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D.J. Augustin (personal) back in action Wed. | 04/16/2014 11:42 AM
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D.J. Augustin (personal) has rejoined the Bulls after the birth of their son.
K.C. Johnson on Twitter

Impact
He should be active vs. the Bobcats in Chicago's final game of the season, as the Bulls get ready to face either the Nets or Wizards in the first round.
Jeff Green to start 82nd game on Wednesday | 04/16/2014 11:28 AM
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Jeff Green will start his 82nd game of the season on Wednesday.
MassLive.com

Impact
After missing the entire 2011-12 season, Green has now missed one game over the past two seasons. He's averaging a career-high 16.8 points, 1.6 threes, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals on the season, but admitted that trying to be a go-to scorer has been a difficult transition.
Greg Oden (illness, back) could return Wed. | 04/16/2014 11:19 AM
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Greg Oden (stomach virus, back) is listed as a game-time decision on Wednesday.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He hasn't played since March 26 and isn't likely to play more than a handful of minutes, but his return would be a welcome sight for the Heat as they prepare for a first-round matchup vs. either the Wizards or Bobcats.
Chris Bosh (rest) will not play Wednesday | 04/16/2014 10:55 AM
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Chris Bosh (rest) will not play in Wednesday's season finale.
Miami Heat on Twitter

Impact
Miami can't change their playoff seeding so it makes sense to rest Bosh and LeBron James. If they face the Bobcats in the first round, which seems likely, Bosh will need all the energy he can muster to slow down the reigning Player of the Month, Al Jefferson.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh out Wednesday | 04/16/2014 10:53 AM
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LeBron James and Chris Bosh will both be rested for Wednesday's game.
Miami Heat on Twitter

Impact
There's no word yet on Dwyane Wade's availability, but Greg Oden (illness, back) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Miami's final game of the regular season. The Heat will face either the Bobcats or the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.
Anthony Bennett (knee) could return Wed. | 04/16/2014 10:49 AM
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Anthony Bennett (strained left patellar tendon) went through Tuesday's contact practice and may be available to play on Wednesday.
News-Herald

Impact
It would be a token victory for the Cavs if Bennett could suit up, but nothing can dilute the misery of his rookie season. The No. 1 overall pick has appeared in 51 games, averaging 4.1 points on 35.2 percent shooting, with exactly as many turnovers (46) as combined assists (17), steals (21) and blocks (eight). There is little doubt that he'll play for the Cavs' Summer League team.
Magic undecided on Jameer Nelson's future | 04/16/2014 10:13 AM
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The Magic reportedly haven't decided whether to pick up Jameer Nelson's partially-guaranteed final season, but he hopes to stay in Orlando long-term.
Orlando Sentinel

Impact
Nelson's $8 million salary is only guaranteed for $2 million, and the Magic could always try to re-negotiate a longer deal. "It's the team's option. I would like to still be here and finish my career here," Nelson said. "I have a lot more years left in me. Good years. I'm not sure what they have in store for me." He ranks eighth in the NBA with 7.0 assists per game despite the arrival of prized rookie guard Victor Oladipo.
Tony Wroten becoming a more judicious passer | 04/16/2014 9:51 AM
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Tony Wroten said that he's learned to "pick his spots" for passes this season, to cut down on his 2.8 turnovers per game.
Delco Times

Impact
"This season, I learned a lot," Wroten said. "I don't try to make the home runs as much. I try to make the right play." While his passing is a work in progress, there's nothing wrong with Wroten's ability to get into the paint -- he took a whopping 72.4 percent of his FG attempts within eight feet of the hoop this season.
Mirza Teletovic out Wed. after birth of twins | 04/16/2014 9:41 AM
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Mirza Teletovic will not play on Wednesday to be with his wife and newborn twins.
AP

Impact
While Teletovic and his wife celebrate, the Nets gear up for a game vs. the Cavaliers that could decide their playoff seeding. If the Nets lose and the Wizards win on Wednesday, Washington will take over the No. 5 seed by virtue of a tie-breaker.
Alex Len, Archie Goodwin will play Wednesday | 04/16/2014 9:19 AM
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Suns rookies Alex Len and Archie Goodwin will play extended minutes in Wednesday's season finale.
Arizona Republic

Impact
Goran Dragic is the only starter who will not play, but guys like Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker and Channing Frye will have their minutes curtailed in favor of player development. Len and Goodwin have played three minutes combined in April, as the Suns were focused on chasing a playoff spot, so it's nice to see them getting an opportunity to play.
Channing Frye hopes to sign extension w/ Suns | 04/16/2014 9:14 AM
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Channing Frye, who has a $6.8 million player option next season, would like to negotiate a contract extension with the Suns.
Arizona Republic

Impact
"I'd love to stay here. It's up to them and their future and what they want to do," Frye said. "I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I'm from here." He's averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while starting all 82 games for Phoenix (he's expected to start Wednesday), an amazing feat after missing the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart.
| 04/16/2014 2:54 AM
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Raymond Felton returned to action on Tuesday April 15.
Rotoworld.com

Griffin, Redick won't travel for Wednesday | 04/16/2014 2:28 AM
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Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will not travel to Portland for Wednesday's game against the Blazers.
ESPN.com

Impact
Well, that solves that. We knew Redick wouldn't play and Griffin is facing a suspension for picking up his 16th technical, so the move isn't all that surprising. Glen Davis and Darren Collison look like the best bets for success in their absence in Wednesday's finale. This also raises questions about how many minutes guys like Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will play, but at least they're going to travel.
J.J. Redick to be held out Wednesday | 04/16/2014 1:49 AM
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J.J. Redick had 18 points and four 3-pointers in just 17 minutes, and will take the night off on Wednesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison should pick up his slack, but they could probably use some rest as well. It's probably best to avoid the Clippers' shooting guards in fantasy on Wednesday. Collison had 10 points in 24 minutes on Tuesday, while Crawford hit 3-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for nine points in 31 minutes.
Chris Paul Mr. Efficiency again Tuesday | 04/16/2014 1:48 AM
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Chris Paul hit 8-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points and 10 assists in Tuesday's win.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Wow. He's primed and ready to go for the playoffs, and the Clippers are going to be a tough out all the way, and could win it all. Paul's status for Wednesday is up in the air, as their game may not mean anything if the Thunder beat the Pistons early on Wednesday.
DeAndre Jordan with 13 & 6 in win | 04/16/2014 1:46 AM
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DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's win, and will be getting some votes for the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He was a pleasant fantasy surprise this season, but could take it easy on Wednesday night. The Clippers can get the No. 2 seed with a win and a Thunder loss, but OKC tips off at 8 p.m. ET in Detroit. If they're up big, or have already won when LAC tips off, the Clippers will literally have nothing to play for. And we're guessing Doc Rivers will give his big names a rest if that's the case, and possibly even if the Thunder lose.
Blake Griffin scores 24, suspension looming | 04/16/2014 1:38 AM
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Blake Griffin had 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block on 9-of-17 shooting, but also picked up his 16th technical foul on Tuesday, which will earn him a one-game suspension for Wednesday's game.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He hit Timofey Mozgov in the face while following through on a block attempt, and while it wasn't intentional, it fits the definition of a technical foul. It could be rescinded and he could be allowed to play, but we're guessing Doc Rivers will take it easy on all the starters in a somewhat meaningless game. If the Thunder beat the Pistons, the Clippers are locked into the No. 3 seed in the West. Suspension or not, don't expect a lot from Blake on Wednesday. Look for the Thunder to try to beat the Pistons, as they play 2.5 hours prior to the Clippers tip off. And if it appears the Thunder will win when the Clippers tip off, the starters may all get a rest tomorrow.
Wilson Chandler scores seven on Tuesday | 04/16/2014 1:30 AM
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Wilson Chandler played through his groin injury on Tuesday and had seven points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer on 3-of-7 shooting.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
If he's not 100 percent, it's easy to see him sitting out in Wednesday's finale, and Evan Fournier (9 points on 3-of-10 shooting) could step up if Chandler is out.
Randy Foye hits just 2-of-12 shots | 04/16/2014 1:28 AM
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Randy Foye hit just 2-of-12 shots and was 0-for-7 from downtown for 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a loss to the Clippers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Had his shot been falling he would have had a monster line, but as it was, he was still effective at filling the stat sheet. Foye should play solid minutes again on Wednesday.
Aaron Brooks scores 19 in loss | 04/16/2014 1:26 AM
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Aaron Brooks had 19 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He's been great filling in for Ty Lawson and all indications are that he'll get serious minutes again in Wednesday's finale.
Timofey Mozgov with 18 & 11 after injury | 04/16/2014 1:23 AM
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Timofey Mozgov left Tuesday's game briefly with a right knee injury, but returned to finish with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a block in a loss to the Clippers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He's really turned it on over the last few weeks and his injury is no big deal. All indications are that he'll get solid minutes again in Wednesday's finale against the Warriors.
Quincy Miller scores 11 in loss | 04/16/2014 1:21 AM
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Quincy Miller had 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes of Tuesday's loss.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Nuggets have nothing to play for and there's no reason Miller won't see heavy minutes and another start in Wednesday's finale against the Warriors.
Kenneth Faried with 21 & 6 in loss | 04/16/2014 1:20 AM
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Kenneth Faried had 21 points and six rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Nuggets have nothing to play for, but Faried is hot and may want to go out on a high note against the Warriors on Wednesday.
Griffin picks up 16th tech, suspension likely | 04/15/2014 11:43 PM
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Blake Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul on Tuesday night, drawing an automatic suspension for Wednesday's game, if it's not rescinded.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Griffin has already had three technical fouls rescinded this season and the NBA may call this one a "three strikes and you're out" situation. Griffin wasn't all that likely to play many minutes on Wednesday anyway, and given that there was no malicious intent to hurt Timofey Mozgov tonight, the league has a tough call to make.
Mason Plumlee goes for 16 & 9 in loss | 04/15/2014 11:33 PM
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Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots for 16 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He's made a name for himself over the past 30 games and should have another nice one on Wednesday, with or without the regular starters playing for Jason Kidd.
Kevin Garnett scoreless vs. Knicks | 04/15/2014 11:32 PM
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Kevin Garnett missed all four of his shots and failed to score in 15 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Even if the Nets are going to try to secure the No. 5 seed, playing KG any more regular season minutes seems pointless. Look for him to sit tomorrow.
Marcus Thornton scores 24 in loss to NY | 04/15/2014 11:31 PM
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Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Whether the Nets play the regulars or not on Wednesday, Thornton should get a lot of minutes and should have another nice game.
Joe Johnson scores 12 despite sore calf | 04/15/2014 11:29 PM
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Joe Johnson played through a sore calf on Tuesday and had 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists in 31 minutes, hitting just 3-of-9 shots.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Nets could fall to the No. 6 seed if they lose and the Wizards win on Wednesday, so we'll have to see if Jason Kidd goes after seeding or rest for his guys tomorrow. Our guess is the old guys will get a rest and the Nets will have the No. 6 seed, but it's just a guess.
Deron Williams scores 10 points in loss | 04/15/2014 11:26 PM
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Deron Williams played through a sore knee but had just 10 points, one assist and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Nets wanted to win this game, but may be ready to concede on Wednesday night in order to get their old guys some rest. If you own Deron Williams, watch for updates on Wednesday to find out if he's in or out the the lineup at Cleveland.
Paul Pierce scores 13 in loss to Knicks | 04/15/2014 11:24 PM
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Paul Pierce played through his shoulder injury and had 13 points and three rebounds in 21 minutes on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Nets needed to win this game and may be ready to give up on Wednesday's finale. Jason Kidd said after the game he doesn't care if he's the No. 5 or 6 seed, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Pierce get the night off. He was a game-time decision tonight, but he went for it.
Amare Stoudemire scores 14 in win | 04/15/2014 11:21 PM
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Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes on Tuesday and had 14 points, three rebounds and a block.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Mike Woodson left it up to Amare as to whether he played or not tonight, and he looked pretty good at times. It would be a little surprising to see Stoudemire play in Wednesday's finale, although it's still possible. Either way, look for Cole Aldrich, who had 13 & 13 tonight, to play well again tomorrow.
J.R. Smith scores 14 in Knicks win | 04/15/2014 11:20 PM
News
J.R. Smith played 23 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
This was not quite the line we were expecting from Smith with Carmelo Anthony in street clothes, but even though he didn't shoot it 30 times, he still managed to fill the stat sheet. And we fully expect him to do it again on Wednesday, assuming he plays.
Tim Hardaway Jr. leads Knicks with 16 points | 04/15/2014 11:18 PM
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Tim Hardaway Jr. hit 5-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers for 16 points, and no other relevant stats on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Knicks are going to likely rest the old guys on Wednesday, making Hardaway look like a solid option for the finale.
Cole Aldrich goes for 13 & 13 off bench | 04/15/2014 11:17 PM
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Cole Aldrich played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 4-of-6 shots for 13 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win over the Nets.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
This was basically the biggest game of Aldrich's non-storied career and simply suggests that he should have played more this season for the Knicks. With Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and possibly Tyson Chandler not likely to play on Wednesday, Aldrich should be in line for another nice night.
Timofey Mozgov to locker room w/ knee injury | 04/15/2014 10:58 PM
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Timofey Mozgov left Tuesday's game early with a right knee injury and went to the locker room.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Since this game means nothing to the Nuggets, it would be surprising to see Mozzy return to action.
Bucks sign F Chris Wright to multi-year deal | 04/15/2014 10:40 PM
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Bucks sign F Chris Wright to multi-year contract on Tuesday.
Andrew Gruman on Twitter

