• 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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    RAPTORS 98, PACERS 87

    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

  • Moritz Wagner
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Moritz Wagner has but cut from Germany's FIBA World Cup team.

    The move seems somewhat surprising given Wagner's youth and notoriety, but Germany still have four NBA players on their roster despite cutting Wagner. The Wizards have plenty of depth in the frontcourt and Wagner is probably lower on the totem poll when it comes to receiving minutes.

    Source: Dario Skerletic of Sportnado

  • Jonah Bolden
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Jonah Bolden has opted to withdraw from Team Australia in the FIBA World Cup.

    Bolden becomes the fifth NBA player to skip out on playing for Australia in the World Cup, a trend that seems to be prevalent for several country's national teams. Bodlen could be looking at an increased role as a backup center for Philly's thin bench this upcoming season. He is not expected to be a relevant fantasy option though.

    Source: Fox Sports Australia

  • Jeremy Lin
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Jeremy Lin is in advanced discussions with the Bejing Ducks according to a report from Chinese journalist Sonx Xiang.

    Lin previosuly turned down a deal to play for CSKA Moscow, and has also discussed his openness to playing in China. The nine year guard still hopes to resmue his NBA career at some point, but a move to China may be the best career option for him at this juncture.

    Source: Sportando

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Lakers will soon ask Memphis permission to speak with Dwight Howard according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Shams goes on to mention that there is mutual interest here and that Joakim Noah could be another veteran of interest for LA. The realistic options for free agents at the five really don't go much further than these two for the Lakers. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    In the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins injury, one name the Lakers are considering is Dwight Howard, according to Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated.

    Howard is still a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, but it is widely assumed that he will be waived before the season starts. A reunion in LA would certainly be pretty surprising for the Lakers after Howard famously did not resign with them after a miserable season playing with Kobe Bryant. Still, the Lakers need depth at the five and there really aren't any options on the market who compare to Howard's level of productivty, even at this stage of his career. Other center options the Lakers could pursue include Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried and Zaza Pachulia.

    Source: Rohan Nadkarni on Twitter

  • Malachi Richardson
    SG, International

    Malachi Richardson has signed with Hapoel Holon in Israel.

    Richardson played 22 games for the Raptors last season and averaged 1.4 points. At 23 years old, he still has time to develop and possibly return to the NBA in the future.

    Source: Sportando

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert scored 14 points along with nine rebounds, two assists and a block in France's 86-72 win vs. Brazil in the World Cup exhibition games.

    Gobert led the team in scoring across 22 minutes of playing time. With the new additions of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic on the Jazz, Gobert may take a slight hit in scoring however you can still expect excellent field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks. Evan Fournier chipped in 13 points with five rebounds, three assists and a steal for France. Brazil's Bruno Cabloclo scored nine points, seven rebounds and a steal.

    Source: FIBA

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder scored 19 points to lead Germany to a 83-62 win vs. Hungary as the teams prepare for the Wold Cup.

    Schroder filled the box score tonight by adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and four treys. He will come off the bench again next season behind Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Anyone who drafts the often-injured Chris Paul may want to handcuff him with Schroder. Fellow countryman Daniel Theis scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Source: FIBA

  • Tyler Dorsey
    SG, International

    Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of Israel.

    Dorsey played 21 games for the Grizzlies last year after being acquired midseason from the Hawks via trade. He played well over that span with 9.8 points in 21.3 minutes but will take his talents overseas where, "He'll have a chance to showcase what great things he can do," according to his new head coach. Maccabi has signed several former NBA players this offseason as Dorsey will be joining Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters, Quincy Acy and Tarik Black.

    Source: Macabi Tel Aviv on Twitter

  • Rayjon Tucker
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Rayjon Tucker will be signing with the Bucks on a partially guaranteed deal.

    Tucker is a little older than most rookies and will be 22 before the start of the season but he played well enough at Little Rock last year to deserve a look, scoring 20.3 points per game and knocking down 2.4 triples per game at a 41.1 percent clip. He rounds out the Bucks 20-man training camp roster but since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts and both two-way spots occupied, he is very unlikely to make the team and could very well end up in the G-League.

    Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter