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  • 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
  • Marreese Speights quiet in 21 minutes Sunday
    Marreese Speights started in place of Blake Griffin (toe) on Sunday, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Griffin is done for the playoffs, which means L.A. will need more from Speights and Paul Pierce (scoreless with one rebound in 12 minutes). Speights was disappointing from a DFS standpoint tonight, which could depress his ownership rates when L.A. hosts the Jazz on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller get DNP-CDs
    Amir Johnson picked up a DNP-CD during the Celtics' Game 4 win in Chicago on Sunday.

    Advice: Johnson's role has steadily decreased throughout the series. With Gerald Green playing well as a starter, coach Brad Stevens had no incentive to keep the veteran big man in the rotation tonight. Tyler Zeller was also a DNP-CD and this trend is likely to continue with Boston tying up the series behind a slew of small lineups. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Marreese Speights starting Game 4 on Sunday
    Marreese Speights is starting on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: Earlier in the day Doc Rivers said Speights would "probably" start, so this merely confirms his status. Speights will need to play great to somewhat fill the hole left by Blake Griffin (toe), especially now that Rudy Gobert is back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:09 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
  • Ryan Anderson scores nine points w/ one trey
    Ryan Anderson went 2-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to nine points, three boards, one 3-pointer, one steal and three turnovers during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: Anderson has been struggling mightily during this first-round series, owning meager averages of 8.8 points, 6.0 boards and just 0.8 triples per contest on 36.4 percent shooting, yet the Rockets are now up 3-1 with the series headed back to Houston. It's just a tough matchup for Anderson, and there are no guarantees he'll bounce back in Game 5. Clint Capela was also really bad tonight with just four points, five boards, one assist and two turnovers in 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Nene scores 28 points without missing a shot
    Nene was a perfect 12-of-12 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, scoring 28 points to go with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The 28 points were a playoff career-high for Nene, and his 12 makes without a miss tied an NBA playoff record. He was crucial to the Rockets pulling out the win tonight with James Harden struggling for most of the game, and in general, he's played very well through this first-round series with averages of 13.5 points and 6.5 boards while knocking down an insane 92.0 percent of his shot attempts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:35 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 2:04 pm
  • LeBron James nets 33 points; CLE sweeps IND
    LeBron James helped the Cavs complete their first-round sweep of the Pacers on Sunday with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: James has now won 21-straight first-round games, which is the longest streak by any player since 1984, and this was also his 10th sweep in a Best-of-7 playoff series which amounts to the most sweeps by any player in NBA history. He basically got whatever he wanted all game long, had an incredible chase-down block during the third quarter, and hit a dagger 3-pointer during the closing minutes; so, par for the course for King James. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Kevin Love scores just five points in G4 win
    Kevin Love was held to five points on 2-of-13 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Pacers, adding 16 rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one block and four turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Love got off to a slow start offensively in this one, not even getting his first bucket until the final minute of the second quarter, but he made his presence felt on the glass all game long. In general, he was solid through the first-round, owning averages of 15.5 points, 9.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.3 triples and 2.5 turnovers per game, and he should continue to flirt with these numbers in Round 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 20 points w/ nine boards
    Myles Turner went 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from the stripe during Sunday's Game 4 loss to Cleveland, on his way to 20 points, nine boards, one steal and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Turner was incredibly efficient in this one, and he didn’t even miss a shot until mid-way through the third quarter, but ultimately, it was not enough for Indiana. He took a major jump during his sophomore season, compiling averages of 14.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.3 dimes, 0.5 triples, 2.1 swats and 1.3 turnovers per contest on 50.3 percent shooting from the field and 80.7 percent from the charity stripe which was good enough for top-25 value on the year. He should just continue to get better during Year-3 and will make for a fine early-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:54 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 Yesterday, 12:52 pm
  • Marreese Speights will 'probably' start
    Marreese Speights will "probably" start Game 4 vs. the Jazz on Sunday according to coach Doc Rivers.

    Advice: Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs and Speights started the second half of Game 3, so he was the heavy favorite to start even before Doc's comments. Speights is a great per-minute producer and is certainly on the DFS radar, but the Clippers will likely play a lot of small ball which could keep his minutes around 20. In two starts during the regular season, Speights averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 treys in 21.5 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • ATL to do everything possible to keep Millsap
    Hawks owner Tony Ressler made it clear that re-signing Paul Millsap this offseason is a priority.

    Advice: "We are going to make every effort imaginable to keep him," Ressler said. This isn't the first time we've heard this from the Hawks, but it will likely take a max deal to keep the 32-year-old All Star in Atlanta. The Hawks explored the idea of trading him around the turn of the new year to avoid losing him for nothing this summer, but pulled him off the market right before the trade deadline. The Hawks had to let Al Horford walk as a free agent last summer, so we'll see if they have better luck with Millsap. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:23 am
  • Love not worried about 4th quarter benching
    Kevin Love said he won't have any extra motivation in Game 4 after getting benched in the fourth quarter of Game 3 along with Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: "No, that's silly," Love said. "If anything, we look at it like that was great for that second unit and those guys stepping up for us. It will give them a lot of confidence, give us a lot of confidence in all sorts of positions and situations that they can help us win. If they can do that, then now we got to go out with the first unit, especially in the first half, and play better." Love was incredible in the first two games of the series against Indiana, so expect a bounce-back performance on Sunday as the Cavs attempt to sweep the Pacers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Noah Vonleh scores 10 points with 7 board
    Noah Vonleh scored 10 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was effective off the bench and had three putback jams. Vonleh's minutes are likely going to drop into the teens during Game 4 on Monday, but he still gets a lot of credit for turning it on over the last month or so. Maybe he can parlay his recent play with a strong offseason to get him going next year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Noah Vonleh to the bench
    Noah Vonleh will move to the bench for Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes sense as the Blazers try to limit the perimeter, so Vonleh may not get much playing time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 29 points in win vs. Wiz
    Paul Millsap torched the Wizards during the Game 3 116-98 victory, scoring 29 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in just 33 minutes.

    Advice: After battling through a knee injury earlier this month, it's safe to say he is back with this gem and a 27-point, 10-board game in Game 2. As great as the outing was, all the talk will be about how Markieff Morris called Millsap a "crybaby" on top of all the MMA talk leading up to this game. When Millsap found out about the comment, he had a little trash talk of his own. "I don't care. So what? Take his loss and go back to the hotel," Millsap said. The Hawks are about inconsistent as it gets for these playoff teams, but they sure can get hot in a hurry. All eyes will continue to be on the Millsap-Morris battle. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:42 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marreese Speights starts third quarter
    Marreese Speights started the third quarter against the Jazz on Friday, scoring eight points with two rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers went with a lot of small-ball lineups, so Speights actually didn't really benefit from the Blake Griffin injury. He's likely looking at minutes around 20 for Game 4, assuming BG can't suit up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:09 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
  • Amir Johnson gets just six minutes off bench
    Amir Johnson came off the bench for Game 3 on Friday, scoring two points with one assist in just six minutes against the Bulls.