Impact
He must have made an impression in his two 10-day contracts to end the season, but he's nothing more than bench fodder for next season.
Josh Powell signed by Rockets | 04/15/2014 9:14 PM
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Big man Josh Powell passed his physical and was signed by the Rockets on Tuesday.
Mark Berman on Twitter

Impact
He'll give them a little depth in the playoffs, but that's about it.
Danny Granger could practice Wednesday | 04/15/2014 9:06 PM
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Danny Granger, who has been out with a hamstring injury, could practice for the Clippers on Thursday or Friday.
Madelyn Burke on Twitter

Impact
Doc Rivers is hoping to have him back for the playoffs and all indications are that he will be ready to play. He won't be a huge part of what the Clippers do, but could help them win some playoff games if he can get hot off the bench occasionally.
Redick, other Clips starters all in Tuesday | 04/15/2014 9:04 PM
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J.J. Redick will start along with the other Clippers regulars on Tuesday, but Doc Rivers says he won't play on Wednesday.
Madelyn Burke on Twitter

Impact
The Clippers want to win out and hope the Clippers lose again to get the No. 2 seed, but it's still a long shot. It sounds like all systems go for the Clippers tonight, so play them as you normally would. All bets are off for Wednesday, though.
Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) has torn labrum | 04/15/2014 6:44 PM
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Carmelo Anthony has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he will not require surgery.
Al Iannazzone on Twitter

Impact
Melo will be re-evaluated in one month and it's very interesting that an MRI revealed the tear only after he'd played in a number of games to help the Knicks' slim chances of making the playoffs. While his toughness is commendable, the Knicks' medical staff and management has some questions to answer about letting their star risk aggravating a serious injury. Carmelo is expected to enter free agency via his early-termination option, and once the playoffs end he'll be the focus of this summer's FA frenzy.
Amare Stoudemire will start Tuesday's game | 04/15/2014 6:39 PM
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Amare Stoudemire will start at PF vs. the Nets on Tuesday.
Steve Popper on Twitter

