• While we at hoop-ball have been putting together the ultimate draft guide, the NBA news has been quite slow. Bare with me as I’ll try to make this as entertaining as possible to compensate for the lack of meaningful news. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into Tuesday’s action.

    Tuesday’s Action

    You know the drill, start off with the smaller stuff and end with a bang.

    Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal ‘dislike’ each other on the court at times on the court. Beal believes both players are ‘alphas’ — in basketball lingo, this basically means they always want to run the court and have it done their way. It’s not a major issue but they’ll need to sort this out if they ever intend to make a serious run in the playoffs.

    The Cavs have zero interest in trading Kevin Love. Another big man’s stats destroyed by LeBron. Similar to Bosh, the season averages and overall performance has seemingly declined. Poor K-Love. His efficiency metrics are pretty similar compared to his days in Minnesota, but he’s no longer scoring 26 per game — hence the hate around the league.

    Blake Griffin reportedly has zero interest leaving LA in 2017. Griffin is an offensive gladiator but has battled injuries as of late. The Clippers always seem ready to contend but Griffin gets mad and punches a staff member. HULK SMASH. Gotta love players focused on winning the finals.

    Paul Millsap ‘is not going anywhere’. Damn. As a Celtics fan, I’ve been wishing for a Millsap trade since day one. I think he remains one of the most undervalued players in the league because his game isn’t too flashy. He contributes all over the floor and he really deserves a team to make a deep playoff run. Sadly the Hawks won’t provide that for him this year. Sigh.

    Finally, we can witness Hakeem Olajuwon 2.0. Embiid is ‘on track’ to play in the preseason. I don’t actually consider him the second coming of Olajuwon but he drew the comparison out of college by some. He should be fun to watch plus he has an interesting personality so that’s something to look forward too. Embiid will start at some point this year but he needs a Okafor/Noel trade — which is on the horizon. Get ready for some nice post moves and a few massive dunks because Embiid is about to tear up preseason. As long as he doesn’t break his foot for the 89th time.

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Fantasy News

  • Blake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is feeling "much, much better" according to coach Dwane Casey and is will go through warmups to determine his status for Saturday's game.

    Detroit has not been able to make the first two games of this series competitive and it would make sense for them to let him give it a go for the home crowd. Either way, the Bucks look to be in total control of this series.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Spencer Dinwiddie - G - Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points with four boards and one steal in Saturday's 112-108 loss to the Sixers.

    Dinwiddie continues to play well off the bench along with his fellow guards Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell. The Nets let this one slip away and will now have to win in Philly to keep their season alive.

  • Jarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets

    Jarrett Allen scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Sixers.

    Allen had a nice final stat line, but he was getting worked by Joel Embiid all game. He also had a costly turnover at the end of the game when Tobias Harris, Embiid and Ben Simmons trapped in on the block – Harris may have gotten away with a foul.

  • D'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets

    D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points with six assists, seven boards, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in Saturday's loss to the Sixers.

    Russell played well in this game outside of his 2-for-10 shooting on 2-pointers, and even hit a few clutch shots down the stretch. He continues to give the Sixers fits on offense, but the Nets came up just short in this one.

  • Caris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert played 42 minutes in Saturday's Game 4 loss scoring 25 points with five rebounds, six assists, one setal and three 3-pointers.

    LeVert was expected to play more in this game after only logging 23.7 minutes per game over the first three. He once again looked healthy and commanded the game at times. After watching today's game you could not have guessed he suffered a gruesome injury earlier this season.

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid was unstoppable in the Sixers' Game 4 win, posting 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and six blocks on Saturday.

    Jarrett Allen had absolutely no chance against a one-legged Embiid. He's clearly the best player on the floor in this series and the Nets will have to get creative in defending him, or hope for an injury, if they want any chance at coming down from a 3-1 deficit.

  • Tobias Harris - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris tallied 24 points, eight boards, six dimes, one block and one steal in 43 minutes of work in Saturday's win against the Nets in Game 4.

    Harris seemed fairly quiet in this one but he still managed to come away with a great line, as he does sometimes. We'll see if he's tired for Game 5, but they will get an extra day of rest for travel.

  • Mike Scott - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Scott logged 27 minutes on Saturday and hit a go-ahead three with 19.7 seconds left in the game and the Sixers held the lead to take a 3-1 series lead.

    Scott also grabbed eight boards in this one and played a lot down the stretch with Jimmy Butler out due to ejection. The Sixers could not get past the four or six point mark for most of the game but finally closed the gap and took the lead towards the end. This game was surely the most exciting of the playoffs so far.

  • Jimmy Butler - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Jimmy Butler was ejected in the third quarter of Game 4 for escalating a fight started by Jared Dudley, who was also ejected.

    Butler was protecting Joel Embiid after Dudley shoved Embiid following a foul on Jarrett Allen. Butler was 4-for-6 from the field with 11 points, four boards, four assists and two steals and the Sixers will certainly miss him as they try to come back against the Nets in this one.

  • Torrey Craig - F - Denver Nuggets

    Torrey Craig will start Saturday's Game 4 over Will Barton.

    This was somewhat expected as Barton has disappeared so far in the playoffs. Craig will give the Nuggets a lot of defense in the starting lineup and will hopefully let Barton do his thing off the bench.

    Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter