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Dion Waiters scored 21 points in the Cavs' preseason win over the Magic on Friday, hitting 8-of-13 shots (1-of-1 3PTs, 4-of-5 FTs) with two rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

Waiters is getting rave reviews in most reports as his weight is down and his arrow is pointing up. He's profiling as a mid-to-late round pick that might shed the last half of that label by the last few weeks of draft season.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 01:11:00 AM

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.

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.
Apr 27 - 10:21 PM

Jamal Murray (groin) had successful surgery to repair core muscle-related injuries.

The surgery was performed on Thursday in Philadelphia and general manager Tim Connelly said it was for a "couple" injuries. Murray will resume basketball related activities this summer and is expected to be at full strength when the Nuggets open training camp this fall. There is no word on if Murray will be at Summer League, but it's possible he won't be all the way back.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 27 - 7:29 PM

Joakim Noah had surgery to repair his rotator cuff in his right shoulder on Wednesday.

It was reported over two weeks ago that Noah would need surgery, but after evaluating other treatment plans, he listened to the doctors and finally opted for surgery. According to head coach Jeff Hornacek, his recovery time will be approximately five months which means he will be targeting a return around training camp. Even if he's ready to go for opening night, the oft-injured big man still has to serve the remainder of his suspension for a drug violation back in March -- he has 12 games left on his initial 20-game suspension. Willy Hernangomez is the center that fantasy owners will want to spend a draft pick on in 2017-18.
Apr 27 - 9:26 AM

Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 24 points during Wednesday's Game 5 home win, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 40 minutes.

Bradley shot 8-of-13 in the first half tonight, doubling the made field goals of Boston's other four starters combined. He finished 11-of-19 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers -- he didn't attempt any free throws, but that was fine since his teammates were a flawless 23-of-23 at the line tonight. Bradley was scuffling along in the first four games, at 38.3 percent shooting, so hopefully tonight's game will build some momentum.
Apr 26 - 11:41 PM

Kelly Olynyk finished Wednesday's Game 5 victory with a playoff career-high 14 points on 5-of-9 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, adding five rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 20 minutes.

The Celtics bench was critical tonight, especially with the starting unit going cold throughout the first half. Olynyk made his jumpers, played strong defense, set picks, and basically did everything required of him on both ends. He earned his minutes tonight. It's worth noting that Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller and Jaylen Brown all picked up DNP-CDs -- considering the Celtics won the game, 108-97, it seems unlikely that we'll see them in Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 26 - 11:37 PM

Dwyane Wade went off for 26 points (7-of-18 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes during Wednesday's tough road loss in Boston.

Wade has never triple-doubled in the playoffs, and his near-miss tonight wasn't enough for the Bulls to avoid falling into a 3-2 hole. Rajon Rondo is a "longshot" to return this series due to his fractured thumb, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, so the Bulls will be relying even more on Wade's playmaking. They simply can't afford to play him fewer than 32+ minutes per game, which buoys his DFS value.
Apr 26 - 11:33 PM

Markieff Morris struggled with fouls yet again on Wednesday, contributing eight points, five boards and one block with five personal fouls in 20 minutes.

With former VP Joe Biden in attendance, the Wizards held on for a tense 103-99 victory, giving them a 3-2 edge in the series. Morris is averaging 5.0 fouls in just 23.3 minutes over the past four games, and he's shooting 33.3 percent in that span. The Wizards will need more from him going forward, especially if Jason Smith (calf) is forced to miss any time.
Apr 26 - 9:41 PM

Bradley Beal had 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting, five rebounds, three steals, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 41 minutes on Wednesday.

The Hawks haven't had any answers for Beal or John Wall in this series. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said afterward, "I think [Beal] is one of the best two-way players in the league," and among shooting guards it's hard to disagree. Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, with another highlight-reel dunk (see the link below), and the Wizards' star backcourt has them one game away from advancing to the second round.
Apr 26 - 9:38 PM

Otto Porter scored 17 points during Wednesday's 103-99 home victory, adding five rebounds, two steals, one assist, one block and zero turnovers in 31 minutes.

These are the type of efficient, all-around lines that made Porter a super-sleeper in roto leagues this season. He went 3-of-4 from the line tonight, with a pair of 3-pointers, and did most of his damage at the free throw line (9-of-10). He becomes just the third player since 1963 to score at least 17 points on four or fewer attempts in the playoffs, joining Doc Rivers and Jon Koncak.
Apr 26 - 9:30 PM

Dennis Schroder posted his first double-double of the playoffs on Wednesday with 29 points, 11 assists and two steals, making 10-of-18 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with a 5-of-6 mark from downtown.

Schroder was huge down the stretch and he committed just one turnover tonight, compared to his regular-season average of 3.3 per game. He's thriving in the postseason spotlight, which is critical since Atlanta's alternatives are 35-year-old Jose Calderon and undrafted rookie Malcolm Delaney. "All year we’ve expected so much of Dennis and he may have tried to do too much on occasion," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Right now he’s being very aggressive, getting people involved, moving the ball, making good decisions." Expect more of the same in a must-win Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 26 - 9:29 PM

Jason Smith didn't return after exiting Wednesday's game in the second half with a left calf contusion, finishing with five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

Smith crashed into the basket stanchion prior to exiting. He jogged into the locker room but had his left leg iced when he returned to the bench, and we'll have to wait for updates before determining his status for Game 6 on Friday. If he misses more time, Marcin Gortat's minutes should increase and the Wizards will be forced to run plenty of small lineups.
Apr 26 - 8:29 PM




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