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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 40 minutes ago
  • 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 48 minutes ago
  • 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 57 minutes ago
  • 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 Today, 10:30 pm
  • Leonard scores 28 as Spurs take 3-2 lead
    Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Leonard has now scored in double digits in 25 straight playoff games which is the longest streak by a Spur since Tim Duncan's 26 from 2011-2013. He finished 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line (his first FT miss of the series), adding six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples. The Spurs can close out this series with a Game 6 win in Memphis on Thursday and the Grizzlies still have no answer for Leonard. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 pm
  • James Ennis starts, scores 11 in loss
    James Ennis started on Tuesday and had 11 points, four boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes of a Game 5 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Ennis was solid tonight, but not solid enough to be counted upon in fantasy leagues. He was able to play through a sore knee and is putting up decent numbers in the absence of Tony Allen (calf), but the Grizzlies will likely need more than Ennis has to offer if they're going to be able to beat the Spurs in a seven-game series. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:53 pm
  • James Harden's Rockets close out Thunder
    James Harden hit just 8-of-25 shots, 2-of-13 3-pointers and 16-of-17 free throws for 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in Tuesday's 105-99 win over the Thunder to win their first-round series 4-1.

    Advice: Harden was easily outplayed by Russell Westbrook tonight, who hit 15-of-34 shots and 5-of-18 3-pointers for 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but the Rockets were able to hold on for the win, helped by a 14-4 start to the fourth quarter in a close game. Most of Harden's help came from Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Nene and Clint Capela, while Westbrook didn't have the same support system in place, which was the case for most of the season. Harden's Rockets will advance to face the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, and it looks like the Spurs will take a 3-2 lead tonight, as of this writing. Either way, Harden's arch nemesis (Westbrook) is out of the way and he can now focus on trying to lead his team to a championship, without all the triple-double and MVP talk getting in the way of his ultimate goal. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:58 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 Today, 6:14 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) will play in Game 5
    Gordon Hayward (illness) will play without any minutes limit in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Hayward left Sunday's Game 4 after just nine minutes of floor time, but it sounds like he's recovered from the food poisoning episode, so he should be able to get out there for 30-plus minutes tonight. Assuming Hayward gets a full allotment of minutes, that'll likely translate to less run for guys like Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:06 pm
  • Dion Waiters hopes to re-sign with Miami
    In a column he authored for The Players Tribune, Dion Waiters expressed his desire to re-sign with the Heat.

    Advice: "I love Miami. I had a hell of a season here... Hopefully, we found a home down here," writes Waiters. There were a number of interesting tidbits in this piece (which is linked to below), including how Waiters thought he was headed back to OKC before Kevin Durant left and how Pat Riley and the Heat helped him get in the best shape of his life. Waiters, who made only $2.9 million last season, will receive a major raise this summer, either in Miami or elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:47 am
  • Brown (illness) misses practice Tuesday
    Jaylen Brown (illness) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Brown has another day to recover before Game 5 vs. Chicago. "Hopefully he'll be well enough to play [Wednesday]," said coach Brad Stevens. However, there will be minimal fantasy impact if he is sidelined. Brown played 11 minutes off the bench in Game 1, but has seen his playing steadily dimish in the three games since. For the series, he is averaging just 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 5.6 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:03 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 Today, 7:34 am
  • C.J. Miles unsure if he will opt out
    C.J. Miles is unsure if he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.

    Advice: Miles has a player option worth $4.8 million for the 2017-18 season. "I haven’t made a decision yet, but I’ll sit down with my agent in the next couple of days," Miles said after the Pacers were eliminated by the Cavs on Sunday. "If it does happen [opting out], it’s not solely because I’m trying to get out of here. It’s a business decision." With the salary cap rising this summer, Miles will be able to make more than $5 million on the open market. Thus, it's safe to assume he will opt out. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:14 am
  • Paul George wants to land with Lakers?
    The Sporting News is reporting that Paul George has told former teammates that his long-term intention is to play for the Lakers.

