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Jeff Teague, PG, ATL5/25/2015 8:26:00 AM
Description: Hawks point guard Jeff Teague did what he could to carry the depleted Atlanta offense, but it wasn't enough to win the game.
Insight: Teague scored 30 points and added six rebounds and seven assists, but without Kyle Korver and Al Horford it wasn't enough.
J.R. Smith, SG, CLEHot5/25/2015 8:21:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith continues to produce in the playoffs, this time scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Insight: With Kyrie Irving sidelined, Smith has become the second most important player on the team behind LeBron James.
Matthew Dellavedova, G, CLE5/25/2015 8:19:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova replaced Kyrie Irving and put together a solid Sunday evening.
Insight: Dellavedova played 45 minutes and scored 17 points including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot5/25/2015 8:17:00 AM
Description: No Kevin Love. No Kyrie Irving ... no problem. Cavaliers forward LeBron James didn't start out shooting well, but he posted monster numbers Sunday night.
Insight: James threw up 37 points and added 18 rebounds and 13 assists. This is why he was brought to Cleveland. He's led the team to a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Al Horford, C, ATL5/24/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Hawks center Al Horford was ejected from game 3 after a Flagrant-2 foul.
Insight: He got tied up with Matthew Dellavedova, and threw a blantant elbow. Tough blow for Atlanta.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/24/2015 8:02:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) is officially out for Game 3.
Insight: No surprise here, as Irving came into the day listed as questionable, then was downgraded to doubtful. Matthew Dellavedova will start at point guard yet again.
Kent Bazemore, G, ATL5/24/2015 3:37:00 PM
Description: Hawks guard/forward Kent Bazemore will start Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Cavaliers.
Insight: Bazemore is starting in place of the injured Kyle Korver, who is out for the postseason. In 10 starts during the regular season, Bazemore averaged 10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg and 1.1 3-pointers per game.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/24/2015 3:36:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is still questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks according to ESPN.
Insight: Irving participated in the team shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision. With a 2-0 lead, home court and all the injuries for the Hawks, there is a chance the Cavaliers just hold Irving out another game. Check back for update before tip.
James Harden, G, HOU5/23/2015 11:43:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden had an awful Game 3 in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.
Insight: Harden was 3-of-16 from the field and finished with 17 points. He still led his team in scoring, but Houston needs a lot more than that. Golden State won, 115-80. Harden also had four assists and three rebounds. Houston will now have to erase a, 3-0, deficit to advance to its first NBA Finals since 1995, and no team has ever comeback from a 3-0 deficit in NBA playoffs history.
Andrew Bogut, C, GSW5/23/2015 11:41:00 PM
Description: Warriors center Andrew Bogut had a double-double in the, 115-80, Game 3 victory over the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Bogut only had eight shots, but he finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also had a block and an assist. Golden State leads the series, 3-0.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU5/23/2015 11:40:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the, 115-80, embarrassing loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Howard was the Rockets best player, but that isn't saying much. It really was a poor effort from Houston as the score reflects. Howard was 6-for-10 from the field with a block, but he was also 2-for-8 at the line. Golden State leads the series, 3-0.
Stephen Curry, G, GSWHot5/23/2015 11:38:00 PM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 40 points for the third time in his playoff career as Golden State absolutely destroyed the Houston Rockets, 115-80, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Curry is just on another level right now. He was 12-of-19 from the field, including 7-for-9 at the 3-point line. With the seven 3-pointers, Curry broke the record for the most 3-pointers in one postseason. He also picked up seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block. Golden State leads the series, 3-0.
Kyle Korver, G/F, ATL5/23/2015 3:06:00 PM
Description: Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver left Friday night's game with a sprained right ankle and Chris Vivlamore of AJC is reporting he's out for the remainder of the playoffs.
Insight: Korver hasn't played great in Eastern Conference Finals, but he's the hawks best outside threat and without him, and down 0-2, the Hawks are in trouble.
LeBron James, F, CLEHot5/23/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James is making his claim as to why he's the best player in the league.
Insight: No Kyrie Irving - no problem. No Kevin Love - no problem. James posted 30 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists and a block as he carried the Cavs to the 94-82 victory to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Kyle Korver, G/F, ATL5/23/2015 10:11:00 AM
Description: Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver left Friday night's game with a sprained right ankle and is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Korver didn't return aftere the injury, but the game was already out of hand so it may not be too serious. We await further word.
Al Horford, C, ATL5/23/2015 10:09:00 AM
Description: Hawks center Al Horford is dealing with a knee/quad injury, but he's likely to be ready for Game 3 in Cleveland.
Insight: Horford totaled 12 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action. The Hawks desperately need Horford, Kyle Korver and Demarre Carroll who are all banged up as they head to Cleveland down 0-2.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, ATL5/22/2015 8:02:00 PM
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll will start in Game 2.
Insight: Carroll is not 100 percent, but this is great news for Atlanta. Procede with caution with him.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/22/2015 7:33:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) is out for Game 2 against Atlanta.
Insight: Irving will not be 100 percent for the duration of the postseason. Matthew Delledova will get the start, but expect J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to see huge minutes.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, ATL5/22/2015 2:35:00 PM
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll will have an MRI on his left knee Thursday.
Insight: Carroll will be a game-time decision. He has upped his game in the playoff, averaging 16.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.2 apg and playing solid defense. He'd be a huge loss for the Hawks, who lost home court advantage Wednesday night. Kent Bazemore would be the starter if Carroll can't go.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU5/22/2015 9:58:00 AM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard started on Thursday night despite being less than 100 percent, but posted solid numbers - 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block.
Insight: Not bad for a guy playing on one good knee. Game 3 is Saturday and as long as the knee doesn't swell up overnight he should be good to go.
James Harden, G, HOUHot5/22/2015 9:57:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden led all scorers in Game 2 with 38 points on 13-of-21 shooting, but a costly turnover on the final play left the Rockets in a 0-2 hole.
Insight: Harden had the ball down one with seven second remaining as drove the court, only to be stymied by a Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson double team. Harden finished with 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Stephen Curry, G, GSWHot5/22/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry hit five 3-pointers in a 33-point outburst, but it was his double-team of James Harden on the final play that helped the Warriors win Game 2 of the series.
Insight: Curry shot 13-of-21 from the field and added three rebounds and six assists. He was a bit loose with the ball, turning it over six times in the 99-98 victory.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU5/21/2015 8:38:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard will start on Thursday night.
Insight: He will play, but will be less than 100 percent.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, ATL5/21/2015 9:50:00 AM
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll will have an MRI on his left knee Thursday.
Insight: Carroll has upped his game in the playoff, averaging 16.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.2 apg and playing solid defense. He'd be a huge loss for the Hawks, who lost home court advantage Wednesday night.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU5/20/2015 3:11:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is listed as questionable for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Warriors on Thursday according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Howard is going to get a MRI on Wednesday, so owners should know more once the results from the test come back. Howard hurt his knee from Josh Smith rolling into his legs during the first half of Game 1. Howard returned to the game after the injury, but he didn't play in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/20/2015 1:24:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said he is feeling good and will play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Hawks on Wednesday according to The News-Herald.
Insight: Irving and the Cavaliers haven't played in nearly a week, so he should be well rested. Check back to make sure, but all signs point to Irving starting in Game 1.
Trevor Ariza, SF, HOU5/20/2015 9:04:00 AM
Description: Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza went 4-for-5 from the 3-point line in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals versus the Warriors.
Insight: With the splash brothers, the Rockets are going to need everyone in this series to contribute from behind the arc to keep up. Ariza was 7-of-10 from the floor, hitting the four 3-pointers. Golden State, though, still hit two more 3-pointers than Houston and won, 110-106.
Klay Thompson, G, GSW5/20/2015 9:02:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson didn't have a great shooting night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, but Golden State still won, 110-106.
Insight: Thompson shot 33 percent from the field, including just 1-for-7 behind the arc. He finished with 15 points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block. Golden State leads the series, 1-0.
James Harden, G, HOU5/19/2015 11:47:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden was spectacular in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Insight: Harden put on a display, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter. He finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one 3-pointer. He did, however, have five turnovers. The Rockets turned it over 19 times and will have to do better in that category to steal Game 2.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW5/19/2015 11:45:00 PM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry hit six 3-pointers in the, 110-106, victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Insight: Curry and Rockets guard James Harden were just incredible. Curry was 6-of-11 from downtown and 13-for-22 overall from the field. He finished with 34 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and turned the ball over just once. Curry also hit the two free throws that put the game out of reach. Golden State leads the series, 1-0.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU5/19/2015 11:11:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard left Tuesday's Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals with a bruised right knee.
Insight: Josh Smith fell and rolled into Howard's knee during the first half. Howard did come back into the game, but he is now on the bench with a wrap around the knee. He is questionable to return in the fourth quarter.
Marreese Speights, F, GSW5/19/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Warriors PF/C Marreese Speights will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday due to a sptrained right calf.
Insight: Speights' absence will mean David Lee will continue to see around 15 minutes of playing time a night.
Andrew Bogut, C, GSW5/19/2015 9:57:00 AM
Description: Warriors center Andrew Bogut is probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday against Houston while dealing with hay fever.
Insight: Good news for the Warriors defense. Bogut doesn't bring much offense to the table (5.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg in 10 playoff games), but he and Draymond Green are the heart of the Golden State defense.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/18/2015 2:02:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Irvin didn't practice Saturday, did make it all the way through Monday's practice. We expect him out there.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR5/18/2015 1:59:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge had surgery on his left thumb to repair the radial collateral ligament.
Insight: Despite playing through multiple injuries, Aldridge averaged 23.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 bpg. Imagine what he could have done if he was healthy?
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/18/2015 9:32:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Irvin didn't practice Saturday, but had said he could have returned in the second half of the game against Chicago if needed. We expect him out there.
James Harden, G, HOU5/17/2015 11:57:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden didn't shoot particularly well from the field, but got to the foul line 18 times and converted 15 of them for 31 points.
Insight: Harden has been dealing with the flu, and sat out the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's miraculous comeback. He shot 7-of-20 from the field, but added seven rebounds, and eight assists in Sunday's series-clinching victory.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC5/17/2015 6:25:00 PM
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin posted another double-double during Sunday's Game 7 loss.
Insight: He finished with 27 points and 11 boards, along with six assists. It was a solid season for Griffin, but it's over now.
Chris Paul, G, LAC5/17/2015 6:22:00 PM
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul was solid in defeat, pouring in 26 points to go along with 10 assists and five rebounds.
Insight: It wasn't enough as the jump-shooting Clippers fell 113-100. Los Angeles went to the line just 17 times to 41 times for the Rockets.
James Harden, G, HOU5/17/2015 6:20:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden didn't shoot particularly well from the field, but got to the foul line 18 times and converted 15 of them for 31 points.
Insight: Harden has been dealing with the flu, and sat out the entire fourth quarter of Thursday's miraculous comeback. He shot 7-of-20 from the field, but added seven rebounds, and eight assists in Sunday's series-clinching victory.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU5/17/2015 6:17:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard came up big in Game 7 against the Clippers.
Insight: With the series outcome on the line, Howard was 6-for-8 from the field for 16 points and hauled in 15 rebounds.
Klay Thompson, G, GSW5/16/2015 12:21:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Klay Thompson scored 20 points as Golden State advanced to its first Western Conference Finals since 1976.
Insight: Thompson hit 3-of-5 from downtown and with his splash brother, Stephen Curry, making 8-of-13 at the 3-point line, Memphis had no chance. Thompson also had eight rebounds and three assists. Golden State won Game 6, 108-95.
Marc Gasol, C, MEM5/16/2015 12:19:00 AM
Description: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol scored 21 points to lead Memphis in scoring during Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Friday.
Insight: Unfortunately, Memphis just didn't have enough deep shooting to stay in this series. Golden State outscored Memphis, 45-12, from behind the arc in Game 6. The 3-point shooting was lopsided in all four of Golden State's victories. Gasol is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so he could have played his last game in Memphis.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW5/16/2015 12:18:00 AM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry hit eight 3-pointers as the Warriors defeated the Grizzlies, 108-95, in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Friday.
Insight: Curry finished 11-of-25 from the field, including 8-for-13 at the 3-point line. He had 32 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Curry hit a crazy 3-quarters court shot at the buzzer to end the third quarter and that really seemed to deflate the Grizzlies as they had to work so hard to climb back into the game in the third. Golden State pulled away in the fourth. This is the first time since 1976 the Warriors are advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
Paul Pierce, F, WAS5/15/2015 9:49:00 PM
Description: Wizards small forward Paul Pierce nearly sent Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals into overtime.
Insight: Pierce hit a 3-pointer as time expired to tie Game 6 at 94, but upon further review, Pierce didn't release the ball before the clock expired. Pierce finished just 1-for-7 in the game with four points, five rebounds, a steal and a block. Pierce proved in this series, however, that he is still worth keeping on an NBA roster.
Paul Millsap, F, ATL5/15/2015 9:47:00 PM
Description: Hawks forward Paul Millsap recorded a double-double in the, 94-91, victory over the Wizards in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday.
Insight: Atlanta led much of the second half by 10 points, but Washington took a one-point lead with under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Millsap gave Atlanta back the lead at 89-88, and they didn't trail again. Millsap finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Bradley Beal, SG, WAS5/15/2015 9:44:00 PM
Description: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal led Washington with 29 points, shooting 11-of-24, from the field, including 3-for-8 from the 3-point line, but it wasn't enough as Washington lost to Atlanta, 94-91, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday.
Insight: Beal was the Wizards best player. He also had six rebounds, three assists and a steal. He should be on quite a bit of fantasy owners' radars next season.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, ATL5/15/2015 9:43:00 PM
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll led Atlanta with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Hawks held on to beat the Wizards, 94-91, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday.
Insight: Carroll was 9-for-14 from the field, hitting three 3-pointers. This was his second double-double in the postseason. He also had two steals and an assist.
LeBron James, F, CLE5/14/2015 10:43:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James was one rebound away from a triple-double as Cleveland defeated Chicago, 94-73, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Insight: James didn't shoot well, 7-of-23, including 0-for-4 from downtown, but he played more of a facilitator role in Game 6, which was incredible considering Kevin Love wasn't playing and Kyrie Irving missed the final two and a half quarters. James finished with 15 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and two blocks. James is making his sixth straight trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jimmy Butler, G/F, CHI5/14/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 20 points to lead Chicago in scoring in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus Cleveland.
Insight: It was a terrible showing for Chicago's offense. They scored 31 points in the first quarter, but they scored 33 points in the next two and a half quarters. The Bulls shot 37.5 percent from the field and 20 percent from downtown. Butler was 8-for-22 from the field, including 2-of-6 at the 3-point line. He also had five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Expect big changes for the Bulls this offseason.
Matthew Dellavedova, G, CLE5/14/2015 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova led Cleveland with 19 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field, including 3-pointers as the Cavaliers routed the Bulls, 94-73, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Insight: Dellavedova was forced to play big minutes with Kyrie Irving out with a knee injury. Irving probably could have gutted it out, but it was pointless with how well Dellavedova was playing. He is a better defender than Irving, so the Bulls had a hard time erasing a 14-point halftime deficit with Dellavedova guarding Derrick Rose. Dellavedova also led the team in scoring. This is likely a one-time fantasy relevant deal for Dellavedova, but if Irving's injuries linger, he is worth a look in daily leagues.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/14/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is doubtful to return to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday.
Insight: That's probably because the Cavaliers have played so well without him. Game 6 was tied, 35-35, in the second quarter, but Cleveland went on a, 23-9, run to finish the first half without Irving. Cleveland is a better defensive team without Irving, and they will hold Irving out as long as Game 6 remains in hand. At halftime, Cleveland led Chicago, 58-44.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/14/2015 8:57:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving left Game 6 on Thursday due to a left leg injury.
Insight: Irving limped to the locker room favoring his left leg. He is dealing with a right foot injury, but this is something new. Irving was last seen coming back out of the locker room, so that is a good sign. Check back for more updates.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI5/14/2015 7:45:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Pau Gasol will play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday.
Insight: Gasol hasn't done much in warm ups or in the team shootaround, so it is unclear how effective he will be, but he will be on the floor.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI5/14/2015 11:02:00 AM
Description: Bulls power forward Pau Gasol was out for Game 5, but is expected to play in Game 6, according to Andrew Seligman of AP.
Insight: I'll be out there, Gasol is quoted as saying. He's a huge piece of the Bulls offense and even at less than 100 percent the team will be happy to get him back in the lineup. Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic will see less playing time upon his return.
Paul Millsap, F, ATL5/13/2015 10:58:00 PM
Description: Hawks forward Paul Millsap had 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in the, 82-81, victory over the Wizards on Wednesday.
Insight: Millsap did also turn the ball over six times. As a team, Atlanta turned it over 23 times but were able to win by a one. Millsap is averaging 15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 4.1 apg in the playoffs. Atlanta leads the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 3-2.
Bradley Beal, SG, WAS5/13/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal led Washington with 23 points in the, 82-81, loss to the Hawks on Wednesday.
Insight: Beal also had seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal. He did, however, only shoot 9-for-21 from the field and turned the ball over five times. Even though John Wall played, Beal was still a huge factor in Game 5, so don't expect that to chance in Game 6.
Al Horford, C, ATL5/13/2015 10:52:00 PM
Description: Hawks center Al Horford had an incredible Game 5 as he hit the game-winning shot and led Atlanta to a, 82-81, victory over the Wizards.
Insight: Horford had nine points in the fourth quarter. He was 10-for-18 from the field, finishing with 23 points. He also had 11 rebounds, five blocks and two assists. It was his seventh double-double of this postseason. Atlanta leads the series, 3-2.
John Wall, G, WAS5/13/2015 7:18:00 PM
Description: Wizards point guard John Wall will start Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Hawks according to CSN Washington.
Insight: Wall has a fractured hand, but he is apparently going to give it a go. Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he wouldn't use Wall as a decoy, so owners should expect Wall to play his normal amount. Ramon Sessions will move back to a bench role.
Jeff Green, F, MEM5/13/2015 6:45:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies forward Jeff Green will start in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Insight: Tony Allen is banged up, but this move is mostly due to the fact the Grizzlies need more offense. Memphis coach Dave Joerger said they will have to score more than 100 points to win another game in the series.
John Wall, G, WAS5/13/2015 12:35:00 PM
Description: Wizards point guard John Wall (wrist) is a game-time decision for Wednesday Game 5 against the Hawks.
Insight: The swelling has gone down, but he is still dealing with some pain. Ramon Sessions will start again if Wall is unable to go.
James Harden, G, HOU5/13/2015 11:57:00 AM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden recorded a triple-double during Tuesday's Game 5 victory over the Clippers.
Insight: Harden shot 9-of-20 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for 26 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, one 3-pointer, and five turnovers.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC5/13/2015 11:55:00 AM
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin posted a double-double during Tuesday's Game 5 loss to Houston.
Insight: He finished with 30 points and 16 boards, along with two assists, and one turnover. Griffin shot 12-of-21 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the line.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/12/2015 9:44:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving battled through his ankle injury in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals as he shot 9-for-16 to finish with 25 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Irving hit some key 3-pointers to fend off a Chicago comeback. Irving was 3-for-6 from downtown. He also had five assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block.
Jimmy Butler, G/F, CHI5/12/2015 9:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 29 points as the Bulls stormed back versus the Cavaliers on Tuesday but still lost Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 106-101.
Insight: Butler was 50 percent from the field, including 3-of-8 from downtown, but he missed a 3-pointer with about a minute to go that would have tied the game. Butler also had nine rebounds, three assists and a block. Cleveland leads the series, 3-2.
LeBron James, F, CLE5/12/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had an excellent Game 5 as Cleveland defeated Chicago, 106-101, to take a, 3-2, series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Insight: James was everywhere, recording 38 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks. He is now tied with Michael Jordan for the most postseason games with at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. Maybe most importantly, James did not have a single turnover, which was a big problem for him prior to Game 5. Game 6 is on Thursday.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/12/2015 6:07:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Irving is banged up with knee and foot ailments. He is just 5-for-23 in the last two games mostly due to his injuries, so owners should proceed with caution.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI5/12/2015 5:42:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Pau Gasol (hamstring) is officially out for Game 5.
Insight: Taj Gibson will start again, with Nikola Mirotic seeing extended time.
Andrew Bogut, C, GSW5/12/2015 1:46:00 PM
Description: Warriors center Andrew Bogut had x-rays on his ribs after taking a shot in Game 4.
Insight: The results were negative and it appears he'll be ready for Game 5. The big, strong, talented Memphis frontline would dominate if Bogut was forced to the sidelines, so this is great news for the Warriors.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, ATL5/12/2015 11:52:00 AM
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll injured his hip on the final play Monday night and is questionable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday against Washington.
Insight: Carroll averaged 12.6 ppg during the regular season, but has upped that to 17.0 ppg in 10 playoff games this postseason.
LeBron James, F, CLE5/12/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James is listed as probable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Tuesday against Chicago due to a sprained left ankle.
Insight: He vowed he would play and we will take him at his word. James has upped his game in the playoff and that's what superstars do. He averaged 25.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 7.4 apg in the regular season and 26.5 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 7.8 apg in the first eight playoff games.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE5/12/2015 9:51:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has a sprained right foot and tendinitis of the left knee, but he's expected to play through the injuries.
Insight: There is no time for rest. Irving will play. He's averaging 20.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.5 apg in eight playoff games, but he's just a combined 5-for-23 in the last two contests.
Taj Gibson, PF, CHI5/12/2015 9:48:00 AM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson is probable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Tuesday against Cleveland due to a sore right knee.
Insight: Gibson left late in Game 4 and did not return. The Bulls simply must have Gibson available if they are to win Game 5 since they are already without Pau Gasol.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI5/12/2015 9:42:00 AM
Description: Bulls power forward Pau Gasol did not play on Sunday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal versus the Cavaliers and is not expected to play in Game 5 either.
Insight: Coach Tom Thibodeau said Gasol was feeling a little better, but he still has a sore hamstring and isn't expected to go. Taj Gibson will have to play great. Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah will also have to pick up their game to make up for Gasol's 18.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.7 apg averages.
Jeff Teague, PG, ATL5/11/2015 9:34:00 PM
Description: Hawks point guard Jeff Teague scored a team-high 26 points during Monday's Game 4 victory against the Wizards.
Insight: He shot 9-of-20 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, Teague also managed eight assists, four rebounds two 3-pointers, two steals, one block, and just one turnover.
Paul Pierce, F, WAS5/11/2015 9:33:00 PM
Description: Wizards small forward Paul Pierce knocked down five 3-pointers on Monday night.
Insight: Unfortunately he missed one that would have tied the game with under five seconds left in the game. Pierce finished with 22 points, five boards, one assist, and three blocks.
Bradley Beal, SG, WAS5/11/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal scored a playoff career-high 34 points during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Hawks.
Insight: Beal shouldered the load, going 11-of-25 from the field, 8-of-9 from the line, and 4-of-8 from downtown. He also recorded seven assists, six rebounds, three steals, one block, and three turnovers.
John Wall, G, WAS5/11/2015 5:32:00 PM
Description: Wizards point guard John Wall (wrist) is officially out for Game 4.
Insight: No surprise here, as Wall may miss the remainder of the postseason. Ramon Sessions will start, and Otto Porter will continue to see an extended run.
Marreese Speights, F, GSW5/11/2015 1:46:00 PM
Description: Warriors PF/C Marreese Speights will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals Monday against Memphis due to a sptrained right calf.
Insight: Speights is expected to miss at least a week, but might be available if the series goes seven games.
Paul Millsap, F, ATL5/11/2015 12:46:00 PM
Description: Hawks forward Paul Millsap did not start in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals due to the flu, but should be back in the starting lineup for Monday's key Game 4.
Insight: Millsap did play - almost 23 minutes. Pero Antic will go back to the bench. Fantasy owners should expect normal play out of Millsap.
Derrick Rose, G, CHI5/10/2015 6:10:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose scored a team-high 31 points during Sunday's Game 4 loss versus Cleveland.
Insight: He tied the game late on a driving layup, but Chicago could not pull it out. Rose also had four assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers, and two turnovers in the game.
LeBron James, F, CLE5/10/2015 6:08:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James hit a buzzer beater to defeat Chicago in Game 4.
Insight: He shot just 10-of-30 from the field, but hit a fallaway jumper in the corner to win the game as time expired. James finished with 25 points, 14 boards, eight assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, two blocks, and eight turnovers.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI5/10/2015 2:08:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Pau Gasol will not play on Sunday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal versus the Cavaliers.
Insight: Gasol still has a sore hamstring, so he will not suit up. Consider him day-to-day. Coach Tom Thibodeau did not say who would start in Gasol's place, but Taj Gibson is the most obvious choice. Nikola Mirotic, however, is probably the best fantasy option in the Bulls frontcourt without Gasol.
John Wall, G, WAS5/10/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Wizards point guard John Wall could be out the entire playoffs with his wrist injury according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Wall has a fractured wrist, so this can't come as a surprise. Wall said during ESPN's telecast of Game 3 versus the Hawks on Saturday that if he can dribble, he will return, but we highly doubt Wall will be able to dribble anytime soon. This type of injury usually takes weeks to heal, not days. It appears Bradley Beal and Ramon Sessions will be the Wizards backcourt for the unforeseeable future.
Chris Paul, G, LAC5/10/2015 10:14:00 AM
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul will start Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday according to ESPN.
Insight: Coach Doc Rivers even suggested Paul could receive more minutes so clearly the point guard is feeling a lot better. Surprisingly, Austin Rivers had a good Game 3, but his fantasy value drops with this news.
Zach Randolph, F, MEM5/9/2015 11:03:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph led the team with 22 points in the, 99-89, Game 3 victory over the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday.
Insight: Randolph was 9-for-15 from the field overall and 4-of-4 at the line. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, and a steal. In the last two games versus Golden State, which were both victories for Memphis, the Grizzlies held the Warriors to 89.5 ppg. Randolph is averaging 14.0 ppg and 8.4 rpg this postseason.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW5/9/2015 11:00:00 PM
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry had his second straight poor shooting night as Golden State dropped Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals to the Grizzlies, 99-89, on Saturday.
Insight: Curry was 8-for-21 from the field overall, which includes just 2-of-10 from behind the arc. He led the team with 23 points and six assists, but Curry and the Warriors need to shoot better from the 3-point line to win this series. Golden State shot just 26.8 percent from downtown in the two losses and shot 46.4 percent at the 3-point line in the Game 1 victory. Memphis leads the series, 2-1.
Marc Gasol, C, MEM5/9/2015 10:57:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol had 21 points and 15 rebounds in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals as Memphis beat Golden State, 99-89, on Saturday.
Insight: Gasol was 6-for-17 from the field, 9-of-10 at the line and led the team in rebounds. He also had two assists and a steal. Gasol is averaging 20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 5.0 apg and 2.4 bpg this postseason.
Otto Porter, F, WAS5/9/2015 8:00:00 PM
Description: Wizards guard Otto Porter had his best game of the playoffs, nearing getting a double-double with 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal as Washington beat Atlanta, 103-101, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday.
Insight: Porter came off the bench to help the Wizards build a 20-point second-half lead. Atlanta stormed back behind a, 17-0, run, and tied the game with 14 seconds left, but Pierce hit the game-winner as time expired. Porter will continue to have fantasy value off the bench as long as John Wall is out.
Jeff Teague, PG, ATL5/9/2015 7:58:00 PM
Description: Hawks point guard Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 18 points and seven assists in the heartbreaking, 103-101, loss to the Wizards in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday.
Insight: Hawks backup point guard Dennis Schroder also had 18 points. Teague was 5-for-15 from the field overall and made eight free throws. He also had four rebounds and three steals. Atlanta trailed by 20 points in the fourth quarter,but rallied back to tie the game with 14 seconds remaining. Paul Pierce hit the game-winning shot for the Wizards as time expired. Washington leads the series, 2-1.
Paul Pierce, F, WAS5/9/2015 7:55:00 PM
Description: Wizards small forward Paul Pierce made the game-winning shot in the thrilling, 103-101, Game 3 victory over the Hawks on Saturday.
Insight: The Wizards blew a 20-point fourth quarter lead as the Hawks outscored them, 35-18, in the final quarter. Atlanta tied the game with 14 seconds left, but Pierce banked in a 21-foot shot at the buzzer to win. Pierce finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, three 3-pointers and one assist.
Paul Millsap, F, ATL5/9/2015 5:14:00 PM
Description: Hawks forward Paul Millsap is not starting in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals due to the flu.
Insight: Millsap is still going to play, but he is not in the starting lineup. Pero Antic is getting the start. Fantasy owners should procede with Millsap with caution.
John Wall, G, WAS5/9/2015 5:13:00 PM
Description: Wizards point guard John Wall will not play on Saturday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus the Hawks.
Insight: Wall had a fractured left wrist. He will likely be questionable again for Game 4, but for the time being, Ramon Sessions will start and Bradley Beal will see an uptick in fantasy value.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI5/9/2015 12:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Pau Gasol should be considered questionable for Game 4 on Sunday after injuring a hamstring.
Insight: Taj Gibson would likely slide into the starting lineup, if Gasol can't run, but the PF/C has played great this season (18.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.7 apg) and would be hard to replace.
Mike Conley, G, MEM5/9/2015 12:40:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley will wear a different mask for Game 3 as the swelling has started to recede.
Insight: Given his 22-point performance in Game 2, a superstitious player would keep the same mask on. We guess Conley doesn't need luck, he's got great skills.
Chris Paul, G, LAC5/8/2015 9:03:00 PM
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) is officially active for Game 3.
Insight: He will be on a minutes limit, but should still see no less than 30 minutes. Austin Rivers takes a massive hit.
Iman Shumpert, G, CLE5/8/2015 7:33:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (groin) will play in Game 3.
Insight: With the combination of J.R. Smith returning to the lineup, along with not being 100 percent, Shumpert will likely see 20 mins or less.
Chris Paul, G, LAC5/8/2015 9:43:00 AM
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) missed Game 2 and is still questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals Friday against Houston.
Insight: Paul took part in the on-court Thursday workout, but is still a game-time decision for Game 3. The Clippers have just one day off between games for the first six contests of the series, which isn't helping Paul's recovery.
J.R. Smith, SG, CLE5/8/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is eligible to return for Game 3 of the series with Chicago.
Insight: Smith and Celtics forward Jae Crowder got into it in the first round, and Smith received a Flagrant 2 foul. Smith averaged 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 spg, 2.3 spg in the four-game first round sweep of the Celtrics. Smith could be a solid fantasy option if Iman Shumpert is forced to the sidelines by his groin injury.
Iman Shumpert, G, CLE5/8/2015 9:29:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Friday against Chicago due to a strained left groin.
Insight: Shumpert missed part of Game 2 with the injury and is likely a game-time decision. The Cavs will get J.R. Smith back from suspension, so don't have to push Shumpert back before he's ready. Shumpert is averaging 10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 spg in six playoff games this season.

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