    Advice: He was in the first half rotation, but he didn't really do much to earn more playing time in Game 4. The Celtics guards did a fine job on crashing the glass, so giving up that size wasn't too big of a loss with the added output on 3-pointers. Johnson likely won't play too much in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:46 pm
  • Amir Johnson is coming off the bench
    Amir Johnson will come off the bench against the Bulls for Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Based on how coach Brad Stevens talked up Jonas Jerebko's rebounding style, it's possible Johnson goes from starter in Game 2 to a DNP-CD in Game 3. Although, he may shift to being more of a straight backup to Al Horford. DFS players may want to steer clear of Amir and Jerebko here. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:44 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • LeBron James dominates Pacers with 41 points
    LeBron James had one of his signature moments during a 119-114 win over the Pacers in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 41 points with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the Cavs giving up 74 points in the first half and trailing by 26 points at one point, LeBron led an incredible comeback with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. He played the entire fourth quarter to help him get just the seventh 40-point triple-double in NBA playoff history -- it was the 17th triple-double of LeBron's playoff career. The King also has a 20-game winning streak in the first round of the playoffs, so he'll look to make it 21 and sweep the Pacers on Sunday. Sure, there are some major defensive concerns, but is it really that big of a problem when LeBron is locked in? Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 13 points in 27 minutes
    Kevin Love scored 13 points with six rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play in the final 14 minutes of this game as coach Ty Lue stuck with his bench guys to help LeBron James. Love was remarkably efficient in the first two games with his 88.7 true shooting percentage, but this time it was Channing Frye knocking down shots. Expect Love to get big minutes on Sunday, assuming no garbage time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:28 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
  • 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
  • Ryan Anderson 0-of-11 from deep in playoffs
    Ryan Anderson had another brutal game on Wednesday, shooting 1-of-8 from the field and 0-of-7 from downtown for four points in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Anderson added just three rebounds and one block, without any assists or steals, and this marks his second straight dud in the playoffs. The perimeter specialist is a combined 0-of-11 from deep in the postseason, yet his team has managed to reel off consecutive wins -- it's a testament to Houston's deep offensive firepower. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Nene helps Houston earn 2-0 series lead
    Nene had another productive game on Wednesday with seven points on 3-of-3 shooting, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets were scuffling along in the first quarter but Nene gave them a welcome jolt of energy and scoring, and he's been simply amazing vs. the Thunder all season long. Fellow big man Clint Capela was also effective with seven points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes, whereas Montrezl Harrell racked up a DNP-CD. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Paul Millsap gets 27 & 10 w/ full line Wed
    Paul Millsap posted 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in a losing effort on Wednesday, as the Hawks fell behind 2-0 in their first-round series vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Personal fouls were a huge theme in this game, with a total of 55 fouls called, and Millsap wound up shooting 14-of-15 from the FT line. His pseudo-rivalry with Markieff Morris should only serve as more motivation and he's a strong DFS option -- he's averaging just 11.0 field goal attempts through two games in the series, but is now a combined 23-of-26 from the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:10 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
  • Celtics could make a lineup change?
    Coach Brad Stevens hinted he could make a lineup change for Game 3.

    Advice: Amir Johnson has not been good and he didn't start the second half with Tyler Zeller taking his spot. The Celtics can't rebound right now, so it makes little sense to stick with Johnson if that continues. Jonas Jerebko could make sense to add more spacing on offense while still having decent size up front. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Stein: KD closer to doubtful
    The Warriors "are strongly weighing" whether to hold Kevin Durant out of Wednesday against the Blazers as a precaution, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This confirms a previous report saying the Warriors may opt to sit KD. They have been burned before with injuries in the playoffs when Stephen Curry struggled to stay healthy early in the postseason last year. If the Warriors do keep KD out, he'll have five full days to get right from a calf strain. With him out, it should be Pat McCaw and Andre Iguodala picking up some extra minutes. The Warriors may go smaller with more Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark, too. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:32 pm
  • 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
  • Kevin Durant (calf) likely a game-time call
    Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not go through shootaround and will likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Durant was unable to practice on Tuesday, and given that this sort of injury can turn into a lingering issue, the Dubs may elect to play it safe and keep KD on the sidelines tonight. Matt Barnes (ankle) is also questionable to play, but he may be forced to gut it out tonight if Durant can't give it a go. Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala would likely pick up most of Durant's minutes if he does indeed hit the sidelines. For what it's worth, Sam Amick is reporting that KD is closer to doubtful for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kevin Durant (calf) questionable for Game 2
    Kevin Durant (left calf strain) did not practice on Tuesday and is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Dubs said that Durant dealt with some cramping in his left leg during their Game 1 win on Sunday, but apparently it was a bit more serious than that. There is some concern here with Durant sitting out practice, and if there's a chance of this turning into a lingering issue, Golden State may opt to play it safe. We'll have a better idea on his status for Game 2 based on what he's able to do during Wednesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:32 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
  • Kevin Love scores 27 points in Game 2 win
    Kevin Love was incredibly efficient in Game 2 vs. the Pacers on Monday, scoring 27 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 12-of-12 from the line.

