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Al Jefferson, C, CHA4/23/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) returned to Wednesday's game against the Heat in the second quarter.
Insight: Jefferson had a pain-killing injection prior to the game for his plantar fascia injury but had to go to the locker room with two minutes left in the first quarter. Coach Steve Clifford told Rachel Nichols of Turner Sports during a sideline interview that Jefferson said he felt his foot tear a little more, but the center will attempt to play through the pain.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA4/23/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) started Wednesday's game against the Heat but went to the locker room with two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Insight: Jefferson is dealing with a plantar fascia injury and was a game-time decision. He had a pain-killing injection prior to the game so it's not a good sign that he already had to exit.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA4/23/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) participated in pre-game warmups and is expected to play Wednesday in Game 2 against the Heat. SOURCE: Michael Wallace, ESPN
Insight: He's been assured that playing on his strained plantar fascia won't make the injury worse, though it's still going to be very painful. The Bobcats will try to avoid a 2-0 deficit against Miami.
Mario Chalmers, G, MIA4/23/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) will play in Game 2 against the Bobcats on Wednesday, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report.
Insight: Chalmers had seven points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one three in 25 minutes in Miami's Game 1 win.
Mario Chalmers, G, MIA4/23/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers went through the team's walkthrough on Wednesday but remains a game-time decision tonight against Charlotte. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: The reality is, Miami doesn't need Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) to beat the seventh-seeded Bobcats. It might ultimately benefit the team more to have him healthy for the next round when the Heat are likely to face a much tougher opponent. Norris Cole would fill in at point guard if Chalmers sits this one out.
Jeremy Lin, G, HOU4/23/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin has gotten over his illness and should be available to play Wednesday versus Portland. SOURCE: Rockets on Twitter
Insight: He sat out practice yesterday because of flu-like symptoms. Lin averaged 28.9 mpg during the regular season and barring a setback, he should see about that much time in Game 2.
Goran Dragic, G, PHO4/23/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Congratulations to Suns guard Goran Dragic, who was just named the NBA's Most Improved Player for 2013-14.
Insight: Lance Stephenson (second) and Anthony Davis (third) would have been fine choices also but Dragic was probably the most deserving of the three. He took a Phoenix squad that was supposed to be one of league's worst and almost made it a playoff team (finished one game behind Dallas for eighth in the Western Conference). Dragic (20.3 ppg, 5.9 apg) will be on everyone's radar next season.
Taj Gibson, PF/C, CHIHot4/23/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Chicago PF/C Taj Gibson recorded his fourth career postseason double-double Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: He finished with 22 points, ten boards and three blocked shots. Despite Gibson's efforts, the Bulls are down 0-2 and will have to win the next couple on the road to have any chance of coming back in this series.
Joakim Noah, C, CHI4/23/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah collected 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to Washington.
Insight: Unfortunately, he also committed five turnovers. Every game is a must-win now for Chicago. The Bulls trail the Wizards two games to none heading into Friday night's Game 3.
Paul George, G/F, IND4/23/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Paul George led Indiana with a game-high 27 points Tuesday in a win over Atlanta.
Insight: George's stat line was almost identical to the one he posted in Game 1 (24 points, ten rebounds, five assists). The only difference was the Pacers won this game by 16 after losing the opener by eight. Paul, a 36.4 percent three-point shooter during the regular season, has made 8-of-15 from that distance in his first two playoff games (53.3 percent).
DeMar DeRozan, G/F, TOR4/22/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Toronto G/F DeMar DeRozan looked much better in Tuesday night's win over the Nets.
Insight: DeRozan couldn't get much going in Game 1 (14 points on 3-of-13 shooting) but Game 2 was a completely different story. He ended up with 30 points in 38 minutes of court time. He shot 12-of-14 from the free throw line and is now 20-of-22 from that distance in this series (90.9 percent). Game 3 will be played Friday in Brooklyn.
Jonas Valanciunas, C, TORHot4/22/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: The Raptors turned things around Tuesday in Game 2 and a lot of the credit goes to second-year big man Jonas Valanciunas (15 points, 14 rebounds).
Insight: He's had a monster series, averaging 16 ppg and 16 rpg on 54.5 percent shooting. We'll see if Valanciunas has any magic left for Friday night's Game 3 in Brooklyn.
Isaiah Thomas, G, SAC4/22/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Sacramento will extend a qualifying offer to point guard Isaiah Thomas this offseason. SOURCE: Jonathan Santiago, Cowbell Kingdom
Insight: That means that he'll be a restricted free agent and the team can match any offer he receives from another team. After the season Thomas (20.3 ppg, 6.3 apg) had in 2013-14, the Kings would have been crazy to let him walk.
Jeremy Lin, G, HOU4/22/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard Jeremy Lin sat out practice Tuesday because of an illness. SOURCE: Rockets.com
Insight: It's unknown if he'll play Wednesday against Portland. Lin contributed 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Sunday night's playoff opener.
Mario Chalmers, G, MIA4/22/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers is questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 versus Charlotte. SOURCE: Miami Herald
Insight: He was limited in practice Tuesday because of a bruised knee. If Chalmers can't go, Norris Cole (6.4 ppg, 3.0 apg) would start at point guard for the Heat.
Paul George, G/F, IND4/22/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Indiana forward Paul George (bruised left quadriceps) is probable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: George was forced to the sidelines for part of Game 1, but did return to post 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. He didn't shoot well (6-for-18), but he's an across-the-board contributor and a must start.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA4/21/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson says he'll be active for Wednesday's Game 2 against Miami. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: He's been assured that playing on his strained plantar fascia won't make the injury worse, though it's still going to be very painful. Big Al logged 35 minutes in the opener on Sunday and will probably see a similar workload in Game 2.
Chris Paul, G, LAC4/21/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Chris Paul may not be 100 percent for Monday night's game against the Warriors. SOURCE: Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com
Insight: He's been getting treatment for a strained right hamstring. Paul contributed 28 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals Saturday in the series opener.
Joakim Noah, C, CHI4/21/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah is your 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. SOURCE: Bulls on Twitter
Insight: He received 100 of 125 first place votes. Noah had a tremendous season, setting new career-highs in points (12.6 ppg), rebounds (11.3 rpg), assists (5.4 apg) and steals (1.2 spg). Don't be surprised if he gets a few MVP votes.
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL4/21/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee) has been cleared to run and shoot.
Insight: Bryant will begin a six-month program and should be ready for 2014-15. Whether we will ever see the "old" Bryant again is a question for later in his recovery. He averaged 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.3 apg for the six games he played this season.
Kevin Durant, F, OKC4/21/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Like everyone else of late, Memphis had no answer for Thunder small forward Kevin Durant in Game 1 of the series.
Insight: Durant put up 33 points on 13-of-25 shooting along with eight rebounds and seven assists. He averaged 30.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.0 apg during four regular season games in 2014.
J.J. Redick, G, LAC4/21/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick was solid in the series opener, shooting 8-for-11, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, for 22 points.
Insight: Redick played 30 minutes which indicates he's healthy after missing a lot of time with a bad back. Solid outside shooting from Redick and Chris Paul would make life a lot easier for Blake Griffin on the inside.
Stephen Curry, G, GSW4/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry didn't play up to expectation in Game 1 against the Clippers, posting just 14 points and seven assists.
Insight: Yet the Warriors still won the game which is a good sign for Golden State. Curry took 16 shots in Game 1, but didn't get to the free throw line at all. He set career highs with 24 points and 8.5 assists per game this season and added 3.3 threes, 1.6 steals and an .885 free-throw percentage.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC4/21/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin should rebound after an ugly game against Golden State in the series opener.
Insight: Griffin could only stay on the floor for 19 minutes due to foul trouble and managed just 16 points and three rebounds. He had his best season in 2013-14, posting 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Expect him to stay away from foul trouble and return to form.
Tayshaun Prince, F, MEM4/21/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Memphis small forward Tayshaun Prince (illness) is probable for Game 2 of Western Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Prince (6.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg) practiced on Sunday and is expected to play on Monday, but has little fantasy value.
Marcin Gortat, C, WAS4/20/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Wizards center Marcin Gortat collected 15 points and 13 rebounds Sunday in a win over Chicago.
Insight: It's Gortat's second career postseason double-double. He's averaged 13.5 ppg on 59 percent shooting in four contests against the Bulls this season.
Nene , PF/C, WAS4/20/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Washington forward Nene put up 24 points before fouling out Sunday against the Bulls.
