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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores nine points
    Joe Johnson scored nine points with three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He had a chance to tie it on the Jazz's last possession, but DeAndre Jordan contested Johnson's three very well. The Clippers trapped Iso Joe about as much as they possibly could in the fourth quarter, so he was clearly in their game plan defensively. Coach Doc Rivers also called Joe "scary" after the game and he also mentioned how the Clippers had great ball pressure today. Johnson will get heavy run in Game 7 again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points in loss to BOS
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points during a season-ending 105-83 blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was hobbling throughout this game. On top of knee soreness, Butler also hurt his back and may have tweaked an ankle. He said the injuries were no excuses with any of the injuries and Butler said the Bulls didn't play to the Celtics' weaknesses. When asked about getting some clarity from the front office, Butler said he didn't know and he wanted to think about it. He also said "of course" when asked if he wants Dwyane Wade to stay, and he'll talk to Wade "when the time comes." He's an absolute superstar and just won't have much help on this current roster. He'll be in the mix as a first-round pick in fantasy next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores just five
    Nikola Mirotic scored five points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: Yeah, not great with only 11 points in the final two games of this series. Despite being a headache for most of the season, Mirotic was able to turn in solid months in March and April. Mirotic will head into restricted free agency and said he liked playing in Chicago. He is already 26 years old, so it's not a given he'll improve in his fourth season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • No. 1 goal is to get Parsons healthy
    Mike Conley said the No. 1 goal for the Grizzlies is to get Chandler Parsons (knee) healthy.

    Advice: "Chandler Parsons is a major piece. We can't overlook that," Conley said. After getting the max, Parsons played just 34 games at just 19.9 minutes per outing with the Grizzlies. His injuries led to some fellow NBA players calling him out on Twitter for his contract not exactly looking great. Parsons will be coming at a heavy discount next year in drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Tony Allen is confident he'll be back
    Unrestricted free agent Tony Allen (calf) is confident he will stay in Memphis next season.

    Advice: "I'm not trying to break the bank," Allen said. In other words, it sounds like Allen is willing to give a hometown discount. Up until the last game of the year, Allen was fairly healthy this season with 71 games played. His calf string in the regular-season finale cost him a playoff run, but he'll be healthy before summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 am
    GTD
  • Vince Carter wants to keep playing
    Vince Carter said he wants to keep playing and staying in Memphis is up to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "It's a pleasure coming to work here with the fans, atmosphere," Carter said. He's a free agent and is 40 years old, but he did show he can still play with 12 points in 32 minutes during Game 6. If Chandler Parsons (knee) can stay on the court, Carter likely wouldn't play too much in Memphis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 am
  • Sam Dekker (hand) says he can play Monday
    Sam Dekker (hand) said that he will be available to play in Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: Dekker underwent surgery to repair his fractured left hand back on April 3rd. He is on schedule, as he was expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks. Dekker averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest during the regular season. However, Houston played well in the first round, eliminating the Thunder in five games. It will be difficult for Dekker to squeeze his way into coach Mike D'Antoni's eight-man rotation after the success Houston had in round one. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 am
    Injured
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 29 points to beat MEM
    Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points during a series-clinching 103-96 win over the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: As you might expect, he got some serious praise after this win. Coach Gregg Popovich called Kawhi the best player in the NBA, and coach David Fizdale also talked about Robot Kawhi. "He actually just told me he does bleed antifreeze. He admitted to it. We're getting him checked out," Fizdale said. Moving to the next round, Leonard was already above average against the Rockets and was below average against Memphis during the regular season, so Playoff Kawhi could be in for some massive output in this series. Plus, Leonard only had an 87.9 pace against the Grizzlies in this series, which is nowhere near the 98.4 pace he had against the Rockets this season. There's a very good chance he can increase his 2017 playoff averages of 31.2 points, 6.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:02 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points to win series
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points in a series-clinching 92-89 win over the Bucks on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, five steals and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: After the Raptors looked to have it locked up with a 25-point lead, they actually blew it and were trailing due to a 20-3 Bucks run. The Raptors put together a 9-0 run after that and were able to ice this game in the final minute. DeRozan went 8-of-9 from the line while the Bucks went just 18-of-28 from the line as a team. Moving on, DeRozan did only score 23.0 points per game against the Cavs in the postseason last year, but he increased that to 29.7 during his three games against them this season. Considering the massive problems on defense for the Cavs, DeRozan could be feasting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 34 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points in a season-ending 92-89 loss to the Raptors on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He was extremely aggressive early in this game, going 5-of-5 from the field with all of those shots coming in the paint. The Bucks offense was not very successful outside of the Giannis drives in the first half, making just 3-of-17 outside of the paint in the first 24 minutes. Antetokounmpo also only checked out with 6:26 left in the second, sat out for 81 seconds, and played the rest of the game. He reached superstardom this season and he'll be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in drafts next year. He's still just 22, so he could get even better. Let your imagination run wild with how good he could be. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 19 points vs. Raptors
    Khris Middleton scored 19 points with four rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He had another slow start in this game and was part of the reason why the Bucks were in a hole at half. After making his season debut on Feb. 8 for a torn hamstring, Middleton was able to get to 33.0 minutes per game in March and didn't miss any of those 18 games in that span. He was also handling the ball much more than expected despite some talk of him being more of a shooter. Things are certainly looking up for Middleton as he heads into his age-26 season. He'll be an early-round pick in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:14 pm
  • McMillan open to Lance Stephenson starting
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he's "open" to the idea of Lance Stephenson starting at shooting guard next season.

    Advice: Stephenson may have saved his career after his move back to the Pacers, and after a solid finish to the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs with averages of 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.9 percent shooting. "We really needed that boost, that energy, that kind of passion," McMillan said. Still only 26 years old, Stephenson has an excellent chance to hit the ground running in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:51 am
  • Andre Roberson would like to re-sign w/ OKC
    Andre Roberson said he would "definitely" like to stick with the Thunder this summer.

    Advice: The 25-year-old defensive stopper averaged 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 0.6 triples in 80 regular-season games, but played the best basketball of his career in the playoffs. In the first-round series vs. Houston, Roberson averaged an impressive 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.4 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.4 triples. Those defensive stats are intriguing, but fantasy owners are still waiting for his offensive game to come around. He should be looking at a significant raise this summer and hopefully he expands his game during the offseason. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:58 am
  • Nuggets 'hope' Hernangomez will play w/ Spain
    The Nuggets are "hopeful" that Juancho Hernangomez will play with the Spanish national team this summer, according to GM Tim Connelly.

    Advice: Hernangomez played three seasons in Spain's professional league, culminating in 2015-16 averages of 9.7 points, 1.0 threes, 5.7 boards, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in 23.7 minutes. The 21-year-old is on a rookie-scale contract, with Denver owing him no more than $3.3 million per season through the 2019-20 season, so it makes sense that they'd want to see him develop and compete at a high level. We'll keep a close eye on his progress this offseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Tyronn Lue: LeBron could play 48 minutes
    Cavs coach Tyronn Lue dismissed criticism about his decision to play LeBron James 43.8 minutes per game during Cleveland's first-round sweep of the Pacers.

    Advice: "I don’t understand why people make a big deal out of his minutes," Lue said. "He had a week off before the series started. We won four straight games and then he had a week off again. So next [game] he might play 48 minutes." Lue also said that giving LeBron heavy minutes during the regular season "has helped him in the playoffs ... Now he is able to play those 42, 43 minutes." It's music to the ears of anyone relying on LBJ for fantasy purposes in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
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