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  • Jeff Green will start in place of Kevin Love
    Jeff Green will start Game 7 against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll replace Kevin Love and start his first game since Game 1 of the first round against Indiana. Green logged 31 minutes in Game 6, his most of the playoffs. He had 14 points, but he'll probably have to score at least that much if the Cavs want to advance to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year. Today, 7:25 am
  • Andre Iguodala assumed to be out for Game 7
    Coach Steve Kerr said he's assuming that Andre Iguodala (leg) will not play in Game 7 on Monday against Houston.

    Advice: Kerr also mentioned that Iguodala is literally day-to-day. He's sat out the last three games and is said to still have pain when he runs. Until reported otherwise, Iguodala will more than likely miss Game 7. Kevon Looney will likely continue to start in his place with Jordan Bell, Shaun Livingston, Nick Young and recently activated Patrick McCaw seeing some more playing time. Today, 6:24 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 29, Warriors stay alive
    Stephen Curry scored 29 points during a 115-86 victory in Game 6 against the Rockets on Saturday, adding five rebounds, six assists, five 3-pointers and matching a postseason career-high three blocks.

    Advice: He started off slow but picked it up in the second half hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 16 points. This was a statement game for Curry and it’s no secret that the Warriors are at their best when Steph is running the offense. The Rockets certainly knew that as they held the Warriors to 93.0 points per game in the previous two as they kept the passes down, but Steph dominated during the second half as the Warriors crushed Houston 64-25 in the second half. Curry is averaging 30.2 points per game inside Oracle this series compared to just 18.6 in Houston, so we'll see if that trend continues in a critical Game 7 on Monday. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Chris Paul 'less likely than likely' to play
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of, the chances of Chris Paul (hamstring) playing in Game 7 on Monday are "less likely than likely, but working every angle to try."

    Advice: You don't hear that verbiage on an injury too often, but it still seems like he's closer to doubtful than anything else. Without Paul, even at home, the Rockets will have an uphill battle ahead of them to make it to their first NBA Finals since 1995. We'll know more after he's re-evaluated once the team returns to Houston. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Klay Thompson goes off, Warriors force Game 7
    Klay Thompson scored 35 points, making 9-of-14 3-pointers with six rebounds, two assists and four steals in Game 6 against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He loves Game 6 elimination games. You might remember Klay going off for 19 points in the fourth at OKC in Game 6 during the 2016 Western Conference Finals, and he was asked about it after the game. "I don't wanna go home. We worked too hard this season to go home," Klay said after tonight's win. This is the first time both Conference Finals have reached a Game 7 since 1979. Back then there was no 3-point line, but there will be plenty of those in Houston on Monday when Klay and the Dubs come to town. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Draymond Green fills stat sheet in Game 6
    Draymond Green scored four points with 10 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and five blocks in Game 6 against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He had one of those Draymond nights, coming just short of a 5x5 while fulfilling his promise of a Game 7. It was Green's postseason low in points, but he made up with outstanding defense on Clint Capela to go with the stat-stuffing line. He wasn't worried coming into this one and you can bet he'll have that same confidence and fire for Game 7 on Monday. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Patrick McCaw gets playing time in Game 6
    Patrick McCaw scored two points with two rebounds and one steal in four minutes in Game 6 against Houston on Saturday.

    Advice: He hadn't played since March 31st against Sacramento after a scary fall and wasn't even expected to play at all this postseason. McCaw even called his parents that he would be active, and the crowd was pumped up when he hit the court. While McCaw only got in for the last 4:28 once the game was out of reach, he played solid for those minutes. We could see him play more minutes in Game 7 on Monday as he gets readjusted to being in the lineup. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • James Harden drops 32 in Game 6 loss
    James Harden scored 32 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, three steals, four 3-pointers and a postseason-high nine turnovers in a 115-86 Game 6 loss against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He did all he could to keep Houston in this game, but the Rockets had 21 turnovers as the biggest problem today. Harden now has five career playoff games with at least nine turnovers, giving him the most such games ever (LeBron James has three). On the plus side, Harden was able to snap out of a brutal 0-of-22 slump from deep with a couple treys in the first quarter. He'll need it to come together in Game 7 at Toyota Center on Monday. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Gerald Green logs big minutes in Game 6 loss
    Gerald Green made 4-of-6 from the field for 11 points with one block and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes as the sixth man against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the most minutes he's played all postseason and the most points he's scored since Game 3 of the first round against Minnesota. If Chris Paul remains out, expect Green to again receive a heavier load of minutes in Game 7 on Monday, especially if guys like Luc Mbah a Moute come out flat. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Eric Gordon silent in second half in Game 6
    Eric Gordon scored 19 points in a start against the Warriors on Saturday, adding with two rebounds, four 3-pointers and five turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He came out shooting the lights out, scoring eight points in the first 4:30 of the game and going 4-of-4 from deep in the first half with 16 points. The second half was a different story as Gordon went 1-of-4 from both the field and the line. If Chris Paul is out for Game 7 on Monday, he'll have to put together a complete game for the Rockets to advance to the NBA Finals. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute returns for Game 6
    Luc Mbah a Moute had one rebound and two steals in 15 minutes in his return to action in the Rockets Game 6 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Game 3 and that may have been due to his shoulder issue, but with the Rockets shorthanded he returned to the rotation. Mbah a Moute continued to struggle, and he may not have played in the second half had the game been closer. Depending on Chris Paul's status and how coach Mike D'Antoni feels, he may or may not play in Game 7 on Monday. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Clint Capela struggles in Game 6 loss
    Clint Capela scored two points (1-of-4 FG, 0-of-2 FT) with 16 rebounds and an assist in Houston's 115-86 Game 6 loss to Golden State on Saturday.

    Advice: He didn't score until the 5:58 mark in the fourth quarter and the Rockets were -32 when he was on the floor. This was his lowest scoring game of the postseason and worst +/- of the entire season. Capela was big on the boards, but he'll need a better performance in Game 7 if the Rockets want to win. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Kevon Looney getting another start in Game 6
    Kevon Looney is getting another start in Game 6 on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll be out there with the other four All-Stars for the third time in a row as Andre Iguodala (leg) recovers). Looney likely won't have as much defensive pressure on him in this game because he won't have to get switched on to Chris Paul (hamstring), but the Rockets almost certainly will try to put him on James Harden when they can. Looney has scored four points in each of last three games with little else, so the bar isn't very high in DFS. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
  • Abdel Nader listed as questionable for Game 7
    Abdel Nader (right wrist) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Game 7 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: He only logged 58 seconds in Game 6 and is averaging only 1.2 points a game in the five games he's played this series. In the most crucial game of the Celtics seasons, it's unlikely he'll play on Sunday. Yesterday, 5:07 pm
  • Ty Lue not concerned about LeBron James
    Coach Ty Lue says he's not concerned about LeBron James for Sunday night's Game 7.

    Advice: Really going out on a limb there, coach Lue. Kidding aside, there's been some talk about LeBron being tired before Friday, but all those concerns were put to bed after an epic performance. The over/under on LeBron's minutes tomorrow is probably 47.5 with Kevin Love now out. LeBron likely would've played all but 57 seconds last night, but the game got to garbage time to keep him out for the final 57 seconds. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Jayson Tatum is OK after doctor evaluation
    Jayson Tatum was evaluated by doctors on Saturday, and there's no concern of a concussion.

    Advice: He felt great after the game and today, as well. "Nothing there to be concerned about," coach Brad Stevens said. Tatum did take some contact to his head from the Kevin Love collision and he didn't look like himself for about half the game, so the team will evaluate him again before Game 7 on Sunday. For now, expect him to get 36-40 minutes in Game 7. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Update: Kevin Love now ruled out for Game 7
    Kevin Love (concussion) has been ruled out for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He was just placed in the concussion protocol, and it would have been almost impossible to clear that if he is still dealing with symptoms at this time of day. Love does have a history of concussions with his most recent one coming in March, so it's possible he would be out beyond a possible win on Sunday. It should be Jeff Green starting with more Larry Nance. Tristan Thompson may also have to play a little more in this game. Yesterday, 10:58 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Daniel Theis (knee) hopes to play for Germany
    Daniel Theis (knee) said he expects to be cleared for full-contact basketball activities in August.

    Advice: Theis underwent successful surgery to repair his left knee lateral meniscus back in mid-March. He is hoping to join the German team for the FIBA World Cup and expects to be ready for training camp before the start of the 2018-19 season. "I think I can start basketball like full contact in August," said Theis. "Then if I can play high level in, like, September it’s good for me, it’s good for the team to see how I’m progressing in terms of training camp in September." Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • LaVar Ball blames Lakers' training staff
    LaVar Ball blamed the Lakers' training staff for Lonzo Ball's injury issues during his rookie season.

    Advice: We hadn't heard from LaVar in a little while, but the circus is back in town. "If you’re going to be doing those [workouts with] rubber-bands like that dude Gunnar [Peterson] has him doing, that [is] bullsh*t training. That’s what I call it," said the elder Ball. "Sh*t, he wasn’t like that when I brought him over there. When he first came [to the Lakers], he never got hurt. He was never hurt." Cleary, Ball believes he is more knowledgeable on training athletes than the Lakers' head trainer. L.A. will do their best to ignore this nonsense. Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • Report: Knicks unlikely to draft a PG
    According to Ian Begley of ESPN, some members of the Knicks front office have said it "wouldn't make sense" to draft a point guard with their first-round pick.

    Advice: The top point guard available is Trae Young of Oklahoma, with Collin Sexton of Alabama widely considered the second-best PG prospect. Although Frank Ntilikina played off the ball frequently over the second half of last season, it appears the Knicks front office views him as a full-time point guard going forward. They will have a very interesting decision to make if Young slides all the way to No. 9. Yesterday, 6:32 am
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