    Advice: George was born and raised in southern California and rumors continue to surface that he wants to return there and play for the Lakers. The Pacers will have to make a difficult decision this summer: If George is unwilling to sign a long-term extension with Indiana, do they trade him for a package of coveted assets, or play out next season and take the chance he leaves via free agency in July fo 2018? Rotoworld.com Today, 7:05 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 Today, 6:35 am
  • Patrick McCaw returns to the bench
    Patrick McCaw returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Blazers and finished scoreless in 19 minutes.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant (calf) back in the lineup and Matt Barnes nearing a return, McCaw will likely be limited to a handful of minutes in the next round. He missed all three of his shots tonight, adding three rebounds and one assist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu goes off for 25 points
    Al-Farouq Aminu went off for 25 points in a blowout loss to the Warriors in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: He finished five points shy of his playoff career-high, shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five triples in 35 minutes. Aminu is under contract for a couple more seasons, but unless the Blazers move around some pieces this offseason, he will have a tough time finding significant minutes in Portland's crowded frontcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova plays 22 minutes
    Ersan Ilyasova (calf) played 22 minutes in Game 4 vs. the Wizards, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting.

    Advice: He also added five rebounds with one assist and one triple. Ilyasova was considered probable to play after getting kicked in the calf during Game 3, but it doesn't look like it will be an issue going forward. He had a nice stretch at the end of the regular season, but his fantasy value is pretty low these days with Paul Millsap healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Otto Porter (neck) scores 13 points
    Otto Porter played through a neck injury in Game 4 vs. the Hawks on Monday and had his best game of the series with 13 points, four boards, one steal, two blocks and a triple in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have any restrictions and finished 5-of-10 from the field in a whopping 39 minutes. Porter said he "pinched a nerve" when he was forced to leave Game 3 on Sunday and said he had a "tingling feeling" shooting down his arm, but he didn't miss any practice time and coach Scott Brooks said he was feeling "great" prior to tonight's game. Hopefully tonight's effort will get him going because he was averaging 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.7 3-pointers in his previous three contests. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) struggles in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) struggled in Game 5 vs. the Raptors with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't seem like himself and wasn't looking for his shot tonight, but he was able to salvage his line with six assists, three rebounds, five steals and one turnover in 36 minutes. To make matters worse, he was torched on the defensive end by Norman Powell. "You got to know how it feels to get your [butt] kicked," coach Jason Kidd said. "And that’s what happened tonight." With their season on the line, the Bucks will look to even the series up in Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 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 Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 25 points w/ four treys
    Norman Powell started for the second game in a row in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Monday and scored a playoff career-high 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Despite playing a total of six minutes prior to Game 3, Powell will likely end up being the biggest X-Factor in this series. He got off to a hot start tonight with 11 points in the first quarter and never looked back, adding four rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and four triples to go with his 25 points. DeMar DeRozan said Powell's aggressiveness in the first unit spaces the floor for the Raptors and coach Dwane Casey praised him for staying ready, so expect him to keep seeing big minutes going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:47 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) out Monday
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 4 on Monday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Barnes hasn't played since April 8, but he was able to go through the morning shootaround which suggests that he's getting closer. He will simply provide some emergency depth off the bench once he's healthy with Kevin Durant (calf) returning to action. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:44 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 5:06 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova (calf) will play in Game 4
    Ersan Ilyasova (calf) is "ready to go" for Monday's Game 4 matchup with the Wizards.

    Advice: Ilyasova got kicked in the calf during Game 3, but he was never expected to miss Game 5 tonight. However, with Paul Millsap healthy, Ilyasova won't play much more than 20 minutes, rendering him a non-factor in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Game 5
    Khris Middleton (illness) will play in Monday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Middleton skipped shootaround, but he was never expected to miss tonight's game. Jason Kidd will stick with the same starting group tonight featuring Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:40 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 Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Middleton (illness) going through warmups
    Khris Middleton (illness) is currently going through his pregame routine.

    Advice: Middleton sat out shootaround with the illness, but he's fully expected to play in Game 5 tonight. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • James Harden (ankle) says he'll play in G5
    James Harden (ankle) said that he will play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Thunder.

    Advice: "Got some treatment and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden said before Monday's practice. "It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games. For me, it's not necessarily scoring, I don't have to score a certain amount of points as long as I'm making the right plays and guys are getting shots everybody is in a good rhythm that's all that matters." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) goes through shootaround
    Matt Barnes (ankle) went through shootaround, but remains questionable to play in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Barnes has been out since April 8 with the ankle injury, and he was originally shooting to return for Game 3, so it feels like he's got to be close to getting back out there. Him going through shootaround is certainly a positive sign, but if Kevin Durant (calf) is also able to get back to the court tonight, Barnes might not even get in the rotation regardless of his playing status. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes through shootaround
    Kevin Durant (calf) participated at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

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

    Advice: This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Khris Middleton (illness) misses shootaround
    Khris Middleton missed the Monday morning shootaround due to a sore throat.

    Advice: To be clear, he's still fully expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Raptors on Monday. Through the first four games of the series, Middleton has posted averages of 15.0 points, 5.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples, but he's only shooting 38.6 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Otto Porter (neck) will play in Game 4
    Otto Porter (neck) will play in Game 4 vs. the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable after going through Sunday's practice, and the Wizards cleared him to play after he made it through the Monday morning shootaround. Porter has struggled during the postseason with averages of 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.7 3-pointers, but he hasn't really looked like himself for a couple months now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:41 am
  • DeRozan praises Norman Powell
    DeMar DeRozan said that Norman Powell's presence in the first unit helps to space the floor.

    Advice: "With Norm out there, he’s extremely aggressive so you’ve got to honour that," DeRozan said. "With that, the floor is spaced a little bit more, I was able to find spots, push the ball up. I know Norm’s going to find his spots. It just gives us another option with a perimeter guy out there." While coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to Powell starting in Game 5 on Monday, he praised him for staying ready and called him a true professional. Assuming he starts again, he will be on the DFS radar after scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Waiters working on his conditioning already
    Dion Waiters has already started his offseason conditioning program.

    Advice: The impending free agent is in the best shape of his life and has been posting before-and-after photos of what he looks like now compared to when he arrived in Miami. "Most important is getting your mind and body right," Waiters said of what he has learned from the Heat. "That's one thing they preach over here, just get in the best shape of your life." Waiters is coming off a career year with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting, and the Heat will make it a priority to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson this summer in an effort to keep their core together. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Rodney Hood starts 2nd half for Hayward
    Rodney Hood started the second half of Sunday's game in place of Gordon Hayward (food poisoning), finishing with 18 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward gets one day off before Game 5 on Tuesday, but there's a chance Hood will be asked to make another fill-in start. He made 6-of-15 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs tonight, with a 3-of-5 mark from downtown, resulting in his highest-scoring game since Mar. 29. Hood has battled knee injuries all season and the Jazz can't be keen on playing him 32+ minutes consistently, but it all comes down to Hayward's availability. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:21 pm
  • Joe Johnson posts 28/5/5, Jazz tie series 2-2
    Joe Johnson was incredible in 35 minutes on Sunday, making 12-of-17 shots to score 28 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and one steal during a series-tying victory vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The veteran scored 12 straight points to erase a late deficit and his contributions were the difference in the game, especially with Gordon Hayward ruled out early due to food poisoning. Johnson continues to have an amazing postseason, averaging 19.3 points and 1.5 threes through four games, including his memorable buzzer-beater in Game 1. Johnson's performance tonight was his most impressive yet, and Utah's decision to add him on a two-year, $22 million contract looks better than ever. Rotoworld.com 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
  • Jamal Crawford scores 25 points in 31 minutes
    Jamal Crawford scored 25 points during Sunday's 105-98 loss in Utah, making 9-of-13 field goals with two assists, one rebound and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Crawford went 5-of-7 from downtown and this was easily his highest-scoring game of the postseason. The veteran has always been an offensive microwave, and tonight's game is a reminder that even at age 37 he's capable of getting red-hot at a moment's notice. The Clippers need his scoring with Blake Griffin (toe) on the sidelines, so expect Crawford to post a hefty usage rate for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:09 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
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 4
    Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot) is listed as questionable for Monday's game.

    Advice: Barnes hasn't played since Apr. 8 and the Warriors have no incentive to rush him back with one victory separating them from the second round. Golden State could earn a long layoff with a victory on Monday, so there's a good chance Barnes will sit out again. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:43 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
  • James Harden struggles, HOU still wins Game 4
    James Harden didn't look great during the Rockets' Game 4 win over the Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, zero triples and seven turnovers through 39 minutes of play.

    Advice: Harden struggled with his shot for most of the game, going 5-of-16 from the field, and he summed up his play as "terrible" during his postgame interview. He also said that he tweaked his ankle during Game 3, which may have factored into his less-than-stellar stat line, but considering the Rockets are off until Tuesday and he still managed to get on the floor for 39 minutes, it would be shocking to see him miss any time with this minor injury. We're expecting a bounce-back performance in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:58 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
  • Ersan Ilyasova (calf) probable for Game 4
    Ersan Ilyasova (calf) is probable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Wizards.

    Advice: He should continue to flirt with close to 20 minutes off the bench, but he won't be making a major impact on the box score with Paul Millsap healthy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:04 pm
  • Paul George needs 21 shots to score 15 points
    Paul George struggled with his shot during Sunday's 106-102 Game 4 loss to the Cavs, going 5-of-21 from the field on his way to 15 points, seven boards, six assists, three triples, three steals, one block and four turnovers in 44 minutes.

    Advice: George couldn’t buy a bucket through the first half of action, going just 2-of-10 from the field, and it never really got much better after that. While George will end his 2016-17 campaign on a sour note, he did have a solid series overall, and was absolutely incredible after the All-Star break when he willed Indiana into the postseason with averages of 27.0 points, 3.4 triples, 7.6 boards, 3.9 dimes, 1.6 steals and 3.0 turnovers per contest on 48.3 percent shooting. He’ll be worth an early-round selection in next year’s drafts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:52 pm
  • C.J. Miles hits two triples as a starter
    C.J. Miles scored six points on 2-of-5 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs, adding two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one block through 25 minutes as a starter.

    Advice: Miles had an up-and-down year, but his 2.2 triples per game had him flirting with late-round value on the season. Still, he won’t be worth much more than a last-round flier in deep leagues for those seeking a 3-point specialist in next year’s drafts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:48 pm
  • Otto Porter (neck) probable for Game 4
    Otto Porter (neck) practiced on Sunday and he's being listed as probable for Monday's Game 4 in Atlanta.

    Advice: Porter played through the neck strain on Saturday, and it looks like that trend will continue on Monday night, although he could be limited. We should have official confirmation on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:24 am
  • C.J. Miles will start again in Game 4
    C.J. Miles will start over Monta Ellis again in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Miles is generally more aggressive in the second unit, but his splits as a starter and reserve during the regular season are very similar. Miles can get hot in a hurry which makes him a DFS tournament play, but he's also no stranger to duds. In a start in Game 3, Miles scored nine points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:29 am
  • Moe Harkless scores just one point
    Moe Harkless scored one point with one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: His playing time took a significant hit because of Jusuf Nurkic returning and the Blazers not using as many small-ball four and five lineups. He'll likely be in the same neighborhood for minutes on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:22 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
  • Matt Barnes out again for Saturday
    Matt Barnes (foot, ankle) will not play on Saturday in Game 3 against the Blazers.

    Advice: Even with Kevin Durant (calf) out, the Warriors should still be OK because of Andre Iguodala getting more postseason minutes than in the regular season. Pat McCaw will likely start and look to get some easy looks a la Harrison Barnes last year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:47 pm
  • Otto Porter dealing with a strained neck
    Otto Porter was dealing with a strained neck on Saturday, finishing with seven points, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was grimacing in the first half and the Wizards opted to hold him out for the final 18 minutes of this loss. Porter had a back problem earlier this month and it cost him two games, so perhaps this is related. If Porter can't go on Monday, Kelly Oubre and Bojan Bogdanovic will benefit the most. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:32 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
  • Norman Powell gets 34 minutes in start
    Norman Powell started in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Norm is freed. He was basically out of the rotation in the first two games and was thrust into added minutes during Thursday's blowout loss. Powell likely just started as an offensive spark and to allow the Raptors to go with several small-ball lineups, but he held his own on defense against guys like Khris Middleton. There's little doubt that Norm will get another start on Monday, so he'll be an obvious cheap DFS option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:23 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
  • Khris Middleton scores just 10 points
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Not only did he struggle on making shots, Middleton just didn't seem locked in during this game. The Raptors didn't put DeMar DeRozan on Middleton as much, so maybe coach Dwane Casey gets some credit for that adjustment. Middleton is still going to get big minutes and the off game was more about just not being in a rhythm. Expect a bounce-back game in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Report: TOR expected to start Powell over JV
    The Raptors are expected to start Norm Powell against the Bucks with Jonas Valanciunas coming off the bench for Game 4.