Impact
He was a game-time decision but coach Mike Woodson said Amare would determine his own status, so apparently he felt good enough to play. Whether he suits up again on Wednesday is less certain, as is his long-term future in the NBA -- Amare said on Tuesday that he'll consider leaving to play for his team in Israel after the 2014-15 season.
Joe Johnson (calf) will play vs. Knicks | 04/15/2014 6:32 PM
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Joe Johnson will play on Tuesday despite a minor calf injury.
Stefan Bondy on Twitter

Impact
Johnson isn't worth the $48 million he'll earn over the next two seasons, but he's averaging a solid 15.8 points, 2.1 threes, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists during an All-Star season in Brooklyn. Regardless of how he looks on Tuesday, fantasy owners should consider him a DNP risk in Wednesday's finale.
Deron Williams (knee) active Tuesday vs. NYK | 04/15/2014 6:29 PM
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Deron Williams (knee) will play vs. the Knicks on Tuesday.
Stefan Bondy on Twitter

Impact
D-Will has been dealing with tendinitis in his right knee and it wouldn't be surprising to see him rest during Wednesday's game, as the Nets aren't likely to take risks with their oft-injured PG.
Mo Williams may be rested on Wednesday | 04/15/2014 4:54 PM
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Mo Williams may be rested on Wednesday, as the Blazers gear up for their first-round matchup with the Rockets.
Mike Tokito on Twitter

Impact
Williams recently returned from a knee injury and a maintenance day makes perfect sense for the 11-year veteran. Williams has averaged 24.8 minutes off the bench this season, while no other reserve has averaged more than Dorell Wright's 14.5 minutes per game.
Blazers may rest LaMarcus Aldridge, Mo-Will | 04/15/2014 4:51 PM
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Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that he may rest LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams for Portland's season finale on Wednesday.
Mike Tokito on Twitter

Impact
We should learn Stotts' plan after shootaround on Wednesday, and some precautionary DNPs aren't unexpected since the Blazers cannot move up or down in the playoff standings. Even if they win on Wednesday while the fourth-place Rockets lose, the Rockets will retain home-court advantage because they own the tie-breaker over the Blazers.
Gerald Green will start Wednesday's finale | 04/15/2014 4:27 PM
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Gerald Green will start Wednesday's game in place of Goran Dragic (ankle).
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said that he'll use his typical starting lineup for Wednesday's season finale, minus Dragic, though his youngest players will enter the game "pretty early. Green revitalized his career in Phoenix, averaging 15.8 points and 2.5 threes per game, and he'll look to build on his success during the final year of his contract in 2014-15.
Goran Dragic (ankle) won't play on Wednesday | 04/15/2014 4:22 PM
News
Goran Dragic (ankle) will not play in the Suns' season finale on Wednesday.
Matt Petersen on Twitter

Impact
Dragic has been playing on an injured ankle for the past few games and he was a DNP candidate the moment the Suns were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday. He'll finish the season with numerous career-highs, averaging 20.3 points on 50.5 percent shooting, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals.
Amare Stoudemire may leave to play in Israel | 04/15/2014 4:20 PM
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Amare Stoudemire suggested that he might leave the NBA to play in Israel once his contract with the Knicks expires in 2015.
New York Post

Impact
Stoudemire is co-owner of Hopoel Jerusalem, a team which finished first in the Israeli league this summer. "We'll see,'' Stoudemire said. "You can't rule anything out. The future is unknown and so if I have an opportunity to [play in Israel] and am still in great health, it would be great." The very possibility of Amare heading to Israel will grab headlines but we won't read too much into this until the 2014-15 season begins winding down.
Pero Antic's ankle sore w/ playoff looming | 04/15/2014 4:16 PM
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Pero Antic said on Monday that his sore right ankle continues to bother him, but he will play through the discomfort in the postseason.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Impact
Antic had three points and three rebounds in 19 minutes on Monday and there's a good chance the Hawks will rest him for Wednesday's game, since they're already locked into the eighth seed in the East. To upset the top-seed Pacers, Atlanta will need Antic and Elton Brand to stay healthy and give them quality minutes at center.
David Lee feels good after back-to-back set | 04/15/2014 3:40 PM
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David Lee said that his hamstring felt better during Monday's game vs. the Wolves, during which he scored 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting.
Mercury News