Insight: He was the game's high scorer. Today marked the Wizards' first playoff victory since April 30, 2008. Washington will have a chance to go up 2-0 Tuesday night in the Windy City.
Tim Duncan, F/C, SAN4/20/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Spurs PF/C Tim Duncan said Sunday that he only has "a couple more" playoff runs in him. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: The implication is that Duncan won't retire at the end of this season as many have speculated. Duncan's 4,641 career points in the postseason put him sixth all-time behind Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone. Those six players have combined for 25 NBA titles.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA4/20/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Updating an earlier story, Bobcats center Al Jefferson left the arena Sunday wearing a walking boot on his left foot. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Jefferson said he heard a "pop," which is never good. He's officially been diagnosed with a strained plantar fascia and it's 50/50 whether he suits up for Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Mario Chalmers, G, MIA4/20/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers bruised his shin Sunday in a Game 1 win over Charlotte. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Chalmers left the game briefly in the first half but returned to score seven points in 25 minutes of action. He should be fine for Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA4/20/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson strained his left plantar fascia Sunday in a Game 1 loss to Miami. SOURCE: Bobcats on PR
Insight: He played through the injury and finished with 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Bobcats are going to have their work cut out for them if Jefferson is hobbled throughout this first round series.
Kemba Walker, G, CHA4/20/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker had an eventful afternoon Sunday against the Heat.
Insight: In his first ever playoff game, Walker finished with 20 points, five rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes. Unfortunately, he shot a dismal 6-of-15 from the floor (40 percent) while committing six turnovers. The Bobcats, now in their 11th year in existence, have still never won a playoff game (0-5 all-time).
Dirk Nowitzki, F, DALCold4/20/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had an awful game Sunday versus San Antonio.
Insight: Dirk (11 points, eight rebounds) made just four of his 14 field goal attempts and was invisible when the Mavs needed him most in the fourth quarter (0-for-4, two fouls, one turnover in the final six minutes of regulation). The Spurs have given him trouble all season as the seven-footer is averaging just 17 ppg in five games against them in 2013-14 (season average is 21.7 ppg).
Tim Duncan, F/C, SAN4/20/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Tim Duncan delivered a sensational effort Sunday in a Game 1 victory over Dallas.
Insight: Nine of Duncan's game-high 27 points came in the fourth quarter as the Spurs quickly erased a ten-point deficit to win by five. The veteran has averaged 20.2 ppg against the Mavericks this season (five games).
DeMar DeRozan, G/F, TOR4/19/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan couldn't find his shot and went 3-for-13, including 0-for-4 from beyond the arc, in Game 1 versus Brooklyn.
Insight: DeRozan will have to produce as he did in the regular season (22.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg) if Toronto is to do anything in the series.
Jonas Valanciunas, C, TORHot4/19/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas did his best to keep Toronto in Game 1 of the series with Brooklyn, grabbing 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points, two assists and a pair of blocks.
Insight: The 18 rebounds was a team record for the postseason. He averaged 11.3 ppg and 8.8 rpg during the regular season, so Game 1 was a huge step up.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK4/19/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Nets G/F Joe Johnson was certainly ready for the start of the playoffs, putting up 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting with eight rebounds, four assists and a couple of steals.
Insight: He played close to 45 minutes which likely isn't sustainable if the Nets get past the first series, but we like his production.
Danny Granger, SF, LAC4/19/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Danny Granger is probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Golden State.
Insight: He hasn't played since Mar 27 due to a strained hamstring. once a 20 ppg scorrt, Granger has no fantasy value these days averaging 16 mpg and 8.0 ppg in 12 contests with the Clippers.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC4/19/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin did not play in the regular season finale Wednesday after picking up his 16th technical foul Tuesday, but will be ready for Game 1 of the series with Golden State.
Insight: Griffin has had his best season in 2013-14, posting 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He averaged 26 ppg in his final 55 contests.
Alan Anderson, F, BRK4/19/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Nets have SF Alan Anderson is questionable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: He's dealing with a sore abdominal muscle and missed four consecutive games to end the season. Anderson (7.2 ppg) should be ready to go for the playoffs but has little fantasy value.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK4/19/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Nets G/F Joe Johnson sat out Wednesday versus the Cavaliers, but he'll be ready for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: He was officially listed as having a calf injury though we know Jason Kidd was just resting his starter. Johnson finished the regular season averaging 15.8 ppg, 2.7 apg and 3.4 rpg in 79 appearances.
