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  • Paul Pierce's storied NBA career ends Sunday
    Paul Pierce played his final NBA game on Sunday, finishing the Clippers' loss to Utah with six points on 2-of-4 shooting, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: "I gave every ounce I could, each and every day," Pierce said after the game. "And I have no regrets, even to the last day." Pierce exceeded 20 minutes once during the 2016-17 regular season, but he hit that mark three times in the playoffs as coach Doc Rivers leaned on him with Blake Griffin (toe) unavailable. Pierce finishes with career averages of 19.7 points, 1.6 threes, 5.6 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks. He was the Finals MVP during the Celtics' championship season in 2008, made the All-Star team 10 times, and is a guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer. Today, 4:19 pm
  • Joe Ingles posts 12 points w/ all-around line
    Joe Ingles scored a postseason-high 12 points in 36 minutes during Sunday's Game 7 victory, making 4-of-6 shots with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, four steals and one block.

    Advice: Ingles' all-around game was a key to the series, which he finished with averages of 6.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.9 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.6 blocks. His defense was particularly impressive, and today's scoring was a welcome sight after he posted a combined zero points on 0-of-8 shooting in Utah's previous two games. Ingles and the Jazz get one day off before Game 1 in Golden State on Tuesday. Today, 4:01 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 26 points in Game 7 win
    Gordon Hayward finished Utah's series-clinching win on Sunday with 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 42 minutes of action.

    Advice: Hayward scored just three points in nine minutes during Game 4 in Utah, due to food poisoning, but in the other six games he averaged an impressive 27.2 points, 2.7 threes, 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals. He played an exhausting 41.0 minutes in those games, and should be just as busy in a tough matchup vs. Kevin Durant and the Warriors in the second round. Today, 3:57 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 20 points off the bench
    Jamal Crawford put up 20 points, four boards, three assists, one triple and one turnover in 32 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 104-91 Game 7 loss to Utah.

    Advice: Crawford came alive during the fourth quarter of action, scoring 14 of his 20 points while posting a usage rate of 34.3, but ultimately, the end result was yet another first-round exit for Los Angeles. He's due roughly $28.7 million over the next two seasons, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him traded elsewhere during the offseason if the Clippers decide to blow things up. As for fantasy hoops, Crawford is past his prime and won't be worth drafting in most leagues next year. Today, 3:48 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores nine points on 12 shots
    Austin Rivers went 4-of-12 from the field in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Jazz, on his way to nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Rivers perhaps was a bit too comfortable jacking up contested shots in this one, and while he did do a decent job defensively against Gordon Hayward, his inability to have a positive impact on the offensive end was a major issue for Los Angeles. As a side note, with the Game 7 loss, the Clippers became the first team in NBA history to blow a series lead in five straight postseasons, so it'll be interesting to see what happens with J.J. Redick, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin during free agency. Today, 3:40 pm
  • Markieff Morris says he’ll play in Game 2
    Markieff Morris (ankle) said he will "definitely" play in Game 2 against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morris said he wanted to return to the court in Game 1, but the Wizards’ medical staff ultimately ruled against it. Players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing their injuries, and Morris’ ankle could swell up on him overnight, so we’re still going to consider him questionable for Game 2. If he’s out, Kelly Oubre could draw the start and Otto Porter will be forced into heavy minutes. Today, 1:39 pm
  • Kelly Oubre scores 12 points in 26 minutes
    Kelly Oubre started the second half of Sunday’s Game 1 loss to the Celtics with Markieff Morris (ankle) going down, tallying 12 points, two triples one rebound, two blocks and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Oubre might be starting in Game 2 if Markieff Morris (ankle) is unable to give it a go, and he’ll need to step up in a big way for Washington to have a chance. He did a nice job on both ends of the floor, and he might be someone to consider in DFS if Morris does indeed spend Game 2 on the sidelines. For what it's worth, Morris said after Game 1 that he intends to play in Game 2. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Otto Porter double-doubles in 41 minutes
    Otto Porter posted a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double during Sunday’s Game 1 loss, to go with one 3-pointer, one assist and two steals in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Porter did a nice job on the glass, and didn’t commit a single turnover but he also rarely took advantage of the fact that they had Isaiah Thomas as his primary defender for much of the game. If Markieff Morris (ankle) is forced to the sidelines in Game 2 on Tuesday, Porter will again be forced into heavy minutes. Today, 1:35 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 24 points with six triples
    Jae Crowder caught fire from beyond the arc during Sunday's Game 1 win, registering 24 points, six 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The 24 points marks a new postseason-high for Crowder, and he made Washington pay for constantly leaving him open in the corner. As a team, the Celtics knocked down 19 triples in this one, which tied a franchise playoff record for Boston. Today, 12:58 pm
  • Gerald Green invisible as a starter in Game 1
    Gerald Green did a whole lot of nothing through seven minutes of action as a starter on Sunday, committing one turnover without registering any other statistics.

    Advice: Green got yanked after just two minutes of play to begin the game and was replaced in the starting five by Marcus Smart at the half. Green matched up well with the Bulls’ during the Celtics’ first-round series, but he probably won’t be playing much during Round 2. Today, 12:46 pm
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) will not return to G1
    Markieff Morris (sprained left ankle) will not return to Sunday's Game 1 vs. Boston.

    Advice: Morris rolled his ankle pretty badly, so unfortunately, he could be looking at a multi-game absence for Washington. Kelly Oubre started the second half in his place, and it'll be Oubre, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat logging extended minutes if Morris is forced into an extended absence. Today, 11:54 am
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) goes to locker room
    Markieff Morris (sprained left ankle) left Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Celtics and is questionable to return.

    Advice: Morris was attempting a jumper and twisted his left ankle pretty severely when he landed on Al Horford's foot. While Morris was down for a while, he was able to take his free throw before limping off to the locker room. We'll have an update shortly, but expect the Wizards to play more small ball if Morris can't return. Today, 10:54 am
  • Will Barton not interested in an extension
    Will Barton will not agree to a contract extension with the Nuggets this offseason.

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

    Advice: The Celtics will start Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Green, Jae Crowder and Al Horford. It's going to be difficult for Boston to hide both Thomas and Green on the defensive end, so don't be surprised if coach Brad Stevens makes a quick adjustment if Green doesn't have the hot hand early. The streaky shooter averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 triples in 20.5 minutes in his previous four starts in Round 1, so he's a punt option in DFS at his very affordable price. We should still see quite a bit of Marcus Smart in this series. Today, 8:13 am
  • Denzel Valentine hoping for a larger role
    Denzel Valentine said the front office thinks he can be a major rotational piece next season.

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

    Advice: As for the German national team, Zipser isn't sure if he will play in Eurobasket this summer. The rookie played pretty well for the Bulls this season and helped them space the floor a bit, and with Dwayne Wade and Nikola Mirotic hitting free agency, maybe Zipser can keep his spot in the rotation. To be clear, it's hard to imagine him helping most fantasy owners any time soon. He finished the 2016-17 season with averages of 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 triples in 19.2 minutes per game. Today, 7:41 am
  • Re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. is a priority
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. will be a priority of his this offseason.

    Advice: THJ was one of the most improved players in the NBA in 2016-17, averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 triples in 27.3 minutes per game. Hardaway was actually a candidate to be moved prior to the February deadline, but he made himself indispensable with some strong play after the turn of the new year. He's a restricted free agent which means the Hawks can match any offer he receives, so THJ will likely reprise his role as Atlanta's sixth man in 2017-18 as long as his price doesn't get out of hand. It's not out of the question that he could continue to start as well like he did to close out this season. Today, 7:20 am
  • Taurean Prince's development is a priority
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said the development of Taurean Prince and Dennis Schroder will be one of his three priorities this summer.

    Advice: His other two priorities are improving the offense and re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. and Paul Millsap. Prince showed fantasy owners a glimpse of his upside after the All-Star break, averaging 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.8 triples in 24.2 minutes per game in that span. The money stats are the key to his value (steals, blocks and triples), and with Thabo Sefolosha hitting free agency this summer, Prince has to like to his chances of opening the 2017-18 season as the starting small forward. He could be a sleeper in fantasy leagues and we'll get a long look at him during the summer league. Today, 7:11 am
  • Taurean Prince headed to Summer League
    Taurean Prince will play in Summer League.

