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DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: April 24
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Patrick McCaw Headshot

McCaw will move to the bench for Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

With Kevin Durant (calf) making his return to the court after missing Game 2 and 3, McCaw will slide back into a reserve role where he'll likely spend the majority of Game 4 on the bench. In fact, when Durant was healthy for Game 1, McCaw only saw one minute of action.
10:40 pm (EST)
Meyers Leonard Headshot

Leonard will start at center for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.

After not even touching the floor in Game 3, Leonard will get the starting nod with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) ruled out once again like he had been for Game 1 and 2. Even though Nurkic is out and Leonard is getting the start, Leonard has only averaged 10 minutes per game in the series thus far, and it's possible he'll be limited to around that same number Monday.
10:31 pm (EST)
Shaun Livingston Headshot

Livingston (finger) will not play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

While Monday's absence will mark Livingston's third consecutive game lost to a sprained right index finger, the veteran point guard likely isn't dealing with anything overly serious and is being sat out simply as a precautionary measure with the Warriors heavily favored to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Look for Ian Clark to continue operating as the top backup to starting point guard Stephen Curry, a role in which he's averaged 10 points and three rebounds across 18 minutes per game this postseason.
8:51 pm (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant (calf) will be active and available to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of Bay Area News Group reports.

Durant has missed the last two games with a strained left calf, but his most recent absence was largely considered precautionary, so it's not surprising he's now been cleared for a return. Look for Durant to take on his usual spot in the starting lineup at small forward and while he's not expected to be on a minutes restriction, it wouldn't be surprising if the Warriors closely monitored his playing time, especially if they get a large lead early. Patrick McCaw should head back to the bench in the corresponding move, with Andre Iguodala also likely seeing a slight decrease in minutes.
8:50 pm (EST)
Matt Barnes Headshot

Barnes (foot) is out for Monday's playoff game against Portland.

Early reports seemed to indicate there was a chance Barnes could suit up, but the team sees no need to rush him back onto the court before he's fully ready to give it a go. At the bare minimum, Golden State will play four more postseason games, so the expectation is that Barnes will find his way back onto the floor sometime before year's end.
8:48 pm (EST)
Alec Burks Headshot

Burks (knee) is out for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Clippers, Andy Larsen of ESPN700 reports.

Although it seemed like there was a slim chance he could suit up, Burks' knee has been giving him some problems as of late. It will be interesting to see how the Jazz handle his availability for Game 6 and a potential Game 7 given that he has yet to play in the postseason.
8:28 pm (EST)
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward (illness) is not listed on the injury report for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Clippers, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

Hayward attempted to go through Game 4 while dealing with a case of food poisoning, but ended up being pulled from the contest after just nine minutes. However, with a couple additional days off, Hayward is expected to be back to full strength and is now considered good to go ahead of Game 5. Look for him to take on a full workload as the usual starter at small forward. He averaged an impressive 26.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 three-pointers across 40.3 minutes over the first three games of the series.
8:25 pm (EST)
Tony Allen Headshot

Allen (leg) has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Spurs.

Allen was recently able to shed his walking boot and also took part in some conditioning on a stationary bike over the weekend, but the Grizzlies still don't expect to have him back at any point during the first round of the playoffs. He's now officially been ruled out for Game 5 on Tuesday and should be considered doubtful for Game 6 as well. James Ennis started the Grizzlies' last contest and logged 32 minutes, so he should be in line for another increase in playing time, while Wayne Selden is also a candidate to see a bigger role.
7:23 pm (EST)
Ersan Ilyasova Headshot

Ilyasova (calf) has been cleared to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Wizards, Hawks play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun reports.

Ilyasova was reportedly kicked in the calf during Game 3 on Saturday, but it was never expected to keep him out of action, so this latest report comes as no surprise. He'll take on his usual role backing up Paul Millsap at power forward, but unless Millsap suffers any sort of injury, Ilyasova will find his fantasy value highly restricted while working in a limited bench role.
6:32 pm (EST)
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry (back) will start at point guard for Monday's Game 5 against the Bucks, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports.

Lowry was held out of the team's morning shootaround earlier Monday with what was listed as back stiffness, but after receiving treatment throughout the day and going through pregame warmups without issue, he's officially been given the green light to play. Barring any in-game setbacks, look for Lowry to take on a full workload while working as the team's starting point guard. In the first four games of the series, Lowry has averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 three-pointers across 37.8 minutes.
6:19 pm (EST)
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