Shaun Livingston, G, BRK4/19/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Brooklyn guard Shaun Livingston practiced on Friday and is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: He sat out the final five games of the regular season with a big toe injury to be ready for this game. He's not a great scorer, but is a solid low-end contributor (8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg).
Landry Fields, G, TOR4/19/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Raptors swingman Landry Fields (illness) is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Brooklyn.
Insight: Fields is a non-factor in fantasy who is averaging just 11 minutes per game in the 30 contests he participated in.
Amir Johnson, F, TOR4/19/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Raptors power forward Amir Johnson (right ankle sprain) is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Brooklyn.
Insight: Johnson (10.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) will have a tough defensive assignment - Paul Pierce. Patrick Patterson will go back to a reserve role.
Nick Calathes, G, MEM4/18/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes has been handed a 20-game suspension effective immediately for violating the league's drug policy. SOURCE: Sam Amick, USA Today
Insight: He tested positive for Tamoxifen, a drug commonly associated with steroid use. Unless the Grizzlies make it to the finals, we won't be seeing Calathes (4.9 ppg) during this year's postseason.
Andrew Bynum, C, IND4/17/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Pacers center Andrew Bynum won't play in the first round against Atlanta. SOURCE: Scott Agness, Pacers.com
Insight: Fluid buildup in Bynum's knee has kept him out since March 15th. It would be very surprising to see Bynum (8.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg) play at any point during Indiana's postseason run.
Michael Beasley, F, MIA4/16/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Michael Beasley had to leave Wednesday's game against the Sixers after spraining his ankle. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: Beasley notched eight points on 3-of-4 shooting before exiting. Consider him questionable for Miami's playoff opener against Charlotte.
Jordan Hill, PF, LALHot4/16/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill finished the season in style, scoring 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting Wednesday in a win over San Antonio.
Insight: He also contributed 14 rebounds in his 28 minutes of action. It's Hill's 15th double-double of the season and his third in the last four games.
DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC4/16/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will play Wednesday against Portland but not for very long. SOURCE: Arash Markazi, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: He's just trying to keep his games played streak alive. Ryan Hollins (2.3 ppg) and Big Baby Davis (9.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) should see most of the playing time at center Wednesday in the regular season finale.
Ty Lawson, G, DEN4/16/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Ty Lawson won't compete Wednesday in Denver's regular season finale versus Golden State. SOURCE: Chris Dempsey, Denver Post
Insight: He's missed five games in a row with a sprained ankle. Aaron Brooks (9.0 ppg) will continue to start in Lawson's place.
Isaiah Thomas, G, SAC4/16/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas is active for Wednesday's regular season finale against Phoenix. SOURCE: James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom
Insight: It's his second game back from a quad injury. He's one of three Kings averaging over 20 ppg this season (DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay).
Rudy Gay, F, SAC4/16/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Kings forward Rudy Gay is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Phoenix. SOURCE: James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom
Insight: He's been in and out of the lineup with back issues. If Gay scores nine points on Wednesday, it will be the second time in his career he's averaged at least 20 ppg.
Mo Williams, PG, POR4/16/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Blazers guard Mo Williams won't be available Wednesday against L.A. SOURCE: Casey Holdahl, Blazers.com
Insight: Williams and LaMarcus Aldridge are both getting some rest with the playoffs just four days away. He'll finish the regular season with 9.4 ppg in 74 contests.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR4/16/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Portland won't play LaMarcus Aldridge Wednesday against the Clippers. SOURCE: Caset Holdahl, Blazers.com
Insight: He's just getting some rest. Aldridge slumped a bit in the second half (21.0 ppg on 42.9 percent shooting) but he's still one of the top power forwards in fantasy basketball. The Trail Blazers open their postseason slate Sunday against Houston.
Lamar Odom, F, NYK4/16/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Lamar Odom is officially a New York Knick. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: For now at least, His contract includes an option for next season. Odom averaged 4.0 ppg for the Clippers last season and probably won't fare much better in New York in 2014-15.
Brian Roberts, G, NOP4/16/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: New Orleans point guard Brian Roberts looks ready to play Wednesday against Houston. SOURCE: John Reid, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: He's missed the past couple games with a sprained ankle. The 28-year-old has averaged 11.9 ppg in 42 starts for the Pelicans this season.
Enes Kanter, C, UTA4/16/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Quad tendinitis will prevent Jazz center Enes Kanter from suiting up Wednesday against Minnesota. SOURCE: David Locke, Jazz radio play-by-play
Insight: It's only Kanter's second absence of the year. Erik Murphy (0.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg) is active and could wind up starting in Kanter's place.
Rodney Stuckey, G, DET4/16/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey won't be available Wednesday against OKC. SOURCE: Mark Champion, Pistons radio play-by-play
Insight: No reason has been given for his absence. Stuckey (13.9 ppg) will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5.6 ppg).
Omer Asik, C, HOU4/16/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Omer Asik is getting the night off Wednesday versus New Orleans. SOURCE: Craig Ackerman, Rockets play-by-play
Insight: Asik (5.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg) was relevant for two weeks when Dwight Howard was out with an ankle injury but that's already come and gone. He'll play sparingly during the postseason.
Jeremy Lin, G, HOU4/16/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin won't be active for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Craig Ackerman, Rockets play-by-play
Insight: Lin's scoring average is down for the third year in a row. With Patrick Beverley (10.2 ppg, 2.7 apg, 3.5 rpg) getting most of the minutes at point guard, Lin is a pretty unexciting fantasy option.
Marco Belinelli, G, SAN4/16/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Spurs G/F Marco Belinelli is resting Wednesday against the Lakers. SOURCE: Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News
Insight: It's only Belinelli's second absence of the season. His three-point field goal percentage (43.0) ranks seventh in the NBA.
Tim Duncan, F/C, SAN4/16/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: San Antonio F/C Tim Duncan won't be available for Wednesday's regular season finale. SOURCE: Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News
Insight: He's getting a breather before the playoffs. Boris Diaw (9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg) is going to see more minutes with Duncan (15.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg) out.
Kevin Garnett, C, BRK4/16/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Nets center Kevin Garnett won't be in the lineup Wednesday for the regular season finale. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: Garnett barely played in the second half, sitting out 19 games because of back spasms. Mason Plumlee (7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Andray Blatche (11.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg) are both better fantasy options than KG at this point.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK4/16/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Nets G/F Joe Johnson will take a seat Wednesday versus the Cavaliers. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: He's officially listed as having a calf injury though we know Jason Kidd is just resting his starters before the playoffs. Johnson will finish the year with 15.8 ppg, 2.7 apg and 3.4 rpg in 79 appearances.
Paul Pierce, F, BRK4/16/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce is getting the night off Wednesday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: So are veterans Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson. Pierce's 28 minutes per game this season respresent a career-low. His fantasy value seems to be shrinking by the minute.
Chris Andersen, F/C, MIA4/16/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Miami F/C Chris Andersen won't be in action Wednesday against Philadelphia. SOURCE: Keith Pompey, Philly Inquirer
Insight: Birdman is getting some much needed rest before the playoffs. His absence will open up minutes for Rashard Lewis (4.5 ppg) and Udonis Haslem (3.7 ppg) at power forward.
Mario Chalmers, G, MIA4/16/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers won't play Wednesday against the Sixers. SOURCE: Keith Pompey, Philly Inquirer
Insight: He's one of three Heat starters getting the night off. Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) hasn't averaged double-digit points since his rookie season and has never been a particularly appealing fantasy option.
Paul Millsap, F, ATL4/16/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Atlanta forward Paul Millsap will not participate in Wednesday's game against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: With the Hawks slated to play top-seeded Indiana in the first round, they'll need their best player fully-rested. Look for Mike Scott (9.5 ppg) to fill in at power forward.
Deron Williams, G, BRK4/16/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn will be without point guard Deron Williams Wednesday versus Cleveland. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: D-Will's just getting a breather before the playoffs. Jorge Gutierrez (3.5 ppg) is a candidate to start in his place.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA4/16/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play on a minutes restriction Wednesday versus Philadelphia. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: We're not sure what that minutes restriction is, but it will probably be close to the 18 minutes he saw Monday against Washington. Wade (19.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg) has been in and out of the lineup for the last month because of hamstring issues.
Jameer Nelson, G, ORL4/16/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson won't suit up Wednesday against Indiana. SOURCE: John Denton, OrlandoMagic.com
Insight: He's been out with a groin injury. Victor Oladipo (13.9 ppg, 4.1 apg, 4.1 rpg) started at point guard Monday against Chicago and should do the same on Wednesday.
Jerryd Bayless, G, BOS4/16/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Boston will be without shooting guard Jerryd Bayless Wednesday in the season finale. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: Bayless is dealing with a bruised knee. With Rajon Rondo out as well, Phil Pressey (2.8 ppg) and Avery Bradley (14.8 ppg) are likely to start at guard for the Celtics.
Jared Sullinger, C, BOS4/16/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Boston PF/C Jared Sullinger will sit Wednesday versus the Wizards. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: He's missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. Sullinger (13.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg) took major steps in 2013-14 and could be in for a breakout season if Kris Humphires leaves in free agency as he's expected to.
Kris Humphries, F, BOS4/16/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Celtics PF/C Kris Humphries won't be available Wednesday against Washington. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: He's been battling knee tendinitis. It was an up and down season for Humphries, who averaged 8.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 69 appearances. He'll hit free agency this summer and has likely played his final game with the Celtics.
Rajon Rondo, G, BOS4/16/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (bruised shin) won't compete in Wednesday night's season finale. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: The C's are keeping Jared Sullinger (ankle), Kris Humphries (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (knee) out as well. Rondo will finish the year with 11.7 ppg, 9.8 apg, 5.5 rpg and 1.3 spg in 30 contests.
Chris Paul, G, LAC4/16/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul (rest) will sit out Wednesday against the Blazers, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick are not with the team so they can rest for the playoffs. Paul averaged 19.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 62 games this season.
Draymond Green, F, GSW4/16/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Golden State forward Draymond Green isn't expected to play Wednesday in the final game of the regular season, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: The Warriors have already announced that Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Jermaine O'Neal will sit out to rest for the playoffs. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will probably dress for the game but won't play, leaving Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford, Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Hilton Armstrong to get most of the minutes for Golden State against the Nuggets.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW4/16/2014 2:27:00 PM
Description: Golden State small forward Andre Iguodala (rest) will miss Wednesday's game, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Iguodala has been dealing with some knee tendinitis and he'll get a chance to rest up before the postseason. Iggy averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 threes in 63 games this season.
Klay Thompson, G, GSW4/16/2014 2:23:00 PM
Description: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson may suit up but he isn't expected to play Wednesday, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: The Warriors are resting Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Jermaine O'Neal in the final game of the regular season and are expected to keep Thompson and Draymond Green on the bench too. Thompson has averaged a career-high 18.5 points with 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.8 threes in 80 games this season. The only game he missed prior to Wednesday was due to the death of his grandfather back in March.
Jermaine O'Neal, C, GSW4/16/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: Warriors C/PF Jermaine O'Neal (rest) will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday against the Nuggets, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely with a fractured rib, so Golden State is going to need to get a lot out of the 35-year-old O'Neal (7.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg) in the postseason.
David Lee, PF, GSW4/16/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Warriors forward David Lee will miss Wednesday's game to rest for the playoffs, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lee returned from a seven-game absence caused by a nerve irritation three games ago and had 25 points and nine boards Monday. He'll finish with averages of 18.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 2.1 apg in 69 games.
Stephen Curry, G, GSWHot4/16/2014 2:17:00 PM
Description: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will not play Wednesday, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: He's resting for the playoffs. Curry set career highs with 24 points and 8.5 assists per game this season and added 3.3 threes, 1.6 steals and an .885 free-throw percentage.
Chandler Parsons, F, HOU4/16/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons will sit out Wednesday's season finale for rest, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Parsons raised his scoring from 15.5 ppg last season to 16.6 ppg in 2013-14 and added 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 triples and 1.2 steals in 74 games.
James Harden, G, HOUHot4/16/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday to rest, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Harden followed up his breakout 2012-13 season with a nearly identical 2013-14. He averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.6 steals. Harden produced 28 ppg and 7.3 rpg over his last 29 games.
Steve Nash, G, LAL4/16/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve irritation) will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Nash has appeared in just 15 games this season due to a nerve irritation. He moved into third place on the all-time NBA assists list in his last game on April 8 and is under contract for one more season.
