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  • Alec Burks remains out for Sunday
    Alec Burks (knee) remains out for Sunday.

    Advice: He is out indefinitely with his PRP treatment to his left knee. Burks is not in the rotation and staying healthy has been a tough task for the slashing guard. Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Marc Gasol wants to work on rebounding
    Marc Gasol said his main goal this offseason is to work on his rebounding.

    Advice: "Obviously, rebounding is an issue for me," Gasol said. He's actually not bad at getting a rebound when he has a chance, but the stats say he's out of position a lot. Among the 176 players to log at least 24 minutes per game, Gasol ranked 41st in contested rebounding percentage, but he ranked just 91st in rebounding chance percentage. In other words, he should improve on getting better position before the shot hits the rim than after it. If Gasol can add 104 treys this season to his previous career total of just 12, maybe he can increase his boards from 6.4 per game in 2016-17 to closer to 10 in 2017-18. Yesterday, 6:16 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 1
    Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 1 against the Celtics.

    Advice: The Wizards haven't missed him too much. Jason Smith has been serviceable as a backup center to go with his PF minutes, and the Wizards have gone with Markieff Morris at the five on occasion. Marcin Gortat may have a tough time on Al Horford and all the pick-and-roll action the Celtics will be running. Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • 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
  • Avery Bradley expecting IT to play
    Avery Bradley said he knows Isaiah Thomas will be prepared for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, coach Brad Stevens said he's fine with the idea of Thomas staying with his family following his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state. The sense around the team is that Thomas will be back and ready to go. While he didn't bust out in the first round, he was efficient in the second half against the Bulls with a 64.3 true shooting percentage. Yesterday, 2:55 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
  • DeAndre Bembry going to Summer League
    DeAndre Bembry will play in Summer League.

    Advice: The No. 21 pick of the 2016 draft was slightly better than expected. His highlight had to be defending James Harden in a thrilling comeback in Houston on national TV back on Feb. 2. However, Bembry has fallen way behind Taurean Prince, who also has more positional flexibility. Bembry could shine in Summer League. Yesterday, 2:45 pm
  • Bobby Portis played through a foot burn
    Bobby Portis played through a third-degree foot burn for the last two months.

    Advice: He said he burned his foot on a heat pack back on Mar. 4. This isn't "Rajon Rondo fell in the shower" strange, but it's still an odd injury. "The heat pack burned me before the game," Portis said. "I was actually on the [trainer's] table. I couldn't feel it. I had my headphones in, but I didn't feel [the pack] burn through. ... Ever since then, it's been hurting." Portis said he didn't reveal the injury because he didn't want to lose his minutes, so maybe that explains the inconsistent play -- probably not. He'll have added opportunity next year, especially if the Bulls don't bring back Nikola Mirotic. Portis is not planning to play in Summer League to defend his title. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Kevin Durant is a full go
    Kevin Durant will be a full go for the first round.

    Advice: With the Warriors off since Monday, KD has enjoyed his time off and even said the team was banged up. You may have seen a picture of Durant at a San Francisco Giants baseball game taking a picture with cupcakes and Giants mascot Lou Seal -- yeah, that's a seal named Lou. He'll get a tougher matchup in the second round, but KD is likely going to tear it up. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Shaun Livingston still questionable
    Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) is still questionable for Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Even the full week off didn't get him all the way back. The Warriors didn't miss Livingston whatsoever because Ian Clark just kills the Blazers. That may be different in the second round. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ankle) probable for Game 1
    Matt Barnes (ankle) is probable for Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did not play at all in the first series due to an ankle sprain way back on Apr. 8. The Warriors added Barnes to help fill the void left from the Kevin Durant injury, so he's probably not going to play much in the playoffs. Plus, Andre Iguodala has been a difference maker. Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Paul Millsap admits to likely opting out
    Paul Millsap admitted he will "most likely" opt out of his player option.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall for this one as Millsap looks to get one more big pay day. He did say he loved Atlanta, but a lot of teams will likely be after the 32-year-old Millsap. He was in what was close to a perfect spot for his stat output, so a change of scenery would likely hurt his fantasy value. Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Dante Cunningham to decline player option
    ESPN is reporting that Dante Cunningham plans to decline his player option and become unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: An unsurprising development, as Cunningham's option for the 2017-18 season was worth only $3.1 million. He appeared in 66 games (including 35 starts) for the Pelicans last season and averaged 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 1.1 3-pointers. A reliable and versatile veteran, Cunningham should have plenty of suitors interested in his services come July. Yesterday, 10:20 am
  • Hoiberg gives strong endorsement of Rondo
    Coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for Rajon Rondo on Friday.

    Advice: Hoiberg and Rondo had a rocky relationship for much of the season, but the coach gave a strong endorsement of his point guard after the Bulls were eliminated on Friday. "Obviously we played great basketball with Rajon toward the end of the season," Hoiberg said. "I love Rondo. I love coaching him. I love everything about the kid. He was so good to have out there on the floor." Jimmy Butler also stated he wants the Bulls to pick up Rondo's team option. "Of course," Butler said. "He's been huge for us this year." Yesterday, 8:03 am
  • Dwyane Wade unsure about his future
    Following the Bulls season-ending loss on Friday night, Dwyane Wade said he was unsure if he would exercise his player option and return to Chicago next season.

    Advice: Wade struggled in Game 6, scoring just two points on 1-of-10 shooting. His two points tied a career-low for the postseason. Wade has a $23.8 million player option for the 2017-18 campaign. "I'm far away from that now, just got through this 14th NBA season," Wade said when asked about his upcoming decision. "If I'm not winning a championship, I'm never satisfied. But you take things out of the season and see what you could have done better individually." It will be a very interesting offseason in Chicago. Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas content to come off bench
    Jonas Valanciunas said he is content coming off the bench as long as the Raptors keep winning.

    Advice: Toronto got a big boost during their first round matchup with Milwaukee when they replaced Valanciunas with Norman Powell in the starting lineup. Down 2-1 at the time, the Raps went on to win three straight games and close out the series in six, thanks in part to Powell's strong play. "I’m good. I don’t feel bad if I don’t start," said Valanciunas. "I’ve just got to do my job. As long as we’re winning — I’ve been saying that a long time — as long as we’re winning I’m OK." It will be interesting to see if coach Dwane Casey sticks with the same starting five vs. Cleveland. Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Chris Paul scores 29, forces Game 7 on Sunday
    Chris Paul put his team on his back during a 98-93 Game 6 win in Utah on Friday, scoring 29 points with three rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers had a 10-point lead with less than 90 seconds left, but of course the Clippers made it exciting late to have this game come down to a missed Joe Johnson shot with three seconds left. Paul himself summed it up perfectly after the game. "It wouldn't be us if it wasn't dramatic," Paul said on the ESPN broadcast. The Clippers are 3-1 in Game 7 matchups since 2012, but anything is possible for this one, especially with a 12:30 PDT start. Friday, 10:58 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 13 with 18 boards
    DeAndre Jordan scored 13 points with 18 rebounds and seven turnovers against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: With five seconds left, he got switched onto Joe Johnson for the last meaningful Jazz possession and forced Johnson to fade away to have his potential game-tying trey fall short. Jordan has a double-double in all six games this series and is the only player with that total in the NBA during these playoffs. With Blake Griffin out, Jordan's opportunity is massive. Of course, a lot hinges on Rudy Gobert (ankle) being healthy. Friday, 10:49 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
    Player Note
    Austin Rivers LAC - PG,SG,SF
  • 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
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