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  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • George Hill struggles, but hits late FTs
    George Hill hit just 3-of-12 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers, but also hit 5-of-5 free throws to finish Tuesday's big Game 5 win with 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists in a 96-92 win to take a 3-2 lead with Game 6 coming in Utah on Friday.

    Advice: Hill didn't play all that well, but knocked down four clutch free throws with the game on the line and sent Chris Paul packing for a trip to Utah with the series on the line. CP3 dominated Hill tonight, but Hill came through from the free throw line when it mattered. The Jazz have a chance to put the Clippers out of their misery on Friday, and Hill will likely have to have some big plays in order for it to happen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 26 points in Game 5 loss
    J.J. Redick scored 26 points in Tuesday's 96-92 Game 5 loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Redick scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, finishing 7-of-12 from the field with three rebounds, one assist and three triples in 34 minutes. Redick played a whopping 42 minutes in his previous outing and it's clear that he's going to get a nice bump with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs. The return of Austin Rivers (hamstring) shouldn't really hurt him either because the Clippers played a ton of small ball tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Joe Ingles scoreless in Game 5 win
    Joe Ingles missed all four of his shots and failed to score in 29 minutes and a start in Tuesday's Game 5 win at Los Angeles.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward was back from his food poisoning incident and Ingles paid the price, failing to show up for his fantasy owners in Game 5. The Jazz got the win, as Hayward, Rudy Gobert, George Hill, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood all showed up against the Clippers, who were without Blake Griffin (out for the season). Ingles is likely to rise again, but he can't be trusted going forward with Hayward, Hood and Johnson playing so well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 20 w/ five triples
    Patty Mills went off for 20 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's capable of offensive explosions like this one, but he was held in check during the previous four games of this series with averages of 7.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 triples. Mills hit 7-of-10 shots with five 3-pointers, two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes, but he will be a volatile fantasy asset going forward because Tony Parker has found his legs during the playoffs. Parker finished with 16 points, six assists, two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) plays two minutes
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) returned from a one-game absence in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday, scoring one point with three boards in two minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Dedmon has played well in his limited role all season, but this series doesn't suit him. He will likely have a larger role in Round 2 if the Spurs can take care of business against Memphis, but he's not worth deploying in fantasy leagues until further notice. Expect David Lee to make his third straight start in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 8:45 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 Yesterday, 6:14 pm
  • Festus Ezeli will not be retained by Portland
    Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey stated on Tuesday that Festus Ezeli will not be with the team next season.

    Advice: Portland had a team option on Ezeli for Year-2, but Olshey isn't willing to hand him another $7.7 million after he failed to play a single game for them due to chronic knee issues. Ezeli should be able to find a contract with another team as a backup center, but he's not going to have any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Nurkic says leg will be healed in 2-3 months
    Jusuf Nurkic said he expects his leg to be fully healed in 2-3 months.

    Advice: Nurkic has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2017-18 season, and we'll be sure to track his progress every step of the way. The Portland players universally praised Nurkic at their exit interviews for his impressive play as a member of the Trail Blazers, and he could be in a for a big year next season as their full-time starter. Nurkic put in averages of 15.2 points, 7.1 boards, 3.2 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.9 blocks through 20 games with the Blazers, and he said he'll be working on his 3-point shot this offseason, so he could take another big leap in Year-3. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:05 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 Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) to play Tuesday
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) said that he is fully recovered and will be available to play in Game 5 vs. Memphis on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dedmon missed Game 4 on Saturday due to a stomach bug but was able to practice on Monday. "I’m feeling a lot better, I can tell you that," Dedmon said. Dedmon started each of the first three games of this series but averaged only 12.7 minutes per contest. David Lee will likely get bumped back to the bench with Dedmon returning for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 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 Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) plays 20 minutes
    Kevin Durant (calf) played 20 minutes against the Blazers in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 10 points with three boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and two triples.

    Advice: He was returning from a two-game absence for precautionary reasons, and while he didn't have any official minutes restrictions, he only needed to play 20 because the Warriors built a substantial lead by the end of the first quarter. KD hit 4-of-7 shots and appeared to be in a good rhythm, and now he can look forward to getting some extra rest with the Warriors off for several days before Round 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:53 pm
  • 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
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Game 4
    Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Monday's Game 4 vs. the Blazers.

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

    Advice: Dedmon sat out Saturday's Game 4 loss with a minor illness, but ever indication is that he'll be back in action on Tuesday night. David Lee might not play as much with Dedmon back in the fold. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:27 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
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) participated at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

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

    Advice: After missing Game 4 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday, Dedmon has had a few days off to recover and is expected to play in Game 5 on Tuesday. He was only playing 12.7 minutes per game in the first three games of the series, so there aren't many fantasy implications. David Lee logged 33 minutes in a start in Game 4, but his role could take a hit with Dedmon expected back. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:51 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) expected to play
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:06 am
  • 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 Sunday, 9:20 pm
  • Joe Ingles dishes 11 assists in Game 4 win
    Joe Ingles handed out 11 assists during Sunday's thrilling Game 4 win, adding eight points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two steals and one block in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ingles' dimes were more than any Jazz player had all season. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer and he's significantly boosted his stock during the playoffs, averaging 8.5 points, 2.0 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals. He's an interesting DFS option given his high playing time and moderate price, especially if Gordon Hayward (illness) is still limited on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • J.J. Redick logs game-high 42 minutes Sunday
    J.J. Redick played a game-high 42 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 loss, but he finished with just 12 points, two 3-pointers, four turnovers and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Redick's owners know that he doesn't provide more than scoring and 3-pointers, but even his 4-of-4 free throws tonight were tainted by a 3-of-11 mark from the field. The fact that his dozen points tonight marked a playoff-high is another cause for concern. Utah's defense has shut him down through four games, and the Clippers really need him to heat up as a tertiary offensive weapon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:12 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 7:45 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 Sunday, 6:02 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 4
    Kevin Durant (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in the series, so they definitely have the luxury of holding Durant out as a precautionary measure, as they should be able to close this thing out on Monday night. We'll have a better idea on Durant's status based on what he's able to do during Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:12 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (leg) ruled out for Game 4
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors.

    Advice: Nurkic experienced some soreness in his leg after playing 17 minutes on Saturday, and with Portland falling into a 0-3 hole, there's not much incentive for him to risk suffering a setback with this series pretty much over. Noah Vonleh should be back in the starting lineup on Monday with Meyers Leonard, Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu all spending some minutes at the five-spot. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Festus Ezeli hopes to play for Blazers
    Festus Ezeli is hopeful that he will have a chance to suit up for the Blazers next season.

    Advice: Ezeli never made an appearance for the Blazers this season and had cadaver ligament replacement surgery on his left knee back in March. He's been rehabbing his knee five times a week and is working on his range of motion, but he still has to monitor some swelling and is eating healthy to avoid putting on any extra weight. While it's unlikely that the Blazers will pick up their $7.73 million option on Ezeli for next season, hopefully he'll get another chance to play in 2017-18 if he can finally get his knee right. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:41 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic gets 17 minutes in return
    Jusuf Nurkic returned to the lineup during a loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring two points with 11 rebounds, four assists and one block in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He made a big impact in the paint but Nurkic was not quite up to snuff on the conditioning side of things. He didn't have much life in his legs and he wasn't really doing much as a scorer. He'll have a couple days to get in better shape and should be in the 20s for minutes on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:30 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jusuf Nurkic will start, play limited minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) will start and play limited minutes in Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back. Nurkic went through warmups without an issue and will be out there to kick off his first playoff game. Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic's minutes will depend on how he's feeling, so he doesn't have a specific cap on his playing time. Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh will lose playing time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:09 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: According to ESPN, the Warriors decided to hold Durant out for this game. He went through practice on Friday and did some work in shootaround on Saturday, but the Warriors just want to play the long game with what they hope are 14 more wins in the next two months. With him out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw picking up some added run while the other stars are asked to do more offensively. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon (illness) will not play vs MEM
    Dewayne Dedmon (illness) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Dedmon has been starting and played 12.7 minutes per game in this series, so it's not the toughest hole to fill. The Spurs will likely divide those minutes to Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee. Davis Bertans could also be an option as the last man in the rotation, or maybe they go with more Kyle Anderson. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:23 pm
  • Woj Nurk Alert: Jusuf Nurkic a game-time call
    Jusuf Nurkic's status for Game 3 against the Warriors will be determined after he tests leg in pregame work on the court, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: He has gone through some non-contact portion of practice and is doubtful to play. Nurkic has said before he has super strength and he isn't feeling pain, so he does have a chance to play. Plus, the Blazers being in an 0-2 hole may help his chances to be out there. If he is cleared, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:28 pm
  • Draymond not expecting Durant to play
    Draymond Green said he's not expecting Kevin Durant (calf) to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: There is some context here. "I approach every game like he’s not there and then, if he is, that’s great for us," Green said. "I think it’s a lot easier adjustment to make if he’s playing than if he’s not playing. It’s a totally different mindset." Durant also had an icepack on his calf after shootaround and he reportedly didn't do as much work as normal. In other words, Durant's questionable tag looks to be closer to doubtful than probable. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:08 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic going through non-contact
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has gone through non-contact portions of practice in the past two days.

    Advice: He is still doubtful to play and not going through contact isn't the best sign. Pain tolerance was expected to be the biggest hurdle for Nurkic, so it's possible he can play on Saturday. If he is a go, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:00 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 Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through shootaround on Saturday and remains questionable to face the Blazers in Game 3.

    Advice: After going through practice on Friday, going through shootaround isn't a major development for his status. Durant is somewhat close to 100 percent, but the Warriors want to get him all the way back for what is likely to be a two-month playoff run. If KD can't go, Stephen Curry Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have added responsibility while guys like Andre Iguodala, Pat McCaw and maybe even Ian Clark get some added run. Matt Barnes (ankle) and Shaun Livingston (hand) are also still questionable. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:22 am
  • Rivers (hamstring) unlikely to play Sunday
    Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that he doesn't think Austin Rivers (hamstring) will be able to play Sunday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Rivers has been sidelined since initially injuring his hamstring back on March 29th. "I don't think so," Doc said when asked if Austin could be ready in time for Sunday's Game 4. "I don't know. I think he probably thinks that for sure. He's feeling better. He's working out. But I just don't see that. I think that's awfully quick." We should have a formal update regarding Rivers status either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning after shootaround. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) upgraded to doubtful
    Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) has been upgraded to doubtful for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Progress. Nurkic has said he's been pain free for over a week, but it sounds like he'll be out for at least one more game. Nurkic suffered the injury about a month ago, but non-displaced leg fractures have a wide range for a prognosis. If he's out again, Moe Harkless, Noah Vonleh, Al-Farouq Aminu and Meyers Leonard should soak up most of the minutes at the PF and C spots. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:19 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 3
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through practice on Friday and is questionable to play against the Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that if KD isn't 100 percent, the Warriors would be cautious with him. Durant posted a video on his YouTube page to show some treatment on his calf, and he also admitted he could've played in a must-win scenario. Considering how long the playoffs go, the Warriors may opt to hold Durant out for most of the first round. If he's out again, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw should pick up some added playing time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:36 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) out for Gm 3 Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 3 Friday night vs. Utah.

    Advice: This news was expected, as earlier this week coach Doc Rivers stated that Game 4 on Sunday was a more realistic target for his son's return. Rivers has not appeared in a game since he initially injured the hamstring back on March 29th. However, Doc said that Austin "had a good day" Wednesday and did a bit of running. Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will continue to soak up extra minutes in Rivers absence. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:27 am
  • Clippers want to get J.J. Redick more shots
    The Clippers would like to get J.J. Redick more open looks in Game 3 vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Redick has attempted a total of just 13 shots from the field over the first two games of the series. Coach Doc Rivers and the Clipper players praised Redick for his unselfishness and noted that he creates space and provides scoring opportunities for his teammates even when he is not shooting. However, ideally, they want to find ways to get their best shooter more looks at the basket. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:16 am
  • Durant (calf) 'hopeful' he will play Game 3
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) said that he is "getting better every day" and that "hopefully" he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Durant provided an update via a YouTube live streaming session. "Felt like I could go [in Game 2], but Coach [Steve] Kerr and the training staff and the whole organization told me it would be best to give it a few days rest," said Durant. "So hopefully I see how I feel these next couple days." The extra day of rest should benefit KD. However, the Warriors blew out the Blazers in Game 2 even without Durant, so they have no need to rush him back. We should get a formal update from the team on Friday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will not play in Game 2
    Kevin Durant (strained left calf) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Warriors initially said that Durant was merely suffering from cramps during Game 1, and it turns out he did strain his calf. He sat out Tuesday's practice as well as today's shootaround, and it sounds like Golden State is simply being extra cautious to avoid a long-term setback. It's unclear who will start in place of Durant, but Andre Iguodala and Pat McCaw stand to gain the most in his absence. Daily Slant: Without Durant on the floor, Curry’s usage goes up 4.0% and his per-36 pace shoots up by 5.08 DK points to 54.23. He played 36 minutes last game, should do the same tonight, and he costs $8,600 on DK. If Durant goes, he could be limited in some capacity, keeping Curry as an elite option on tonight’s slate. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) hopeful for Game 4
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) is hopeful that he can get back on the court for Sunday's Game 4 vs. Utah.

    Advice: Head coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that he wasn't expecting his son to return to the floor for Friday's Game 3, and with Rivers now shooting for Game 4 on Sunday, it seems safe to assume he'll be watching Friday's game from the sidelines. He hasn't played since March 29, so he'll likely be eased back into things once he's finally cleared to play. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton will continue to see an uptick in minutes with Rivers on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 am
  • Chris Paul double-doubles in Game 2 win
    Chris Paul hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, two rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, a block and five turnovers in Tuesday's 99-91 Game 2 win against the Jazz.

