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  • 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 49 minutes ago
  • Dwight Howard finally shows up for Hawks
    Dwight Howard had his best game of the playoffs in a Game 4 win over the Wizards on Monday, scoring 16 points with 15 rebounds.

    Advice: Marcin Gortat has been outplaying him for most of this series, but that wasn't the case tonight. Howard eclipsed the 30-minute mark for the first time in four games and finished 6-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line with one assist and one block, though he did slow down considerably after halftime. Howard had a hard fall in Game 3 and was held out of some free-throw exercises during Sunday's practice, but it doesn't look like he will be limited going forward if tonight was any indication. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:29 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 Today, 7:36 pm
  • Meyers Leonard will draw the start in Game 4
    Meyers Leonard will draw the start in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Leonard scored a combined two points in the first two games of the series and was a DNP-CD in Game 3, but he will get another chance with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) sitting this one out. He's been a huge letdown all season and there's no reason to trust him in fantasy lineups with Portland's season on the line. Noah Vonleh and Al-Farouq Aminu should be more involved tonight as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:26 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 Today, 7:12 pm
  • Serge Ibaka bounces back w/ 19 points
    Serge Ibaka looked great in his second straight start at center on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This was a huge bounce-back effort from Ibaka after he made just 4-of-16 field goals in Game 4. Ibaka had an aggressive mindset tonight and opened the first quarter with two poster dunks over Giannis Antetokounmpo, though foul trouble would eventually slow him down. He grabbed six rebounds with three assists, one steal, three blocks and a triple and will look to keep this momentum going on Thursday for Game 6 in Milwaukee. DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and six assists for the Raptors and DeMarre Carroll notched 12 points with six boards and two steals. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:57 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 Today, 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 Today, 5:44 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 11:29 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 Today, 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 Today, 9:09 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis wants to remain in NY
    Kristaps Porzingis vaguely hinted that he could eventually leave the Knicks if the team isn't performing.

    Advice: "Absolutely, I want to stay here all my career,’’ Porzingis said. "But the thing I want most of all is winning. When the time comes, I will seriously start to think about it. Right now I just try to do my best." Porzingis will become a restricted free agent in 2018, so Knicks fans will be hoping for a quick turnaround so they can keep their franchise big man in town. Porzingis also announced that he will play for Latvia at Eurobasket this summer, so that's an indication that he's healthy after missing the final five games of the season with a back issue. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:56 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:27 am
  • Derrick Favors thrives off bench in Game 4
    Derrick Favors shifted to the bench with Rudy Gobert (knee) active on Sunday, posting 17 points on 7-of-10 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs, with six rebounds, two steals, one assist and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Favors averaged 34.3 minutes in the first three games of the series out of necessity, but that workload clearly took a toll on him. His scoring declined in each game and he simply didn't have it in Game 3 on Friday, scoring two points in 38 minutes of action. He looked rejuvenated tonight, expending more energy in fewer minutes, which is the best-case scenario for Utah's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 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 Yesterday, 9:15 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 Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Derrick Favors off bench w/ Gobert active
    Derrick Favors will come off the bench on Sunday behind a frontcourt of Rudy Gobert and Boris Diaw.

    Advice: Favors has been maxing out his minutes despite obvious exhaustion with Gobert injured, so his role should shrink tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:07 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 4:43 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 Yesterday, 3:58 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 Yesterday, 2:04 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
  • 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
  • Serge Ibaka scores 10 in 26 minutes
    Serge Ibaka started at center against the Bucks during a Game 4 win on Saturday, making 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: His power forward minutes went completely away in this game with no minutes next to Jonas Valanciunas. Ibaka only played one minute next to Patrick Patterson, so he was out there with a lot of space on the offensive end. That led to a lot of jumpers, but he couldn't get them to fall. While this game wasn't eye-popping on the stat sheet, the new rotation is a favorable one for Ibaka going forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:17 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Derrick Favors plays 38 minutes
    Derrick Favors scored two points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He just doesn't have it right now, but the Jazz really have no choice with Rudy Gobert (knee) out. Favors could see a slight hit in playing time, but he's still too risky to use in DFS unless his price drops on most sites. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:54 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Porzingis 'of course' wants to stay w/ Knicks
    Kristaps Porzingis said he "of course" wants to play for the Knicks next season, despite recent friction between himself and the team.

    Advice: "I love New York. I love New York," said Porzingis, who recently skipped his exit interview with Phil Jackson due to the "drama" surrounding the team. He plans to play for the Latvian national team this summer, contrary to the Knicks' desire, but at the end of the day he's still under a guaranteed deal until hitting restricted free agency in 2018. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:47 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
  • Dwight Howard struggles in 20 minutes on Wed
    Dwight Howard struggled with foul trouble during Wednesday's 109-101 defeat, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with seven boards, one assist, one steal and one block in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: Dwight scored four points in the opening minutes of the game and it looked like he'd be a featured option offensively. Unfortunately, Marcin Gortat proceeded to block a pair of his shots, after which foul trouble and a lack of touches did the rest. The Hawks won't get far if Howard plays this poorly, so expect them to look for him more often in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 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
  • 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
  • Serge Ibaka says his ankle is feeling better
    Serge Ibaka said his sore ankle was feeling much better on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ibaka didn't appear to be limited by the ankle injury at all during Tuesday's Game 2 win when he put up 16 points, seven boards, six assists, two blocks and four triples through 36 minutes of floor time, so he should be just fine for Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:50 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
  • 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
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 w/ seven rebounds
    Derrick Favors started at center in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Clippers, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Playing Favors at less than 100 percent for 33 minutes isn't ideal, but even though he was absolutely exhausted, he put in a pretty good shift tonight just like he did in Game 1. He finished 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line, and with Rudy Gobert's (knee) timetable to return still up in the air, the Favors should see 30+ minutes as long as his troublesome knee holds up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:18 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
  • Serge Ibaka plays well in Raptors win
    Serge Ibaka had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's big 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their first-round series at 1-1.

    Advice: This was basically a must-win game for the Raptors at home and Ibaka did most of his damage in the first three quarters. He was dealing with an ankle injury coming into this one but it looks like he feels great. Game 3 is in Milwaukee on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:43 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) good to go for Game 2
    Serge Ibaka (ankle) is good to go for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Ibaka didn't appear limited at all while going through his pregame routine, so he shouldn't have any sort of restrictions tonight as the Raptors look to even up the series before heading to Milwaukee. Joining Ibaka in the starting five for Game 2 will be Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:27 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
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) on track to play Tuesday
    Dwane Casey said that Serge Ibaka (ankle) "should be good to go" for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

    Advice: The Raptors still want Ibaka to go through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but after going through shootaround without issue, it looks like Ibaka will be on the floor tonight. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:28 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
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) a GTD for Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka (ankle) went through shootaround this morning, but coach Dwane Casey said Ibaka will be a game-time decision for Game 2 on Tuesday night vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Ibaka tweaked his left ankle after landing on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1 and sat out Monday's practice. Ibaka had his ankle heavily taped on Tuesday, but the fact that he was able to participate in shootaround is a good sign. However, it appears we will have to wait until shortly before tip-off to have confirmation on his status. If Ibaka is unable to play, Jonas Valanciunas, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson will likely see an uptick in minutes. Casey might also choose to play Jakob Poeltl or Lucas Nogueira. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:48 am
  • Porzingis would like to play for Latvia
    In an interview with FIBA.com, Kristaps Porzingis said he "absolutely" would like to play for Latvia's national team this summer.

    Advice: Latvia will compete in FIBA EuroBasket 2017, which takes place from August 31st through September 17th. When asked if he wanted to play, Porzingis responded: "Yes, absolutely. I would like to help the team get to the second round and have a great campaign." KP missed the final five games of the regular season with a back injury, but it was relatively minor. The Knicks would prefer Porzingis not play internationally this summer, but the two sides have a strained relationship, as evidenced by KP skipping his exit interview with Phil Jackson. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:18 am
  • 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
  • Derrick Favors expected to start Tuesday
    Derrick Favors will draw the start in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert (knee) has officially been ruled out for Game 2, so Favors should see his minutes in the 30s as Utah's starting center. Favors posted 15 points, six boards, two assists and one block through 32 minutes sans Gobert on Saturday, so that should be the baseline expectations for Favors moving forward. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 11:43 am
  • Derrick Favors knee felt 'fine' after Game 1
    Derrick Favors said that his troublesome left knee felt fine after logging 30 minutes during Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: "I felt good. It was my first time playing 30 minutes in a long time," he said. "I didn't have any pain in my knee, no discomfort. I was just a little fatigued." That last part might be an understatement, as he looked exhausted for much of the second half, but his strong effort helped Utah overcome Rudy Gobert's injury to steal a road win. With Gobert questionable for Game 2, Favors might be leaned on for big minutes once again. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 11:24 am
  • Serge Ibaka (ankle) expected to play Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka sat out Monday's practice with a sore ankle, but Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey is expecting him to play in Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "It’s day by day," said Ibaka, "I woke up this morning and was walking perfect." Ibaka tweaked his ankle coming down on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1, and while he acknowledged that it would be tough to suit up if the Raptors had a game today, he feels he'll be good to go by Tuesday. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 11:23 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
  • Meyers Leonard ineffective in seven minutes
    Meyers Leonard was ineffective in seven minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 1 loss, recording just two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers without attempting a single shot.

    Advice: The Dubs tend to make opposing big men non-factors, and that trend held true on Sunday evening. Starting center Noah Vonleh wasn't much better with just two points, five boards, four dimes and two turnovers in 23 minutes, and it's painfully obvious that Portland is really missing Jusuf Nurkic (leg) right now. Vonleh and Leonard probably won't be doing much of anything during what will likely be a quick first-round series. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 4:27 pm
  • Dwight Howard grabs 14 boards in Game 1 loss
    Dwight Howard hauled in 14 rebounds during Sunday's Game 1 loss, adding seven points, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards went with a lot of small ball lineups to try and make things uncomfortable for Howard, and that strategy worked. D12 didn’t really have any plays called for himself, more so being tasked with cleanup duty on the boards, and that’s likely the role he’ll have during this first-round series. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 2:06 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
  • Wizards could use 'Hack-a-Dwight' strategy
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said he will use the "Hack-a-Dwight" strategy if necessary.

    Advice: "That definitely could be in effect, depending on the game and our foul situations. There's no secret that he shoots 50 percent from the free throw line," Brooks said. "But also we have to check the temperature because there have been some games where he's made some, or more than his average. If we get in a bad position, we would rather wrap him up and get him to the line rather than give him the open layup." In case it needs to be said, there's always a slight risk to using Howard in DFS when the "Hack-a-Dwight" strategy is on the table. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:49 am
  • Austin Rivers (hamstring) targeting Friday
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) said he's targeting a return on Friday for Game 3 against the Jazz.

    Advice: Rivers was able to shoot around on Saturday for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29, and that's encouraging because his previous attempt to get back on the floor didn’t go well. "I was on the court three or four days ago," Rivers said on Saturday, "and it didn’t really go as I planned. Didn’t feel good and they took me off and waited a couple more days, with a little treatment and stuff like that. Today we tried it again and it worked." With Rivers already ruled out for Game 2, Jamal Crawford will continue to see a bump in minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 6:28 am
  • Derrick Favors plays 32 minutes, scores 15
    Derrick Favors started the second half for Rudy Gobert (knee) against the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was totally gassed at the end of this game and could barely get off the floor to go for a rebound. Since returning from injury on Apr. 7, Favors didn't play more than 21 minutes in those three games, averaging just 9.0 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 17.0 minutes. His legs are going to be feeling it tomorrow, and thankfully the Jazz are off until Tuesday. If Gobert is out, the Jazz will likely have to play Favors 30 minutes, which is almost certainly more than they planned. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 10:21 pm
  • Woj: Kristaps Porzingis taking a long trip
    Kristaps Porzingis is planning a long trip back to Latvia that may not include a return to New York until closer to the start of training camp, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: President Phil Jackson threw Carmelo Anthony under the bus and it would appear Porzingis is not happy about it. According to ESPN, KP wasn't at exit interviews because of "drama" surrounding the franchise. The Knicks continue to make news during the postseason despite not being in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 9:07 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
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points with 14 boards
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with 14 rebounds, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was Toronto's best defender in this game and served as the backbone of the defense at times. Ibaka was very successful as a five man with OKC in the postseason last year and coach Dwane Casey has used him a bunch in that role in the last two months, so expect him to play minutes in the upper 30s in this series. Maybe Casey puts Ibaka on Giannis Antetokounmpo more often. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:24 pm
  • Austin Rivers out for at least two games
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) will miss at least the next two games.

    Advice: The good news is he shot around for the first time since suffering his injury on Mar. 29. Rivers could miss additional time and it feels like he's out for the first round. With Rivers out, there should be more minutes going to J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute and maybe even Paul Pierce. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 6:11 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
  • ESPN: Kristaps Porzingis frustrated w/ drama
    Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meetings on Friday "due to frustration over dysfunction, drama" surrounding the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

    Advice: Oh boy. President Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony would be "better off somewhere else" and several other comments earlier today, so apparently Porzingis wasn't a fan. Porzingis also favorited Melo's "REALLY" post following Jackson's comments. It turns out publicly taking shots at your franchise player isn't the best way to make other players feel good about the front office. The Knicks are a disaster right now. How's it goink? Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 5:39 pm
  • Porzingis ready to handle bigger role
    Kristaps Porzingis said he would be ready if asked to take on a bigger role in the Knicks offense next season.

    Advice: The future of Carmelo Anthony is uncertain at this point, but if Melo leaves, KP would become the focal point of New York's offense. "I haven’t thought about that," Porzingis said. "I'm really focused on getting better as a player. Once that time comes, I’m sure I’ll be ready." KP also said that his "No. 1 [goal] is getting in that weight room and living in there, basically." Depending on what happens in New York this offseason, Porzingis' fantasy stock could spike heading into next year's draft. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 8:50 am
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