    Advice: Even with the Hawks somewhat healthy, Prince ranked fourth on the team for playoff minutes. Prince was still assisted on 79.3 percent of his buckets in the playoffs, so he still needs to work on getting his own shot. He'll get the chance to increase his scoring arsenal in July and could add to his fantasy ceiling. If Paul Millsap leaves, Prince will be a fantasy sleeper. Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Denzel Valentine going to Summer League
    Denzel Valentine will play in Summer League.

    Advice: The Bulls may have just lost four games in a row during the 2016-17 playoffs, but you can't take away their 2016 Las Vegas Summer League championship. Valentine was expected to be a pro-ready guard and he was behind an injury-prone Dwyane Wade, but Valentine's rookie season was a mild letdown. We saw another NBA-ready Michigan State guard, Gary Harris, bust out in his second Summer League to set up two terrific seasons, so maybe Valentine can follow in his footsteps. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Austin Rivers score 13 with some clutch treys
    Austin Rivers came through in his start against the Jazz on Friday, scoring 13 points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He had two very clutch treys with less than four minutes left in the game, including a huge one with 1:29 remaining to give the Clippers a 10-point lead. Coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers were much better on the perimeter with defense, so you can pencil his son as a starter for Game 7. After playing just 18 minutes in Game 5, Rivers could be flirting with 40 minutes on Sunday. Daily Slant: Rivers price didn’t jump dramatically on FanDuel or DraftKings after his solid performance in Game 6, which keeps him in play as a nice value target. Across 246.0 minutes this season when Rivers was on the court with Chris Paul and without Blake Griffin, he managed a per-36 pace of 25.16 FD points and 27.18 DK points. Although his ownership will rise, he’s worth a roster spot given his expected workload. Friday, 10:45 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 31 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 31 points with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers during a 98-93 Game 6 loss at home to the Clippers.

    Advice: The Clippers brought the defense to limit the Jazz to just 41.0 percent from the field and 7-of-26 from three. It looked like it was a wrap with two minutes left, but Hayward scored seven points in a 40-second span with less than 1:30 remaining in the game to make it very close. Now, the Jazz will have to head back to L.A. for Game 7, but that shouldn't be too tall of an order with two wins at Staples during this series. Hayward is a strong bet for 42-plus minutes. Friday, 10:39 pm
  • Gerald Green scores 16 points in start
    Gerald Green scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: The move to start Green was a risky one, but it paid off in spades. Coach Brad Stevens said Green was "great" in the role and he said it also allowed him to maximize Jae Crowder as a four man and Horford as a true five. Green could get minutes again vs. the Wizards. By the way, he did only score three points in the fourth, so this scoring output wasn't about garbage time. Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 points vs. Hawks
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He bookended this series with a terrific Game 1, terrible games leading up to tonight, and just bringing it on both ends in this series-clinching win. Moving forward, the NBA is going to have to look at an incident with Morris leaving the bench. Bradley Beal landed awkwardly and did turn around to confront Kent Bazemore, so Morris left the bench just after the contact. Morris did back away when things were escalating, so he should be OK. If Morris plays like this against the Celtics, the Wizards could be a problem. Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Taurean Prince scores four in loss
    Taurean Prince scored four points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: There were not many rookies to make an impact late in the year quite like Prince. He showed he's more than a three-and-D guy and is already way ahead of the curve for a young perimeter defender. He'll be a factor in the rotation next year, especially if he shows any growth as a scorer. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Austin Rivers starting over Mo Speights
    Austin Rivers is starting over Mo Speights in Game 6 against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to start either Paul Pierce or Speights, but he'll go with his son. This almost certainly means Rivers will see much more than his 18 minutes in Game 5, and he could even get into the 30s. The Clippers will do their best to push the pace here and get Utah out of their halfcourt rhythm on both ends. Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Stevens intends to start Green again
    Coach Brad Stevens said he intends to start Gerald Green in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He played just 12 minutes in Game 5 and 23 minutes in Game 4 during his two starts. Stevens talked up Terry Rozier before the game, and the backup came through with some big plays in 18 minutes. Expect to see a similar distribution in Game 6. Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • The Truth could start Game 6?
    Coach Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce or Marreese Speights will start Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: If Pierce does start, he has played 35 of his 58 postseason minutes next to Chris Paul. The Truth has not been very good in that small sample as far as fantasy performance goes with only a 10.5 usage rate and a 30.0 true shooting percentage, but the Clippers do have a +6.7 net rating -- also a snail's pace of 84.8. Even if Pierce does start, he's still a risky DFS play. Thursday, 12:13 pm
  • Gerald Green starts, plays only 11 minutes
    Gerald Green started Game 5 on Wednesday but he played only 11 minutes, finishing with two points on 1-of-3 shooting and one rebound.

    Advice: Boston's starters came out flat and both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier provided welcome energy off the bench. The result was Green sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters, to the chagrin of everyone who gambled on him in DFS tonight. He contributes almost nothing beyond scoring, which makes him a risky option even if his role weren't so precarious. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Jae Crowder posts mixed line vs. Chicago
    Jae Crowder posted eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and zero turnovers in 35 minutes on Wednesday, making 4-of-4 free throws but just 2-of-11 field goals.

    Advice: Boston has been willing to live and die at the 3-point line, and tonight they survived despite going just 9-of-40 as a team (Crowder was 0-of-5). He's now a combined 6-of-27 from downtown in the first round, but he shot 39.8 percent from that range during the regular season and coach Brad Stevens has clearly given him permission to fire at will. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Markieff Morris struggles with fouls...again
    Markieff Morris struggled with fouls yet again on Wednesday, contributing eight points, five boards and one block with five personal fouls in 20 minutes.

    Advice: With former VP Joe Biden in attendance, the Wizards held on for a tense 103-99 victory, giving them a 3-2 edge in the series. Morris is averaging 5.0 fouls in just 23.3 minutes over the past four games, and he's shooting 33.3 percent in that span. The Wizards will need more from him going forward, especially if Jason Smith (calf) is forced to miss any time. Wednesday, 6:41 pm
  • Otto Porter scores 17 pts on four FG attempts
    Otto Porter scored 17 points during Wednesday's 103-99 home victory, adding five rebounds, two steals, one assist, one block and zero turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: These are the type of efficient, all-around lines that made Porter a super-sleeper in roto leagues this season. He went 3-of-4 from the line tonight, with a pair of 3-pointers, and did most of his damage at the free throw line (9-of-10). He becomes just the third player since 1963 to score at least 17 points on four or fewer attempts in the playoffs, joining Doc Rivers and Jon Koncak. Wednesday, 6:30 pm
  • Austin Rivers vows to be better in Game 6
    Austin Rivers vowed to be more aggressive in Game 6 in Utah on Friday.

    Advice: "All I needed was that one game just to get my rhythm back," Rivers said. "I’m not going to be out there trying to figure stuff out next game. I’m going to be aggressive." The rust was very apparent in his return from an 11-game absence on Tuesday, as he missed all four of his shots and brought very little to the box score in his 18 minutes off the bench. He should be able to flirt with 20 minutes again in Game 6, but given the matchup, he's not a great guy to target in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 8:29 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 18 minutes in return
    Austin Rivers (hamstring) returned to action in Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Jazz, scoring two points with two boards and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers was only expecting him to play around 12 minutes and the rust was obvious as the SG missed all four of his shots from the field. With that said, he did play some solid defense and his minutes will likely be in the 20s for Game 6 in Utah on Friday. He will be tough to trust in fantasy leagues until his restrictions are lifted. Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Joe Ingles scoreless in Game 5 win
    Joe Ingles missed all four of his shots and failed to score in 29 minutes and a start in Tuesday's Game 5 win at Los Angeles.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward was back from his food poisoning incident and Ingles paid the price, failing to show up for his fantasy owners in Game 5. The Jazz got the win, as Hayward, Rudy Gobert, George Hill, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood all showed up against the Clippers, who were without Blake Griffin (out for the season). Ingles is likely to rise again, but he can't be trusted going forward with Hayward, Hood and Johnson playing so well. Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Gordon Hayward's 27 leads Utah to 3-2 lead
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-16 shots, 4-of-8 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws for 27 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 41 minutes of Tuesday's Game 5 96-92 win over the Clippers to take a 3-2 lead in the series, with Game 6 taking place in Utah.

    Advice: Hayward lasted just nine minutes for three points in Game 4 due to food poisoning, but looked great tonight. Boris Diaw, Rudy Gobert (double-double), George Hill, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood all scored in double figures for the Jazz, as they came through down the stretch for the tough road win, and home-court advantage in their series. Hayward should be primed for another big game on Friday, and if he was able to do this with "not much legs" tonight, he should be even better in L.A. in Game 6. Tuesday, 10:30 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. Tuesday, 6:14 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (illness) will play in Game 5
    Gordon Hayward (illness) will play without any minutes limit in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Hayward left Sunday's Game 4 after just nine minutes of floor time, but it sounds like he's recovered from the food poisoning episode, so he should be able to get out there for 30-plus minutes tonight. Assuming Hayward gets a full allotment of minutes, that'll likely translate to less run for guys like Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson. Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 7:34 am
  • 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. Apr 24, 8:14 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. Apr 24, 5:06 pm
  • Rivers will play with minutes limit in Game 5
    Doc Rivers confirmed that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will play with a minutes limit in Game 5 against the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rivers hasn't taken the court since March 29, so his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton will likely lose some minutes with Rivers back in the rotation. Apr 24, 2:15 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. Apr 24, 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. Apr 24, 12:15 pm
  • 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. Apr 24, 10:06 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. Apr 24, 8:41 am
  • 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. Apr 23, 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. Apr 23, 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. Apr 23, 7:45 pm
  • Gerald Green w/ playoff career-high 18 points
    Gerald Green scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers during Sunday's Game 4 win in Chicago, adding seven rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls left Green wide open early in the game and he made them pay dearly, helping Boston roar out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. Green said that his goal was simply to bring "energy" to the first unit, but he brought much more than that tonight. He'll likely be a popular DFS option during Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston. Apr 23, 6:31 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. Apr 23, 6:02 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. Apr 23, 11:24 am
  • Gerald Green looking to give Boston energy
    Gerald Green said his job is to bring some energy and pace to the first unit.

    Advice: "I was just trying to bring energy. I think that was most important," Green said after logging 20 minutes in the starting lineup in Game 3 vs. Chicago. "I feel like my energy was there early on in the game. So that’s what I’m going to try to do [in Sunday's Game 4]: just try to come out with a lot of energy and just try to play up-tempo basketball, try to just bring it on both ends." Green played through a mild ankle tweak and scored eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers, and he's on the radar as a DFS play in tournaments because of his boom-or-bust appeal. Apr 23, 6:49 am
  • Kelly Oubre scores nine in 24 minutes
    Kelly Oubre scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: The Wizards may have to call on him more with Otto Porter (neck) getting hurt today. Oubre has shown he can have success as either a small-ball four or a small forward, so he should have no problem picking up the minutes -- he has played some SG in his career, too. If Porter is out, Oubre could be a viable DFS play. Apr 22, 5:36 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. Apr 22, 5:32 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. Apr 22, 11:51 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. Apr 21, 10:02 pm
  • Gerald Green scores eight points in start
    Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did suffer a mild left ankle tweak in the first half, but he did return and looked fine after getting re-taped. Even if Green is going to start, he's going to be the fourth guard at best in the rotation for total minutes behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart -- Terry Rozier played 23 minutes, as well. Green is only going to be a tournament play in DFS because we've seen him get hot at times. Apr 21, 6:57 pm
  • Gerald Green starts the second half
    Gerald Green started the second half on Friday.

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

    Advice: He just went to go get re-taped and came running out from the locker room about 10 minutes later in real time. If he's limited, the Celtics may go with more Marcus Smart because of how the small-ball lineup worked early. Apr 21, 4:56 pm
  • Hawks sticking with same starters
    Coach Mike Budenholzer said he is sticking with the same starting lineup of Dennis Schroder, Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard for Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: The starters have been really bad in this series, turning in a -35.3 net rating in their 28 minutes together. The next most-used lineup is just at eight minutes in the two games, so the Hawks still have a lot of adjustments to make. Plus, Dwight Howard has been disappointing in this series. Apr 21, 12:51 pm
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