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Date: Team: Pos:
David Lee - F/C - Spurs

David Lee will remain in the starting lineup for Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

While Dewayne Dedmon (illness) is available, coach Gregg Popovich said he will stick with the veteran. Lee played 33 minutes in Game 4, but wasn't too effective with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. With that said, he should fare better tonight and is on the radar in DFS if you're looking for a cheap PF option.
Apr 25 - 7:17 PM

Mike D'Antoni confirmed that Clint Capela will remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Thunder.

Capela made a lot of mistakes in Sunday's Game 4 win, and only managed to get on the court for 18 minutes, while Nene was incredible in his 25 minutes off the bench. Don't be surprised to see Capela get a quick yank if he's not performing up to expectations in tonight's potential closeout game.
Apr 25 - 6:25 PM

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey stated on Tuesday that Festus Ezeli will not be with the team next season.

Portland had a team option on Ezeli for Year-2, but Olshey isn't willing to hand him another $7.7 million after he failed to play a single game for them due to chronic knee issues. Ezeli should be able to find a contract with another team as a backup center, but he's not going to have any fantasy value.
Apr 25 - 6:04 PM

Jusuf Nurkic said he expects his leg to be fully healed in 2-3 months.

Nurkic has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2017-18 season, and we'll be sure to track his progress every step of the way. The Portland players universally praised Nurkic at their exit interviews for his impressive play as a member of the Trail Blazers, and he could be in a for a big year next season as their full-time starter. Nurkic put in averages of 15.2 points, 7.1 boards, 3.2 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.9 blocks through 20 games with the Blazers, and he said he'll be working on his 3-point shot this offseason, so he could take another big leap in Year-3.
Apr 25 - 4:05 PM

Gordon Hayward (illness) will play without any minutes limit in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Clippers.

Hayward left Sunday's Game 4 after just nine minutes of floor time, but it sounds like he's recovered from the food poisoning episode, so he should be able to get out there for 30-plus minutes tonight. Assuming Hayward gets a full alottment of minutes, that'll likely translate to less run for guys like Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson.
Apr 25 - 3:06 PM

Ian Mahinmi indicated that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from his strained left calf, and he hopes to return at some points during Washington's first-round series against Atlanta.

Mahinmi still hasn't been able to practice with the team, so him getting back out there for Wednesday's Game 5 seems unlikely, but maybe he can get back out there for Friday's Game 6 in Atlanta. Jason Smith will continue to act as Marcin Gortat's primary backup for however long Mahinmi is on the sidelines.
Apr 25 - 2:20 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said Kyle Lowry's back was feeling better on Tuesday.

Here's the full quote from Casey: "Not much better, but better". Casey also added he hopes that Lowry's back will continue to loosen up with time and treatment. Game 6 in the in the Raptors vs. Bucks series is not until Thursday night, so Lowry has a couple of days to heal. Lowry is fully expected to suit up.
Apr 25 - 1:53 PM

In a column he authored for The Players Tribune, Dion Waiters expressed his desire to re-sign with the Heat.

"I love Miami. I had a hell of a season here... Hopefully, we found a home down here," writes Waiters. There were a number of interesting tidbits in this piece (which is linked to below), including how Waiters thought he was headed back to OKC before Kevin Durant left and how Pat Riley and the Heat helped him get in the best shape of his life. Waiters, who made only $2.9 million last season, will receive a major raise this summer, either in Miami or elsewhere.
Apr 25 - 1:47 PM

Boban Marjanovic increased his chances of logging more minutes next season after a strong finish to the 2016-17 campaign.

One key factor determining Marjanovic's role next season is whether or not Aron Baynes opts out of his current contract and re-signs with the Pistons. If Baynes leaves, Boban will have the inside track on backup minutes behind Andre Drummond. Over this last four games of the regular season, Boban averaged 15.8 points and 10.3 boards, while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the stripe in 23 minutes per contest.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 25 - 1:36 PM

Rajon Rondo (thumb) was able to get some shots up after the Bulls practiced on Tuesday.

It was the first time Rondo has touched a basketball since injuring his thumb in the second half of Game 2. Rondo will not play in Game 5 on Wednesday. When asked if Rondo could possibly return later in the series, coach Fred Hoiberg said it's a "longshot," but "we'll see." Hoiberg also added that Rondo "winced every time the ball came to him." Isaiah Canaan will start in place of Rondo in Game 5.
Apr 25 - 1:17 PM

Jaylen Brown (illness) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

Brown has another day to recover before Game 5 vs. Chicago. "Hopefully he'll be well enough to play [Wednesday]," said coach Brad Stevens. However, there will be minimal fantasy impact if he is sidelined. Brown played 11 minutes off the bench in Game 1, but has seen his playing steadily dimish in the three games since. For the series, he is averaging just 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 5.6 minutes.
Apr 25 - 1:03 PM

Raptors have assigned Bruno Caboclo, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet to their D-League affiliate.

The Raptors D-League team, the 905, is currently playing in the D-League Finals, so expect these three players to be shuffled back and forth. It should not have any fantasy impact.
Apr 25 - 12:45 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (illness) said that he is fully recovered and will be available to play in Game 5 vs. Memphis on Tuesday.

Dedmon missed Game 4 on Saturday due to a stomach bug but was able to practice on Monday. "I’m feeling a lot better, I can tell you that," Dedmon said. Dedmon started each of the first three games of this series but averaged only 12.7 minutes per contest. David Lee will likely get bumped back to the bench with Dedmon returning for Game 5.
Apr 25 - 11:25 AM

The Mavericks were encouraged by Dwight Powell's strong finish to the 2016-17 season.

Dallas envisioned Powell making major progress when they signed him to a four-year, $37 million contract last summer. Powell was solid for most of the season, posting career-highs across the board (6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes), but saved his best for last. Over Dallas' final four games, he averaged 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 28.3 minutes. Powell plans to focus on improving his long-range shooting this summer. "I thought Powell continues to really do well with his three-point shooting, which is a really encouraging sign," coach Rick Carlisle said following the season.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 25 - 11:07 AM

Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) traveled with the Jazz to Los Angeles on Monday.

Utah beat reporter Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune writes that "chances are" Hayward will be available and ready to play in Game 5 on Tuesday night. It's also encouraging that Hayward was not listed on Utah's most recent injury report. We should have a formal update from the team following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Apr 25 - 10:34 AM



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