• Monday night brought a tasty match-up between the Mavs and the Jazz in Utah. This game had the potential to shift the landscape in the crowded Western Conference playoff race. Over in Minnesota, the young Wolves were also looking to continue their late season run and put the Rockets on the brink of elimination. How did everyone fare? Let’s have a look at your Tuesday dish.

    CAVS 109, HAWKS 94

    The Good:

    The Cavs took care of business on their home-court and dominated the second and third quarters, en route to a 15-point win over a good Hawks team. The win guarantees the Cavs home-court advantage vs. all Eastern Conference opponents.

    LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 69 points on 27-of-44 from the field. James also chipped in six rebounds and six assists and was perfect from the charity stripe.

    Kevin Love also contributed with a double double (10 points, 14 rebounds) but shot only 2-of-8 from the field.

    For the Hawks, Jeff Teague, Kent Bazemore and Al Horford all scored at least 20 points. Teague also added nine assists while Horford contributed 11 rebounds for his 17th double double of the season.

    The Bad:

    Paul Millsap scored only nine points on 3-of-14 shooting and 3-of-5 from the line. He added eight rebounds and three blocks but could not get it going offensively in this one.

    Kyle Korver was invisible with only three points on 1-of-5 shooting. He added five rebounds but only 1-of-4 from downtown. Korver is definitely a nominee for dud of the year.

    For the Cavs J.R. Smith did his best Kyle Korver impression scoring only two points in 32 minutes of action. He only added one rebound to round out his line tonight.

    The Takeaway:

    The Cavs cemented their status as East favourites with the win tonight. LeBron has really turned it on just as the NBA playoffs are about to begin. With a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, it would be a huge disappointment if the Cavs do not advance to the NBA finals.

    The Hawks play their final game on the road vs. a Wizards team with nothing to play for. Currently sitting in third place in the East, their opponent will not be finalized until the last day of the regular season. If Miami wins their two remaining games, they could overtake the Hawks for third in the East.

    MAGIC 107, BUCKS 98

    The Good:

    All Magic starters scored in double figures in this win. Ersan “Ghostface” Ilyasova led the way with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting. He also added six rebounds and three blocks.

    Mario Hezonja had one of his best lines of the season scoring 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also added seven assists and a career high five steals.

    The Bucks were led by Greg Monroe’s 23 points. Monroe shot 9-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. He finished his night with seven rebounds and three steals.

    Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker each added 17 points for the Bucks and shot a combined 14-of-28 from the field. Middleton led Bucks players with seven assists.

    The Bad:

    A disappointing end to the season for two teams that had lofty expectations at the start. The Magic played this one without two of their more exciting players in Victor Oladipo (concussion) and Aaron Gordon (DNP-CD). It is uncertain if they will play in the season finale vs. the Hornets.

    The Takeaway:

    Both of these teams have budding superstars that have the potential to elevate their teams to the next level. It will be an interesting off-season for both as they examine what went wrong in a season initially filled with promise. Could coaching changes be on the horizon for both teams? Only time will tell. One thing that is certain is that Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo has the potential to really put up some monster numbers next season. He was ranked 59th by Yahoo in pre-season rankings and is currently 27th. He will only get better.

    WIZARDS 120, NETS 111

    The Good:

    The Wizards could have easily rolled over in this one, but instead limited the Nets to 13 points in the fourth quarter to hand Brooklyn their 60th loss of the season.

    Washington was led in scoring by their back-court tandem of Ramon Sessions (21 points on 7-of-10 shooting) and Marcus Thornton (19 points on 7-of-15 shooting). While Sessions and Thornton will never be mistaken for John Wall and Bradley Beal (both DNP-CD) they certainly got the job done tonight.

    The Nets received strong performances from Bojan Bogdanovic (20 points on 8-of-13 shooting) and Shane Larkin who scored 20 points with six rebounds and seven assists.

    Sean Kilpatrick also chipped 17 points and five rebounds for the undermanned Nets.

    The Bad:

    Although it was a high scoring affair, it may have been tough for those in attendance to get too excited for this one. Stars Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris all sat this one. Mercifully, each team only has one game remaining on their schedules.

    The Takeaway:

    Only one year removed from the Eastern Conference semi-finals, the Wizards have to watch the 2016 playoffs from home. They must also decide what to do with impeding free agent Bradley Beal. The Wizards may have a very different make-up come next year and changes may start with head coach Randy Whitman.

    The Nets were never expected to compete this year. Brook Lopez was able to remain healthy for the duration of the year and rewarded owners with a ranking in the top 25 when looking at his season averages. There will be some trying years to come for Nets fans as they do not hold any draft picks until the second round of the 2017 NBA draft.

Fantasy News

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Miami Heat

    Andre Iguodala returned to South Florida after living in California since the NBA season was suspended.

    Iguodala returning to the market where his team is could mean that he believes team workouts will begin soon. However, there is no official timetable on when team workouts will begin and Jimmy Butler has yet to return to Miami.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls were cleared by the Governor of Illinois and are in talks with city officials to open practice facilities on Friday for voluntary workouts that would follow the NBA guidelines.

    The NBA's guidelines currently state that a maximum of four players are allowed in the facility at any given time and there can only be one player per hoop. The Bulls are currently eight games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls may not play again this season given how far behind they are in the standings and the recent reports of proposals to not continue the regular season.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Marc Stein of the New York Times has reported that the Mavs plan to open their practice facility on Thursday.

    This news would make the Mavs the 23rd team to have their facilities open for "voluntary and socially distanced player workouts". Continue to monitor the wire as we should learn more about the potential of the league resuming in early June.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    On Tuesday afternoon, AmicoHoops reported (via Twitter) that an unidentified NBA GM told them the league has seriously discussed resuming the current NBA season on Wednesday, July 22.

    Nothing has been officially announced, by any means, and this is the first we've heard of specific target date(s) from anyone. It's looking like the continuation of the season will occur in Orlando at Walt Disney World at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, which has accommodations for at least some of what the NBA has planned for a resuming activity. As we have relayed numerous times recently, the next week or two seem to be a likely window for some decisions from Adam Silver and Co. at the NBA league office to start to come down. Stay tuned, hoops fans.

    Source: AmicoHoops on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard announced on Tuesday evening that, in the event of a continuation of the NBA season, he would not be participating if the Blazers are scheduled to play 'meaningless games' with no shot at making the playoffs.

    "If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating," Lillard told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday morning. It's hard to blame him, as it is quite easy to see the potential situation from his point of view. There have been countless scenarios tossed around by the league office during the pandemic period, but nothing is set in stone so far. Lillard, for his part, is only interested in returning to action if there exists a legitimate shot for his Blazers to reach the NBA Finals. Fair enough.

    Source: Yahoo! Sports

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers, who have their practice facility located in nearby Camden, NJ, will allow voluntary player workouts at the facility beginning on Wednesday, raising the number of NBA teams who have been able to do so to 22.

    The Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Spurs and Warriors are the final teams remaining who are unable to return to their practice facilities. The NBA seems to be inching ever so close to, at the very least, announcing a plan for a continuation of the current season. This next week or two should be very eventful on that front.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Hawks GM Travis Schlenk indicated on Tuesday that Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis) could very well play in the event of an NBA restart.

    "Clint [Capela] says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court," Schlenk said in a phone interview with ESPN. "Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us." Capela has yet to see the floor for the Hawks since he was acquired at the deadline from the Rockets, and one would have to surmise that he would be under a heavy minutes restriction if the league resumes and if the Hawks deem him healthy enough to give it a go. Still two big "ifs," but this is obviously positive news for the Hawks and potentially for fantasy owners who have managed to stash Capela in an injury slot this long.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Magic center Mo Bamba said on Tuesday that he's spent the quarantine period bulking up, self-proclaiming that he's put on close to 30 pounds of muscle.

    Bamba said of his time off, ""I’ve worked my tail off during this quarantine. This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started)." He laughed and added that only about 2.5 percent of the weight he's put on is body fat. Bamba, along with many other NBA players, "can’t wait to get back out there and work" which is a great sign for the Magic and their fans. Jonathan Isaac is becoming more and more of a potential option for the team when/if the season is resumed as the days pass, so his presence would limit Bamba's chances on the offensive end of the floor. The team has yet to decide whether or not they want to play Isaac at all the rest of the season, regardless of the rumblings about a restart from the league office. However, this bulk-up on Bamba's part is nonetheless pretty impressive and is certainly noteworthy.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.

    With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.

    Source: Charlotte Hornets

  • Jon Leuer
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.

    Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.

    Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram