing a bit to cause those seven turnovers, as well. You could say Giannis was just due for a bad game after he dominated this series perhaps more than any other player has done so in the past week. He'll be better on Monday in Toronto as this series has now become just a best of three. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 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 Saturday, 11:55 am
  • Blake Griffin (toe) to miss rest of playoffs
    Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe.

    Advice: The Clippers simply can't catch a break, as this is yet another postseason in which they have to deal with a debilitating injury to one of their star players. Griffin injured the toe late in the first half on Friday. Marreese Speights started the second half in place of Blake and will continue to see an uptick in minutes going forward, but Speights may still come off the bench if Austin Rivers (hamstring) is healthy enough to return. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will be asked to shoulder the offensive load going forward. CP3's usage rate will spike, just as it did in the second half of Game 3. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:36 am
  • Blake Griffin (toe) status uncertain for Gm 4
    Blake Griffin (bruised right big toe) underwent an MRI and his status for Game 4 on Sunday is unknown.

    Advice: Griffin injured his toe after making a layup over Rodney Hood with just under four minutes left in the second quarter. He limped back on defense and slammed his fist into a chair when he got back to the bench, before heading to the locker room. He was subsequently ruled out for the second half. Fortunately, the X-rays were negative, but Griffin may still miss time. We're still waiting to hear word on the result of the MRI. "We should have more news [Saturday]," coach Doc Rivers said. "So we don’t know [how he is doing] is the answer." Check back soon for an update. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:47 am
  • Blake Griffin (bruised big toe) out for game
    Blake Griffin (bruised right big toe) will not return to Friday's game.

    Advice: The good news is X-rays were negative, so hopefully it's only a day-to-day thing. Griffin himself also reportedly said the injury was worse than he thought, so this could be a multiple-game issue. Marreese Speight started the second half and will have to step up in a big way. Plus, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul will have to bring their A game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Blake Griffin (leg) goes to the locker room
    Blake Griffin (leg) went to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday.

    Advice: He looked to have a tweak to his lower leg after a drive to the basket. A report from Jazz radio says Griffin looked to say it's "worse than I thought" as he went back to the locker room. We'll see if he starts the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:07 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 6:57 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Sam Dekker (hand) will see doctor Monday
    Sam Dekker (hand) will see a doctor on Monday.

    Advice: He has been getting some shots up, but he's not catching passes with his left hand. Dekker suffered his hand fracture three weeks ago, so there's a chance he could have a timetable to return after his appointment. He is almost certainly out for the entire first round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:17 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 12:42 pm
  • 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 8:48 am
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) is out indefinitely
    The Bulls announced on Friday morning that Rajon Rondo has a fractured thumb and that he will be sidelined indefinitely.

    Advice: Per the Bulls press release, "Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night. Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture. Surgery is not required for this injury, and he is out indefinitely." This is a tough blow for a Bulls team that was riding a major wave of momentum. Rondo had been playing terrifically over the first two games of the series, averaging 11.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.5 boards. Jerian Grant will likely move into the starting lineup. Michael Carter-Williams will see extended minutes off the Bulls bench as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:08 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 Thursday, 9:42 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 21 points in win
    Zach Randolph scored 21 points in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale loved what he got out of Z-Bo and he called him "fantastic" after the game. "It just matters so much to him," Fizdale said. He added he was very happy he was able to coach Randolph, and he mentioned that Z-Bo never really asked him to start despite how Randolph came off the bench for 68 games during the regular season. It looks like Z-Bo is headed for 30 minutes in Game 4, so he's a viable DFS play. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:37 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 Thursday, 9:20 pm
  • Tony Parker doesn't score in 19 minutes
    Tony Parker did not score in 19 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding just one rebound and one turnover.

