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Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said the starting power forward spot is Kenneth Faried's "job to lose."

Faried will battle newly signed J.J. Hickson in training camp. Although Hickson's 12.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 56.2 percent shooting were all better than Faried's numbers last year, he did it for a razor-thin Blazers team. We're confident that as the incumbent and better athlete, Faried will win this job with ease. The Manimal showed a nice little mid-range jumper during the Team USA workouts this week. Hickson is on his fourth team in six seasons.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 02:29:00 PM

Gerald Green will remain in the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Wizards on Sunday.

The Celtics will start Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Green, Jae Crowder and Al Horford. It's going to be difficult for Boston to hide both Thomas and Green on the defensive end, so don't be surprised if coach Brad Stevens makes a quick adjustment if Green doesn't have the hot hand early. The streaky shooter averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 triples in 20.5 minutes in his previous four starts in Round 1, so he's a punt option in DFS at his very affordable price. We should still see quite a bit of Marcus Smart in this series.
Apr 30 - 11:13 AM

Isaiah Thomas is ready to go for Game 1 vs. the Wizards on Sunday.

Thomas attended his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state, but he's already back with the team after a late night flight and was one of the first players on the floor for warmups. The Celtics have been nothing but supportive and told him to take the day off if he's not feeling up to it, but the All-Star PG will continue to play in his sister's honor the rest of the way.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 11:02 AM

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.

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.
Apr 29 - 1:58 AM

Avery Bradley was outstanding once again during a series-clinching 105-83 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 23 points with five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

He is just dominating right now and he got the best of Jimmy Butler. In fact, he admitted he felt disrespected by Jimmy Butler in the series, and had a little extra motivation when he heard the Bulls saying guys like him shouldn't be lighting them up. Coach Brad Stevens also said that the silver lining of Bradley missing time in January and February for his Achilles injury was that it wasn't in April and May. Bradley was playing like an All-Star before said injury and he's back to that form. The Celtics will be dangerous with AB shining.
Apr 28 - 11:38 PM

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.

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.
Apr 28 - 11:20 PM

John Wall scored a playoff career-high 42 points during a series-clinching 115-99 win over the Hawks on Friday, adding one rebound, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes.

After all the smack talk in this series, Wall was pumped to get the win on the Hawks' floor. He was waving goodbye to the fans and he looked to be talking smack to Atlanta Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones in the front row. Wall is playing extremely well and basically did whatever he wanted in a favorable matchup. Moving forward, he actually did struggle against the Celtics, averaging 17.8 points, 8.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.5 treys. If he plays like he has lately, he'll still be unguardable.
Apr 28 - 11:01 PM

Austin Rivers is starting over Mo Speights in Game 6 against the Jazz on Friday.

Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to start either Paul Pierce or Speights, but he'll go with his son. This almost certainly means Rivers will see much more than his 18 minutes in Game 5, and he could even get into the 30s. The Clippers will do their best to push the pace here and get Utah out of their halfcourt rhythm on both ends.
Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

Jason Smith (left calf) will play against the Hawks on Friday.

He got some shots up pre-game and is calf contusion doesn't sound like it'll affect him too much. Considering how Markieff Morris has picked up five fouls in each of the last four games, this is big for the Wizards. Smith is getting some minutes at the five and he's also done really well next to the other non-Morris starters. Morris' upside in DFS takes a hit here, but he's still in play in hopes he bounces back. Smith is still a risky DFS play, unless you want to bet against Morris.
Apr 28 - 6:05 PM

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.

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.
Apr 28 - 1:02 AM

Tony Parker made 11-of-14 from the field for 27 points with two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

It was classic Parker. He made all four free throws to give him an 85.7 true shooting percentage, including three field goal makes in the final two minutes to help the Spurs advance. Excluding his goose egg in Game 3, Parker scored at least 15 points in the other five games and was able to mix in all sorts of scoring. Against Houston, Parker was above his average in scoring with 14.3 points per game, so maybe he can keep this impressive run going. Game 1 is on Monday.
Apr 28 - 12:52 AM

Mike Conley scored 26 points during a season-ending 103-96 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

Even in a loss, Conley's star shined as bright as ever during this series. Coach David Fizdale said he would open up Conley's game as a scorer and he did just that, averaging 24.7 points per game in efficient fashion. After Conley turned in top-15 value in fantasy during the 2017 portion of the regular season, he'll enter his age-30 season with a ton of momentum after an injury-plagued run in his previous two seasons.
Apr 28 - 12:40 AM




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