FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Kevin Love (shoulder) is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Terrible break for the Cavs, as they are going to struggle without Love patrolling the paint for the next few weeks. Hopefully when Love does come back he will be 100-percent because these upcoming matchups aren't going to be easy for the Cavs. Expect Tristian Thompson to fill in for Love while he recovers over the next couple of weeks. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Update: Richard Jefferson (calf) will play on Sunday

Good news for the Mavs, who will be getting back one of their solid veteran role players. Jefferson might have a place on the Mavs roster, but not on any fantasy ones.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mike Conley will undergo surgery to repair multiple fractures in facial bones Monday morning in Memphis.

Scary stuff the other night for Conley, but the Grizzlies will be in good hands with Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes running the point while he misses game four and possibly beyond. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jrue Holiday may consider undergoing a surgical procedure in the offseason to remove a screw from his surgically repaired lower right leg.

It was a rough year for Holiday and a rough playoffs so far. Hopefully he can get this procedure in the offseason and put this year of injuries and struggles behind him.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Richard Jefferson (calf) is a game-time decision on Sunday.

Jefferson is a below average at this point in his career, and although that might render him useless in fantasy leagues, he still has a role with the Mavs. They will be happy to have him out on the court Sunday night.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play on Sunday.

Felton is not an incredibly effective fantasy option, so whether he plays or not shouldn't affect the outcome of either the playoff game itself or anyone's fantasy matchups.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Matt Barnes has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff, but will play in Game 5.

Come playoff time, it is harder to keep these guys off the court. Barnes might not be their best offensive weapon, but he is critical to the success of this Clippers team. They would be in some serious trouble without his wing defense.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Damian Lillard believes LaMarcus Aldridge will be back with the Trail blazers next season.

Damian Lillard's opinion on the matter should obviously be taken with a huge grain of salt. Really, a guy whose team would benefit by Aldridge's continued presence believes he's coming back? Ssssssssssssshocking. Analysis: Brett Talley

Bradley Beal will start Sunday night for the Wizards.

Beal was involved in a collision in Friday night's game. It appears he's good to go in Game 4 against the Raptors. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mike Conley will not play Monday night in Game 4 of the series with the Portland Trail Blazers because of a facial injury.

Conley was hospitalized after an inadvertent elbow. With the status of backup Ben Udrih unknown for Game 4 against Portland, third-stinger Nick Calathes could see some unexpected work. Analysis: Brett Talley

Update: Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) will be reevaluated on Monday. Cavaliers will have a clearer picture of how much time he'll miss tomorrow.

Update: There is no update yet. This should be no surprise, but the Cleveland offense was much more efficient with Love on the court than off in Round 1, and his absence, or him playing hurt, could make things tougher in Round 2 against Chicago (most likely). Analysis: Brett Talley

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Jae Crowder will get MRI Sunday on his injured leg.

Hopefully the injury sustained after some physical play by JR Smith isn't too serious and Crowder is able to make a full recovery in the offseason. Analysis: Brett Talley

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Kirk Hinrich is fully healthy. His playing time has been matchup based coaching decisions

Unfortunately for Bulls fans, Hinrich will likely play more in the second-round playoff series with the Cavaliers. Aaron Brooks has averaged 12 minutes per game in the playoffs, and he could play even less in the next round. Hinrich could also cut into Tony Snell's playing time for that series. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Coach Doc Rivers said Hedo Turkoglu's ankle should not be a problem.

It's Hedo Turkoglu's game that is a problem. When you can't run or jump anyway, what difference does an ankle injury make? If Turkoglu plays more than three or four minutes Sunday that would be the real problem for the Clippers. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Nikola Mirotic (quad) is listed as probable for Monday's game.

Mirotic played 20 minutes Saturday, and it would be pretty shocking if he did not play Monday. He is just 7-21 from the field in the playoffs, and while he is probably due for a big game, you probably should look elsewhere for fantasy. Analysis: Steve Pimental

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