    Advice: He also hit 3-of-4 triples and grabbed 11 rebounds with three assists and a block. The Pacers foolishly put Lance Stephenson on him for several possessions and they obviously paid the price. Tristan Thompson added four points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the Cavaliers, while Channing Frye scored three points in 13 minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:42 pm
  • LeBron James scores 25 points in Game 2 win
    LeBron James had a monster night in a 117-112 Game 2 win over Indiana, racking up 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and four steals in 42 minutes.

    Advice: LeBron is coming off the worst free throw percentage of his career during the regular season (67.4 percent), and he's even changed up his stance at the line with the help of Kyle Korver. However, it's still a work in progress as he hit just 3-of-6 freebies tonight. "Myself and Kyle, we kind have been brainstorming about it, how to get it to be more efficient," James said before the game. James also turned the ball over eight times tonight, but his DFS owners can't complain about a near triple-double with four steals and four blocks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:34 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 Monday, 7:00 pm
  • 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 11:23 am
  • Nene makes 7-of-8 shots for 15 points Sunday
    Nene made 7-of-8 field goals to score 15 points vs. the Thunder on Sunday, adding five rebounds (three offensive), one block, and zero turnovers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: "When he is healthy, Nene is one of the best centers in the league," coach Mike D'Antoni said prior to tip-off. He looked plenty healthy tonight, and continued a season-long trend of tormenting the Thunder -- in four regular-season matchups he averaged 14.3 points on 76.7 percent shooting. With a rock-bottom price in DFS, he's worth considering as a punt play. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 9:36 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 19 points w/out much else
    Paul Millsap went 5-of-8 from the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe on his way to 19 points during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Scoring wasn’t much of an issue for Millsap in this one, as he was ultra-aggressive at getting to the charity stripe, but unfortunately, he wasn’t really able to bring any other supporting stats to the box score with just two boards, one assist and four turnovers. He should be able to bounce-back with a more robust stat line in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Apr 16, 2:04 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • LeBron James scores 32 in Game 1 victory
    LeBron James scored 32 points during a 109-108 Game 1 win over the Pacers on Saturday, adding six rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He was not looking for his shot early and didn't take his first attempt from the field until 2:32 left in the first quarter. After that miss, James went off with eight straight makes and just carried his team to victory. James has now won 18 consecutive games in the first round, and he's also won 12 straight postseason openers to tie him with Shaquille O'Neal for the longest streak in NBA history. This was his 12th 30-plus scoring, 10-plus assist postseason game, but you can expect several more in the next month. Playoff LeBron has arrived. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 3:35 pm
  • Kevin Love gets hot early, cools late
    Kevin Love scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He scored 10 points in the first quarter and five in the second, but the Cavs went away from Love later in the game. The Cavs did only roll with Love as the lone big man for just one minute during this game, so that'll be something to watch as the postseason moves along. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 3:20 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
  • Myles Turner scores 11 with eight boards
    Myles Turner scored 11 points with eight rebounds, one assist, four steals and one block in 32 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: His perimeter defense was better than most of his teammates and coach Nate McMillan should probably try to figure out how he can get Turner more minutes. Turner was trending down on usage and rebounding rate after the break despite his minutes increasing to 32.4 per game, so he could get closer to 35 in his next one, especially with no back-to-backs. Rotoworld.com Apr 15, 2:39 pm
  • Pacers never considered trading Paul George
    In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Pacers owner Herb Simon said that the team never seriously considered trading Paul George this season.

    Advice: Rumors were swirling near the trade deadline about the Pacers possibly moving George, but Simon says they were never close to pulling the trigger on a deal. "Basically, we were offered a lot of things. We didn’t even think of taking any of them. [President] Larry [Bird] will give you a better feel for it, but the answer is you can’t stop people from making offers. But it wasn’t any question of accepting any of them," said Simon. Indy remains committed to building around PG-13. Rotoworld.com Apr 14, 6:46 am
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