    Advice: As well as CP3, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin all played, it's interesting that the Clippers didn't win by more points. It's also interesting that this series is tied 1-1 and heading to Utah for the next two games, starting on Friday night. Paul was great tonight, despite the TOs, and we get the feeling he's simply going to will the Clippers to win this series. But if that's going to happen the Clippers will likely need to take either Game 3 or 4 in Utah. Paul is now tied with LeBron James for the second most playoff games with at least 20 points, 10 dimes and three steals with 10 of them. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Joe Ingles thrives in starting role
    Joe Ingles looked great in another start at shooting guard, scoring nine points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two triples in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's arguably one of the most underrated players in the NBA and has been a huge contributor to the Jazz all season. Ingles finished 3-of-5 from the field and his ability to handle the ball in the first unit takes a lot of pressure off George Hill and Gordon Hayward. Ingles had eight points, two rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one triple in Game 1, and it helps that he has some extra motivation in this matchup -- he was waived by the Clippers back in 2014. The restricted free agent can expect a significant raise this summer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 20 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 20 points in Tuesday's 99-91 Game 2 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: The series is all tied up at one win apiece, but it will shift to Utah for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday. Hayward is getting a lot of attention from the Clippers' best perimeter defender in Luc Mbah a Moute, and while he only shot 5-of-15 from the field, he hit all seven of his free throws with six rebounds, two assists and three triples in 39 minutes. He should flirt with 40+ minutes the rest of the way. George Hill added 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two triples, while Joe Johnson notched 13 points with one rebound, one assist and one steal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic (leg) ruled out for Game 2
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) said he's still not ready and he will miss Wednesday's Game 2 vs. Golden State.

    Advice: There remains hope that Nurkic will be able to return at some point during Portland's first-round series, but given the way the Dubs won in Game 1, he might not have a ton of time to get out there. The Trail Blazers will continue to man the five-spot by committee in Nurkic's absence, with Noah Vonleh, Meyers Leonard, Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless all spending some time at center. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:18 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) doubtful for Game 3
    Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and that he's "probably" out for Friday's Game 3 as well.

    Advice: Austin was able to get some shots up during Saturday's shootaround, and while he was hopeful he'd be able to get back on the court for Game 3, it doesn't sound like that's a very likely scenario. Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton should continue to flirt with minutes in the 20s with Rivers on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:47 am
  • Mike Conley 'didn't really sleep' after Gm 1
    Mike Conley "didn't really sleep" after losing Game 1 to the Spurs on Saturday, adding, "It felt like a done-for-the-year type of loss."

    Advice: "We knew coming in [Gregg Popovich] was going to key on one guy," Conley said. "Different years, it’s been different people. So it’s my first time having to deal with it, honestly, so I’m going to figure it out." Conley saw a ton of different looks from the Spurs, who rotated defenders and swarmed him with double-teams, resulting in a quiet 13-point line on 5-of-14 shooting. Memphis will need him in prime form to even the series on Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:26 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic (leg) ruled out for Game 1
    Jusuf Nurkic (leg) will not play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He was originally considered questionable and the big man made it sound like he would play if it was up to him, but the Blazers training staff aren't ready to clear him just yet. Nurk is reportedly pain free, and head coach Terry Stotts said he was hopeful to get Nurkic back at some point during Portland's first-round series, so maybe he will return in time for Game 2 on Wednesday. Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu will likely all spend some time at center in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 10:28 am
  • Playoff Joe Johnson beats Clippers at buzzer
    Joe Johnson hit a four-foot floater at the buzzer to earn a 97-95 Game 1 win over the Clippers on Saturday, finishing with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: What a win for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert (knee) went down on the very first play of the game, so Johnson had to defend Blake Griffin throughout this game. Plus, Gobert has been a positive offensive presence with his growth as a roll man, so it was Johnson to the rescue on the offensive side for the team's highest scoring output. This was Johnson's eighth buzzer-beating game-winner in the regular season or playoffs over the last 10 seasons, which is the most in the NBA over that span. The seven-time All-Star is 35 years, but Playoff Joe Johnson knows no age limitation. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:34 pm
  • George Hill scores 16 points vs. Clippers
    George Hill scored 16 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes during a 97-95 win over the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He looked great and perhaps he's healthy for the first time in a while. Hill's foot injuries have kept his minutes and game totals limited, so getting 37 minutes out of Hill will help offset the loss of Rudy Gobert (knee). Even against Chris Paul's defense, Hill should make an impact on the stat sheet during this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:25 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 25 points in loss to Jazz
    Chris Paul scored 25 points during a 97-95 Game 1 loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: What a tough loss at home and this one isn't on Paul. CP3 kept the Clippers in this game with 10 consecutive Clippers points, but he just didn't get much help from the other stars. His 10 assists in the first half were the most he's handed out in any postseason half of his career, but he turned into a scorer late. Paul is coming in red hot over his previous seven, averaging 23.1 points, 4.7 boards, 10.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.9 treys. He's going to be asked to do a ton against the Jazz, so it's fair to expect even bigger games than this one especially if Rudy Gobert (knee) is out. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:16 pm
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