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Otto Porter (neck) practiced on Sunday and he's being listed as probable for Monday's Game 4 in Atlanta.

Porter played through the neck strain on Saturday, and it looks like that trend will continue on Monday night, although he could be limited. We should have official confirmation on his status following Monday morning's shootaround.
Apr 23 - 2:24 PM

Marreese Speights will "probably" start Game 4 vs. the Jazz on Sunday according to coach Doc Rivers.

Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs and Speights started the second half of Game 3, so he was the heavy favorite to start even before Doc's comments. Speights is a great per-minute producer and is certainly on the DFS radar, but the Clippers will likely play a lot of small ball which could keep his minutes around 20. In two starts during the regular season, Speights averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 treys in 21.5 minutes.
Apr 23 - 2:00 PM

Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's Game 4 vs. the Clippers.

He was originally listed as doubtful, but now it sounds like he will be a game-time call. For what it's worth, he did not go through shootaround. With Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs and Gobert on the verge of a return, the Jazz have to feel pretty good about their chances. Gobert will likely have restrictions if he's cleared to play, making him a risky play in DFS. His return would limit the fantasy appeal of Derrick Favors.
Apr 23 - 1:01 PM

The NBA has fined Rajon Rondo $25,000 for his sideline antics during Game 3.

In case you missed it, Rondo was sitting on the bench and stuck a leg out in an attempt to trip Jae Crowder, though he still maintains that he was just stretching. Rondo currently doesn't have a timetable to return to action because of his fractured thumb and hinted that he could miss a couple weeks.
Source: MassLive
Apr 23 - 12:56 PM

The NBA is expected to fine Patrick Beverley $25,000 after an incident with a fan during Game 3.

Beverley got into a heated argument with a fan who was later identified as the son of minority Thunder owner Jay Scaramucci, but there was no physical contact and the NBA will not issue a suspension as expected. Beverley and the Rockets will be back in action for Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 23 - 12:48 PM
Tony Snell - G/F - Bucks

Malcolm Brogdon said Tony Snell "doesn’t take a possession off.’’

"At the beginning of the season, Tony said he wanted to be a 3 and D guy," Brogdon said. "He wanted to shoot 3s really well and play defense really well, locking up people. And he’s taken that to heart. He’s playing at a high level defensively.’’ Snell has been an X-factor in the series against Toronto, averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 boards, 1.3 assists and 3.3 triples while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. He's also peaking at the perfect time, as he's set to hit the market as a restricted free agent this summer.
Apr 23 - 11:42 AM

C.J. Miles will start over Monta Ellis again in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Miles is generally more aggressive in the second unit, but his splits as a starter and reserve during the regular season are very similar. Miles can get hot in a hurry which makes him a DFS tournament play, but he's also no stranger to duds. In a start in Game 3, Miles scored nine points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.
Apr 23 - 11:29 AM

Hawks owner Tony Ressler made it clear that re-signing Paul Millsap this offseason is a priority.

"We are going to make every effort imaginable to keep him," Ressler said. This isn't the first time we've heard this from the Hawks, but it will likely take a max deal to keep the 32-year-old All Star in Atlanta. The Hawks explored the idea of trading him around the turn of the new year to avoid losing him for nothing this summer, but pulled him off the market right before the trade deadline. The Hawks had to let Al Horford walk as a free agent last summer, so we'll see if they have better luck with Millsap.
Apr 23 - 11:23 AM

Kevin Love said he won't have any extra motivation in Game 4 after getting benched in the fourth quarter of Game 3 along with Kyrie Irving.

"No, that's silly," Love said. "If anything, we look at it like that was great for that second unit and those guys stepping up for us. It will give them a lot of confidence, give us a lot of confidence in all sorts of positions and situations that they can help us win. If they can do that, then now we got to go out with the first unit, especially in the first half, and play better." Love was incredible in the first two games of the series against Indiana, so expect a bounce-back performance on Sunday as the Cavs attempt to sweep the Pacers.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 10:09 AM

Gerald Green said his job is to bring some energy and pace to the first unit.

"I was just trying to bring energy. I think that was most important," Green said after logging 20 minutes in the starting lineup in Game 3 vs. Chicago. "I feel like my energy was there early on in the game. So that’s what I’m going to try to do [in Sunday's Game 4]: just try to come out with a lot of energy and just try to play up-tempo basketball, try to just bring it on both ends." Green played through a mild ankle tweak and scored eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers, and he's on the radar as a DFS play in tournaments because of his boom-or-bust appeal.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 9:49 AM

Festus Ezeli is hopeful that he will have a chance to suit up for the Blazers next season.

Ezeli never made an appearance for the Blazers this season and had cadaver ligament replacement surgery on his left knee back in March. He's been rehabbing his knee five times a week and is working on his range of motion, but he still has to monitor some swelling and is eating healthy to avoid putting on any extra weight. While it's unlikely that the Blazers will pick up their $7.73 million option on Ezeli for next season, hopefully he'll get another chance to play in 2017-18 if he can finally get his knee right.
Apr 23 - 9:41 AM

Steve Kerr, who missed Game 3 vs. Portland with an undisclosed illness, isn't expected to coach any more games in the first round of the playoffs.

The Warriors have been pretty vague about Kerr's health, but according to Marcus Thompson of Mercury News, the head coach could barely walk earlier this week and was in "excruciating pain." The specific cause of the illness is not known, but the Warriors are trying to determine if the illness is related to the headaches and nausea he has battled for the past two seasons since his back surgery in 2015. Kerr was able to address his team on Saturday morning prior to Game 3, but it sounds like assistant Mike Brown will take over for a little while. We'll update Kerr's status when we know more, but the Warriors will take every precaution and he doesn't have a timetable to return to the sidelines.
Apr 23 - 9:27 AM

Stephen Curry buried the Blazers during a 119-113 win in Game 3 on Saturday, scoring 34 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

A 19-1 run in this comeback victory propelled the Dubs to what is now a +47 margin of victory in this series. The Warriors now have a 3-0 lead and one of their biggest strengths in this win was an unusual one with only seven turnovers. Those seven turnovers match a playoff franchise record, and Curry only had one of them en route to his 21st 30-plus scoring game in his postseason career. With this win, the Warriors may opt to take it easier on Kevin Durant for at least one more game. They'll look to close this one out on Monday in Portland.
Apr 23 - 1:56 AM

Andre Iguodala scored 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

No Kevin Durant, no problem. Iguodala just outfoxed the Blazers throughout this game, getting four dunks on the offensive side and providing great defense on the other end. Playoff Iggy is a very good Iggy.
Apr 23 - 1:44 AM

JaVale McGee scored 14 points with four rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

He's been an amazing story all year and had a team-high +24 in the +/- stat. McGee has been instant energy and his rolls to the basket in this spread offense has been lethal. He'll be making plenty of highlights, and not for the silly reasons.
Apr 23 - 1:42 AM



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