    Advice: It's not as surprising as the Gerald Green move, but Powell starting over Valanciunas is a surprise. The Raptors just can't have a first half like they did in Game 3, so that likely explains this offense-first approach. Powell hasn't done well in his starts when DeMar DeRozan is active, but he's still in play as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:33 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
  • 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
  • James Harden scores 44 points in loss to OKC
    James Harden's 44 points were not enough in a Game 3 115-113 loss to the Thunder on Friday, adding six rebounds, six assists, one block, four 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: With the Rockets down two on the last possession of the game, Harden attempted a 3-pointer before the buzzer and couldn't get it to fall. It did look like he was trying to draw a foul on the play, and it's hard to blame him after he went 18-of-18 from the line in this loss. Harden's consistent scoring to start a postseason has been like nothing we've seen in quite some time, becoming the first player to start a postseason with three consecutive 35-plus scoring games since Michael Jordan in 1990. You can pencil him in for another one in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 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
  • Matt Barnes remains questionable for Game 3
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is questionable to play in Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: With Andre Iguodala getting a minutes increase and Ian Clark feasting against the Blazers, there really hasn't been much of a need for Barnes. Pat McCaw could get another start if Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes can't make it. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:23 pm
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 3
    Kevin Durant (calf) went through practice on Friday and is questionable to play against the Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that if KD isn't 100 percent, the Warriors would be cautious with him. Durant posted a video on his YouTube page to show some treatment on his calf, and he also admitted he could've played in a must-win scenario. Considering how long the playoffs go, the Warriors may opt to hold Durant out for most of the first round. If he's out again, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw should pick up some added playing time. Rotoworld.com 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
  • 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
  • James Ennis gets 20 minutes in start
    James Ennis played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 12 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: While the new starting unit got off to a bumpy start, Ennis fared well as a defender and was able to take good shots. He should find himself in a similar role for Game 4, but there's very little fantasy value here. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:31 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
  • 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
  • Khris Middleton scores 20 points vs. Raptors
    Khris Middleton scored 20 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back 20-plus scoring games for the first time since his hamstring tear. Middleton's defense was fantastic in this game and he's turned it up a notch as a creator on offense. He played 41 minutes in each of the first two games and didn't play in the final 5:56 of this game due to garbage time, so he was headed for minutes north of 40 again. Clearly, his breakout season last year was no fluke. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • Paul George scores 36 points in loss to Cavs
    Paul George scored a team-high 36 points during a 119-114 loss to the Cavs in Game 3 on Thursday, adding 15 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: This is a bad, bad loss for the Pacers. They scored a whopping 74 points in the first half and had a 26-point lead, but the team just had a complete meltdown in the second half. George did not score at all in the third quarter and he was forcing shots in the fourth, but it's hard to blame him for this loss. It's fair to say the odds of Paul George remaining in Indiana long term have decreased after this game. He and the Pacers will look to avoid a sweep on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • C.J. Miles gets the start, scores nine points
    C.J. Miles scored nine points in the starting lineup during a loss to the Cavs on Thursday, adding two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It made a lot of sense to start Miles, but he was not looking for his shot at all. Miles made just 3-of-6 from the field, which may have been due to the comments from Paul George saying he should've had the last shot in Game 1. Miles is probably going to make another start for Game 4, but his usage looks like it'll remain low. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:13 pm
  • James Ennis getting the start
    James Ennis will start for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Kawhi Leonard carved up basically everyone who guarded him, but at least Ennis was able to limit Leonard to 5-of-6 from the field. Ennis may get an increase in minutes, but he won't be much of a factor in scoring. If you're going to use him in DFS, he'll need to make his money off the bench Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:54 pm
  • C.J. Miles starting over Monta Ellis vs. Cavs
    C.J. Miles is set to start for Game 3 against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: This will move Monta Ellis to the bench. The Cavs have been causing the Pacers to switch a lot, so getting Miles out there adds some size to help prevent LeBron James getting a small on him. Miles should be looking at minutes in the 20s, so he could be an interesting option. Of course, he's one of the most inconsistent players as a starter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:15 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
  • Thompson praises McCaw for Game 2 performance
    Klay Thompson heaped praise on Patrick McCaw following his impressive Game 2 performance during Wednesday's win over Portland.

    Advice: "That might have been the best game I’ve seen Pat play," Thompson said. "He was aggressive from the jump and he did it on both ends. He’s very athletic attacking the rim and he has some of the best hands on defense. He’s always good for a strip or two a game. He had a huge impact and changed the game for us." McCaw was a key part of the Warriors win, but head coach Steve Kerr acknowledged that he won't play much when Kevin Durant (calf) returns to the court. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:06 am
  • Paul George responds to media criticism
    Paul George recently responded to some criticism by outside media insinuating he's a selfish player.

    Advice: "For them to say I’m a selfish teammate or I don’t think about my teammates or I’m throwing teammates under the bus," said George, "I didn’t say anything bad about my teammates other than what they asked that I think my teammates can do down the stretch to help this team win. I didn’t say anything that was even close to throwing them under the bus." Certain people in the media said that PG-13 was selfish for wanting to take the last shot during Indiana's narrow Game 1 loss to the Cavs, which is beyond ridiculous given how incredible George as been as of late. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:34 am
  • Patrick McCaw starts, logs 34 mins w/ KD out
    Patrick McCaw started in place of Kevin Durant (calf) on Wednesday, making 3-of-8 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs for nine points in 34 minutes.

    Advice: McCaw added five rebounds, one assist, one block and zero turnovers, helping the Warriors earn a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Durant is day-to-day and the Warriors don't play again until Saturday, so there's a good chance McCaw will be coming off the bench in Portland on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores team-high 15 points Wed
    Moe Harkless scored a team-high 15 points in 29 minutes vs. the Warriors on Wednesday, making 5-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Harkless also grabbed eight rebounds with one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers. He started the game hot but quickly cooled off, and his team-high designation was purely the result of his teammates' inefficiency -- Portland shot a brutal 33.3 percent from the field. It's difficult to guess which Blazers' forward will play well on any given night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • James Harden hits 18-of-20 FTs, scores 35 pts
    James Harden went 18-of-20 from the FT line and 7-of-17 from the field to finish Houston's Game 2 victory with 35 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: The showdown between Harden and fellow MVP candidate Russell Westbrook was as-advertised tonight. Westbrook scored 51 points while posting yet another triple-double, and Harden's big line was bolstered by super-subs Lou Williams (21 points) and Eric Gordon (22 points). Patrick Beverley was also terrific, notching 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, six boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 34 minutes. The Rockets are a handful, to say the least. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Patrick McCaw starts Game 2 for Kevin Durant
    Patrick McCaw will start Game 2 on Wednesday in place of Kevin Durant.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala should also see his minutes increase, and Golden State could opt to go smaller with more minutes for Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark. Steve Kerr said "it's not worth it" to play Durant tonight, and it sounds like the team is simply being very cautious. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Otto Porter (back) quiet due to foul trouble
    Otto Porter finished Wednesday's home victory with four points on 2-of-7 shooting, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Porter was coming off a relatively quiet Game 1 and he rode a stationary bike while off the court tonight, suggesting that his recent back injury isn't completely behind him. Don't let the low scoring fool you, though. Porter's fingerprints were all over the Wizards' impressive win, and his low playing time was simply the result of early foul trouble. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:13 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) officially out for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnes was doubtful to play and he didn't go through shootaround, so this comes as no surprise. Kevin Durant (calf) is also out so we should see plenty of Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:51 pm
  • 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
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) did not go through shootaround and he remains questionable to play in Game 2 against Portland on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Dubs could be without both Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes tonight, which would likely result in Patrick McCaw moving into the starting five with Andre Iguodala flirting with minutes in the mid-30s. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on Barnes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • Pat Riley wants to keep his team together
    Pat Riley said that the new CBA will make it tough to sign free agent superstars away from teams, so he's more focused on keeping his team together this offseason.

    Advice: Dion Waiters and James Johnson are bound for free agency, but both those guys hinted during their exit interviews that they'd be interested in re-upping with Miami this offseason, which would be a good thing for their fantasy value considering they both just had career years with the Heat. Riley also mentioned that he feels a trade might prove to be more efficient at bringing in some elite talent rather than free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:20 am
  • Jamal Crawford downplays shooting woes
    Jamal Crawford is not concerned with the fact that he's shot just 29.2 percent from the field through the Clippers' first two games of their first-round series with the Jazz.

    Advice: "For me, it’s not about percentage," Crawford said. "The only thing that matters is trying to win. As long as the good shots are there, I’m going to continue to take them and continue to be aggressive and go from there." Crawford can be a streaky shooter, but head coach Doc Rivers said he likes the looks that Crawford has been getting and wants him to keep firing away. He should continue to flirt with minutes in the mid-20s for however long Austin Rivers (hamstring) is out. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Casey hints young guys will play more in G2
    Dwane Casey hinted that some of the younger players on the roster could be a larger part of the rotation for Game 2.

    Advice: Norman Powell only managed to log six minutes off the bench during Toronto's Game 1 loss to Milwaukee, so he might be able to see his minutes closer to the teens tonight, which would likely come at the expense of DeMarre Carroll. Still, it's unlikely Powell will make much of an impact on the box score with the Raptors at full strength. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:38 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) questionable for Game 2
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barnes was quoted on Sunday saying that he was hopeful to get back on the court for Game 3, so he seems a lot closer to doubtful for Game 2. However, if Kevin Durant (calf) is forced to the sidelines, there would be much more of a need for Barnes to get out there, so his playing status might hinge on what goes on with Durant. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:36 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 Apr 17, 9:24 pm
  • Paul George scores 32, Pacers lose Game 2
    Paul George scored 32 points in a 117-112 Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday.

    Advice: The Pacers fall to 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs, but the series now shifts to Indiana for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday. George logged 43 minutes tonight and will likely be over 40+ minutes in every game of this series. He had a couple of vicious dunks tonight and got some nice help from teammates Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young and Lance Stephenson, but their defense was their downfall tonight. George finished 10-of-20 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, adding eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four triples. He's been on another level for over a month. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 7:00 pm
  • Dion Waiters (ankle) will rehab sans surgery
    Dion Waiters will not require surgery to repair his sprained left ankle.

    Advice: "It’s getting better. It’s still a little swollen. A little pain in there, keep icing it," said Waiters. "I ain't getting no surgery. I don't want nobody cutting me and all that. I hate needles anyway." Head coach Erik Spoesltra said that Waiters would have been ready to go had the Heat advanced to the playoffs, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around next season. Waiters did have a career-year in Miami, but he didn't really start making noise until Justise Winslow (foot) went down for the year. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 2:10 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 Apr 17, 11:47 am
  • Waiters would've been ready for playoffs
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters (ankle) would've been ready to play if the Heat advanced to the postseason.