Impact
It was the second half of a back-to-back set, which makes his performance even more encouraging as the Warriors prepare to play without Andrew Bogut (broken rib). Head coach Mark Jackson said that he'll deploy a frontcourt of Lee and Draymond Green as needed, since Jermaine O'Neal can't play huge minutes, Festus Ezeli (knee) is still recovering, and Marreese Speights isn't much of a rim protector anyway.
Lance Stephenson (rest) won't play vs. Magic | 04/15/2014 3:08 PM
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Lance Stephenson (rest) will not play vs. the Magic on Wednesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Stephenson is fresh off Sunday's triple-double, during which he played with uncommon energy, so perhaps coach Frank Vogel's prescribed rest is doing the trick. Fantasy owners should note that despite Stephenson's occasional triple-doubles and impressive rebounding totals, his limited defensive stats (0.7 steals), poor FT percentage (71.1 percent) and high turnovers (2.7 per game) conspired to make him a 10th-round value in nine-cat leagues this season. He fares better in eight-cat and head-to-head formats.
Arnett Moultrie back after 5-game suspension | 04/15/2014 2:57 PM
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Arnett Moultrie has rejoined the 76ers after serving a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, and he called the suspension his "wake-up call."
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Moultrie was recovering from ankle surgery to start the season, but he gained weight during his rehab and wasn't in playing condition upon his return. Sixers coach Brett Brown resisted playing him and Moultrie even spent some time in the D-League prior to his suspension, so his season couldn't have gone much worse. Brown summed up the situation, saying, "If Arnett takes things extremely serious, if Arnett understands what it really, really takes to cultivate his obvious skills, then, yes, he can [make it in the league]."
Luigi Datome shooting 18.4 percent from deep | 04/15/2014 2:50 PM
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Pistons forward Luigi Datome said that his 18.4 percent shooting from downtown is partly due to his limited role off the bench.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
Datome was considered a lights-out shooter in Europe but he's struggled to adapt to the NBA. "My percentage is terrible," he said. "It's not easy to sit for five, six games and then play maybe five minutes of garbage time." The 26-year-old will earn $1.8 million in the final year of his contract next season, and he should go undrafted in fantasy leagues.
Evan Turner to start again on Wednesday | 04/15/2014 2:41 PM
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Evan Turner will get another start vs. Orlando on Wednesday with the Pacers resting three of their five starters.
Scott Agness on Twitter

Impact
Turner led Indy with 23 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and nine assists when he started last Wednesday, so he stands out as a plug-and-play option in the Pacers' season finale. He will return to his usual reserve role in the postseason.
C.J. Watson out Wednesday as a precaution | 04/15/2014 2:38 PM
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C.J. Watson, who scored 20 points in Sunday's victory, will be rested as a precaution on Wednesday.
Scott Agness on Twitter

Impact
Watson recently returned from a hamstring injury, as well as an elbow injury that has plagued him for years, so it makes sense for Indiana to play it safe. Watson has the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio on the Pacers, behind Evan Turner, Donald Sloan and George Hill, so his presence is critical given that Indiana ranks 28th in assists per game.
David West will be rested again Wednesday | 04/15/2014 2:33 PM
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David West (rest) will not play in Wednesday's road game vs. the Magic, and Luis Scola will take his spot in the starting lineup.
Scott Agness on Twitter

Impact
The Pacers have a 35-6 record at home this season but they're just 20-20 on the road, so they're fortunate to have home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. West will be rested and ready for Indiana's first round matchup with the Hawks.
Paul George, West, Stephenson out Wednesday | 04/15/2014 2:30 PM
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Paul George, David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson will all rest during Wednesday's season finale vs. the Magic.
Scott Agness on Twitter

Impact
With the first seed in the East locked up, the Pacers are just trying to give their key players some rest while hoping to reclaim the elusive chemistry that abandoned them after the All-Star break. After shooting a mere 37.2 percent from the field in March, George is still stuck at 40.2 percent in April.
George Hill will play vs. Magic on Wednesday | 04/15/2014 2:27 PM
News
The Pacers will not rest George Hill on Wednesday, though he may not play the entire game.
Scott Agness on Twitter

Impact
Hill is averaging 3.5 assists this season, which have created an average of 11.8 points per 48 minutes for the Pacers. That ranks him 112th among qualifying players, sandwiched between Evan Turner and Marc Gasol. It's a paltry mark for a starting point guard, though in fairness the Pacers' offense doesn't give him many opportunities.
Roy Hibbert will play first half on Wednesday | 04/15/2014 2:21 PM
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Roy Hibbert will play vs. the Magic on Wednesday but he may sit out the second half.
Scott Agness on Twitter

Impact
The Pacers may simply to trying to get Hibbert some traction before the playoffs. He's been dreadful over the past five games with a True Shooting percentage of just 29.2 percent, and a -12.6 net rating per 100 possessions.
Kemba Walker says his groin feels good | 04/15/2014 1:46 PM
News
Kemba Walker, who hit just 1-of-9 shots on Monday, said on Tuesday that his groin feels good.
Rick Bonnell on Twitter

Impact
Consider the injury to be behind him as the Bobcats prepare for Round 1 of the playoffs, where they'll likely face the Heat.
Mike Conley suffers hamstring injury Monday | 04/15/2014 1:25 PM
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Mike Conley suffered a right hamstring injury in Monday night's big win over the Suns, but was able to play through it.
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Impact
He was hobbling toward the end of the game, but still played effectively, finishing with 14 points and seven assists. Conley said after the game that he didn't think the injury would keep him from playing on Wednesday against Dallas, but owners will want to check back just to make sure he's good to go in the finale.
Luol Deng wins community service award | 04/15/2014 1:13 PM
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Luol Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, presented by Pro Basketball Writers Association to honor community service.
Plain Dealer on Twitter

