Paul Millsap PF ATL 15 hours ago
Millsap grabbed a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and four steals in 38 minutes of action in Game 2 against the Wizards.
Millsap is now averaging 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 3.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks for the series. It's quite encouraging to see him facilitating the offense well -- his 6.5 assists being more than double his season average of 3.1. Millsap is looking to advance further into the Playoffs, so expect him to come out ready for Game 3.
Al Horford PF/C ATL 16 hours ago
Horford stuffed the stat sheet in Game 2's win against the Wizards, posting 18 points, four rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks in 34 minutes of action.
Horford has been solid throughout the Playoffs, and the Hawks needed him to step up in Game 2. He did, and as a result, they were able to tie the series up at 1-1. Look for Horford to continue to play well in Game 3.
Derrick Rose PG CHI 17 hours ago
Rose said his shoulder is fine and he will play in Game 2 Wednesday against the Cavaliers, ESPN Chicago reports.
Rose said he just suffered a stinger in Game 1 Monday and he is not sore at all anymore. Look for him to be a major contributor again in Game 2 and log heavy minutes.
Dwyane Wade SG MIA 17 hours ago
Wade, in his first season of the post-LeBron James era, was able to stay relatively healthy despite carrying a heavier burden on both sides of the floor. He played 62 games over the course of the 2014-15 season, which is an increase from the 54 games he played last season, and averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 32 minutes per game.
As expected, Wade will exercise his player option for the 2015-16 season and return to the Heat, as at 33-years-old, he will take all the money he can get. However, it is clear that Wade's on-court effectiveness is on the decline. Not only did he play a career-low 32 minutes per game, but he also shot just 47 percent from the field, which is his lowest mark since his rookie season when he shot 46.5 percent. But, despite the ageing, Wade was still best when playing in back-to-back games compared to games where he had multiple days prior to rest, where he averaged 22.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists. And while Wade had some spurts where he put up big games statistically, he was not consistent enough to be a very reliable week-to-week fantasy option, as he finished as the 95th ranked player for 8-category rotisserie leagues. With Chris Bosh (chest) expected to make a full recovery in time for next season and Goran Dragic expected to re-sign with the team this summer, it is very possible that Wade sees a decline in how much of the offensive burden is put on him. Nevertheless, as long as he stays healthy, Wade will without-a-doubt be a key piece for Miami next year as they look to improve on their standing in the Eastern Conference with a revamped roster.
Mike Conley PG MEM 17 hours ago
Conley (face) will attempt to play tonight and should be in the starting lineup, ESPN reports.
According to coach David Joerger, Conley will play as long as he's not hurting the team while he's on the floor. He's also on track to jump back into the starting lineup which was expected if he was given the green light. With that being said, there's still a chance Conley plays very limited minutes, so that's something to keep in mind before putting him in your lineups.
Goran Dragic G MIA 19 hours ago
Dragic was traded from the Suns to the Heat at the February trade deadline. He played and started in 26 games of the 2014-15 season for Miami and averaged 16.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 35 minutes per game over that stint.
Dragic did not exercise his player option for the 2015-16 season and will go into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Nevertheless, he has reportedly stated that that he wants to re-sign with the franchise and that the Heat will be his first choice come free agency. In his short time with Miami, Dragic was able to serve as a legitimate starting point guard that the team has been lacking for the past four or five seasons. The need for a starting point guard was even greater this season, as they did not have LeBron James to play a point forward role. While Dragic can efficiently run an offense with his passing ability, his quick first step and will to get to and finish at the rim may be his biggest strength. He shot 50 percent from the field with the Heat, which is the second-highest mark of his career, but shot just 33 percent from behind the arc, which is something he will have to improve upon. Assuming the Heat do re-sign Dragic to a new contract, he will be a key part and a legitimate offensive threat within the core of himself, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the next few years.
John Wall PG WAS 19 hours ago
Wall (wrist) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Hawks, the Washington Wizards report.
After being listed as active early on Tuesday, the Wizards have decided to sit Wall for Game 2. His wrist is reportedly still very swollen and the team is taking precautionary measures with their star point guard. His next opportunity to play will be at home in Game 3 on Saturday.
Chris Paul PG LAC 21 hours ago
Paul (hamstring) is officially listed as doubtful for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Multiple reports have been released Tuesday regarding Paul's status, and as of now it appears he's somewhere in between questionable and doubtful. While the team may be calling him doubtful, coach Doc Rivers told reporters that he believes Paul is "50-50" to take the court. More should be known following Wednesday's shootaround, and a final call on Paul's status may not come until close to game time, as was the case prior to Monday's Game 1.
Jorge Gutierrez G MIL 21 hours ago
Gutierrez spent time with both the Nets and Bucks in 2014-15. In 10 games for Milwaukee, the reserve point guard averaged 3.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13.1 minutes per game.
Gutierrez began the season with the Nets, for whom he played sparingly in 10 games before being traded to Philadelphia in early December. The Sixers immediately waived Gutierrez, and he spent a month-and-a-half in the D-League before the Bucks came calling in late-January. Gutierrez, who played under Jason Kidd in Brooklyn last season, stepped in as the third point guard and saw regular minutes off the bench. In five February games, Gutierrez averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the floor. However, after his second 10-day contract expired, the Bucks opted against signing him for the rest of the season, so Gutierrez returned to the D-League. After making moves at the trade deadline, the Bucks opened up a roster spot, which they would keep vacant until early April when Gutierrez re-signed with the team for the remainder of the season. Gutierrez played in three of the Bucks' final five regular season games and appeared in only one playoff contest. Signed to a non-guaranteed contract, Gutierrez can work out with the team over the offseason but is not promised a spot on the 2015-16 roster. The Bucks would likely be interested in keeping Gutierrez around, but he's not a priority and will only remain with Milwaukee if the team has an open roster spot.
Miles Plumlee PF/C MIL 21 hours ago
Plumlee split the 2014-15 season between Phoenix and Milwaukee, appearing in 73 total games. In 19 games for Milwaukee, Plumlee averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 9.9 minutes.
Plumlee came over from Phoenix with Tyler Ennis as part of the Brandon Knight/Michael Carter-Williams deal. After averaging nearly 19 minutes per game with Phoenix as a part-time starter, Plumlee saw his role greatly reduced in Milwaukee playing behind Zaza Pachulia and John Henson. Plumlee was in and out of the rotation throughout the second half of the year, logging a few minutes one night and a receiving a DNP-CD the next. He saw double-digit minutes just once over the final 11 games of the season and appeared in only one playoff game Milwaukee's 54-point Game 6 loss to the Bulls. Next season, Plumlee will enter the fourth year of his rookie deal, which will pay him $2.1 million. With both Henson and Pachulia expected back in 2014-15, Plumlee may again have trouble carving out a consistent role.