    Advice: Waiters missed the final 13 games of the season, but it sounds like his ankle should be 100 percent as he enters free agency -- he's going to decline his player option for next season. The Heat have been dropping hints that they plan to re-sign both Waiters and James Johnson, and that's likely a good thing for his fantasy value as he had a career year in Miami with averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.8 triples on 42.4 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 8:49 am
  • Rockets beat Thunder as Harden posts 37/9/7
    James Harden finished Sunday's blowout Game 1 victory with a game-high 37 points on 13-of-28 FGs and 8-of-11 FTs, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and just two turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harden went 3-of-11 from downtown, but as usual he was unstoppable when attacking the rim -- his first eight makes all came in the restricted area. He also torched the Thunder in isolation sets because they insisted on switching big men in screen-and-rolls, which left Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Taj Gibson defending him on the perimeter. Harden has been impervious to most defensive schemes this season, but OKC will likely tweak their approach for Wednesday's rematch -- just watch the video linked below. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:34 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores playoff-high 18 points
    Andre Roberson returned on Sunday with a playoff career-high 18 points, making 7-of-10 shots with 4-of-6 threes, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Roberson battled a knee injury toward the end of the season, although his final two DNPs were dubbed 'rest'. His ability to knock down open 3-pointers is a bonus for OKC, but his real test will come as the primary defender against James Harden. Barring a setback, Roberson is good to go for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:05 pm
  • Andre Roberson starting Game 1 on Sunday
    Andre Roberson will start Game 1 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: Roberson dealt with a minor knee injury late in the season, and he got a few extra rest days, but there was never any doubt that he'd be in uniform. His return means that Kyle Singler will head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 5:50 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores 11 points with two steals
    Moe Harkless scored 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting through 35 minutes as a starter during Sunday's 121-109 Game 1 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The shooting wasn't all that pretty, but Harkless still found a way to be effective with one triple, one assist, two steals and a block. Al-Farouq Aminu was a no-show off the bench, recording just three rebounds and two turnovers in 23 scoreless minutes off the bench, and Allen Crabbe was equally ineffective with just three points (1-of-5 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), one 3-pointer, two boards, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes. These guys need to do more for Portland to have a chance during Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:23 pm
  • Otto Porter posts low-end line in Game 1 win
    Otto Porter scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting (3-of-3 from the line) on Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: While this wasn't the most impressive stat line from Porter, he displayed some excellent hustle throughout the contest, and he also had an impressive 23.3 defensive rebounding rate in this one. He should be able to produce a more diversified stat line during Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 1:27 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) hopeful for Game 3
    Matt Barnes (ankle) said he might be able to return to the court for Game 3 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Barnes didn't completely rule out getting back on the floor for Game 2, but because he's still experiencing discomfort, he said that Game 3 is a much more realistic scenario. He won't be a major part of the Dubs' rotation during their postseason run. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 12:07 pm
  • 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
  • Kawhi Leonard drops 32 points with five dimes
    Kawhi Leonard set a new playoff career-high five assists and matched his best with 32 points during an easy 111-82 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in just 32 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 15 points in the third quarter to match Memphis' scoring output as a team in that frame and is really just unfair. Heck, even coach Gregg Popovich gave him credit after the game. "That's what star players do," Pop said after the game. Leonard made 11-of-14 from the field and all nine free throws, so it's abundantly clear the Grizzlies will miss Tony Allen (calf) a whole lot. There figures to be a lot of garbage time in this series, but Leonard is going to feast in the first three quarters. It looks like the Spurs will be just fine without Tim Duncan. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 8:00 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a scoring clinic during a 97-83 win over the Raptors on Saturday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors simply had no answer for him. Antetokounmpo did it all as a scorer in all different types of sets, dunking the ball four times with five layups. Coach Jason Kidd has shown he's willing to play Antetokounmpo huge minutes and was already playing him 36.8 minutes per game when given two days off during the regular season, so Giannis could be getting minutes close to 40 the rest of the way. He's an absolute treat to watch and looks like fantasy's No. 2 pick next year. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:53 pm
  • Khris Middleton struggles with shot
    Khris Middleton made 4-of-15 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 41 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He couldn't get his shot to fall, but Middleton did a great job on defense and getting the ball to his teammates. Despite talk of him focusing on his shooting before he returned from his hamstring tear, Middleton has created a lot for his teammates and is doing a lot of driving. He's said he's not all the way back from his injury, but he's clearly going to be a major factor in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:51 pm
  • Paul George scores 29 points in loss to Cavs
    Paul George scored 29 points during a 109-108 loss in Cleveland on Saturday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like he was going to put up at least 40 points, but George's first field goal in the fourth quarter didn't come until just 40 seconds were left in the game. The Pacers had the ball down one with 20 seconds left and George was handling the ball on the last possession, but LeBron James came to double and made it very clear they didn't want George to beat them on the last possession. "Anybody but Paul George could take that last one," James said in his post-game interview on ABC. PG-13 gave it up to C.J. Miles, but he couldn't connect to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead. George has been magnificent in March and April, so expect him to have some massive stat lines in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:58 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) will not play in Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: He is expected to miss more games after rolling his right ankle on Apr. 8. The Warriors are going to extend Andre Iguodala's minutes and Kevin Durant is back, so the Warriors won't be needing Barnes much in this series. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 12:16 pm
  • Heat want to bring back Waiters and Johnson?
    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison posted a picture on Instagram standing beside Dion Waiters and James Johnson and captioned it: "The Heat's future looks very bright."

    Advice: Both Waiters and Johnson will be unrestricted free agents this summer. After a dismal start, Miami finished the season strongly, and Waiters and Johnson were major reasons why. Waiters averaged 15.8 points and posted career-highs in assists (4.3), rebounds (3.3) and 3-pointers (1.8). Waiters also posted a message via Instagram on Friday, stating that the Heat were a special group of guys. It will be interesting to see if the two sides agree to a new deal this summer. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 8:42 am
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