Impact
Deng's had an interesting season, being traded from Chicago to Cleveland and then struggling upon his arrival to the Cavs. The award will help make him feel better about what went down, but the fact he's not with the Bulls getting ready for the playoffs is still probably a tough pill for him to swallow.
Spurs Big 3 could all play Wednesday | 04/15/2014 11:35 AM
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Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all played on Monday, and all three could play in Wednesday's finale as part of Gregg Popovich's "controlled rest" plan.
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"You can't just sit for a week and then wait for Sunday and expect to be ready," Ginobili said. "We need to play, go up and down and feel good about ourselves." While their minutes and production might not be through the roof, it does sound like there's a decent chance most of the Spurs will be in action in a meaningless final game against the Lakers.
Amare Stoudemire a game-time call vs. Nets | 04/15/2014 11:19 AM
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Amare Stoudemire joins the list of game-time decisions for Tuesday, as coach Mike Woodson says it's up to Amare as to whether or not he plays.
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And given that we all now know that if Stoudemire sits out, it's because he didn't want to play, we're guessing he'll suit up for at least a few minutes. But again, it's up to him.
Woodson: Melo 'probably won't play' Tuesday | 04/15/2014 11:15 AM
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Mike Woodson said on Tuesday morning that Carmelo Anthony "probably won't" play against the Nets, and that he will likely shut him down for Wednesday, as well.
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TNT is getting a dog of a game, as Amare Stoudemire is a game-time decision, while the Nets will be without Shaun Livingston, Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson, and also list Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson as game-time calls. It would take a small miracle to see Melo in uniform at this point, as he deals with a lost season, a sore shoulder and pending free agency.
Deron Williams a game-time call | 04/15/2014 10:56 AM
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Deron Williams (right knee) is listed as a game-time decision on Tuesday.
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If he's out due to playoff-prep rest, Marquis Teague would get the start at point guard.
Joe Johnson a game-time decison | 04/15/2014 10:55 AM
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Joe Johnson (calf) is a game-time decision for Tuesday.
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He could be out in order to rest for the playoffs and it looks like Marcus Thornton is going to see a lot of minutes tonight.
Pierce, Johnson, Williams all GTD for Nets | 04/15/2014 10:52 AM
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Paul Pierce (shoulder), Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all listed as game-time decisions for the Nets on Tuesday.
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It's anyone's guess as to who might play for either the Nets or Knicks tonight, but guys like Marquis Teague, Marcus Thornton and Mason Plumlee are good bets for success.
Mirza Teletovic out for personal reasons | 04/15/2014 10:48 AM
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Mirza Teltovic will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks for personal reasons.
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Alan Anderson and Shaun Livingston are also out, while Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all listed as game-time decisions. Carmelo Anthony is not expected to play for the Knicks, and this game is setting up to be a bit of a no-name circus. Marcus Thornton, Marquis Teague and Mason Plumlee could all have big games tonight.
Alan Anderson ruled out for Tuesday | 04/15/2014 10:39 AM
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Alan Anderson will miss another game on Tuesday due to his abdominal injury.
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He has now missed three in a row, but we're still guessing he'll be ready to go when the playoffs start.
Shaun Livingston ruled out for Tuesday | 04/15/2014 10:36 AM
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Shaun Livingston will not play again on Tuesday, as he continues to deal with an injured big toe.
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Livingston has now missed four straight games, but as long as the toe's not broken, you have to think he'll be ready for the playoffs. Marcus Thornton should once again see big minutes in his absence.
Carmelo Anthony misses shootaround | 04/15/2014 10:31 AM
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Carmelo Anthony missed shootaround on Tuesday in order to have his right shoulder re-examined.
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While he hasn't officially been ruled out for tonight's game against the Nets on TNT, it would be fairly shocking to see him play. J.R. Smith might take 50 shots tonight, while it's possible Melo has played his last game for the New York Knicks.
Bogut could puncture lung by playing | 04/15/2014 10:16 AM
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Andrew Bogut is likely out for the playoffs due to a broken rib on his right side.
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The broken rib is close to his lung and he could risk puncturing his right lung by playing. And since it generally takes a broken rib about six weeks to heal, Bogut sounds extremely doubtful to play again this season. It's a tough blow for the Dubs, and means Jermaine O'Neal and Marreese Speights are going to see a lot of minutes in the postseason.
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Francisco Garcia returned to action on Monday April 14.
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Matt Bonner returned to action on Monday April 14.
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Tim Duncan returned to action on Monday April 14.
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Curry, Warriors lock up No. 6 seed with win | 04/15/2014 2:01 AM
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Stephen Curry was his normal dynamic self in the Warriors' 130-120 win over the Wolves on Monday, scoring 32 points on 10-of-21 shooting (including seven threes) with five rebounds, 15 assists and three steals as the Dubs clinched the No. 6 seed in the West.
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The Warriors have nothing to play for on Wednesday and Curry is certainly a candidate for a game off, but we won't know for sure until the team makes an announcement. He has locked up the No. 2 ranking in 8-cat leagues and is in a virtual dead heat with LeBron James for the No. 2 ranking in 9-cat formats. Tonight he made more shots that would be career-moments for other players, but in Steph's world they'll go down as just another Monday.
Thompson scores 20 points on Monday | 04/15/2014 1:56 AM
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Klay Thompson hit just 7-of-20 shots (2-of-12 3PTs) for 20 points, five rebounds and one block in Monday's win over the Wolves.
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Thompson doesn't miss games and it's possible the Warriors might want to let him get his groove back on Wednesday, but it's sitting time for the Dubs' main cogs and we're putting him on the injury report until we know he will play.
Speights could play big minutes in finale | 04/15/2014 1:54 AM
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Marreese Speights scored nine points on 4-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds and one block in 16 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Wolves.
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Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely and Jermaine O'Neal (10 points, four boards, one steal) is a candidate to be held out of Wednesday's game. That makes Speights a likely target to carry the load down low, and he has a history of big games when he's allowed to shoot at will. Hilton Armstrong could also take over O'Neal's lower-minute role.
Barnes could be asked to carry load on Wed | 04/15/2014 1:52 AM
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Harrison Barnes scored six points on 3-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's win over the Wolves.
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Barnes doesn't have any nagging injuries that we're aware of and Mark Jackson will rest a lot of key guys on Wednesday, and it will also be a good time for the Warriors to try and get the disappointing sophomore ready for the playoffs. Tonight's line wasn't half bad, and he's worth a speculative, lower-end play on a busy 15-game night on Wednesday.
Lee posts 25 and nine; may sit out on Wed | 04/15/2014 1:50 AM
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David Lee scored 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds and two steals over 28 minutes on Monday against the Wolves.
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Lee reached for his hamstring at one point but it didn't seem to affect his play, but now that the Warriors have clinched their seeding Mark Jackson has already indicated that a lot of guys will rest. Lee will be at the top of that list, making him doubtful for Wednesday's game pending an update.
Draymond goes for 20 & 12 with big line | 04/15/2014 1:48 AM
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Draymond Green scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with 12 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks in Monday's win over the Wolves.
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Green was everywhere and though the Warriors are talking about resting guys on Wednesday, he will probably be the last core player to get time off. He should be owned in all formats unless he's declared out between now and then.
Crawford could see a bump in minutes on Wed | 04/15/2014 1:46 AM
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Jordan Crawford scored just three points in seven minutes on Monday, but could see a bump in minutes now that the Warriors have clinched the No. 6 spot in the West.
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Mark Jackson said that a lot of guys could rest on Wednesday and Crawford fits the description of a season finale special. He comes with no guarantees, but he fits the profile of a high-upside guy that owners may want to reach for. Steve Blake could also get some extra run, though at his age the Dubs may decide not to run him quite as hard.
Love posts 40-14-9 line in loss to Warriors | 04/15/2014 1:42 AM
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Kevin Love scored 40 points on 11-of-24 shooting (5-of-9 from deep, 13-of-16 from the line) with 14 rebounds, nine assists, and six turnovers in Monday's loss to the Warriors.
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Love is probably going to finish as the No. 4 fantasy play in both 8- and 9-cat formats, giving his owners a win based on ADP from draft season. He has also managed to stay on the court down the stretch, which is a nice change of pace from years' past. Ricky Rubio went for 15 and eight with seven turnovers and a steal, Kevin Martin scored 14 points with two threes, and Gorgui Dieng double-doubled with 14 points, 11 boards, one steal and two blocks in the loss.
Brewer scores 22 points with five assists | 04/15/2014 1:39 AM
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Corey Brewer decided his run wasn't over in Monday's loss to the Warriors, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 41 minutes.
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Brewer's favorable schedule and big games have made him a nice pickup over the last week or two, and there's no reason the Wolves won't run him hard on Wednesday. If his stat set fits your needs, he's a solid pickup.
Dragic guts it out; PHO knocked from playoffs | 04/15/2014 1:35 AM
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Goran Dragic (ankle) played in the Suns' 97-91 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, four assists and five steals in 37 minutes.
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We're going to put Dragic on the injury report after the Suns were knocked out of the playoffs with the loss, as he's on the shortlist of NBA players most deserving of an early rest. Eric Bledsoe added 13 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals and a three, and the loss closes the book on one of the league's better stories of the season. Everybody thought the Suns were going to be tank, but instead they improved the franchise at every level. Now it's on Robert Sarver not to mess it up.
Morris' 21 points not enough in loss to MEM | 04/15/2014 1:31 AM
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Markieff Morris hit 10-of-16 shots for 21 points, two rebounds, one steal and three blocks in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.
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Fellow Most Improved Player candidate Gerald Green fizzled out with seven points on 2-of-4 shooting, but the duo exceeded expectations in both fantasy and reality. Factor in Jeff Hornacek's expected high finish in Coach of the Year voting and there will be plenty of awards season buzz for Phoenix.
Z-Bo's 32 points lead the way; Grizz clinch | 04/15/2014 1:27 AM
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Zach Randolph scored 32 points on 15-of-25 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal in Monday's playoff-clinching win over the Suns.
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Randolph forced the Grizzlies into the playoffs by both gritting and grinding in a back-and-forth thriller. Marc Gasol added 18 points with eight boards and three assists, and Mike Conley hit a huge three to finish with 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a three in the win. The Grizzlies now face the Mavs on Wednesday to decide which team gets the No. 7 seed.
Miller scores 21 points with five threes | 04/15/2014 1:23 AM
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Mike Miller scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including five threes) in 30 minutes off the bench on Monday.
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Miller is well worth a look for his 3-point shooting as the Grizzlies and Mavs will face off on Wednesday in a meaningful game.
Wesley Johnson fills stat sheet in win | 04/15/2014 12:04 AM
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Wesley Johnson filled the stat sheet in Monday's 119-104 win over the Jazz, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, five steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
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This is a huge game for fantasy purposes thanks to the steals, blocks and triples. As it turns out, Johnson actually raised his season averages to 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 triples in 78 games. He and Paul Millsap are the only two players to hold averages of 1.0 or greater in all three of those aforementioned categories, which has helped make Johnson a decent asset for several stretches this season.
Jordan Hill scores 21 points vs. the Jazz | 04/14/2014 11:58 PM
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Jordan Hill had easy buckets all night against the Jazz on Monday, finishing with 21 points, six boards and one block in 24 minutes.
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The Jazz have been torched by big men all season and Hill kept his momentum going. In his last five, he averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks on 58.7 percent from the field. He'll be a must-start player against the Spurs on Wednesday.
Nick Young scores season-high 41 points @ UTA | 04/14/2014 11:56 PM
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Nick Young got hot against the Jazz on Monday for a season-high 41 points with three boards, three assists and six 3-pointers on 14-of-23 shooting.
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In a post-game interview with sideline reporter Mike Trudell, Young said he knew his career-high was 43 and he wanted to break it tonight, which is obviously the least surprising news of the day. He's had an interesting season for a several reasons: Swaggy said he didn't want to get an MRI on his knee because he'd be worried about the results, his Nike Air Yeezys were stolen and he's referred to himself in the third person more times than we care to count. If one thing's for sure, he's certainly not boring.
Gordon Hayward scores 21 points in loss | 04/14/2014 11:48 PM
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Gordon Hayward scored 21 points with six boards, four assists and one 3-pointer against the Lakers during Monday's 119-104 loss.
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The Jazz were able to score the ball a bit, but their defense continues to hurt them. They will finish this season with the worst record in the Western Conference and have a decision to make on free-agent Hayward. His 41.3 percent from the field is a weakness, but it's hard to be too tough on him considering the lack of help around him on the perimeter.
Tyreke explodes for 41-9-8 in win over OKC | 04/14/2014 11:47 PM
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Tyreke Evans scored a career-high 41 points on 14-of-26 shooting (1-of-7 3PTs, 12-of-16 FTs) with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Pelicans' 101-89 win over the Thunder.
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Aside from Russell Westbrook's absence the Thunder wanted this win, too, and along with the fact that the Pelicans were playing a bunch of journeyman and second round draft picks this is relatively stunning. It's not surprising, though, especially with Monty Williams being forced to provide Evans with the shooters he needs on the wings to make this type of line possible. Evans has returned top 45-95 value over the last 15 games, with a nasty 3.5 turnovers per game mark holding him down.
Alec Burks shoots the ball well in start | 04/14/2014 11:43 PM
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Alec Burks scored an efficient 22 points on 8-of-10 from the field on Monday vs. the Lakers during a 119-104 loss, adding three boards, two assists and two 3-pointers.
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It was his 11th start of the season and tonight was a nice improvement from his previous 10 starts, which led to averages of 13.7 points, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 triples. Burks has added some diversity to his game both in reality and on the stat sheet, but he's never really going to be a go-to scorer in the NBA on a consistent basis.
MIller scores 10 points w/ well-stocked line | 04/14/2014 11:43 PM
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Darius Miller scored 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds, five assists and four steals over 37 minutes in Monday's win over the Thunder.
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Miller has been well-worth starting over the last week with averages of 12.0 points, 1.3 treys, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals while hitting 45 percent of his shots in his last four contests. There is no body of work for owners to hang their hats on, and Austin Rivers' early ejections helped create some touches, but Miller is worth fantasy consideration in all formats for Wednesday.
Enes Kanter goes for 19 and 12 in loss | 04/14/2014 11:40 PM
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Enes Kanter made 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points vs. the Lakers on Monday to go with 12 boards, two assists, one block and one steal in 37 minutes.
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He's been great on the glass with double-digit boards in each of his last five games -- all losses. During that span, Kanter averaged 15.8 points, 14.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 steals on 49.2 percent from the field. The blocks have also been a nice surprise since he's at just 0.5 per game on the season, so his fantasy owners have to be pleased with his finish.
Withey blocks four shots in Monday's win | 04/14/2014 11:38 PM
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Jeff Withey blocked four shots in Monday's win, and also chipped in with eight points and six boards in 33 minutes.
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Withey should get big minutes in Wednesay's finale and is worth a look if you're hunting boards and blocks. Alexis Ajinca (19 minutes, 10 points, four boards, five fouls) is also worth a look in that regard to a lesser extent.
Terrence Jones drops 20 and 11 in win | 04/14/2014 11:32 PM
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Terrence Jones looked great against the Spurs during a big 104-98 win on Monday, posting a line of 20 points, 11 boards, one assist, two steals and one turnover on 7-of-12 from the field.
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He was in a mini slump with only 10.3 points per game in his previous three, but he had great looks in his 40 minutes, which was his highest since Jan. 16. Jones has broken out this season and being able to get to the basket has been a huge reason why. He looks like he's for real and will likely be a player to target in fantasy drafts next season.
Babbitt hits three treys against the Thunder | 04/14/2014 11:30 PM
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Luke Babbitt hit three 3-pointers in Monday's win, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes.
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Despite logging 32 minutes off the bench, Anthony Morrow (seven points, 3-of-10 FGs, one three, four boards, one block) couldn't keep pace with his fellow sharpshooter, and the duo will both be in the mix for 3-pointers, scoring and a smattering of other stats in Wednesday's finale.
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