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  • Hoiberg Canaan starting for his defense
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said the decision to start Isaiah Canaan has to do with defense against Isaiah Thomas.

    Advice: Makes sense. Michael Carter-Williams was brought on for his defense, but IT has turned him into a pretzel throughout this series. Canaan did come in at 80 on defensive real plus minus for the 91 qualifying point guards during the season, and he's certainly had some bad runs in Chicago and in Philly. Canaan played 34 minutes in Game 4 and should be looking at decent minutes again today. He's an obvious DFS punt. Rotoworld.com 37 minutes ago
  • Cam Payne inactive again
    Cameron Payne is inactive again for Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bulls will go with Isaiah Canaan as the starter and coach Fred Hoiberg will have to figure out what to do after that. Considering how bad Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have been, Payne not getting a shot isn't the best sign. The Bulls will probably roll with some no-PG lineups. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • Jaylen Brown (illness) is available to play
    Jaylen Brown (illness) is available to play against the Bulls in Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed practice on Tuesday and was called probable to play an hour ago. It's been Terry Rozier taking minutes away from Brown as coach Brad Stevens looks to make Marcus Smart more of an off-ball guy in the second unit, so Brown's minutes may not be there today. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Alex Abrines isn't going to summer league
    Alex Abrines said he won't play in Summer League this July.

    Advice: He said he'll be working with the coaches in Oklahoma City this summer. "I know I'm still not the best defender, but I'll keep trying to be the best defender I can," Abrines said. As most have heard, the OKC second unit was thrashed in the playoffs, so any improvement on defense could go a long way for Abrines. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:08 pm
  • Brad Stevens likes Rozier out there
    Coach Brad Stevens said he wanted to play Terry Rozier more to help handle the ball.

    Advice: Stevens also mentioned he liked the combo with Rozier and Marcus Smart. The Celtics bench has thrived with Rozier, who has averaged 6.0 points, 1/7 boards, 0.7 assists and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in this series. Among the 13 Celtics with at least four minutes played this round, Rozier ranks first in net rating, including his 37.6 net rating next to Smart in 43 minutes of this series. He'll be a possible punt in DFS. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:50 pm
  • Norm to the rescue
    Kyle Lowry said Norman Powell changed the series against the Bucks.

    Advice: The Raptors lineup of Lowry, Powell, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Serge Ibaka didn't play a second together before their start in Game 4, but that combo has played outstanding defense to get them to a +19.3 net rating in 32 minutes over the last two games. As for Norm, his star has shined the brightest in the last two games with 18.5 points per game on an 84.2 true shooting percentage. Norm is free. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:55 pm
  • Kyle Lowry says his body is fantastic
    When asked about his back injury, Kyle Lowry said his body is "fantastic right now".

    Advice: He wasn't quite as aggressive in Game 5, driving the ball just nine times compared to the 14 per game in the first four games of the series. Lowry's time with the basketball is also down compared to the regular season and he's also made just 32.4 percent of his jumpers. The All-Star getting an extra day off before Game 6 on Thursday should help him, so maybe he has one of those "Kyle Lowry Over Everything" explosions. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:43 pm
  • Khris Middleton (illness) probable for Game 6
    Khris Middleton (illness) did not practice on Wednesday, but Jason Kidd expects him to play in Game 6 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Middleton played through the illness in Game 5 on Monday, but he didn't look quite right going 3-of-8 from the field, so hopefully, with some extra rest he'll be able to get closer to 100 percent for Game 6. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:55 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:29 am
  • Rajon Rondo (thumb) ruled out for Game 5
    Rajon Rondo (thumb) said he will not suit up for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Rondo really wants to get out there, but the fact remains that he's dealing with a pretty badly fractured right (shooting) thumb in addition to a torn ligament in his wrist, and according to him: "the slightest fall on the floor might further damage it." Rondo's next opportunity to play will come in Game 6 on Friday, but tonight, it'll be Isaiah Canaan starting at point guard with Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams backing him up. Daily Slant: Canaan isn’t a great fantasy player but considering how poorly Grant and MCW played, he could push towards 30 minutes again tonight. During the season, he produced 0.71 FD ppm when he shared the court with Butler and Wade, so his $1,800 price tag on FD seems like a great deal. He received 24-31 minutes in ten games this season and he eclipsed 15 FD points in five of them while taking at least nine FGAs and/or five threes in eight. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:16 am
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  • Williams feeling more comfortable in CLE
    Deron Williams said he's starting to feel more comfortable in the Cavs' system.

    Advice: "Any time you go to another team in the middle of the season, it’s going to be an adjustment," Williams said. "Add to it, it’s the defending champs, a lot of pressure, and it was a different situation for me than I had ever been in in my career. Coming off the bench, playing short minutes... I feel like I’ve had a little bit over two months now and I’ve adjusted and figured things out." Williams has brought some nice playmaking to Cleveland's second unit, but he's not getting enough minutes to warrant consideration in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:51 am
  • Westbrook could sign another extension w/ OKC
    Russell Westbrook will be eligible to sign an extension with the Thunder this summer worth roughly $220 million over five years.

    Advice: Should Westbrook accept that deal, he'll become the highest paid player in the NBA with a $40 million annual salary, but he also could just play out his current contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, but Westbrook is guaranteed to spend at least one more season in OKC, so he'll make for a fine top-5 pick in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:15 am
  • Chris Paul scores 28 points w/ nine assists
    Chris Paul's 28 points weren't enough in Tuesday's 96-92 Game 5 defeat, as the Clippers fell to 2-3 against the Jazz.

    Advice: He has a lot on his plate with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs, but his impressive fourth quarter effort wasn't enough -- he scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth and sparked an 11-0 run at the beginning of that quarter. CP3 finished 10-of-19 from the field in 38 minutes with nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers, but the Clippers will need even more magic from him if they hope to avoid elimination on Friday for Game 6 in Utah. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 14 in win over Clips
    Joe Johnson hit 6-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers off the bench for 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal in Tuesday's Game 5 96-92 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson has been great in this series and is one of a handful of older NBA stars to come through in the playoffs, when their regular season wasn't all that special. Johnson scored 28 in Game 4 on Sunday and has been a double-digit scorer the entire series. He's tough to rely on when Gordon Hayward is healthy, but both Johnson and Rodney Hood (16 points, 4 3-pointers) came through off the bench tonight. They'll both need to do it again on Friday if the Jazz are going to close out the Clippers and avoid a Game 7 in L.A. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • George Hill struggles, but hits late FTs
    George Hill hit just 3-of-12 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers, but also hit 5-of-5 free throws to finish Tuesday's big Game 5 win with 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists in a 96-92 win to take a 3-2 lead with Game 6 coming in Utah on Friday.

    Advice: Hill didn't play all that well, but knocked down four clutch free throws with the game on the line and sent Chris Paul packing for a trip to Utah with the series on the line. CP3 dominated Hill tonight, but Hill came through from the free throw line when it mattered. The Jazz have a chance to put the Clippers out of their misery on Friday, and Hill will likely have to have some big plays in order for it to happen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 26 points in Game 5 loss
    J.J. Redick scored 26 points in Tuesday's 96-92 Game 5 loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Redick scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, finishing 7-of-12 from the field with three rebounds, one assist and three triples in 34 minutes. Redick played a whopping 42 minutes in his previous outing and it's clear that he's going to get a nice bump with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs. The return of Austin Rivers (hamstring) shouldn't really hurt him either because the Clippers played a ton of small ball tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 20 w/ five triples
    Patty Mills went off for 20 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's capable of offensive explosions like this one, but he was held in check during the previous four games of this series with averages of 7.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 triples. Mills hit 7-of-10 shots with five 3-pointers, two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes, but he will be a volatile fantasy asset going forward because Tony Parker has found his legs during the playoffs. Parker finished with 16 points, six assists, two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Leonard scores 28 as Spurs take 3-2 lead
    Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in a 116-103 Game 5 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Leonard has now scored in double digits in 25 straight playoff games which is the longest streak by a Spur since Tim Duncan's 26 from 2011-2013. He finished 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line (his first FT miss of the series), adding six assists, one rebound, one steal and two triples. The Spurs can close out this series with a Game 6 win in Memphis on Thursday and the Grizzlies still have no answer for Leonard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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