• Blake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons

    The Pistons are holding out a flicker of hope that Blake Griffin could return and play in the first-round playoff series against the Bucks but this will be a decision made strictly by the medical staff.

    Griffin said on Sunday night that sitting out wasn’t his decision, implying that there were several other opinions that were contributing to him not playing. He indicated that his frustration level is “10” and that he wants to get back on the court. If he is able to play in the series, the schedule is favorable for Griffin to have some recovery time. Heading into Game 2, he now has seven days of rest and that could extend to 10 days on Saturday if he’s held out on Wednesday. There is reportedly no structural damage to the knee, nor does there seem to be a fear that he could do long-term damage by playing so it’s really not out of question that the All-Star forward returns at some point during the series.

    Source: Detroit Free Press

Fantasy News

  • D'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets

    D'Angelo Russell shot 3-for-16 from the floor for eight points with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes for an elimination game loss at the hands of the Sixers on Tuesday.

    Russell was out of sorts in this one. It's one thing to have a bad shooting night, but he was clearly not ready for the big moment. Russell finishes his all-star season with an amazing ascension as one of the NBA's great point guards. Dynasty owners should be excited about his sky-high potential moving forward.

  • Tobias Harris - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris shot 5-for-8 from the floor for 12 points with eight boards, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nets in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Harris was efficient and played great defense, as Joel Embiid (knee soreness) managed the offense this game. The Sixers made quick work of the Nets despite a few injuries, showing they belong in the second round. We'll see if they are up to the task as they will take on the Raptors next.

  • Jimmy Butler - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Jimmy Butler shot 4-for-9 from the floor for nine points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes to eliminate the Nets in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Butler was all over the place early on defense, swiping three steals in just 27 minutes of play. The Sixers built a halftime lead of 29 points, so Butler and the other starters got to rest much of the second half. The Sixers now brace for a big test with the Raptors in the second round.

  • Ben Simmons - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons shot 6-for-10 from the floor for 13 points with five boards and six assists in 27 minutes to eliminate the Nets in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    After shouldering the load on offense in Game 3, Joel Embiid's return gave Simmons a secondary role in Games 4 and 5. Simmons works best this way, as the Sixers cruised past the Nets in just five games. The Sixers take on the Raptors in the second round.

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid shot 9-for-18 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line for 23 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in just 20 minutes to eliminate the Nets in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Embiid was a game-time decision with left knee soreness, but he pummeled through for 20 big minutes. The Sixers dominated to a 29-point halftime lead, which led to Embiid and other starters to sit much of the second half. The Sixers will take on the Raptors in the second round of the NBA playoffs.

  • Terrence Ross - G/F - Orlando Magic

    Terrence Ross shot 4-for-11 from the field for 12 points with four boards, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes for a 115-96 loss to the Raptors to be eliminated in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Ross saw ample playing time again as the Raptors were up 20 points at halftime and the Magic needed offense. Ross couldn't get going and the game got out of hand really quick. He was a nice piece for the Magic this season, providing instant offense for much of 2018-19.

  • D.J. Augustin - G - Orlando Magic

    D.J. Augustin shot 4-for-9 from the floor for 15 points with one board, four assists, and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Augustin hit all of his shots from beyond the arc. He played like a savvy vet during the whole playoff series, but it's unfortunate his team didn't follow suit. The 30-year-old can still ball, but his days are numbered moving forward.

  • Aaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon shot 4-for-13 from the field for 11 points with seven boards, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes to fall to the Raptors in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Gordon had alternated games, doing well then awful, so he kept the pattern strong by doing awful again. The Raptors did an excellent job slowing him down all series. Gordon is a bright young piece for this Magic team which really seems invested in him. He should only get better for dynasty owners moving forward.

  • Jonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac shot 1-for-7 from the floor for three points with six boards and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Isaac has been awful over the past two games, totaling three points with just one cash-counter in Games 4 and 5. He was coming along very strong to end the season, but clearly the playoffs have taken things to another level. Isaac will still be fantasy relevant for his defense next season.

  • Nikola Vucevic - C - Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic shot 3-for-10 from the field for six points with seven boards and one assist in 17 minutes to fall to the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Vooch was shut down by Gasol again, as he has been for most of the series. After clearly being a stud for the Magic all season, it's a shame his season had to end this way, especially in a do-or-die situation. Vooch is still a great fantasy asset at this point in his career, but clearly not a playoff competitor just yet.