Chris Kaman, C, LAL4/16/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman (strained calf) will not play Wednesday in the regular season finale, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: This is his eighth straight absence. With Pau Gasol (vertigo) also out, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre will continue to handle the frontcourt minutes for Los Angeles.
C.J. Miles, G, CLE4/16/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) will not play Wednesday, according to Bob Finnan of the News-Herald.
Insight: Miles will end up missing 26 of the final 27 games of the season with a sprained ankle. He started 34 of his 51 games and averaged 9.9 points and 1.6 threes per game.
J.J. Redick, G, LAC4/16/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick did not travel to Portland for Wednesday's game, according to espn.com.
Insight: Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Redick wouldn't play in the final game of the regular season. Redick played just 35 games due to injuries and averaged 28.2 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers per game.
Chris Bosh, C, MIA4/16/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh (rest) will miss the last game of the regular season on Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Miami is letting Bosh rest for the playoff run. He averaged 32 minutes, 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and a career-high 0.9 threes per game in 79 contests.
LeBron James, F, MIA4/16/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (rest) will not play Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: The Heat are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East and James will rest up for the postseason. With Dwyane Wade ailing for most of the season, James carried Miami with averages of 37.7 minutes, 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 77 games. He increased his field-goal percentage for the seventh consecutive season.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC4/16/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will not play in the regular season finale Wednesday, according to ESPN. He picked up his 16th technical foul Tuesday, earning a one-game suspension.
Insight: The NBA may rescind the technical, but coach Doc Rivers said Griffin won't travel with the team to Portland. Griffin has had his best season in 2013-14, posting 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He averaged 26 ppg in his final 55 contests.
Timofey Mozgov, C, DENHot4/16/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov went to the locker room during Tuesday's game due to a knee injury but he returned and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Insight: Mozgov has averaged 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last eight games and has double-doubled in three straight.
Timofey Mozgov, C, DENHot4/15/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov went to the locker room with a right knee injury during Tuesday's game, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: The Nuggets have been crushed by injuries this season. Mozgov entered Tuesday's game having averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his previous 10 games. He's questionable to return.
Mason Plumlee, PF, BRK4/15/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn F/C Mason Plumlee did a little bit of everything Tuesday in a loss to New York.
Insight: The rookie out of Duke contributed 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes of action. He's been deadly accurate over his last five games, making 81.1 percent of his field goal tries over that span. Look for Plumlee (7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg) to have a big role in the Nets' upcoming postseason run.
Marcus Thornton, G, BRK4/15/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Nets shooting guard Marcus Thornton put in a game-high 24 points Tuesday in a loss to the Knicks.
Insight: He played more minutes (30) than most of Brooklyn's starters on Tuesday. The high-scoring two-guard should be in for another big game Wednesday against Cleveland.
Roy Hibbert, C, INDCold4/15/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert will start the regular season finale Wednesday against the Magic, but he is only expected to play the first half, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West will rest tomorrow, but the Pacers need Hibbert to have a positive performance going into the playoffs. He went 2-for-22 from he field over his last three games and averaged 8.6 ppg on .356 shooting his last 17 games. That's unacceptable for a 7-foot-2 player.
Cole Aldrich, C, NYK4/15/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Cole Aldrich was New York's top performer Tuesday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: He netted 13 points to go with 13 rebounds. Both totals were season-highs. Aldrich played 25 minutes for the Knicks and should see a similar workload in tomorrow's season finale against the Raptors.
David West, F, IND4/15/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Pacers power forward David West (rest) will not play Wednesday, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: West will rest up for the postseason. The power forward averaged 15.4 ppg and 6.7 rpg over his final 45 games, compared to 12.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg the first 35.
C.J. Watson, G, IND4/15/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Indiana point guard C.J. Watson will not play in the final game of the regular season for rest purposes, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Watson missed most of March and three games in April due to injuries. The Pacers may have realized how much they will need him in the postseason when he scored 20 points in 25 minutes Sunday against the Thunder.
Paul George, G/F, IND4/15/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Indiana forward Paul George (rest) will not play in Wednesday's regular season finale, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: He'll join David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson on the bench. The 23-year-old George will finish with averages of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.3 threes, but he only shot 37.7 percent from the field and averaged 19.6 ppg in his final 38 contests. He averaged 23.6 ppg on .464 shooting his first 42 games and was an early MVP candidate.

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