• Welcome to the playoffs! There were three games on the Monday night slate with the Raptors, Mavs and Rockets looking to get their first wins under their belts. How did they do? Let’s take a look at your Tuesday daily dish.

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    The Good

    The Raptors were able to avoid their second consecutive 0-2 start to the playoffs. After winning 56 games in the regular season, it would have been demoralizing to start 0-2 at home against a tough Pacers team.

    The Raptors were led by Jonas Valanciunas who secured his second consecutive double double of this series by scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

    Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson led the Raptors off the bench. Joseph shot 6-of-8 for 16 points while Patrick Patterson scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting while adding six rebounds.

    For the Pacers, Paul George scored a game-high 28 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 10-of-11 from the line.

    The Bad

    Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan shot a combined 9-of-31 from the field for 28 points. In fact, DeRozan sat the whole fourth quarter. If the Raptors have any shot of moving past the first round, their All Star backcourt will have to dramatically improve.

    DeMarre Carroll returned to the starting lineup but only scored two points with two rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes of action.

    Terrance Ross left this game with concussion like symptoms and was ruled out shortly after half-time.

    For the Pacers, George Hill was limited to four points in 31 minutes. He added one rebound, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes of action. The starting frontcourt of Ian Mahinmi and Lavoy Allen shot 1-of-8 from the field for seven points and nine rebounds combined.

    The Takeaway

    The Raptors tied the best of seven series and now travel to Indiana for consecutive games on the road on Thursday and Saturday. Although Toronto took the season series 3-1, Indiana has now taken home court advantage from the Raptors. If the Pacers can hold serve the Raptors will be in a difficult position coming back home for Game 5 down 3-1 in the series.

    MAVS 85, THUNDER 84

    The Good

    The undermanned Mavs were able to achieve a split on the road in Oklahoma City.

    Raymond Felton came out of nowhere to lead the Mavs in scoring with 21 points. He added 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal while playing a team-high 41 minutes of action.

    Dirk Nowitzki chipped in with 17 points and four rebounds in 37 minutes on the floor.

    The Bad

    The Thunder were beaten by a Mavs team that played without several key players.

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook shot a combined 15-of-55 from the field for 40 points. This was a rare off night for the two Thunder superstars and it cost them a 2-0 series lead.

    Zaza Pachulia and Wesley Matthews shot a combined 4-of-17 for the Mavs for eight points. They did add 12 rebounds combined but will need to be significantly better if the Mavs have any realistic chance of winning this series.

    The Takeaway

    The Mavs now control homecourt advantage. It would be shocking if the Thunder did not come out with guns blazing on Thursday night as they attempt to once again take back control of this series. Look for the stud duo of Durant and Westbrook to step up their games in Game 3 of this series.

Fantasy News

  • John Beilein
    , Cleveland Cavaliers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, John Beilein is leaving as the Cavs’ coach and J.B. Bickerstaff will be elevated to head coach.

    It’s still not official, but once Woj says it’s happening, it’s happening. A shake-up is likely to be a great thing for this roster that contains at least a few unhappy star players in Kevin Love and Andre Drummond. Be ready to act on any significant role changes that come with this move. For example, will Larry Nance Jr. and/or Kevin Porter Jr. take on expanded roles?

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) practiced in full on Tuesday.

    Rozier missed the Hornet's final game heading into the All-Star break, but it wasn't considered to be a long-term concern. Feel free to get Rozier back into all lineups ahead of Thursday's game against the Bulls.

    Source: Rod Boone on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Coach Terry Stotts said that he wouldn't put a timetable on when star point guard Damian Lillard (right groin strain) would return, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Lillard was given a timetable of 1-2 weeks last Wednesday, as the All-Star break came at an ideal time. Lillard has a shot to avoid any missed time if his re-evaluation shows progress, but owners should prepare for a scenario in which he misses a handful of games. The Blazers have five games remaining in February.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Dario Saric
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns expect Dario Saric (left ankle) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    James Jones said that he expects everyone outside ok Frank Kaminsky to be available for Friday's game, meaning Tyler Johnson will be out there as well. While Saric has been out, Mikal Bridges has seen his role expand while Kelly Oubre Jr. has played a lot of PF. Keep an eye on how the rotation shakes out now that the Suns are healthy shakes out.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    James Jones said that he expects Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) to be available for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Baynes will be joining Deandre Ayton and the rest of the injured Suns' players in returning for this one. Baynes hasn't played in roughly a month and should be seeing a minimal role off the bench down the stretch. He can be left on the waiver wire unless something happens to Ayton.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    James Jones said that he expects Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Ayton missed a few games to close out the first half, but it looks like the second-year big man will be good to go when the Suns return to action. Ayton was putting up top-12/16 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues in the 13 games before going down, and owners have to be ecstatic to get him back in their lineups. Cheick Diallo will revert to a deep reserve role.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Cody Martin
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Martin (concussion protocol) fully participated in Tuesday's practice session.

    Martin found himself in the starting lineup before going down a few weeks ago, as he has started to earn a bigger role in coach James Borrego's rotation. With Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out of the picture, Martin should have a reasonably safe role for the second half of the season.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Clint Capela (right heel) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

    Capela doesn't have a specific target date as he continues to fight the heel issue. With Capela out, Dewayne Dedmon will continue to absorb the bulk of minutes at C with Damian Jones backing him up. Over his past four games, Dedmon has averaged 8.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.8 blocks and 1.0 trey in 28.3 minutes per game.

    Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter Jr. (left foot fracture) returned to Bulls practice on Tuesday.

    Porter added that he felt good and will return to game action when is 100 percent healthy. It was being reported earlier this week that Porter is eyeing a return before the end of the month, and this would be in line with that projection. It is unclear what type of minutes Porter can handle down the stretch, but his versatile skillset makes for an upside stash in fantasy circles.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) resumed practicing on Tuesday as he eyes a return to game action.

    Carter is hopeful of playing when the Bulls return to action against the Hornets on Thursday. The Bulls may take a cautious approach and let him get in a few more practices before clearing him, but Carter's arrow is pointing straight up right now. If he is lingering on your league's waiver wire, go grab him.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter