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The Kings will interview Patrick Ewing for their head coaching job.

Ewing has been an assistant for the Hornets and is charged mostly with working with the big men. He's also helped out with Yao Ming and Dwight Howard. Obviously this would be a compelling fit with DeMarcus Cousins and the former-player angle looks good on the surface. The Kings are interviewing a ton of candidates, so nothing is imminent.
Apr 30 - 11:49 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge put on a shooting clinic in a 124-92 win over the Thunder on Saturday, making 18-of-23 for 38 points with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

It's his third-best scoring game of his playoff career. The Thunder completely forgot Aldridge led the NBA in mid-range makes in three of the last four seasons. He was wide open all game and also had a number of easy buckets near the rim, as well. LMA has been fantastic since January and had success against OKC this season, so he'll be dialed in as a high-end DFS play.
Apr 30 - 10:58 PM

Kawhi Leonard made 10-of-13 from the field for 25 points in 22 minutes against the Thunder during a Game 1 win on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

He's won Defensive Player of the Year in the last two seasons, but Kawhi's offense was the story tonight. He made his first six shots from the field to help get him to 20 points in the first half. Kevin Durant simply couldn't guard him with his array of hesitation moves and he was awesome in transition. The Klaw will be dominating this series on both ends as a high-end DFS option.
Apr 30 - 10:56 PM

Danny Green caught fire in a win over the Thunder on Saturday, making 6-of-7 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and five 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

Where was this all season? Green's efficiency was an unbelievable 121.4 effective field goal percentage while playing some terrific defense on the other end during the easy win. Perhaps no player turned in more duds than Green in the regular season, so we'd like to see it again. Congrats to those who started him in DFS tonight.
Apr 30 - 10:56 PM

Boban Marjanovic scored four points with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in just eight minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

When it's garbage time, it's Boban time. The Thunder probably won't get crushed this bad again, so it's really tough to use Marjanovic in DFS.
Apr 30 - 10:55 PM

Kevin Martin scored two points in 12 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

Martin was sick at the end of last series, but he's fine. He wasn't in the rotation until the game was decided, so don't expect Martin to play this much going forward during this series.
Apr 30 - 10:53 PM

Russell Westbrook made 5-of-19 from the field for 14 points during a 124-92 loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding two rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two turnovers.

Not a good start. The Spurs put Kawhi Leonard on Westbrook for most of this game and it totally took the Thunder offense out of rhythm. In fact, Westbrook was just 1-of-7 from the field against Kawhi in this game. He was also a disaster on defense during this game with OKC having a seemingly non-existent perimeter defense. Westbrook did have a good run against the Spurs during the season, but this is a terrible start with the Spurs approach to start the series. Leonard being on Westbrook is bad news for his DFS value as the most expensive player in most formats.
Apr 30 - 10:53 PM

Kevin Durant scored 16 points during an ugly loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 33 minutes.

It looked like he caught a break for this game with Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook, but this was just a bloodbath. Considering how successful Kawhi on Westbrook worked out for the Spurs, it's likely going to continue. That bodes well for Durant to have some productive games in this series, especially if the Spurs will continue to put guys like Kyle Anderson on him. While he was disappointing against Dallas in the first round and in this one, expect him to be better in Game 2 on Monday.
Apr 30 - 10:52 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

He was really the only offensive bright spot for the Thunder in this game. On the other hand, Ibaka was roasted perhaps for his worst defensive game all year. He struggled against the Spurs during the regular season on the stat sheet, so don't overreact to this terrific outing on paper.
Apr 30 - 10:51 PM

Steven Adams scored nine points with 10 rebounds and one block in 25 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

He's known for his defense, but OKC was completely destroyed on that end. It's certainly not on Adams because the Thunder had their pick-and-roll defense ruined well beyond the paint in this game. Considering how bad this went for them, maybe coach Billy Donovan shakes things up a bit. For now, Adams looks like the better fantasy option over Enes Kanter. He's more of a tournament play, though.
Apr 30 - 10:51 PM

Enes Kanter scored six points in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday, adding four rebounds and one turnover.

He didn't play much in the early going and picked up most of his stats in garbage time. The Thunder had some good success in the non-rest games against the Spurs with Kanter in and Steven Adams out, so that's something to watch. On the whole, this was a slightly discouraging game for Kanter.
Apr 30 - 10:50 PM

Coach Luke Walton said he will not run the triangle offense next season.

He said the triangle is not the "most appropriate" offense for the players on the roster. Walton will likely try to incorporate more movement and spacing, which could bode well for D'Angelo Russell.
Apr 30 - 4:28 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) doesn't have much of a chance to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

This is good news because Kerr did not rule him out. Curry is still not doing on-court work and he's obviously not going to play in Game 1. The MVP is doing some work in the training room and has said he's hoping to return before May 9. Shaun Livingston will be running the point while basically every other player steps up.
Apr 30 - 3:20 PM

An MRI on Josh Richardson's left shoulder was negative and he will be a game-time decision for Game 7 on Sunday.

He wasn't concerned on Friday and for good reason. Richardson has been able to stay in front of Kemba Walker better than Goran Dragic, so that's helped his playing time. The second-round rookie has played 30.5 minutes per game in the postseason, which is pretty incredible for a guy who didn't get invited to the combine. He's not a great DFS option, though.
Apr 30 - 3:04 PM

Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is questionable to play against the Heat in Game 7 on Sunday.

He did not play in the second half on Friday due to aggravating his injury from Game 2. The Hornets went 2-0 without Batum thanks to Jeremy Lin stepping up in a big way, so this might not be a huge loss. If Batum can't go, there will be more minutes for Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. The Hornets and Heat have the first game of the day, so we'll have word for DFS lineup lock.
Apr 30 - 2:43 PM


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