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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Description: The Trail Blazers are considering giving LaMarcus Aldridge the night off Wednesday against the Clippers. SOURCE: Mike Tokito, The Oregonian
Insight: Though Portland is only one game behind Houston for the No. 4 seed, the Rockets hold the tiebreaker because they won three out of four against the Blazers during the regular season. That essentially makes Wednesday's game meaningless. Even if Aldridge (23.2 ppg, 11.1 rpg) and the usual starters do play tomorrow night, they'll probably be on a minutes restriction.
Description: Nets power forward Paul Pierce is ready to go Tuesday against the Knicks. SOURCE: Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News
Insight: Pierce, who had been questionable with a shoulder injury, has averaged 13.5 ppg since the All-Star break. That's the same scoring average he had in the first half, though he's been much more efficient in the second half (48.8 percent shooting versus 42.9 before the break).
Description: Brooklyn G/F Joe Johnson will be active for Tuesday night's game against the Knicks. SOURCE: Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News
Insight: There had been a rumor the Nets were thinking of resting their starters to try and get the No. 6 seed and a more favorable matchup with Toronto in the first round, though apparently that wasn't the case. A shooting guard for most of his career, Johnson has played primarily as a small forward this season. He leads the team in scoring at 15.8 ppg.
Description: New York forward Carmelo Anthony will not participate in Tuesday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: He's been playing with a torn labrum, though according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone, the injury will not require surgery. With free agency looming, it's possible that Carmelo has played his final game in a Knicks uniform.
Description: Nets power forward Mirza Teletovic (personal) will sit out Tuesday against the Knicks, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Insight: His wife gave birth to twins on Tuesday. Teletovic has averaged 2.9 threes, 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds over his last 11 games and would have been in line to play increased minutes in the final two games of the regular season with Brooklyn looking to rest its stars.
Description: Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce (shoulder) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
Insight: The Nets have an "old" roster with six players 30-years-old or older, so this isn't a surprise. Starting any of the veterans on Tuesday will be a risky play. Marquis Teague, Marcus Thornton and Mason Plumlee could play big minutes.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will likely miss Tuesday and Wednesday's game, according to coach Mike Woodson.
Insight: Anthony (27.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 2.2 threes) has been dealing with numbness in his arm due to the shoulder injury and with the Knicks having nothing to play for is not expected to play either night.
Description: Bucks PF Jeff Adrien had 19 points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Adrien has averaged 15.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over his last eight games. The undrafted big man was a throw-in in the deadline trade that sent Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal to Charlotte for Ramon Sessions, but for some reason Milwaukee has played him 33+ mpg instead of giving more minutes to 2012 first-round pick John Henson.
Description: Bucks small forward Khris Middleton has averaged 17.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.0 threes over his last five games.
Insight: The Bucks have been playing Middleton way more minutes than he should be getting over the past month in an attempt to lock down the worst record in the NBA. They clinched it Monday with a loss to the Raptors.
Description: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (rest) will not play Monday against the Rockets, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
Insight: He is getting the night off along with Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills. The 22-year-old Leonard has averaged 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 threes per game this season.
Description: New Orleans swingman Tyreke Evans isn't expected to play Monday, according to Jim Eichenhofer of pelicans.com.
Insight: A knee injury limited him to just 21 minutes Friday night and he didn't play on Saturday. With Brian Roberts also out, look for Austin Rivers and Anthony Morrow to play most of the minutes in New Orleans' backcourt with Darius Miller and Al-Farouq Aminu splitting time at small forward.
Description: Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver will rest on Monday in preparation for the playoffs, according to Chris Vivlamore of AJC.
Insight: Lou Williams will get the start. Korver is a 3-point shooting machine, going 185-for-192 this season. He's also averaging a career-best 4.0 rpg and 2.9 apg. He's also averaged a career-high 34 mpg. DeMarre Carroll is also expected to be rested.
Description: Nets power forward Mirza Teletovic has averaged 2.8 triples in April despite playing just 22.8 minutes per game.
Insight: Teletovic had 20 points, six rebounds and four threes in 29 minutes Sunday and should see increased minutes in the last few games as the team gets Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett as much rest as possible before the postseason.
Description: Nets rookie Mason Plumlee had 17 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 26 minutes Sunday against the Magic.
Insight: Plumlee started when Kevin Garnett was out due to back spasms and the Nets have expanded his minutes lately. He has averaged 14.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals over his last five games.
Description: Sacramento small forward Rudy Gay (back) will take a seat Sunday against the Timberwolves, according to Jonathan Santiago of cowbellkingdom.com.
Insight: Gay (20.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg) missed games on Tuesday and Wednesday with his back injury before playing 34 minutes Saturday. Derrick Williams will start in his place tonight but hasn't done much when he has been given extended playing time this season.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant went ballistic Sunday in a loss to Indiana.
