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Derrick Rose (knee) would play if the season started tomorrow, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Rose started participating in full contact practice sessions in late April and is on schedule to join Team USA for its minicamp in Las Vegas at the end of July. Rose's goal is to make the Team USA roster for the World Cup of Basketball in late August and early September, but Johnson reports that Rose would be ready to go if the 2014-15 NBA season started tomorrow. This is great news for Rose's fantasy owners in keeper leagues as the 25-year-old has only played 49 games over the past two seasons and having him healthy for the start of the season would go a long way towards increasing his fantasy value.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 12:41:00 PM

John Henson (back soreness) has been ruled out of Sunday's Game 4.

No surprise here, as Henson was listed as doubtful after sitting out Game 3. Thon Maker gave the Bucks a huge lift in Game 3 with 14 points, five rebounds, five blocks and three triples, and we should see more of Jabari Parker and Tyler Zeller as well.
Apr 22 - 11:29 AM

Ricky Rubio was the best player on the floor during a 115-102 Game 3 win over the Thunder on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

Obviously it's his first playoff triple-double, but he is the first Jazzman to notch one of those since John Stockton in 2001. He was on fire in the first half with 19 points, and he hit a massive 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third. On the lighter side, Rubio had a man bun today, and it's worth a mention he's put up more points, boards and dimes while being more efficient and posting a 14.5 net rating when he has a man bun compared to without one (H/T SLC Dunk). Hairstyle stats aside, the Jazz are so hot right now.
Source: SLC Dunk
Apr 22 - 12:55 AM

Rudy Gobert scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 41 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

He had such a huge impact on this game with putting fouls on Steven Adams and just owning the paint on the defensive side. Offensively, he continues to set high screens to set the halfcourt offense, and he picked up five offensive boards today. Gobert isn't going to lead the Jazz in scoring in just about all the games this season, but his presence on both ends makes the Jazz who they are. Don't be surprise to see the Jazz take this series.
Apr 22 - 12:46 AM

Joe Ingles was left open all game against the Thunder during a win on Saturday, scoring 21 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Yeah, OKC gets a lot of blame for continuing to leave Ingles open in the corner because they were helping too hard on the weak side. Ingles may not have the prettiest shot, but he made 44.0 percent from deep this year and 44.1 percent from last season. Coach Billy Donovan will be talking to his guys about this one.
Apr 22 - 12:45 AM

Russell Westbrook had a brutal showing against the Jazz on Saturday during a 115-102 loss in Game 3, making 5-of-17 from the field for 14 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

Rudy Gobert's rim protection neutralized Westbrook's driving in a big way, and Westbrook was not at his best against Ricky Rubio or on defensive rotations -- the whole team, basically. Westbrook has struggled down the stretch for two games straight, which is a problem for a guy that sucks up so much usage. OKC is in trouble.
Apr 22 - 12:44 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points during a 121-105 Game 3 win over the Rockets on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

The Wolves are alive as they earn their first home playoff win since 2004. As for Butler, he did tweak his left ankle in the second quarter as he landed on someone's foot going for a rebound. Butler stayed in the game, but he did look a step slow to start the third quarter before really heating up later. Butler has described himself as one of the toughest in the NBA, so it would be a shock to see him have limitations on Monday. We have a series.
Apr 21 - 10:27 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday during a Game 3 win.

This was not the regular-season Wiggins, especially going 4-of-6 from deep. Plus, his five dimes match his best output in that category all season while he was effective on defense. If the Wolves can somehow get this output from Wiggins in this series, the Rockets may have a tougher time closing out than almost anyone thought.
Apr 21 - 10:14 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

His first shot attempt didn't come until 10:46 left in the second quarter, but he got it going in the second half. The Rockets have made it clear they don't want KAT to beat them after he averaged just 6.5 points in the first two games, but so many players getting it going for the Wolves made it tougher to key in on Towns. Maybe he'll get off to a better start in Game 4 on Monday for his first monster playoff line.
Apr 21 - 10:09 PM

Donovan Mitchell (foot) is starting for Game 3 against the Thunder on Saturday.

The Jazz called him probable to play yesterday, but there was no way he'd miss this one. He'll look to score 27-plus points again as the Jazz try to take a 2-1 lead.
Apr 21 - 9:23 PM

Anthony Davis scored a playoff career-high 47 points to help sweep the Blazers 131-123 during a Game 4 victory on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

He was 15-of-24 from the field and 15-of-17 from the line for a 74.7 TS% as he set a franchise record for points in a playoff game, and also help the Pelicans get just their second series win in franchise history. In these four games, he put up monster numbers, averaging 33.0 points, 12.0 boards, 1.8 steals, 2.8 blocks and 0.8 treys in 38.8 minutes per outing. After the game, AD said he was excited for the Warriors in the next round because the Dubs swept him back in 2015. He'll see a combination of Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney and more in what should be one of the most fun series in the second round.
Apr 21 - 8:09 PM

Jrue Holiday scored a playoff career-high 41 points during a 131-123 win over the Blazers on Saturday, adding three rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

If this season taught us one thing, never underestimate Jrue Holiday again. He was unstoppable on drives in this win going 9-of-9 within three feet while all of his dimes resulted in makes in the paint or treys. With how good Anthony Davis is, you could argue the Pelicans have the best duo in the playoffs right now -- it's a really tough argument these days. Plus, the AD-Jrue combo became just the second duo to score 40-plus each in a playoff since 2000 (Kyrie, LeBron). Holiday is likely going to have to guard Kevin Durant a lot in the next round, so he'll need to be on his A game for that one.
Apr 21 - 7:59 PM




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