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Date: Team: Pos:
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford was invisible during the Hawks' season-ending Game 4 defeat, scoring only two points on 1-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, five assists and one block in 29 minutes.

Horford avoided a suspension for his flying elbow to Matthew Dellavedova's neck in Game 3, but that's where the good news ended. He looked passive on Tuesday, at best, and all but two of his field goal attempts came from mid-range. He shot 58.3 percent in the series but attempted only 9.0 shots per game, giving him a usage rate below 19 percent. Fantasy owners shouldn't let Horford's Conference Finals dud dissuade them on draft day next season, as he's in a contract year and has returned top-20 value in each of the past three seasons when healthy.
May 26 - 11:26 PM

Dennis Schroder was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's blowout loss, which he finished with four points on 2-of-7 shooting, one rebound, four assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.

The Hawks' second-year guard wasn't shy offensively in the series, racking up a team-high usage rate of 37.2 percent. Unfortunately, he shot below 40 percent from the field and had the third-lowest offensive rating among the Hawks, ahead of only Mike Muscala and Pero Antic. Schroder has imposing quickness but he needs to improve his jump shot this summer -- during the regular season he made 137-of-391 jumpers (35.0 percent) which allowed opponents to sag off and dare him to shoot.
May 26 - 11:25 PM

Paul Millsap had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists during Game 4, in which the Hawks were swept out of the playoffs with an 88-118 defeat.

A report on Tuesday suggested that Millsap, an impending free agent, may need offseason surgery to repair his sprained right shoulder. The injury clearly plagued him throughout the playoffs -- he led the Hawks with 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds during the regular season but was down to just 13.8 points on 34.9 percent shooting vs. the Cavs in the Conference Finals. We should have a medical update within a few weeks.
May 26 - 11:24 PM

Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting on Tuesday, but he added only one rebound and one assist in 28 minutes during the Hawks' crushing road loss.

The Hawks' season ends in disappointment but they have plenty to be proud about, including a franchise-best 60-win regular season and their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance. Teague is one of three players with a guaranteed contract through 2016-17 (joining Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha), and there's no reason to expect the 26-year-old All-Star to backslide after a top-30 fantasy finish this season.
May 26 - 11:22 PM

Tristan Thompson double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive) to help Cleveland sweep the Hawks with a Game 4 drubbing on Tuesday.

Cleveland has an outstanding offensive rebound rate of 30.0 percent in the series, compared to just 15.4 percent for Atlanta, and Thompson is the reason for the disparity. LeBron James said this week that he feels Thompson should be a Cavalier for "his whole career" and coach David Blatt readily agreed. Thompson is a restricted free agent this summer and it sounds like the Cavs will do all they can to retain him.
May 26 - 11:18 PM

J.R. Smith posted 18 points, four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and three assists in only 29 minutes off the Cavs' bench during Tuesday's blowout win.

Smith recorded double-digit rebounds just once during the regular season but he's now done it in consecutive playoff games, and his efficient line tonight helped make up for Iman Shumpert's three points on 1-of-8 shooting. Smith is in a terrific rhythm and NBA fans should be in for some fireworks with Swish in the Finals for the first time in his career.
May 26 - 11:18 PM

Kyrie Irving returned from a two-game absence to finish Tuesday's series-clinching victory with 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

Irving was medically cleared to play and the Cavs opted to start him for a few reasons -- they wanted him to re-establish a rhythm and regain confidence in his knee, and Irving himself was eager to get back on the court. He moved well and avoided any setbacks despite taking a few falls throughout the game, and should benefit enormously with the Finals not beginning until June 4. We'll have copious updates on his health in the coming week, but he should be raring to go for Game 1.
May 26 - 11:13 PM

LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

LBJ needed IVs after Game 3 to help with dehydration and cramping, but he wasn't worse for the wear in a thoroughly dominant performance tonight. The Hawks threw a variety of defenders at LeBron but never found a way to slow him down in the series -- amazingly, James fell only three assists shy of averaging 30-10-10 in the Conference Finals. He and teammate James Jones are now the first players since the 1960s to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals, and LeBron will have eight full days to rest before squaring off vs. the Warriors or Rockets.
May 26 - 11:06 PM

The Lakers plan to work out D'Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor as they decide whom to draft with the No. 2 pick.

Jordan Clarkson thrived in the final weeks of his rookie season and is poised for an expanded role in 2015-16, but L.A. reportedly hasn't ruled out Russell. The Wolves are expected to take Towns or Okafor with the No. 1 pick so the Lakers will be left to choose between a big man and a guard, and coach Byron Scott isn't tipping his hand. "We some holes to fill," he said. "So it's not like we only have one need. We have three or four different needs we need to fill."
Source: Philly.com
May 26 - 9:50 PM

Kyrie Irving (left knee) will play with a 25-minute limit in Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

Irving's tendinitis has improved enough that the team's trainers cleared him to play and start, sending Matthew Dellavedova back to the Cavs' bench. It's unclear how long Irving will have his playing time restricted, but he could earn a week-long break if the Cavs sweep the series with a win on Tuesday.
May 26 - 8:02 PM

Dwight Howard will not be suspended for hitting Andrew Bogut above the shoulders during Game 3 on Monday.

The play earned Dwight Howard a Flagrant-1 foul and the Rockets are fortunate that he was neither ejected nor suspended for his swipe at Bogut. NBA executive Rod Thorn said in a statement, "Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive ... we don't see a reason to modify that call." Howard will try to help the Rockets extend their season during Wednesday's must-win road game.
May 26 - 7:20 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will go through a pregame warmup to determine whether or not he will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

Irving will be a game-time decision, and is currently listed as questionable for Game 4, but there is some reported optimism from the Cavs side that he'll be able to give it a go. If the Cavs can win their series tonight, they'll have eight days to rest up for the Finals. The decision as to whether Irving can play or not will be made by Cleveland's medical staff, but should he be cleared, Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Stay tuned.
May 26 - 6:51 PM

Kyle Korver said he will undergo surgery on his severely sprained right ankle on Wednesday.

Korver sustained his ankle injury on a controversial play involving Matthew Dellavedova, who has also had postseason altercations with Taj Gibson and Al Horford. Dellavedova isn't making a lot of friends outside of Cleveland this postseason, and the Hawks may look to play some "aggressive" defense against him during Tuesday's do-or-die Game 4 in Cleveland. Hawks' coach Mike Budenholzer said he will discuss Korver's "situation" during his pregame availability, so we expect to get a rough estimate on Korver's recovery period then. Stay tuned.
May 26 - 5:55 PM

Blake Griffin responded to a question about the "Clippers curse" after the Clippers' Game 7 loss to the Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals.

"The Clipper curse when I first got here was No. 1 picks getting hurt, not working out; their draft picks not working out, not making the playoffs, not having winning seasons," Griffin said. "No one talked about not getting past the second round. Not a single soul talked about that, but now, that’s what everybody talks about. Just like the last one, we’re going to bust through this one." Looking at the numbers (25.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game), Griffin was not bothered by any sort of curse during the Clippers' playoff run, and he'll be an obvious early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
May 26 - 5:33 PM

Stephen Curry went through the league mandated concussion protocol testing twice before he re-entered Game 4 on Monday.

"At the very, very end, when he passed the tests, then it became ‘there’s no reason he couldn’t play,’" Warriors' GM Bob Myers said. "So then it was, he passed the tests, passed them once, passed them twice… At that moment, he looked at me, said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to go.’" There haven't been any reports of Curry experiencing any delayed concussion-like symptoms, so at this point it would seem safe to assume he'll be in uniform for Wednesday's Game 5 in Oakland.
May 26 - 4:51 PM



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