    Advice: After Parker looked to have found the fountain of youth in the first two games with his 16.5 points per game, he just came out flat today and Mike Conley also took care of business. Based on how much he struggled throughout the regular season, there is a little cause for concern for the future Hall of Fame point guard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:12 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 in Game 3 win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made an impact all over the court during a 104-77 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's easily the best player in this series and he continues to run the offense. Antetokounmpo's defense has been just as good as his offense as he's often been the last line of defense. The Bucks kept the Raptors to just 30 points in the first half to help them coast to a 2-1 lead. They'll look to take a bigger lead on Saturday in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 pm
  • Jurassic Parked: Raptors O stalls in bad loss
    Kyle Lowry scored 13 points during an ugly 104-77 loss to the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: There's just something about the Raptors struggling in the playoffs. This game was over at half with the Raptors trailing 57-30, and the first unit offense was just a lost cause. The starters combined for just two assists in the entire game while the Bucks had seven players with at least two assists. Maybe Lowry's wrist isn't 100 percent or maybe the Bucks trapping him has caused some problems. He'll need to step up on Saturday with the Raptors trailing 1-2. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, 6:34 pm
  • Zach Randolph, James Ennis starting vs. SA
    Zach Randolph and James Ennis will start for JaMychal Green and Wayne Selden in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale said there could be lineup changes coming, and he's not messing around this time. The Grizzlies did have some luck with their Z-Bo lineups and really any change makes sense after they were thumped in the first two games. Expect Randolph to see minutes in the upper 20s. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:52 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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, 11:35 am
  • Fizdale says he will tweak starting lineup
    Grizzlies' head coach David Fizdale confirmed that he will tweak his starting lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against the Spurs.

    Advice: Fizdale wouldn't say exactly who will be moving into the starting five, but both James Ennis and Zach Randolph are the most obvious potential candidates considering JaMychal Green and Wayne Seldon haven't done much of anything as starters. Randolph also started the second half of Game 2, and finished with 18 points, 10 boards, one assist and three steals in 36 minutes, so he could be on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS option tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:18 am
  • Jason Smith (knee) plays well in 28 minutes
    Jason Smith (knee) looked good in 28 minutes during Game 2, posting eight points, eight boards, two blocks, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Ian Mahinmi (calf) is out at least one more game, which leaves Smith with an expanded role as the Wizards' primary backup big man. He failed to score in 13 minutes during Game 1, however, and there should be more reliable DFS options available on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Tony Allen out again for Game 3
    Tony Allen (calf) will not play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely with a calf strain, which usually requires a couple weeks on the sidelines. The Grizzlies have missed Allen terribly and have to figure out how to stop a red-hot Kawhi Leonard. Vince Carter, James Ennis and Andrew Harrison should pick up some wing minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:10 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas flies to SEA to attend funeral
    Isaiah Thomas flew to Tacoma, Seattle on Wednesday to attend to his younger sister's funeral.

    Advice: As of right now, the plan is for Thomas to fly back to Chicago in order to rejoin his team in time for Friday's Game 3 against the Bulls, and we'll be sure to let you know if anything changes on that front. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:26 am
  • Blake Griffin leads Clippers to Game 2 win
    Blake Griffin hit 11-of-21 shots and a 3-pointer for 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in Tuesday's crucial Game 2 99-91 win over the Jazz to tie the series at 1-1.

    Advice: Griffin's stat line wasn't exactly chock full of goodness, but he led his team in scoring, hit a 3-pointer and played pretty well on a night the Clippers desperately needed a win. Game 3 is in Utah on Friday and it doesn't sound like Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert is going to be likely for that one, which should mean more good things from Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Jimmy Butler drops 22-8-8 in easy Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler had 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 8-of-19 shooting in Tuesday's easy 111-97 win over the Celtics to take a 2-0 lead over the No. 1 seed.

    Advice: The Celtics are probably wishing they'd done what it would have taken to trade for Butler prior to the trade deadline, as Boston looks like a dead duck, sitting in an 0-2 hole with Games 3 and 4 in Chicago. Butler simply looks miles better than any forward in Boston and the Bulls now look like a team that could possibly emerge in the NBA Finals, despite being the No. 8 seed. Look for Butler to continue to go off in Games 3 and 4 with hopes of sweeping the favorites. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 20, Celtics fall to 0-2
    Isaiah Thomas' 20 points weren't enough as the Celtics fell to 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs to Chicago.

    Advice: This game wasn't exactly close either, as the Bulls won by 14 points. With the series shifting to Chicago for Game 3 and Game 4, the Celtics have a mountain to climb to avoid an early exit. As for Thomas, he will fly to Seattle on Wednesday to attend to his younger sister's funeral, but he's expected to be back in time for Game 3 on Friday. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-13 from the line, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 22, drops dagger in big win
    Kyle Lowry hit 6-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 22 points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in Tuesday's 106-100 win over the Bucks, and also hit the shot of the game to tie the series at 1-1.

    Advice: Lowry's step back, fadeaway jumper over Malcolm Brogdon with 8.9 seconds left on the clock gave the Raptors a four-point lead and essentially won the game for his team. Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were a bit quiet in the fourth quarter, but Lowry brought the arena alive and kept this series from getting out of hand with two games in Milwaukee on the horizon. Lowry had just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in Game 1, so while his Game 2 numbers might seem a little disappointing based on his regular-season stats, it was a whole lot better than what he did on Saturday. Game 3 is Thursday in Milwaukee, when the Raptors will look to re-take home-court advantage. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:58 pm
  • Giannis scores 24 w/ 15 boards in Game 2 loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple in Tuesday's 106-100 Game 2 loss to Toronto.

    Advice: This was actually an off night for Giannis as he hit 9-of-24 shots and 5-of-7 free throws with four turnovers. The Raptors said their No. 1 priority was to slow down the Greek Freak, but it's clear that he's going to get eat no matter what and the Bucks even had a chance to steal this game -- they missed their final five shots of the contest. With the series tied up 1-1, the Bucks should be feeling good and the next two games will be in Milwaukee on Thursday and Saturday. Khris Middleton added 20 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and three triples for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (personal) will play in Game 2
    Isaiah Thomas (personal) will play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Thomas will fly to Seattle on Wednesday to attend to his younger sister's funeral, and then the plan is for him to rejoin the team in Chicago for Friday's Game 3. The Celtics' lost Game 1 despite getting 33 points and a full line from Thomas, so some of the role players will need to step it up tonight for Boston to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:20 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (calf) out for Games 2 and 3
    Ian Mahinmi (calf) will miss at least another two games for the Wizards.

    Advice: "He said he was feeling better," said Scott Brooks. "He was shooting some free throws. I don't anticipate him anytime within the next game or so. Definitely not [for Game 2] and most likely not [for Game 3]." With Mahinmi on the sidelines, Jason Smith will continue to act as Marcin Gortat's primary backup. Maybe Mahinmi can get back on the court for Game 4 on Monday, April 24, but it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in any fantasy format. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:14 pm
  • Jason Smith (knee) will play Wednesday
    Jason Smith (knee) practiced on Tuesday and will suit up for Game 2 on Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Smith sat out Monday's practice after he was diagnosed with a bruised left knee following Sunday's Game 1 victory. Smith didn't score and grabbed just one rebound in the 13 minutes he played in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 am
  • Zach Randolph scores 18 w/ 10 rebounds
    Zach Randolph started the second half of Game 2 vs. the Spurs and double-doubled with 18 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and three steals in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Z-Bo nearly helped the Grizzlies claw their way back from a 26-point deficit and shot 9-of-18 from the field, and with his team falling into a 2-0 series hole, he may move into the starting lineup for Game 3 on Thursday. If he does, Z-Bo would be a solid low-priced option in DFS because JaMychal Green hasn't given the Grizzlies much in this series. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:07 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 24 in loss to Spurs
    Mike Conley scored 24 points vs. the Spurs on Monday, but it wasn't enough as the Grizzlies fell to 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Conley hit 8-of-18 shots and dished out eight assists with one rebound, one steal, one block and four triples, but head coach David Fizdale didn't like how his star PG was officiated and called it a "poorly, unprofessional officiated game." You can check out part of the exchange in the link below, but Fizdale should be preparing to write some checks to the league office even though he made some strong arguments. The Grizzlies had a strong second half after getting run off the floor before the break, so they will try to build on that momentum in Memphis on Thursday for Game 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:48 pm
  • Tony Parker scores 15 points
    Tony Parker scored 15 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three triples vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: The playoff version of Tony Parker is so much more fun. After averaging 10.1 points on 9.0 field goal attempts during the regular season, Parker is averaging 16.5 points on 13.5 FGAs through the first two games of this series. He also attempted five 3-pointers tonight which only happened once during the regular season. If you need a cheap PG in DFS, Parker is firmly back in the mix as a viable play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:39 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 37, hits 19-of-19 FTs
    Kawhi Leonard scored a playoff career-high 37 points in Monday's 96-82 Game 2 win over the Grizzlies, giving the Spurs a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: The Grizzlies really miss Tony Allen (calf). Leonard finished 9-of-14 from the field and added 11 rebounds and two assists, and he also set the franchise record for most free throws made without a miss (19-of-19) -- Tim Duncan was the previous record holder (15-of-15). Leonard had 32 points with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in Game 1, and he's now shooting 71.4 percent from the field in this series. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:24 pm
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