Insight: Durant put up 38 points in 42 minutes of court time. Once a tight battle, Durant has now zoomed ahead of LeBron James in the MVP race by averaging 29.9 ppg in the month of April (seven games). It looks like Oklahoma City will open against Dallas next week in the first round of the playoffs.
Description: Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried went off for 24 points, 21 rebounds and five assists Saturday in a win over Utah.
Insight: It's Faried's second career 20-point, 20-rebound performance. The Manimal has given fantasy owners 19.9 ppg in 23 games since March 1st. That's well above his career average (12.0 ppg in 204 NBA appearances).
Description: The Knicks are considering signing former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom before the end of the regular season. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: They'll have to hurry. New York's last game is on Wednesday (the Hawks officially eliminated them on Saturday). Odom last played for the Euroleague Laboral Kuxta in Spain about two months ago. Teams have been hesitant to sign Odom because of his recent off-court issues including a drunk driving arrest in August.
Description: Brooklyn center Andray Blatche missed his third straight game Friday.
Insight: Nets coach Jason Kidd said before the game that Blatche was available after he missed the last two games due to illness, but he didn't end up using the center. Mason Plumlee has moved ahead of him on the depth chart.
Description: Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire put up 24 points and 11 rebounds in 40 minutes Friday against the Raptors.
Insight: Stoudemire hadn't played more than 37 minutes in a game since 2011-12. The Knicks handled Stoudemire with kid gloves earlier this season, but he has averaged 28.8 minutes, 16.7 points and 6.6 rebounds over his last 18 games.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) played through his injury and had 30 points on 8-of-17 shooting Friday night at Toronto.
Insight: Anthony has been dealing with numbness in his arm due to a shoulder injury and shot 29 percent from the field his previous two games. His performance kept the Knicks alive in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
Description: Boston PF/C Kris Humphries (knee) will play Friday, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Humphries (8.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg) missed the last two games. He had some fantasy value earlier this season but isn't worth using with Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass taking up most of the frontcourt minutes.
Description: Spurs F/C Tim Duncan (rest) will sit out Friday against the Suns.
Insight: This is just coach Gregg Popovich following his usual strategy. Duncan played 39 minuters on Thursday on a sore knee so he'll get the night off. The Spurs will divide Duncan's minutes among Boris Diaw, Tiago Splitter, Jeff Ayres and Matt Bonner.
Description: Toronto forward Amir Johnson (ankle) went through a light practice Thursday and is likely to play Friday, according to Eric Koreen of the National Post.
Insight: Johnson (10.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) has dealt with soreness in his right ankle on and off since February and missed the last three games. Patrick Patterson and Tyler Hansbrough have been splitting time at power forward.
Description: Warriors forward David Lee (nerve irritation) participated in Thursday's shootaround and will be a game-time decision against the Nuggets, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Lee practiced Wednesday and said he can do normal running but still feels pain in his hamstring when he makes an explosive move. Draymond Green will continue to start until Lee returns.
Description: Pelicans PF Anthony Davis (back) will miss the remainder of the season
Insight: Davis has been dealing with back spasms and averaged just 22.7 minutes, 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds over his last three games. he was a fantasy stud this season averaging 20.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 2.8 bpg.
Description: Suns guard Gerald Green has averaged 22.8 points over his last five games.
Insight: Green has been fine since Eric Bledsoe returned and sent him back to the bench. In 13 games since that happened, Green has generated 18.1 points and 3.0 threes per game. He had 21 points, two rebounds and four threes Wednesday.
Description: Nets power forward Mirza Teletovic had 17 points, nine rebounds and five threes Wednesday at Orlando.
Insight: He started with Paul Pierce getting the night off. Despite playing just 19.3 minutes per game this season, Teletovic has averaged 1.9 threes per game. However, he hasn't done anything else to warrant attention from fantasy owners.
Description: Clippers forward Matt Barnes (illness) is OK to start Wednesday against Oklahoma City, according to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times.
Insight: Barnes missed Tuesday's practice due to strep throat. He has averaged just 7.5 ppg over his last two games but put up 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.4 threes, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game over his last 22.
Description: Sacramento small forward Rudy Gay (back) is now out Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, according to James Ham of cowbellkingdom.com.
Insight: Gay was expected to play after he sat out Tuesday's game with a sore back, but he'll miss another one. His wife is also due to give birth, so he may miss Saturday's game at Los Angeles even if his back condition improves.
Description: Toronto forward Amir Johnson (ankle) will sit out Wednesday, the team announced.
Insight: Johnson (10.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) has dealt with soreness in his right ankle on and off since February and will miss his third straight game. Patrick Patterson and Tyler Hansbrough have been splitting time at power forward.
Description: Warriors forward David Lee (nerve irritation) says reports that he's out for the rest of the regular season are premature, but he's still not sure when he'll be back. SOURCE: Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group
Insight: Lee practiced Wednesday and said he can do normal running but still feels pain in his hamstring when he makes an explosive move. Draymond Green will continue to start until Lee returns.
Description: Nuggets swingman Wilson Chandler (groin) will miss his ninth straight game on Wednesday, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Insight: Denver coach Brian Shaw said he is encouraging Chandler and Ty Lawson (ankle) to try and return before the end of the season, but he's less confident that Chandler will make it back. Quincy Miller started the last seven games but averaged just 22.5 minutes, 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds during that span.
Description: Mavs small forward Shawn Marion hurt his right foot Tuesday against Utah but expects to be back in action Thursday versus San Antonio. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: With Dallas fighting to save its season, Marion is determined to play through the pain. The Matrix has struggled against the Spurs this season, averaging 4.5 ppg on 18.8 percent shooting in two previous matchups.
Description: Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant saw his streak of 25-point games come to an end Tuesday versus Sacramento.
Insight: Durant (23 points on 8-of-13 shooting) said earlier this week he wished the streak was over so it looks like he got exactly what he wanted. Durant's 41-game streak was one of the longest in NBA history, though he would have needed another 65 games just to tie Wilt Chamberlain's record of 106 games set during the 1962-63 campaign.
Description: Houston forward Terrence Jones delivered 33 points Tuesday in a 145-130 victory over the Lakers.
Insight: Lots of things happened Tuesday night at Staples Center. Defense was not one of them. Jones, who started the year on Houston's bench, has really come on strong in the second half. He's averaged 12.6 ppg on 57.5 percent shooting since the All-Star break. With Dwight Howard out of the lineup, Jones and Omer Asik are both must-starts.
Description: Kings power forward Reggie Evans (back) will miss Tuesday's game, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
Insight: The rebounding specialist has averaged 21 minutes, 4.4 points, 7.2 boards and 0.8 steals over his last 12 games (all starts). Jason Thompson will start in his place and Derrick Williams also will see more minutes.
Description: Pacers power forward David West recently approached coach Frank Vogel about getting a night off to rest. He's considered questionable for Wednesday's game with Milwaukee. SOURCE: Scott Agness, Pacers.com
Insight: The Pacers looked totally gassed Sunday in an embarrassing 19-point loss to Atlanta. West played 38 minutes in that game, posting 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He hasn't missed a game all season.
Description: Minnesota power forward Dante Cunningham is active for Tuesday's matchup with San Antonio. Cunningham was released from jail Monday night.
Insight: According to Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Cunningham will not be charged with making terrorist threats against his ex-girlfriend. The Villanova alum has been arrested twice in the last week though he's only had to miss one game. He's scarcely owned in fantasy leagues.
Description: Brooklyn will be without center Andray Blatche Tuesday against the Heat. SOURCE: Andy Vasquez, The Record
Insight: He's battling an illness. It's a shame because Blatche (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) really could have exploited Miami's lack of size in the low post. Rookie Mason Plumlee (6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg) should see a heavy workload at center.
Description: Kings forward Rudy Gay produced one of his biggest stat lines of the season Sunday in a loss to Dallas.
Insight: Gay posted 32 points, eight assists and six rebounds. The eight dimes tied a career-high. The 27-year-old has averaged 25 ppg on 50.6 percent shooting over his last five appearances. He's averaged just under 40 mpg during that span.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony admitted his shoulder bothered him during Sunday's loss to Miami. SOURCE: Jonah Ballow, Knicks.com
Insight: He's dealing with a "dead" arm right now. With New York a game and a half behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, we'd expect Carmelo (11.5 ppg over his last two contests) to continue playing through the injury.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James netted 38 points Sunday in a win against the Knicks.
Insight: By doing so, he became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1996-97 to score 30 or more points against the Knicks four times in the same season. At this point, the MVP race between James and Kevin Durant is a dead heat.
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will start Sunday against the Heat.
Insight: Melo has a sprained shoulder and is coming off a game in which he shot 5-of-14 and had 10 points and nine turnovers, but the Knicks probably need to win out to make the playoffs because they are behind two games in the loss column to the Hawks.
Description: Heat PF/C Chris Anderson (knee, back) will not play Sunday, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Knee and back injuries will ground the Birdman, who has averaged 8.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over his last 16 games. Miami will spread his minutes out to several players, including Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis.
Description: Bobcats PF Cody Zeller had his first-career double-double Saturday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: With Josh McRoberts nursing an ankle sprain, Zeller played a career-high 37 minutes and had 12 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and one block. The Bobcats selected Zeller fourth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft but he has played just 17.3 mpg this season.
Description: Toronto forward Amir Johnson (ankle) will sit out his second straight game Saturday, according to Eric Smith of tsn.ca.
Insight: Johnson (10.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) has dealt with soreness in his right ankle on and off since February. Patrick Patterson and Tyler Hansbrough will split his minutes and neither is a good fantasy option.
Description: Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (back) will play Saturday, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
Insight: Kidd-Gilchrist had a hard fall Friday night and bruised his back, but the 20-year-old won't have to miss any time. MKG has averaged 24.5 minutes, 7.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks this season.